Iconic Italian Film Composer Ennio Morricone Dead at 91

 composer ennio morricone deathOscar-winning Italian film composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. According to his attorney, Giorgio Assumma, he died this morning in a Rome hospital after falling and breaking his leg.

During his lengthy and prolific career, Morricone scored more than 500 films, sold more than 70 million albums won countless awards for his work.

Morricone rose to worldwide prominence for scoring the Spaghetti Westerns directed by his friend Sergio Leone — low-budget films that emerged in the mid-1960s such as Per Un Pugno di Dollari (A Fistful of Dollars) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Utilizing a minimal, sparse ethos, his symphonic soundtracks — which later spanned other genres of film —  transformed the Western genre.

In more recent years, Morricone was hired by Quentin Tarantino to score his western The Hateful Eight. He won his first Oscar outside of his lifetime achievement award for his work on the film.

Among the many directors, actors and musicians paying tribute to the master are British electronic duo Orbital.

On Twitter the duo posted, “So sad to hear that Ennio Morricone has died. He was a great influence. One of the best film composers of all time.”

“I met Ennio a couple of times. The first time he was suitably unimpressed when I gave him a couple of Orbital albums until he noticed my partner was pregnant at which point his face lit up and he touched the bump saying something like ‘ah lovely baby!’ In Italian.”

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Pharrell Williams & Pentatonic Introduce Pebble Cutlery Kit To Reduce Single-Use Plastic

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Are you looking for an environmentally friendly way to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics? Say hello to The Pebble, a reusable cutlery set comprised of a knife, fork, spoon, chopsticks and a straw. The kit arrives in time for 2021 when single-use plastic cutlery, plates and straws will be banned across the European Union.

The Pebble is brought to us by OTHERWARE and produced by Pentatonic, “the world’s leading circular economy company,” in partnership with i am OTHER, the creative collective assembled by Pharrell Williams. You got that all straight?

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What’s inventive is how the Pebble’s case is made from recycled CDs, handles from recycled food packaging and the tips are anodized titanium coated steel to give the unique colored tool heads. It’s easily recycled and can be traded in for new merch created by the manufacturer.

THE PEBBLE BY OTHERWARE KIT

The limited-edition launch colorway benefiting YELLOW, INC, a non-profit foundation established by Pharrell Williams, quickly sold-out.

However, the regular edition of The Pebble is available for US $59 here.

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YouTuber Bill McClintock Unveils Danzig-Donna Summer “Bad Mother” Mash-Up

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YouTuber Bill McClintock has a knack for pairing songs from different genres and eras. He’s produced a slew of clever mash-ups, including Chic’s ​“Good Times” and Iron Maiden’s ​“Rime of the Ancient Mariner” to Ratt’s ​“Round and Round” and Marvin Gaye’s ​“I Heard it Through the Grapevine.”

In keeping with his modus operandi of “making old music new again,” McClintock has unveiled “Bad Mother,” a mash-up of Danzig’s 1988 heavy metal classic “Mother” with Donna Summer’s 1979 pop-disco gem “Bad Girls” produced by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. Yeah, it’s weird, but it kinda works.

Enjoy the video before the notoriously controlling Glenn Danzig presents Mr. McClintock with a cease-and-desist letter.

Jaguar Recalls Last DJ Set Before COVID-19 Lockdown

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Next up in our Last DJ Set series, where we’re talking to a wide range of DJs about their final gig before government-ordered lockdowns and travel bans went into effect in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is London-based Jaguar.

We spoke with the fast-rising DJ talent and BBC Radio 1 presenter about her final set before lockdown and found out what she’s been up to over the past few months. Continue Reading