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March 22 2009

"Music, Sound and Silence in Buffy the Vampire Slayer". This impressive looking academic tome promises "an exemplary overview of the functions of music and sound in the interpretation" of Buffy. It's out this summer and can be pre-ordered at the publisher's site or at

Gosh, I've just overlooked my notes and this item escapes me. Who did the soundtrack of "The Gift"?

The notes still ring in my soul.
Wikipedia says Christophe Beck.
Thank you, Simon:)
I recognize more than one of those contributors from the Slayage Conferences. I'm pretty sure Janet Halfyard did one of our favorite papers at this last conference, something about Angel and Orpheus I think.

Another book to add to my collection. I'm a completist. ;)

Don't want to go far OT but is there any list, discussion, consensus, review, debate, analysis, argument, overview, etc, of which books on Whedon's work, Buffy especially, are most successful, interesting, insightful, best-like? I've read about 15, know that some were really enjoyable reads and helped me pick up on things and some, well, didn't. Wish I could recall which were which.

Was considering no longer buying them until the last one--the one that sticks to the program itself as opposed to relating it to other disciplines--was announced.

Haunt: You're exactly right! At last summer's third SLAYAGE conference, Janet Halfyard presented the fantastic paper which related Buffy to both Orpheus and Eurydice, among other things. The book is a project she's been working on for quite some time and it's good to see that it's going to see the light of day.
You beat me to it, mockingbird, as usual. Halfyard did a wonderful reading of Orpheus and Eurydice. If the book is half as good as that talk, it's worth going on the shelf!
I'll be picking this up for sure. I've used excerpts of BtVS episodes in an intro to sound design concepts workshop, for a few years now. There's a lot of really good work spanning the seasons.
WANT!! *paws at it and cries a little* As a music and Buffy nerd, this is pretty much my big happy. I might have to splurge, but that's the same time that I have to buy books for school too! Life is so unfair.
Well, I sent the link to my fiancee *crosses fingers*
herb I've got over three hours of "Instrumental Buffy" on my computer right now - all the officially released Cristophe Beck tracks (He started doing music in Season Two, btw, Simon & Madhatter, but only did the arrangements for OMWF in Season Six.) and what little I was able to find from Douglas Romayne & Rob Duncan for Season Seven. I couldn't find any of Thomas Wanker's music from Season Six, though.

Mr. Romayne is actually burning me a CD w/all his tracks for both "Buffy" and "Angel," and I'm so looking forward to getting that!

Surprisingly there isn't anything out there from Season One, other than the Nerf Herder theme. My buddy Ian from Blunt Instrument ( had transcribed the end sequence from "Prophecy Girl" & sent me the "sheet music," but I haven't played music since high school & can't for the life of me remember how to read it. Mom tried playing it on the piano, but arthritis does not like octaves.

He has a TON of MIDI samples and transcriptions, as well as the officially released tracks, and some that he ripped directly from the episodes. I downloaded some of those, but I'm not including them in the playlist because there's too much "extra" - dialogue, fighting, etc. But some of it is really beautiful, like the music that plays under Giles & Buffy talking after Eyghon'd taken over Jenny & she & Giles were on the outs.

I'd really love to find someone who could rip audio from the DVDs for me; I've been told how to do it, but I don't understand the technical stuff & dial-up just isn't conducive to many things. But, for example, the piece I call "Outside Looking In" from "Pangs" would be wonderful to add - right after Giles & Angel talk about how unfair it is for Angel to be watching Buffy but not letting her know he's there, it cuts to Spike looking through a broken window at a neo-vamp feeding for the first time.

Any way. The book itself seems interesting, but is not something I think I'd actually want to own. I am curious, however, as to what the "18 music samples" are.
Speaking as a theatre sound technician with a lifelong interest in psychoacoustics, this is going straight to the top of my wants list. (or, let's be honest, my when-I-win-the-lottery list.)

Thanks for the heads-up!

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