Archive for August, 2013

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L’Isola dei Morti Viventi

August 31, 2013
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copyright Sellergren Design 2013!

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 of doing an 80’s sounding OST inspired by the Italian-produced horror films in my collection. I spent a Sunday tweaking some synth sounds 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” file 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:

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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!

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Two-Fer

August 27, 2013

Well, things have been pretty darn hectic over at Camp Sellergren lately, with more additions to my Society 6 page as well as writing and recording a new album for Call Me Greenhorn – yeah, there’s another one coming. The fourth this year (wanna talk workaholic prolific?), it’s pretty much a 100% pure fan boy project that’s been a complete blast to work on. I’ll post some news about it later on this week.

In the mean time make sure to check out the two latest episodes of The Adventures of Superseven and Sandra West. I’ve been so preoccupied lately I completely forgot to mention Operation: Doom Service that was posted on August 5th (I was busy working on the August 18, 1973 project). Heavy on Zucker-esque comedy the episode has a brilliant intro with phony subtitles plus a nice batch of tunage from both me and Aussie colleague The Jimmy C.

The second episode – Operation: Destructo – got a great spaghetti western intro with a killer track from Jamie (aka TJC). He sent me an mp3 of it a while back and I’ve been listening to it tons of times ’cause it’s just brilliant and would fit in nicely with Morricone‘s work for Leone‘s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. It also features The Ghost of Lee Van Cleef – that’ll be released in October as part of Greenhorn’s Halloween EP – and how cool is it Star Trek‘s BarBara Luna guest stars in it?

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Out now!

August 18, 2013
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copyright Sellergren Design 2013!

Well, here we go: It’s August 18 and I’m stoked to announce that my August 18, 1973 art print series is available via my Society 6 as of now. A total of eight different designs honoring Tobe Hooper‘s 1974 horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, with the Bloodstain Leatherface print coming in a variety of color combinations.

I’m pretty satisfied with the results and the top one Bloody Texas #2 is a personal fave that will end up hanging on my living room wall. As soon as I can afford it, ha ha ha. Anyway, check ’em out here and visit my official Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SellergrenDesign. Cheers!

copyright Sellergren Design 2013!

copyright Sellergren Design 2013!

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August 18, 1973 (event)

August 12, 2013

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On Sunday, August 18, I’ll release a series of art prints honoring Tobe Hooper‘s 1974 horror movie classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Entitled August 18, 1973 it’s a fan boy project as the movie is one of my personal favorites and a remarkable piece of American independent cinema.

The date holds a special place for ‘Saw fans worldwide as “the events of said day were to lead to one of the most grim, disturbing cases of our time”, and the series felt like a nice complement to the occasion that at least for me include a mandatory viewing of the movie.

Do attend the event on Facebook and make sure to share it and invite your friends as you know how the saying goes: “The Saw is Family.”

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/494937290596260/
Official Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/SellergrenDesign

UPDATE: The album’s online, so check out the designs here. Cheers!

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Like Leaves

August 9, 2013

Ursa Major Like Leaves. Two songs. 18 minutes. Throb.

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Gone Batty

August 8, 2013
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copyright Sellergren Design 2013!

Finally, a lil’ something I made for the artsy Ramones fans. All three of ’em. The recent addition to my page on Society 6: Beat on the Brat. Available as art prints; stationery cards; t-shirts, tank tops, hoodies and tote bags as well as iPhone skin and casing, check it out here and I hope you guys like it. I also hope that Linda Ramone doesn’t file suit, ’cause even though it was made as sort of a tribute you’ll never know these days. I guess everyone’s heard about the Black Flag lawsuit this past week.

Speaking of which: I just received an email from the support informing me that up until August, 11th, at Midnight Padific Time, all orders come with free shipping! And that’s worldwide, so go here to start your collection. Please note that the offer excludes framed art prints, stretched canvases and throw pillows with inserts. Cheers!

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Society 6!

August 3, 2013
Come get some!

Come get some!

Well, after spending pretty what little free time I have right now just going through the Sellergren Design “archives”, I finally can announce my page on Society 6 is up and running! Collecting various “art” pieces I’ve done over the years it’s a mix of mutated gig posters, record sleeves and some work that was never used for one reason or another. Available as art prints, iPhone skins, t-shirts etc. there’s 25 designs to begin with, but I’ve got more to come in the near future.

Society 6 is a great concept that I feel truly benefits the artists. It’s an easy way to not only get your work out there – without having to resort to the “free promotion” bullshit that usually mean you don’t earn buck one – but it also enables creating an impressive array of merchandise that would require quite an investment to get up and running the traditional way. They take a percentage for providing this service (of course), but considering what you get for said percentage I feel they’re worth it.

Second, I personally get a kick out of browsing the page and finding some truly great works by artists just waiting to be discovered – at a really affordable price to boot! Now, people can do whatever they want, but why spend tons of your hard-earned cash on either super-expensive art or mass produced works when you can get lots more unique imagery for $20 a pop and as an added bonus support an up-and-coming artist while doing it! Check out guys like Replaceface (that I wrote about earlier this year), Greg Guillemin or Ale Giorgini and I’m positive you’ll agree!

Anyway, the web store can be found at http://society6.com/SellergrenDesign. It got off to a great start when I received an email from the Society 6 support informing me that the Frankenstein art print has been selected to be featured in their official shop (check it out here) and so far I’ve received some pretty cool feedback for my works. So check it out, spread the word and how about joining me on my new Facebook page? Cheers!

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