All posts by Chris Janton

Why Hans Zimmer Got The Job You Wanted And You Didnt

Audiophiles – addicted to epic trailer music, adore Soundtracks for movies, shows and video games. Looking for talented yet undiscovered composers.

via Why Hans Zimmer Got The Job You Wanted And You Didnt.

I have to admit, I am kind of addicted to epic trailer music. That’s one of the reasons I go to see *big* films in *big* sound in *big* theaters. Hans Zimmer soundtrack? It’s probably on my list of go see, see again, get some soundtracks.

There’s a great video at the bottom of this article that shows a recording session with 12 players/percussionists. Kind of reminds me of how Berlioz scored for loud, louder, loudest.

A 31 band spectrum analyzer makes a great visualizer ;-) Let’s you see the subsonics wanting to happen (.lt. 40Hz)

United States of Burgers

Arizona’s finest?

Frybread is a post-Revolutionary War American Navajo staple made by frying lightly sweetened leavened dough in lard. It makes an awesome replacement for tortillas in a taco shell, but its an even better vehicle for wrapping around your burger, making it essentially an excuse to eat a deep fried hamburger without feeling quite so guilty about it.

via United States of Burgers.

Rapini with Orzo and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This Needs more rabe!

This recipe comes from a new book that aims to bring new meaning to the term "fast food." It’s titled "Quick-Fix Vegetarian" by Robin Robertson, a Virginia Beach, Va., woman who has written more than a dozen cookbooks and who writes an online cooking column (

This recipe, one of 150 in the book, she says is "extremely versatile," as spinach or chard can be substituted for the rapini, and penne or rotini pasta can be substituted for the orzo.


  • 1 bunch rapini (broccoli raab), coarsely chopped
  • 8 ounces orzo
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • cup chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts


1. Cook the rapini in a pot of salted boiling water until softened, about 3 minutes. Use a pair of tongs or a slotted spoon to remove the rapini from the water and set aside.
2. Return the same pot of water to a boil; add the orzo, stirring occasionally, until it is al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.
3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the red pepper flakes, sun-dried tomatoes and reserved rapini. Cook until the rapini is tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the orzo and season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with the pine nuts.

(Serves 4)

NetNewsWire/Mac Beta

My friends at Black Pixel have released an open beta for NetNewsWire 4 for Mac. It’s free during the beta period.

I downloaded it. I’m using it. I’m excited.

It’s weird to help test an app I used to work on — especially this app. But it’s fun.

Update: I bought it. It’s half-off, just $10, during the beta. No-brainer.

via NetNewsWire/Mac Beta:

Ditto to everything Brent said

Meet The New Boss, Worse Than The Old Boss?

In the last few years it’s become apparent the music business, which was once dominated by six large and powerful music conglomerates, MTV, Clear Channel and a handful of other companies, is now dominated by a smaller set of larger even more powerful tech conglomerates.  And their hold on the business seems to be getting stronger.

via Meet The New Boss, Worse Than The Old Boss? -Full Post | The Trichordist.

Very long, but if you are interested in “publishing” music worth the read. I wonder how much different the book publishing game might be?

Book Publishers Scramble to Rewrite Their Future

While working in a bookstore in Boone, North Carolina, back in 2011, a 36-year-old college dropout named Hugh Howey started writing a series of sci-fi novellas called Wool. His stories were set in a postapocalyptic world where all human survivors live in an underground silo, a microsociety where resources are so scarce that one person has to die before another can be born. Howey had already published a book with a small press, but he wanted to retain creative control, and he didn’t want to go through the arduous process of finding an agent. So he decided to put out the new books himself, selling digital downloads and print editions through Amazon. In the first six months he sold 14,000 copies. Each new installment met with immediate enthusiasm. Within hours he’d receive emails from readers hungry for more.

via Book Publishers Scramble to Rewrite Their Future | Underwire |