Our New Gizmo

Fenster writes:

Courtesy of the generosity of one of our UR members, who has chosen to make his gift on an anonymous basis, we now have the ability to upload music files directly.  I thought I would put this to use.  What to send upstairs and on to the world?

Why not choose something that is very hard to find otherwise?  Maybe a film with an interesting soundtrack that has never been committed to vinyl or CD?

Have you ever seen the movie Zardoz?  This is the one that takes place in a dystopian future, with Sean Connery running around in what looks like a Borat swimsuit,


and with a giant stone head flying about telling the primitives the gun is good and the penis is bad.

zardoz head

It’s what Johhny Carson would have called wild, wacky stuff.  But it had an interesting score.  In the beginning the stone heads floats into view to the sound of a kind of early music version of the second movement of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, an arrangement by David Munrow performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.  It’s actually now available on YouTube, but I spent a long time tracking down an .mp3 version given the lack of a published soundtrack, and I wanted to try out the music gizmo, below.

So, remember readers, now that we have an audio player, we want to spin what you want.  We play your requests, the songs you like to hear.

About Fenster

Gainfully employed for thirty years, including as one of those high paid college administrators faculty complain about. Earned Ph.D. late in life and converted to the faculty side. Those damn administrators are ruining everything.
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4 Responses to Our New Gizmo

  1. Toddy Cat says:

    Wow, talk about a blast from the past – I’d almost forgotten “Zardoz”! Holy crap, but the early 70’s were weird…


  2. Tex says:

    “Have you ever seen the movie Zardoz?” – Sadly yes. Horrible. Another John Boorman disaster.


    • Fabio says:

      Do you consider films like “Zardoz”, “Deliverance”, “Excalibur” disasters movies?! Congratulations. I think you don’t understand shit about cinema!


      • fenster says:

        this may be a kind of record, at least for this site. a comment on a previous comment from eight years previous.

        i am with you on boorman. i make fun of zardoz because . . . how can you not make fun of zardoz? but i was much taklen with it when it came out and even now can’t help but enjoy its odd qualities. point blank is in my top ten–though in some ways it is hardly a characteristic boorman film. whatever semi-magical quality that inhabits zardoz is there in a lot of his other more characteristic work, like excalibur, the emerald forest and hope and glory.


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