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The Addams Family Musical

My Godfather was Charles Addams, creator of “The Addams Family”. Right now he’s spinning in his grave fast enough to power all of Manhattan, but to be fair, he’s been spinning for a while.

As a cartoonist, he created hundreds of bizarre & macabre works, only about 50 of which included characters now known as “The Addams Family”. TV & Movie rights were given to his second wife as part of their divorce, and, although he helped in it’s creation by naming & expanding the characters, he hated the show.

His cartoons, being single moments frozen in time, forced the observer to fill in the blanks as the punchlines and results of the actions therein were often implied rather than shown. I think he felt that fleshing out the characters cheapened his work. However true that may be, the TV show, and later the movie, were, at least, generally faithful to what he had created. Gags from his cartoons were used frequently, and the “Addams” feeling of macabre whimsy was ever-present, even as the characters were expanded beyond anything he’d ever defined.

That’s why I was particularly disappointed in the musical: so many missed opportunities to create something funny that fit into the “Addams Family” canon. By my count, only 2 cartoons were referenced, the songs were mostly unmemorable, and the story, which involves Wednesday getting all lollipops & sunshine over a boy, was an absurd departure from anything Addams. That said, the set design was amazing, and I’m glad I saw the show, especially since I had the opportunity to go backstage afterwards to inspect the sets and props. I just wished the writers had read the cartoons, watched the show, or seen the movie.

After getting home from the show, I re-watched the movie to see if fuzzy memories were sprouting unfair comparisons, and felt vindicated when 2 cartoons were referenced within the first 2 minutes. I quickly lost count of cartoon references, often unsure if a given gag was actually pulled from a cartoon, or simply felt like it was. Every character was better, but most notably, Nathan Lane can’t touch Raúl Juliá’s fantastic performance of Gomez Addams.

If you’re a big “Addams Family” fan and like musicals, go ahead and check it out. You’d probably be more satisfied buying a Charles Addams book and renting the first movie, however.

Testing out streaming surround audio via divShare…

Put on your headphones.

Seriously. Go get them.

Ok, now take a listen to 3L3TRONIC playing at the Robot Heart Bus at Burning Man.

I recorded this using a Zoom H2 velcroed to my shoulder and converted it to binaural stereo using Vortex Zoom Encoder.

This is an unedited clip, hence why you can hear me adjusting the velcro at the beginning as I walk towards the bus. Stick with it, things’ll get more interesting in a sec 🙂

Why binaural stereo (simulated surround) and not true 5.1 channel surround audio you ask? Because I can’t stream full surround, and most likely you can’t play it. (The binaural surround simulation is very effective on (good) headphones, but will just sound like regular stereo when played over your computer speakers) Hear the those intermittent whooshes behind you? Yeah, big fire jets being shot from the latest sculpture by the Flaming Lotus Girls.

Anyway, this was really just a quick post to make sure everything works right. All systems go.

Stay tuned for lots more (edited) surround recordings.