Archive for the ‘Music’ Category
Even though Coppia del West isn’t quite finished yet, I’m just too excited about this new invitation design. Like Playa D’oro, Coppia del West celebrates the Mythic West: a time and place that never really existed (which makes it perfect material for Royal Steamline creations!).
Like most RS designs, Coppia draws inspiration from a variety of sources. However, one source in particular fascinates me: Puccini’s La fanciulla del West. It’s an Italian interpretation of the American idealized “West” — fifty years before the advent of the Spaghetti Western! Life, love and death are exaggerated as only opera can. And from the title alone, it’s inferred that the concept of a mythological “West” existed over 100 years ago. Amazing!
So as the strains of Spindrift‘s “The New West” mix with Puccini’s arias here in the RS Studio, we will soon post a finished version of Coppia del West.
Oh, one more thing. I tagged this post as Groom Style because I wanted to share another movie with grooms-to-be that inspires our invitations: Death Rides a Horse. If you are at all a fan of the genre, have a look at this great film. Directed by Giulio Petroni (and not Leone), it’s dropped off the radar of many fans. But I would encourage you to give it a chance. Interestingly, there are no female characters in the whole movie. As such, it’s more of study of men, the father/son relationship, and the patience and wisdom that comes with age. And somewhere in there is a message or two for men starting a new chapter in their lives as married men.
And Lee Van Cleef is twice the man at 43 than you or I were at 23.
UPDATE: Here is the finished invitation!
See the entire Coppia del West invitation suite here!
The French electronic duo AIR scores the newly restored classic 1902 silent film “Le Voyage Dans La Lune” (A Trip To The Moon). This 16-minute hand-painted version directed by film pioneer Georges Méliès is still a wonder to behold.
Get more details on this historical film and restoration project here.
This month is flying by and we’re in the midst of 2012 weddings, new designs, gift shopping and chilly, winter walks around PDX. Here’s a debrief of December so far:
Royal Steamline Plays DJ
Our guest mix playlists on Hi-Fi Weddings:
We’re loving this Jules Verne & Steampunk Inspired Bridal Fashion Editorial on Rock n’ Roll Bride.
Oohing & awing over this gorgeous palette from Love My Dress.
Say Hello to our Silhouette Series
…and more Sihouette Series designs are on they way!
The Vintage Wedding Fair
Coming to Harrowgate in February. We wish we could be there to meet some of our UK customers, but it’s one of our busiest times of year…
Our Ode to Winter Pinterest Board
Since we here in PDX are experiencing uncharacteristically warm weather, I thought I’d share another band whose music would complement an unconventional affair, particularly a summery/beachy/desert-y one. That group is the Vanduras:
I’ve been a fan of surf music even before QT catapulted it into the public eye. However, in recent years, I’ve cooled on the genre, finding most new surf outfits too derivative or, worse, just too bland. The Vanduras certainly broke me of that; their music is a mix of reclined surf and reverb-soaked 60s western leads that is so skillfully blended that it avoids cliché and creates atmospheres as intoxicating as the most powerful Mai Tai.
If you’re looking for tunes for your tiki/lounge-y/Atomic Age affair, I can’t recommend the Vanduras enough.
We had our first notably chill fall day here in beautiful PDX and it made me think of Jex Thoth. In case you’re not familiar with her music, check it out if you’re inclined to Black Sabbath, Heart or Antonius Rex.
And why should I bring this up on the RS Blog? It has to do with the wonderful intros to many of her songs; they would make great processionals or recessionals. For instance, check out the intro to Warrior Woman:
Perfect for an outdoor affair between two strong spirits when the leaves are turning color…
The Lady A. and I found ourselves spending Halloween night with the Vagabond Opera at The Woods. Let’s see…a Gypsy/klezmer/opera cabaret performing on All Hallows’ Eve in a former mortuary? Yes, it was as exciting as it sounds. The band was in fine form, alternatively belting out raucous music hall sing-a-longs and weaving sweet sonic spells that bewitched and beguiled. The crowd – who was almost uniformly in costume – was game to participate and, to me, it seemed a grand time was had by all.
We just wanted to say thanks to those of you who have been ordering 10/6 — we’re pleased to be of service to fellow Alice fans!
When we were Angelenos, we saw Bigelf several times at Spaceland — always a fun show. You have to love Damon Fox’s twin organ attack (which he painstakingly recreates at all live shows, too)! While an underground act for almost two decades, the fellas are finally getting some good exposure via a recent tour with Dream Theatre. It’s about time, guys!
It seems that oppressive heat is to be found just about everywhere in the States right now. As a brief mental respite from the soaring temperatures, we offer the following icy track from darkwave masters Wolfsheim. This track has always conjured images of snow gently swirling around the Alexanderplatz. And, it mentions “wedding shoes,” so it’s doubly appropriate. Enjoy.
With all of the talk surrounding Mr. Trent Reznor and his decision to effectively withdraw from the world of social media, it got us here at the Royal Steamline studios reminiscing about his storied career. Like many of you, we’ve been fans since Pretty Hate Machine. But we’d all but forgotten the video to 1997′s “The Perfect Drug.”
Directed by Mark Romanek, this thing’s got it all: period finery, steampunk-style devices, and absinthe (which was still fairly underground here in the States in the mid-’90s). And you’ll no doubt recognize the huge influence of Mr. Ogdred Weary on the sets and costumes.
Universal Music Group, in a shockingly shortsighted maneuver, has disabled embedding of the official video. But that’s alright as one intrepid fan has posted an interesting behind-the-scenes video (that also just happens to contain the finished product, too) that you’ll find below. Note the incredible bit of quackery at 4:39 and just how perfectly TR strikes the “artist-overcome-by-ennui” at 5:42. The perfect drug, indeed…
This was a difficult post to write. You see, I hesitated because I didn’t want to use examples or labels that might offend or turn people off; something as subdivided and debated as music (and metal) presents a natural minefield. But if you like metal, read on. If not, no harm done, eh?
The following song, “The Knell and the World” by Dawn, came up in my playlist recently. While it’s held a special place in my heart since it was released over a decade ago — on an absolutely underrated masterpiece entitled Slaughtersun (Crown of the Triarchy) — I had never before imagined that it possibly could be the perfect metal wedding processional. But upon hearing it the other day, that’s exactly what popped into my head. Here’s how it breaks down:
0:00 – 0:29 The bridesmaids and groomsmen take their places
0:29 – 0:46 With the arrival of that two-ton bass line, the groom takes his position
0:47 – 1:22 As soon as the double bass drum begins, the bride comes into view in all her blackened glory and proceeds down the aisle…
Now, I know what you’re thinking: 15 or 30 seconds isn’t nearly enough time for people to get down the aisle. That’s true, but don’t miss my point. I’m not suggesting you use this exact song and follow my exact times, but imagine the power that a song like “Knell” would have as a metal wedding processional. No one has ever made overdriven arpeggios sound so good.
So, if you’re thinking about having a metal wedding (or if you already have), please let us know what songs you used during the ceremony. Oh, and if you’re not familiar, please check out the rest of Dawn’s work as it’s truly great stuff!
J & I live and breath music. We even spent our first date arguing over who was the bigger music aficionado. So there was no doubt that when we got married, music would be a huge part of the event. The only problem was we both hate to dance and have a huge aversion toward the traditional wedding DJ. The solution: we had to take control of every note.
We agreed on two things: 1) we didn’t want a dance floor and 2) we wanted our friend Nyles to play during various parts of the wedding. But we weren’t sure what to do the rest of the time. And what about the welcome party the night before? Since we had recently digitized nearly our entire music collection, it was pretty clear that making our own mix was the way to go. So we set out to make the soundtrack of our life together.
While vinyl is divine, you just can’t beat the convenience of MP3s. No crating a bunch of records to the venue and all the actual “mixing” happens before the event. Creating the playlists was a welcome break from wedding planning and something we could contribute to equally. Plus, it was a great excuse to buy a new iPod. For much less than the cost of a wedding DJ, we had our personal mix of songs for the entire weekend and we didn’t have to worry about coordinating (and paying) yet another wedding vendor. And best of all, the iPod and mixes came home with us.
Stay tuned for some of our themed playlists to borrow for your reception.
TIP: Make sure your venue has a set-up for your iPod. A simple stereo system with an 1/8-inch-to-RCA cable will do (you can find these on Amazon or Radio Shack for super cheap).