My last-minute impulsive decision to insert a clip from The Student Prince into the previous blog post reminded me of Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, so I’m making the rest of you listen to it as well:
And, for those of you who would like some background, here’s the description, copied and pasted verbatim from the YouTube description:
This is Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 (Akademische Festouvertüre), a much lighter counterpart to his Tragic Overture. He composed it in 1880 when he received an honourary doctorate from the University of Breslau (now Wroclaw), as a musical show of gratitude. The music is very light-hearted, warm and humorous, but Brahms uses the occasion as a tour-de-force in contrapuntal symphonic writing. The orchestra whisks through several pulsing, boisterous melodies, which Brahms described as a “potpourri of student drinking songs,” subtly mocking the academic institution for which he composed the piece. [Towards the end] the orchestra erupts into a joyous rendition of “Gaudeamus igitur” (“So let us rejoice,” a.k.a. “On the shortness of life”), a popular Latin graduation hymn which was originally a beer-drinking song.
The recording is by Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The images are of Solti, Brahms, the University of Wroclaw, and the beautiful old city of Wroclaw, Poland.
Hit up the “Play” button if you need to relax for a bit.
Marconi Union is a British musical trio specialising in ambient music, and Weightless was produced in conjunction with the British Academy of Sound Therapy (back in October 2011) to be one of the most relaxing songs ever heard. With guitar, piano and electronic samples of “natural soundscapes”, one would kind of expect it to be somewhat relaxing… but, they were so successful (scientists measured a 65% reduction in anxiety and a 35% reduction in heart rate) that motorists have actually been warned not to listen to this while driving.
Earlier this week, I discovered some videos of some guitarists taking some trance classics, and reproducing them on their guitars. Even if you don’t appreciate trance, or guitars, you have to admit that there’s some serious skill here.
For reference, here’s what our guitarist based his performance on:
Not to be outdone, another guitarist (or is this Raiden?) has done an original “trance guitar” song here:
Question for the readers: any idea what to call this “genre”? For some reason, my brain is rather disconnected at the moment, so I can’t think of any worthy name right now…
My sister and I are doing the Cape Town to Durban roadtrip in December (visiting the folks for Christmas). Obviously, 20 hours of driving (per direction) is going to get a little bit tedious, so I’m trying to come up with the ultimate roadtrip playlist.
Below are what I’ve thought of so far. If you know of any other good tracks to include, please mention it in the comments!
Alistair Griffin – Just Drive
Motorcycle – As The Rush Comes
AC/DC – Highway To Hell
Rascal Flatts – Life Is A Highway
Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild
U2 – Beautiful Day
Andain – Beautiful Things
Tracy Chapman – Fast Car (how can I not include this?)
Daft Punk – Around The World
DJ Shah feat. Adrina Thorpe – Who Will Find Me
Jose Amnesia feat. Jennifer Rene – Wouldn’t Change A Thing
Willie Nelson – On The Road Again
Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Road Trippin’
Armin van Buuren – Coming Home
And after coming up with the measly playlist above (which won’t get me past Worcester!), my brain has decided that it’s fried for the day…