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October

September 14, 2014

Hey, Sunday! For some odd reason starting this post had me thinking of the SimpsonsSunday, Cruddy, Sunday episode, which has nothing to do with either football or my state of mind – ’cause quite frankly I am having a blast right now – but that’s the way the creative mind works I guess. And the Trio track was just something that seemed fun.

So, October seems to be the month where lots of things are happening. I am keeping quite busy finishing up three different physical releases for Videogram plus a digital Halloween-themed one, so you wanna talk about flooding the market, ha ha ha. I’m just keeping my fingers crossed there’ll be a demand for it because I am working like crazy and hate to see that amount of time, energy and effort going to waste.

One thing that won’t happen though is the Haunted House of Horror mixes I’ve posted on Mixcloud for these past two years. There just isn’t any time for it and since I usually wanna spend a couple of months culling the tracks and work on in-between songs FX I figured I’d pass on it this year. But part one and two are still online so I’m sure I’ll spam the crap out of it re-post both of them later on. And as an added bonus you can finally embed the web players on WordPress!

Also, I received an email earlier this week from Austrian director John Brito. Seems like the first episode of Shadows of Prey is ready to premiere (don’t have a set date, though). I’ve already seen it and think it turned out really good. More episodes are in the works and I’ll start culling together the tracks I created for the series and release them digitally as an EP as soon as possible. Maybe in …October.

 

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R.I.P. Marilyn Burns

August 6, 2014

Marilyn

Well, this day sure started off odd, as the news of Marilyn Burns‘ untimely death pretty much shocked the international horror community. The circumstances are being leaked here and there, and by the accounts I’ve gathered online she passed away in her sleep and was found in her home by a family member. She was 65 years old.

Star and original Scream Queen of Tobe Hooper‘s 1974 horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Burns appeared in other horror fare such as the made-for-TV Helter Skelter, Hooper’s 1977 Saw follow-up Eaten Alive and, alongside fellow Texas alumni Ed Neal (who earlier today wrote a quite moving tribute to her on Facebook), in the 1985 Future-Kill.

Read more at Variety and TMZ.

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(Talkin’ ’bout) My Vacation

July 31, 2014

Wow! Well, the first thing that struck me once I typed in the title of this post was “Gee, that was a quick four weeks!” And yes, looking back this month kinda flew by at an amazing speed. Even though I spent a lot of said time dealing with various outcomes from Videogram – both the project and album – one thing immediately popped up in my head while thinking of these past weeks: This turned out to be the month where I set a new record in sheer amount of naps taken. No joke, I can sum up July 2014 with one letter: Zzzzzzzz.

That said, the first week was spent fine tuning the Videogram album, releasing it to coincide with Doc Terror‘s Italian Horror Week and afterwards kinda being overwhelmed by the reaction it received. The international horror community, especially in the United States, seemed to really take to it and with more interviews and reviews on the way I am cautiously optimistic that we’re still in the beginning of its momentum. Physical releases are being discussed and I am also putting out one very limited edition myself that’s sure to have vinyl collectors drooling.

"That song is evil, I tell ya! Evil! Evil!" Thrilling stats from my Bandcamp page.

“That song is evil, I tell ya! Evil! Evil!” Thrilling stats from my Bandcamp page last week.

As an added bonus I was early on contacted by two horror directors in the US who wants me to produce soundtracks for their upcoming feature-length projects. I can’t give out any more details about that, but I have already expressed my interest in collaborating and it sure is exciting. I’m looking forward to dig in and get my hands dirty!

More music news: I finished up the soundtrack work for Austrian director John Brito, who’s Shadows of Prey horror web series is due to premiere pretty soon. I gotta admit it feels weird to have completed it, and thus not taking an active part in it anymore, but I enjoyed being there for the embryonic stages and wish John and the rest of his crew the best of luck with it. I’m looking forward to seeing the final results!

So what else happened? Well, for me summer offers a great opportunity to get some reading done, so I bought some new books from Feral House, who’s easily my favorite publisher. In an age of mindless pap, they – or is this a one man operation run by Adam Parfrey? – keep putting out jolting, intelligent literature that truly makes the reading experience what it was supposed to be: Riveting, engrossing and full of insights. I picked up two titles, Joseph Scott Morgan‘s horrifying Blood Beneath My Feet: The Journey of a Southern Death Investigator and Brendan Mullen‘s Lexicon Devil: The Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash and The Germs. The latter is an oral retelling in the same vein as Legs McNeil‘s classic Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk and Morgan’s biography probably being the darkest book I’ve encountered so far. Google the title, read up on it and make up your mind if you wanna be exposed to his writing ’cause there’s some truly horrifying imagery being shared and it is not for the squeamish!

Movies? Hmm, off the top of my head only a couple comes to mind, documentaries like Don Argott and Demian Fenton‘s 2011 Last Days HereSean Donelly‘s 2008 I Think We’re Alone Now and TV movies like Steven Spielberg‘s 1971 Duel and John Newland‘s 1973 horror Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.

 

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2077: Raiders of the Apocalypse

June 24, 2014

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Here we go: Yesterday saw the “unveiling” of the cover art for the coming Videogram mix. Created by Bulgarian artist Mike Daskalov, it’s kinda reminiscent of Vestron Video‘s logo complete with the blurriness that came with VHS. The feedback has been great so far and James that runs the Italian Horror Week was thrilled to see it.

More unleashed VHS-influenced goodies is the track 2077: Raiders of the Apocalypse. Inspired by the post-apocalyptic genre movies of the 1980s – Equalizer 3000, Battletruck and Endgame just to mention a few – I’m pretty satisfied with how this one came out. Nice, dirge-y backbeat with some pretty cool synth sounds. Check it out on SoundCloud.

EDIT: In order to make things less confusing, I made the decision that future horror OST-influenced material will be released under the Videogram moniker ’cause, frankly, Call Me Greenhorn is just too damn weird a name and doesn’t really fit. Got a Facebook page up and running and I keep adding Bandcamp page etc. in the near future. Check it out here.

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Don’t Fear Death

June 10, 2014

No pulse, no responsibilities! Now, I wouldn’t use a phrase such as “heartbroken” ’cause it’s way too strong a word, but finishing up the day’s work for the coming Videogram mix last night, I was truly shocked finding out about Rik Mayall‘s untimely death.

Along with his fellow actors of the cult TV show The Young Ones, Rik played a major part of me discovering the British humor I love to this day. It was (and is!) loud, brash, rude and laced with beautiful sarcasm that had me instantly enamored – I guess somewhat “punk” in its attitude. If memory serves me correct I must’ve been in the fifth grade when that first episode aired sometime back in the 1980s with fellow geniuses from the likes of  Monty Python up to today’s The Daily Mash following, bringing me endless enjoyment.

Now, here’s where things get kinda eerie: It turns out that one of the last works Rik did before his passing was to voice the 3-minute short Don’t Fear Death. Produced for Channel Four as part of their Random Acts series it showcases Rik inimitable comic delivery exploring the benefits of, well, being dead. It’s kinda funny albeit bittersweet seeing this now, but it’s worth checking out.

R.I.P. Rik.

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Fly me up, Scotty, fly me up!

June 1, 2014

Help me! Help me! Well, here’s some pretty exciting news: Scientists in Holland (or do they prefer to call it the Netherlands?) announced this past week that they have indeed transported atoms three metres with 100% accuracy. Yup, Star Trek fans salivate, teleportation is now a reality.

The professor in charge of this successful experiment – one Hanson, from Delft University of Technology – stated that “nothing in the laws of physics fundamentally forbids the teleportation of large objects, including humans”, even though that is to be considered pretty unlikely at this point. But he would not rule it out “because there’s no fundamental law of physics preventing it”.

Pretty damn cool news for all sci-fi fans, but didn’t this guy Francois Delambre work on this back in the 1950s? Whatever happened to him? I think David Cronenberg did a movie based on the guy’s research…

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Monster #5!

May 29, 2014
image courtesy Weng's Chop!

image courtesy Weng’s Chop!

Make sure you check out the latest issue of MONSTER! About 70 pages of monster only mania, this, the fifth issue, features reviews of the Filipino Blood Island monster movies, Steve Bissette‘s Godzilla Portfolio, Southern Fried Monsters, and much more! Wrapped in a sleeve courtesy yours truly (I did the back cover Octaman illustration), you can get your copy for $5 at createspace here and Amazon here.

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R.I.P. H.R. Giger!

May 13, 2014
photo credit unknown

photo credit unknown

Well, as the news became official in Swiss media roughly an hour ago, I am saddened to announce that dark genius H.R. Giger passed away as a result of injuries sustained in a fall yesterday. He was 74 years old.

Mostly famous for his brilliant work creating both creature and set designs for Ridley Scott‘s sci-fi/horror classic Alien, most punkers (including myself) probably came across the Swiss artist via The Dead KennedysFrankenchrist album and that insert poster he provided that ended up getting lead singer Jello Biafra in all sorts of legal trouble (check it out here but it’s definitely, positively NSFW).

A genuine artist who’s surreal vision generated both admiration and disgust – but never left anyone unaffected – he was truly one of a kind and will be missed. Make sure to visit his official website here, write some kind words on the Facebook page here, and check out Alien: Behind the Scenes for a fascinating insight into the making of the 1979 blockbuster:

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Son of Electric Frankenstein

May 3, 2014
image courtesy Sal Canzonieri.

image courtesy Sal Canzonieri.

Well, I haven’t had this confirmed yet, but I did create posters for both Electric Frankenstein and The Kung Fu Killers during the time period, and if nothing else I can plug a pretty damn cool book release.

Son of Electric Frankenstein: More High Energy Punk Rock & Roll Poster & Record Art is the second big book of amazing Poster and Record Cover art, showing Electric Frankenstein’s second decade of artwork collected from where the first book, published by Dark Horse Books, left off. 

Delivering more great art and artists from the world of Low Brow, Underground, Kustom Kulture, Monster Art, it features more monstrous works from the who’s-who of poster legends Peter Bagge, John Pound, Johnny Ace, Coop, Art ChantryDirty Donny Gillies, Derek Hess, Alan Forbes, and more…!

Roughly 11 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches with 164 pages in glorious full color, the book cost $35.36. Get it at http://www.amazon.com/Son-Electric-Frankenstein-Energy-Poster/dp/1482686481

EDIT: I’ve had it confirmed by Sal Canzonieri himself that I indeed have my work featured in this book.

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Shadows of Prey

April 29, 2014

Man, is this a great day or what? I am having a major surge of energy today. After a roughly 30 minute walk in the morning sun and catching the solar eclipse seen in Australia online, I received the news that John Brito Films‘ proof of concept for the coming Shadows of Prey horror/sci-fi series has been made official.

Having already seen the twelve-second animation roughly two weeks ago, it still thrills me to no end seeing this initial concept. In so few words I’d say this is pretty damn great, the music and imagery works beautifully and I can’t wait to see the finished results.

Until then, check out John’s own words about the animation here, and since it’s his birthday, how about writing him some birthday wishes on his Facebook?

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