IN EAST LA
FINE ART & FILM ART
POST IMPRESSIONIST PAINTINGS
ONE ARTIST EXHIBIT"
12 INTIMATE STORIES
FIVE PLUS TWO
OR TRUE STORIES
GIRL - FUNNY LADY
OF THE RINGS
I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER
& FILM ASSOCIATES
PAIRED ART WORKS
MEMORIAL ART FUND
& JAMES CAMERON
TWO MAYORS CALLED
YORTY & ZOLL
3 MAGIC WISHES
OFFICIAL WITCH OF LA:
THE DE-SPELLING OF LA
& A POLITICAL MISHAP
NEW BOOK :
BOOKS & RECORDS
A PSYCHIC EXPERIMENT
FINE ART & FILM ART
BOOKS & STUFF
TO THINK ABOUT
MENTOR & LOUISE
PAST & PRESENT
ARTICLES & STORIES
EDITORIALS & COLUMNS
WEBSITE TEXT --
for the Arts
Long, long ago, Bebe and Louis Barron were married and worked
together as the creative team who wrote the Musical Theme for
one of Mentor's earlier films. The MGM film went on to become
the classic: FORBIDDEN PLANET
The Barron's composition was a major break through in electronic
music. As innovators of this certain 'sound', Bebe and Louis Barron
were respected and well known for their music, even before the
film project and continued to make 'waves' in the music industry
long after. But despite the film's incredible success and theirs,
this was the only film to ever display their talents. Sadly they
were never again
involved with any other movie. This was the world's loss.
IMDB calls Forbidden Planet " The Best SF Film Of The 1950s
" IMDB viewers have also credited it with not just three
or four or five gold stars, but ten. On the scale they use of
one to ten they gave it a ten. If the scale had higher perimeters
viewers would have given the film the top. One to twelve? Then
for sure it would have been given a twelve.
The couple has been written about extensively, throughout the
world. Their work on Forbidden Planet led the way for other artists
and composers. "Although this intensely cerebral approach
to film music would never be repeated, and although electro-acoustic
instruments such as the Theremin had already been used in Hollywood
for several years previously, the Barrons proved that a film score
did not need a traditional symphony orchestra to be successful,
and opened a floodgate which allowed composers to make use of
new and innovative electronic techniques in their music."
- Movie Music Composer Gallery UK (c)
Neither Mentor nor the Barrons won any awards for Forbidden Planet.
They were young and lacking in power.
In fact in Mentor's case, even today, many manufacturing technicians
declare they've created Robby. However though they put together
the nuts and bolts, that is about the same as if a carpenter insisted
he should get the credit for the Architects renderings. Building
is one thing. Designing is another.
Although he didn't of course 'make' the mechanical Robby the Robot,
Mentor did create the Robot's 'look' along with the film's. The
Industry knows that Mentor did the Conceptual Designs. And as
memory serves all the old timers; George Pal
required everyone working on the film in either pre or post production
follow them ~ exactly.
In the case of the Barrons, a complicated Union dispute caused
their names to be withdrawn from the Academy Award nominations.
How sad. How petty. How incredibly political. Everyone knows --
but still ...
Despite the multiple awards being grabbed left and right, and
the creators being ignored, time brought it's own award. High
quality creativity surfaces. Today, everyone in the industry knows
who did what. Who made the Music? Who made the Designs? If anyone
Keys in Bebe and Louis Barron on any search engine the couple
pops up all over the Net, everywhere. And the word genius is synonymous
with their names. And Mentor is called The King of the Illustrators.
The artists were young at that time of Forbidden Planet. And everyone
was inspired. Creativity is a gift from the Cosmos. It seems everyone
was marked. The gifted set the pace for the future.
Mentor had been hired to work in the film industry due to his
Fine Art Drawings. He worked directly with the Producers and Directors.
The Producer George Pal, immediately gave him the position of
Production Designer and Conceptual Artist for the entire film.
Mentor's name was left off the credits, not due to anyone's maliciousness,
but due only to Film Making being a tough industry and you have
to speak up -- loud and clear. Sometimes artists like the young
Mentor was...might say, "Who cares?" And besides, Forbidden
Planet wasn't Forbidden Planet yet.
Many years later, as Destiny would have it, when I was asked by
Warner Bros. Recording Studios, to do a 'spoken word' an LP Album
~ related to Witchcraft, the Producer Jim Hill demanded that Warner
Bros. contract the Barrons to do the musical background. It blew
my mind. SEDUCTION THROUGH WITCHCRAFT and my husband's FORBIDDEN
PLANET: The Barrons in the middle of it all. What were the odds?
I find it difficult to think of the Barron music as being 'background'.
I loved it. The world loved it. And just like the film, the recording
too became a classic It has a
World-Wide dedicated following. It still gets radio time. That
blows my mind too.
I wrote the 12 cuts that i speak on the recording and the Barrons
created music for each of them. I'm convinced that there could
never have been any other sound that would have so successfully
accompanied my words. The happy collaboration imposed by the Warner
Bros. Producer Jim Hill, was obviously inspired by the Cosmos.
The professional relationships and the projects all show evidence
of ethereal coincidences. Our particular creative combinations
never happened again. There was a Sci Fi movie at one Studio,
a 'spoken word' album at another, two married couples who for
a period of time all came together, with well over a decade separating
the potentials ~ and creatively clicked.
The four of us, afterwards, independently went on to do many other
things with our talents. But so long as there is a Internet, I
have no doubt that our 'Dual' team efforts will continue to receive
the kind and warm attention that they do today. Forbidden Planet
and Seduction Through Witchcraft are acknowledged
on several hundreds of websites and called, 'special' The websites
all freely offer our efforts gold stars and complimentary reviews.
The 'Reviewers' claim FORBIDDEN PLANET and SEDUCTION THROUGH WITCHCRAFT
are both worth 'seeing' and 'hearing'. And that Bebe and Louis
Barron and Mentor and I are worth everyone's effort. Nice.
Those friendly film and recording reviewers never realized Mentor
and I were a married couple. They also never made any connection
between the film and the recording. But of course none actually
existed except in Spirit.
Mentor and Louis are no longer creating their art here on earth,
but my wish is that they may again meet. And if they do? Who knows?
It worked once before. Why not now?
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