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The Titan Was Deemed Unsinkable

May 10, 2013
copyright Sellergren Design 2013!

copyright Sellergren Design 2013!

Get ready for a serious dose of Dub heaviness with this new taste of the coming Call Me Greenhorn full length: The Titan Was Deemed Unsinkable. Oddly enough The Titanic has been popping up as a subject all week, so I went with it and once again took a somewhat completed rhythm track and set out to create sound effects emulating the noises I imagined a sinking boat would make. It was fun editing and experimenting with all kinds of weird stuff and I guess those teenage years listening to Einstürzende Neubauten finally paid off!

FYI the song title is not wrong ’cause if you’re familiar with the weirder side of popular culture you’d know that The Titan was the name of the ship in Morgan Robertson‘s 1898 novella Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan that predicted the Titanic disaster 14 years before it happened! Or, sure do have a lot of odd similarities if you’re more of a sceptic. I went with that name ’cause I felt using one from a real-life disaster that killed 1500+ people was just asshole behavior less than tasteful.

The sleeve was me trying to emulate Winston Smith‘s classic album collages and I think I came pretty close to the stuff he did for Alternative Tentacles, like Jello Biafra with D.O.A.‘s Last Scream of the Missing Neighbors or the The Sky is Falling and I Want My Mommy collaboration with Nomeansno. Eerily enough the woman and child is actually taken from a genuine White Star Line brochure advertising the launch of the doomed vessel, and I got the background image via NASA (it’s actually a photo but I messed around with a couple of filters to make it look more like painted artwork) with both being in the public domain.

So give it a spin on my Soundcloud or down below and don’t forget to share! Cheers!

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2 comments

  1. Really like it, you can definitely get a sense of the sonar sound effects you’d think a boat would make and the creeking as it sinks, very nice!


    • Thank you, Robert! Actually it’s a guitar being tortured at various speeds and then blended together with various forms of delay and reverb.



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