Monday, May 23, 2016

You've waited long enough! Watch the silent, experimental short film Consequence, The Doll Chronicles on Vimeo!

You've waited long enough! After a wonderful festival run, a couple of awards, and such great support and encouragement from all of you, the fans, the silent, experimental short film Consequence, The Doll Chronicles is finally available for your viewing pleasure. You can watch it on Vimeo by clicking here or directly in the embed below:

Consequence, The Doll Chronicles from Franco Esteve on Vimeo.


Having problems viewing it? Go directly to Vimeo and watch it there. Here's the link:
https://vimeo.com/167652657
Be sure to like it and share it! Thank you for your encouragement and support! Now, go watch it!
(Important: We've tagged Consequence, The Doll Chronicles as mature due to its story content. Some viewer discretion is advised.)


About Consequence, The Doll Chronicles

With no dialog and a no-budget, slightly experimental format, Consequence, The Doll Chronicles, the third in The Doll Chronicles series of short films, projects a story about a girl called Doll and the consequences of falling for the wrong man. Franco Esteve's score, images, and wonderful acting from Marisa Reyes Durán and Bernat Pizà Galmés, help take you on their journey of love, drugs, and consequences.

Consequence, The Doll Chronicles on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/167652657
The Doll Chronicles on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thedollchronicles
Consequence, The Doll Chronicles mini-site: consequence.francoesteve.com
Franco Esteve official website: www.francoesteve.com
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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Paranoia, The Doll Chronicles Soundtrack is now available!

Paranoia The Doll Chronicles Soundtrack Cover ImageThe original soundtrack recording for the silent, experimental, horror short film, Paranoia, The Doll Chronicles has been released! It's the first release of music from The Doll Chronicles series of short films.

I've included The Doll Chronicles theme, which is probably the piece of music I've received the most requests for (apart from maybe the trailer music for Consequence, The Doll Chronicles), as well as some of the soundscapes from the film. Apart from Dark Theater (The Doll Chronicles Theme), the main highlights are the main Paranoia music that plays throughout the film and the full film audio, a high quality version of the actual music and sounds from the entire film, beginning to end.



What about the music from Reaction, The Doll Chronicles?


Some of you have asked about Reaction, The Doll Chronicles, but the music from that is Tristan and Isolde from Wagner, which you can easily acquire and was originally licensed to include in the film. The music for the rest of The Doll Chronicles is all original music by Franco Esteve... me. :)

What about iBoogie and other music from the series?

iBoogie, originally composed for Consequence, The Doll Chronicles is available for purchase, by clicking here (or in iTunes here). You can also listen to it on Spotify here. I hope to release more music from the series throughout the year, with the music from Consequence, The Doll Chronicles next (though I'll release the film publicly first). That release will probably include some of the unused music as well.

Where can I get the album and songs from Paranoia, The Doll Chronicles?


They are initially only available for purchase on the CDBaby store here. You can listen to all of the songs before purchasing. The advantage of purchasing it there is that they are available as MP3, higher quality MP3 320, and full, uncompressed quality FLAC files. Soon, it will also be available on iTunes, Spotify, and all the other services. Here's the track list:

Track list (Music by Franco Esteve)

1. Dark Theater (The Doll Chronicles Theme)
2. Reading a Scary Book
3. Paranoia
4. Atmosphere
5. Should I kill myself?
6. Hanging
7. Paranoia The Doll Chronicles Full Film Audio


copyright©2016 by Franco Esteve. All rights reserved.

Where can I watch the original film?

If you missed the original film, you can watch it below, or at Vimeo, by clicking here.



Paranoia, The Doll Chronicles from Franco Esteve on Vimeo.



Thank you

I hope y'all enjoy this release and all the upcoming releases of The Doll Chronicles music as well as the new entry in the series, Apocalypse, The Doll Chronicles, coming when it's ready. Thank you all for your continuing encouragement and support, and for all the wonderful messages. Stay tuned, there's much more to come. :)

Don't forget to stay up to date by liking the Franco Esteve and The Doll Chronicles Facebook pages, as well as following bNowhere and Franco Esteve on Twitter. Thanks again and Enjoy! :)


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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Orchestral Musings on SoundCloud



While some of my The Doll Chronicles film score ideas and compositions could be considered orchestral musings on my part, this one was one of the earliest. It didn't quite fit in any of the short films, but I thought y'all might enjoy it all the same. I'm currently working on the score for Apocalypse, The Doll Chronicles as it continues to slowly come together. As with all the others, it will be done when it's ready. :)

Thank you once again for the wonderful messages of encouragement. I'm glad y'all are enjoying everything. More to come hopefully sooner than later. :)

Here's the link to it on SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/franco-esteve/orchestral-musings
copyright©2016 Franco Esteve. All rights reserved.
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Wicked, the musical, is truly wicked

This is a review of Wicked, the musical, playing in the Apollo Theatre in Victoria, London, based on the performance the 15th of April, 2016


As a fan of the Wizard of Oz, I had been looking forward to seeing Wicked, the musical, for years. We went to the Apollo Theatre in London, right outside Victoria station, and were lucky enough to get great seats in the stalls with a clear view of the stage. I went in with no expectations, considering the critic’s horrible reviews and the fact that so many people loved it. I was sure the reality was somewhere in-between and we weren’t disappointed.

Stage at the start of the show. The dragon is useless and only moves a couple of times to entertain the upper floor seats. The rest of the set is awesome and well managed. Photo: Franco Esteve

The show 


As a show, Wicked is absurdly over-the-top entertaining. It’s a bit too long, though. You could cut about an hour and still have an amazing show with less issues. As a spectator though, there’s lots of effects, dancing… it’s all overdone in order to be a great spectacle. If you watch it as a fun musical concert spectacle, it’s definitely good, which is probably why so many people love it. The entire cast is brilliant and put on a highly entertaining show.

The music


As Wicked is a musical, it’s the music that’s the star, but unfortunately, it’s both a weak and strong point. Emma Hatton, who plays Elphaba, the wicked witch of the West, is impressive in the role, and is a truly amazing singer, stealing the show. Unfortunately though, her voice is too good for the material, which at times makes everything else seem worse. Also, the songs themselves aren’t all that memorable or impressive, some of them seemingly disjointed and out of place. There are a couple which were absolutely brilliant, most people have their favourites, and one can’t expect all of them to be awesome or to like them all. The biggest issue is that there’s very little unsung dialog, and the sung dialog outside of songs feels completely disjointed and just isn’t great.

Savannah Stevenson (Glinda) and Emma Hatton (Elphaba). 
Photo by Matt Crockett. From the official website at http://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/

The Story


Despite loving weird twists on classics, this is one of the most disgusting stories I’ve ever seen in like… ever! It’s definitely NOT for children, unless they’re white, blonde and popular. The overall message of the story is that if you’re different, a different skin color, clothes, or personality, if you don’t conform and aren’t popular, if you’re ugly and not like the white, beautiful, blonde, and popular people, then you should die or sacrifice yourself in order for those white, beautiful, blonde people to shine in the world and be celebrated. Wow!!!! Now THAT is truly wicked! And to think so many millions of kids have watched and memorized this message into their brains! Very sad. How can this show even continue? From beginning to end, I found that I hated every character I ever loved, as they were portrayed as very nasty people. It tries to explain the Wizard of Oz… except it doesn’t.

Conclusion

But I guess that if you turn off your brain, and try to simply watch the show as a visual spectacle, it will certainly be an entertaining experience. It will be especially awesome if you’re beautiful, blonde, or popular.

 Pros: Theatre in great location, fun spectacle if you turn off your brain, Emma Hatton is amazing as is the cast overall and worth a listen live.

 Cons: Too long, seats not comfortable enough for the long running time, songs not good enough, not enough dialog to tie the songs together, story has a disgusting message, not for kids.

Just pondering…


P.S. I have a feeling, considering the popularity of this musical, that I’m not going to be… Popular! ;)
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Saturday, January 02, 2016

Sunrise Part 1 on SoundCloud

Happy New Year everyone!!! I hope that it brings great things for all of you. To start off the year, I thought I’d share with you another of those little pieces of music I wrote when writing the music for The Doll Chronicles. It’s another short, little classical piece called Sunrise Part 1. The other parts are incomplete and disjointed so I’m only posting this one for now. I hope you enjoy it!
Thank you for the wonderful messages so many of you have sent. I hope to include some of this music in a The Doll Chronicles album, sometime this year, or as a separate release. Thank you again for your support, and have a great year! :)
Here’s the link to the piece on SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/franco-esteve/sunrise-part-1
copyright©2016 Franco Esteve. All rights reserved.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

¿Quién “ganó” las elecciones del 20D en España?

Here's another Spanish language article I wrote on Medium.com. This one follows the political discussion and analysis from my previous Spanish articles on Medium.com, and considering the result of the Spanish election on December 20th, 2015, I've asked the question, "Who "won" the elections?" and if 72% of the people didn't choose you, "Did you win?" Sorry, it's once again, only available in Spanish as it's Spain focused, but hopefully the translators will give you an idea. I hope y'all enjoy my pondering. You can click below or here.

¿Quién "ganó" las elecciones del 20D en España?

El 20 de diciembre se celebraron unas elecciones nacionales en España. Como suele ocurrir cuando hay elecciones, salen los partidos a celebrar que "ganaron", pero, ¿se "ganan" unas elecciones? "El único ganador o perdedor en la política es el pueblo" - F. Thomas Ferdinandson.

Siguiendo la discusión política y el análisis de mis artículos previos en Medium.com y considerando el resultado de las elecciones del 20 de diciembre en España, me he preguntado, "¿Quién "ganó" las elecciones?" y si 72% de las personas no te escogieron a ti, "¿Has ganado?" Espero que les guste mi pensamiento en "voz alta".  Para verlo, pueden hacer clic en el bloque o aquí.

#‎Elecciones2015‬ ‪#‎20D‬ ‪#‎PP‬ ‪#‎PSOE‬ ‪#‎Podemos‬ ‪#‎Ciudadanos‬ ‪#‎MarianoRajoy‬ ‪#‎PedroSanchez‬ ‪#‎PabloIglesias‬ ‪#‎AlbertRivera‬
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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

A dangerous mind on SoundCloud


Working on the music for The Doll Chronicles series of short films, I've written a lot of music in many genres as I tackle the different ideas that come into my mind. You've already heard the boogie-woogie styled iBoogie, and now, I thought I'd post a classical piece for you to listen to called "A dangerous mind".

It was originally written as different parts, which made it much longer, but since it didn't work for The Doll Chronicles, I've selected my two favorite sections and merged them before posting them on SoundCloud for you to listen to. I hope you enjoy it!

I'm still debating whether to release these either independently (like iBoogie) or within The Doll Chronicles album I'm planning to release next year. If many of you send me a message asking for a release, I'll do it sooner than later. Otherwise I'll wait until I release Apocalypse and the album sometime next year. :)
Thank you for your support.
Here's the link on SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/franco-esteve/a-dangerous-mind
copyright©2015 Franco Esteve. All rights reserved.
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