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Ah! Savor the musty air of the thrift store. Get fascinated by the visceral artwork of the 30-year-old artifact in your hands. The back of the worn-out VHS sleeve reads:
After NYPD raid the home of dreaded serial killer The Manhattan Mutilator, they find evidence of ritual cannibalism with all traces leading to remote Caribbean island Azul.
Sandra Knowles, the sister of one of his victims, teams up with investigative reporter Peter East, police lieutenant Graham Gordon and female anthropologist Barbara Stanfield to investigate further.
Once arrived they find an island in the grip of fear, with the natives having resorted to voodoo superstitions to protect themselves against a centuries-old curse promising the return of plantation slaves killed in a massacre, and a sugar cane plantation owner that’s not all what he seems…
Ever heard of Fabrizio Ardente‘s ZOMBIES: Island of the Living Dead? Don’t feel bad if you haven’t ’cause it never existed. But I do like the plot summary.
If memory serves me correct it was back in March this year when I had the idea that the tons of sounds available to me would be perfect for doing an 80′s sounding OST inspired by the Italian-produced horror films in my collection. I spent a Sunday going through the retro synth sounds in Reason 6.5 and towards the end of that day I had A Modest Tribute to Fabio Frizzi finished. As clunky as it sounds to me now when I have the updated version finished it’s still available on my SoundCloud.
Anyway, with that initial try somewhat successful, the idea of doing a complete soundtrack album was born. Just make up a fake title, do a basic plot line to get a rough idea of where the thing’d be going and create some fitting tracks similar to what Fabio Frizzi did for Lucio Fulci‘s cult classic splatter-fest Zombie Flesh Eaters and Nico Fidenco for Marino Girolami‘s Zombi Holocaust and presto! Instant nerd-boy fun. I did a couple of demos in April, put them in the “to do” folder and with the exception of one productive day in June, well, kinda forgot all about it. Too bad my social media ad promised its release in August! So, fast forward to last week when this happened:
Well, there’s nothing like a time limit to kick your ass into gear, and with my duties for The Norliss Tapes‘ upcoming full length finished it was just a matter of “don’t think do”. If anyone else out there is into Jung you know what he says about letting the subconscious take control, and these past couple of days has been nothing short of a whirlwind of creativity that once finished actually don’t sound like someone unleashed the Tazmanian Devil in a Moog factory – even though that is how I perceived the experience, ha ha ha.
So, I’m pleased as heck to announce Call Me Greenhorn‘s soundtrack album L’Isola dei Morti Viventi! Eighteen tracks in total, with songs, cues and stings ranging from almost cutesy (for me) Caribbean-influenced sounds to pure psychedelic LFO freak-outs. It was a blast to work on and I’m hoping horror hounds out there will agree and take to liking it.
Available via my Bandcamp here and for your listening please just click “play” below. And help get this out to the horror community!