I think about a world to come where the books were found by the golden ones, written in pain, written in awe by a puzzled man who questioned, "What are we here for?" All the strangers came today and it looks as though they're here to stay.

-David Bowie "Oh! You Pretty Things"

Monday, August 9, 2010

Wizard People, Dear Reader

Wizard People, Dear Reader is an alternate soundtrack to the film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone made by Brad Neely in 2004. The idea is that you mute the film and play Neely's thirty-five chapter audio book instead of the film's original audio track. It's similar to the idea that you can play the album Dark Side of the Moon as an alternate audio track to The Wizard of Oz, or The Dark Side of Oz, as the conglomerate has become widely known.

There are three ways that Wizard People, Dear Reader can be experienced.

The first and second involve getting a hold of Brad Neely's audio track and matching it with the film yourself, and lucky for us, a web site called Illegal Art has made that really easy. They even included instructions on how to make sure the audio track matches the video track.

The first way of viewing Wizard People, Dear Reader involves downloading the audio track from Illegal Art. There are two tracks that can be burned onto two CDs. Simply right-click them and select Save Link As... Disc 1. Disc 2. I'm certain that the audio track, as well as a dubbed version, are probably available on most of the more popular torrent sites, if you're into that sort of thing.

The second way of viewing Wizard People, Dear Reader involves sending $28 to Illegal Art to obtain a 2-disc hard copy of the audio track. If you enjoy what Illegal Art does, this is a good option, because it helps fund the non-profit devoted to keeping art free. Order Wizard People, Dear Reader here.

The third way of viewing Wizard People, Dear Reader is via the thirty-five chapters that are already matched with their corresponding movie scenes and made available via YouTube on the HarryPotterCentral channel. I was planning on embedding them on this blog, but since there is matched content from the movie that's not possible, so here are the individual chapter links.

Chapter 1: Power-Baby --- Chapter 2: Pork Family Project --- Chapter 3: Harry's Depression --- Chapter 4: Hagar's Gifts --- Chapter 5: London's Bowels --- Chapter 6: With Money I Am Safe --- Chapter 7: Brandish This! --- Chapter 8: Valmart's Club --- Chapter 9: Whooshers --- Chapter 10: The Bear, The Wretch --- Chapter 11: "F*ck Yes," Says Fate --- Chapter 12: Fortune's Grind --- Chapter 13: Food and Phantoms --- Chapter 14: First Day Sucks It --- Chapter 15: missing... --- Chapter 16: Jesus Christers! --- Chapter 17: More Training --- Chapter 18: missing... --- Chapter 19: The Cribbage Match --- Chapter 20: missing... --- Chapter 21: Christmas Yes! --- Chapter 22: Invisibility On! --- Chapter 23: The Gate of Sh*t --- Chapter 24: Hagar's Tale --- Chapter 25: Guess the F*ck What? --- Chapter 26: Harry Boils --- Chapter 27: Wizard's Release --- Chapter 28: The Bear is God --- Chapter 29: The Bear is Dead --- Chapter 30: Holy F*cking Sh*t!! --- Chapter 31: Holy F*cking Sh*t 2 --- Chapter 32: Harry Kicks Back --- Chapter 33: We Are Gods! --- Chapter 34: Awkward Embracers --- Chapter 35: End Credits

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