Posts Tagged ‘SoundCloud’

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Pure Melvin

November 12, 2014

What’s up with the bad vibes, man? Well, after having experienced more than my fair share of shit going through a rough patch – don’t ask – I decided to vent with the all-new synth punk/garage wave project Pure Melvin. For those expecting something similar to Videogram or Call Me Greenhorn this couldn’t be further from it as it is aggressive, dark and kinda punk rock in its delivery.

Teaming up with Aussie musician Jamie Coghill, who’s handling the rhythm department, we’re currently in the midst of working out tracks for what’ll either end up as an album or an EP. This is more spontaneous than my previous projects and we’re making an effort not to overproduce or overthink anything. Just blast it out, keep the energy intact and maintain the freshness of each idea.

It’s too early to tell if this is a one-off kinda thing or something I’ll return to, but make sure to check out Officer Friendly rough mix on SoundCloud and give us a “like” on Facebook here. More tunage coming soon!

EDIT: Just finished up another track tonight and decided to post it on SoundCloud, so make sure to give Clone Factory a spin as well!

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2077: Raiders of the Apocalypse

November 4, 2014

So, yesterday saw the premiere of Videogram‘s video for 2077: Raiders of the Apocalypse on YouTube, released to coincide with the limited edition 7″ lathe cut version available via Facebook only.

The video – that’ll also see a physical release later on this year – was created using footage from the 1975 post-apocalyptic oddity A Boy and His Dog starring Don Johnson and one of my first efforts working with Adobe Premiere.

The 7″ is pretty much a vinyl collector’s wet dream and I really went out of my way to make it, well, kinda insane, ha ha ha. These babies are custom made by hand on square see-through plastic and comes with a 7″x7″ sticker instead of a sleeve. These are extremely limited and you can get yours here. Give it a spin on SoundCloud.

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Electronic Phantasmagoria

August 7, 2014

 

Head on over to SoundCloud and check out Death Waltz Recording Company‘s all-new horror mix Electronic Phantasmagoria. Roughly an hour’s length, this mix is a collection of “commercially unavailable electronic soundtrack music from the 60s and 70s.”

Culled from various VHS (?) sources, this is a great collection of lesser-known tracks, ripped from low-budget, sleazy horror films, so expect hiss, crackle, sound drop outs, distortion, abrupt editing and freaky dialogue – just perfect!

Speaking of SoundCloud, I just uploaded Regina dei Cannibali End Titles to Videogram‘s official page. Check it out.

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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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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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Charles Bronson

May 10, 2014

Here we go: I was recently asked by Doc Terror to contribute a mix for their Italian Horror Week in June, and instead of culling some choice cuts from my vinyl and CD collection – and this is where the workaholic in me shines through – I immediately suggested creating all-new Call Me Greenhorn tracks instead.

I’ve currently finished up roughly a dozen tracks, with some 3-4 demoed ideas waiting to be worked on, and decided to post a teaser taste on my SoundCloud to start promoting the release (that will be available on Amazon, Spotify, Bandcamp etc. later on). We’re talking a total of between 12-17 tracks and roughly 30 to 40 minutes of various horror/exploitation-inspired sounds. Check out Charles Bronson and get ready for June!

EDIT: My bad, the Italian Horror Week is in July, not June.

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Giallos Flame

April 26, 2014

I recently did a live interview with Beyond the Playlist (online in June!) and feel kinda lame as I completely forgot to plug this artist while I had the chance: Giallos Flame! The pseudonym for UK-based (?) multi-instrumentalist Ron Graham, this project is my personal fave when it comes to modern, horror OST-influenced music ’cause his works is second to none. Not only influenced by the Italian-produced exploitation fare of the 1970s and 80s, his works have the sound and feel down so cold that they easily could be mistaken for the real thing. Those lesser morally inclined could probably get away with putting his vinyl records in dusty, pre-worn sleeves and sell to the uninitiated on eBay for impressive sums and none of them would be the wiser.

giallosNow, Ron seems to be quite the reserved, private guy as he’s been active for more than a decade, but I’d be damned if I could find any additional information or interviews online – an interesting experience as it both frustrates you and reinvigorates your inner nerd (actually, giving it a raging hard-on would be a more proper phrase) as it has you clawing for those scraps of knowledge picked up here and there, furiously assembling them in order to complete the picture. It’s almost like a throwback to the pre-internet late 1980s when horror movies could be rare, uncensored edition usually meant “third generation copy” and information about said titles surfaced once every second year in fanzines that took 6 to 8 weeks to arrive in your mail box. If this is a thought-out marketing strategy I gotta hand it to whoever’s behind it for pulling off the intriguing-mystery-artist image in an age where everybody has an online presence, especially musicians that have a tendency to promote every fart, burp and chord produced during the day. All joking aside, like The Active Listener stated last year his obscurity is puzzling.

He’s done some movie work, composing musical scores for low-budget horrors such as Murder-Set-Pieces and Black Devil Doll, and his discography includes several albums and EPs – all on independent labels. Recently signing to Rotary Tower – both a record label and music library meaning you can license his works for media use – there are two new releases in the plans, Archivio Giallo volumes 1 and 2, collecting over two dozens of rare and unreleased tracks into one hour-long retro experience. Both can be streamed in full on SoundCloud (links below) and I also took the time to create a playlist on YouTube, culling together all the tracks I could find. Check him out!

Website: http://giallosflame.blogspot.com
Facebook:
 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Giallos-Flame/223057054378764
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-giallos-flame
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1700116/

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Joe Davolaz

April 2, 2014

Here’s a quickie song byte I discovered via the UK show Project Moonbase: Joe Davolaz! A fellow Swedish sextet that really got the retro exotica sound down cold. Their track Piña Colada emulated the vibe so perfectly it had me convinced it’d fit perfectly in a mid-60s genre movie – maybe even a French one as there is a slight ye-ye influence to be heard.

Soon to be released as a 5″ flexi disc on Tona Serenad. Check out their SoundCloud for further info.

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Max Tannone

April 1, 2014

Head on over to SoundCloud and check out Max Tannone‘s brilliant album Mic Check 1234!. Ten mashups in all blending together punk rock outfits like The Ramones, Black Flag and Reagan Youth with rappers such as Tupac Shakur, Nas and Public Enemy.

I found Max via the 2009 Doublecheck Your Head album that saw him remixing seven tracks by The Beastie Boys, but the punk-meets-rap effort turned out to be a personal fave where the familiar classics were turned on their ears with surprising and fresh results.

Keeping himself busy DJing, mixing and producing, this New York-based musician also creates original music on his own – and last year saw him release a documentary about one of the remaining video stores in NYC, so you know his heart is in the right place. All the albums are available as free downloads so make sure to check him out here and visit his official website at www.maxtannone.com.

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