Michael Stearns – Chronos (O.S.T)

1 Oct

Michael Stearns - Chronos DS423f front

Like the original CD, this album plays as one seamless track.

Album info

Release: DS423f

Source: UHJ CD

Process: UHJ/II



15 Responses to “Michael Stearns – Chronos (O.S.T)”

  1. Owen Smith October 5, 2014 at 13:57 #

    The ambisonics is working really well here, a totally immersive sonic experience and a great demonstration for UHJ/II. I love this music, and to hear it with no speaker making its presence felt but instead wall to wall sound is great.

    I don’t have time today for a direct comparison with the DVD, and I’m away next weekend (off to see Vulcan XH558 for a hangar day), but I can say some of the same music is on the DVD. It’s not the start or the end, it’s a chunk out of the middleof this UHJ disc. But I remember the DVD having a bit more that isn’t on this UHJ disc, so it merits comparison.

  2. joeerand October 1, 2014 at 18:57 #

    Thank you. I’ve never heard his music so I’m looking forward to this.

  3. g335 October 1, 2014 at 13:42 #

    This sentence from the above link review was enough to entice me, “Stearns’ interests in sound design and innovative recording techniques take an equal seat with the music, which captures the drama of large-format film and inspires majestic visuals in the mind of the listener.” This looks very intriguing. Thanks OD, appreciate your efforts. 🙂

    • Owen Smith October 1, 2014 at 15:58 #

      If it’s the same as the clip I have on DVD then it should be fantastic.

      • oxforddickie October 1, 2014 at 16:00 #

        It would be interesting to get a comparison

      • Owen Smith October 1, 2014 at 16:53 #

        I’ll do a comparison myself if it turns out to be the same. The DVD clip only runs for about 10 minutes, though at very high bit rate so even on DVD the picture quality is fantastic.

        It’s a demo and DVD player setup 2 disc set, I’ve used it to set all of my DVD players up and also use it for Blu Ray players as a supplement to the Blu Ray setup disc I have. I think it’s called something like “Ultimate DVD Platinum Edition”, here it is on Amazon UK very cheap:


        And here is some detail of contents on an Australian site:


        For Chronos the Aussie site says:

        Chronos – this is a breathtaking look at the world sped up, or as I like to think of it, from the viewpoint of a very slow-moving entity. We run around in our daily lives like mad ants, and it is disturbing and beautiful to watch. The music is very nice, and like all the clips the surround channels are used aggressively. When comparing DTS with Dolby Digital 5.1, the inevitable conclusion is that DTS has better high-frequency extension, sounding not brighter but just fuller in the high frequencies, as if a veil has been lifted.

      • Owen Smith October 2, 2014 at 00:56 #

        Now I’m at home it says Michael Stern in the DVD booklet as the Chronos artist so ignoring differences of surname spelling I very much suspect this is the same thing. The booklet also makes it clear the picture was taken from an IMAX print, which explains why a) it’s 4:3 aspect ratio (all IMAX was originally) and b) why the picture is so damned good. Proper shot-for-IMAX on large format negatives looks incredible, 70mm negatives shot sideways, gives eight times the negative area compared to conventional 35mm negatives shot vertically (70mm is 4 times the area of 35mm, shoot it on its side doubles it again).

        • crispin14 October 6, 2014 at 21:52 #

          You will also note some “fisheye” curvature. Some of these 6×7 cm films were intended to be projected on a semi-spherical concave surface. In the theatre (from the sweet seats) the lens curve complements the screen shape to straighten the curved lines.
          There is one shot where the camera moves toward a doorway between two lions. You can see the lions appearing to look inward as the camera approaches. In the theatre you would look left or right to see the lions “normally”
          I worked for Asahi Pentax when they were experimenting with this process. They used fisheye lenses from the 6×7 range of medium format SLRs. Not sure, but I also think they tried using these lenses on the projector.

        • Owen Smith October 7, 2014 at 11:43 #

          I have a friend who owns a Pentax 6×7 camera, it’s a big beast. He doesn’t have a fisheye lens for it though.

  4. Owen Smith October 1, 2014 at 13:03 #

    If this is the same thing I have a section of it on a demostration DVD with DTS 5.1 sound. The sound in UHJ should be great, but in this case the loss of visuals is a double edged sword, while they were fascinating in their own right they did distract from the music.

    • oxforddickie October 1, 2014 at 13:29 #

      I’m wonder if the UHJ mix was done especially?

  5. zaphod2359 October 1, 2014 at 12:37 #

    Odd,the freebie link goes to the user sign in page for me.Anyone else?

    • oxforddickie October 1, 2014 at 12:47 #

      It’s the 1st October and the freebie folder has changed. Emails have been sent out.

      • zaphod2359 October 1, 2014 at 12:52 #

        Thanks OD!

        • zaphod2359 October 1, 2014 at 12:54 #

          DUH! If I had scrolled up a bit I’d have seen the email. Apologies.

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