Archive for July, 2014

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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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