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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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Lunchmeat!

August 5, 2014

lunchmeat

…as weird as it is for an old punker to admit, VIDEOGRAM is sort of a concept album… Head on over to Lunchmeat VHS Fanzine to read the all-new interview I did, covering the origins of the album, what’s coming in the near future and a pretty damn fine review of the album as a whole.

Sellergren has masterfully captured the most iconic aural tropes of Italian horror scoring, pushed them through his own personal filter, and melded them with an unmistakable and eerie 80s synth-driven scope of sounds to concoct what may just be the most powerful piece of electronic scoring to hit the horror community this year.

Read it here and check out the official page on Facebook here.

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PMB188: Vision Receiver

August 4, 2014
Image copyright Andy Fielding 2014.

Image copyright Andy Fielding 2014.

Cheers to DJ Bongoboy and MC Zirconium of Project Moonbase who aired Regina dei Cannibali End Titles off the Videogram album during last night’s show Vision Receiver!

Roughly an hour’s length, the episode features some cool Nigerian funk courtesy Keyboard, more reissued material from Italian composer Piero Umiliani and a nice track from Jez Butler. Stream or download it here.

More podcast action comes via Dead Air that aired mid-July. Featuring Doc Terror himself, it covers the Italian Horror Week, Lucio Fulci‘s cult classic video nasty The Beyond and a discussion about my recent album. Stream or download here. While on the subject, the video:

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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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Queen of the Cannibals

July 20, 2014

What’s eating you, pal? Check out the all-new video for Videogram‘s Regina dei Cannibali End Titles. Premiering during Doc Terror‘s Italian Horror Week – that wrapped today – it’s gotten its fair share of positive feedback and I’m pretty satisfied how it turned out.

Drawing inspiration from UK video label VIPCO‘s trailers, I used footage from the 1983 Italian obscurity Adam and Eve vs. The Cannibals. Considered to be in the public domain, it’s a pretty cheesy effort and I gotta admit, not anywhere near as gruesome as say, Cannibal Holocaust or Eaten Alive!.

Check it out (NSFW), there’s more in the works to be made official later on and make sure you give the album a spin.

 

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Videogram!

July 11, 2014

Doc Terror just kicked the Italian Horror Week in gear which means that today sees the release of Videogram‘s first album. Featuring sixteen tracks, this self-titled effort draws inspiration from all sorts of genre sounds created in the 1980s.

In a review-slash-interview just posted on the official site, Doc sums it up “This was something new. Something special. Videogram was born from the souls and corpses of Italian schlock as well as exploitation and horror cinema of the 1970’s and 80’s. With strong John Carpenter sensibilities and layered simplicity that evolves into an aggregated fire storm of sound, this is an album to check out.”

There are physical formats in the works, but $7 gets you the full album/VHS experience via Bandcamp. The album is also available on Amazon, Spotify, Deezer and eMusic, with iTunes coming later on. One more teaser has been posted on my SoundCloud. Check it out.

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Videogram pre-order

June 29, 2014

Well, the countdown has begun with less than two weeks ’til Doc Terror‘s Italian Horror Week kicks off. And man I am psyched! This past Friday saw the initial pre-order release of the Videogram album and I can’t believe the response I’ve gotten so far!

I’ve been sending out promo downloads like crazy since Thursday, and after receiving a super-positive plug from Lunchmeat VHS Fanzine things really turned up a notch. Leaving me kinda flabbergasted to tell you the truth.

Now, I can’t make anything official just yet, but I have received some offers of releasing the album on various physical formats – including one that’ll have VHS fanatics salivating – and already conducted two interviews (with more to come) and there’s a couple of shout-outs and plugs coming in the near future. And how crazy is it that the album has already placed second in the horror soundtrack category on Bandcamp two weeks prior to its release?

Anyway, make sure to check out the pre-order tracks, $7 gets you the full album on July 11th, visit my new SoundCloud for a taste of Charles Bronson and 2077: Raiders of the Apocalypse – both tracks available as free downloads via my Bandcamp, provided you have a valid email address.

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Interview with Jamie Coghill

June 27, 2014
image courtesy Beyond the Playlist.

image courtesy Beyond the Playlist.

Check out Australian musician Jamie Coghill (aka The Jimmy C‘s) interview with Hammond Chamberlin over at Beyond the Playlist. Pretty in-depth (and twice as long as my own) they cover how he got into music, his creativity and work for The Adventures of Superseven and Sandra West. You’ll find it here.

While on the subject, Jamie recently signed with Foghorn Media, re-releasing his The Adventures of Superseven and Sandra West Original Web Series Soundtrack album as a seven-track EP. Check it out on iTunes here.

image courtesy Foghorn Media

image courtesy Foghorn Media

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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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Mail Call

June 18, 2014

HoM

Just a quickie note as I am keeping quite busy finalizing the Videogram mix/album for Doc Terror‘s coming Italian Horror Week: Last week I received my House of Monsters Kickstarter backer goodies in the mail; t-shirt, an original piece of artwork and key that enables free downloads of all the coming episodes. Neat stuff and I am loving the t-shirt!

A nice throwback to the Rankin/Bass Mad Monster Party stop motion animations of the 1960s, this project looks great and I am happy to be on board. Make sure you check out their official page on Facebook here, the official website can be found here and you can read my interview with creator Dawn Brown here.

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