Archive for August, 2014

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10 Things

August 18, 2014

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Your musical heroes are not really heroes, they are arrows pointing in the direction of your own potential. Do not allow the thought that “some have it and some don’t”, it’s simply not true. The truth is that some people work for it (unfortunately very few) tirelessly & consistently until they get it. Some of the best artists actually took longer to get there than you would expect.

I recently joined one of those synthwave producers type pages on Facebook, figuring I’d pick up the occasional production tip, tutorials etc. and early on found this great article by musicsoftwaretraining.com. Entitled 10 Things they don’t tell Music Producers …til it’s too late, it offers some great pointers/advice that I honestly feel can be applied to all sorts of creative endeavors and not just music/producing.

Pointers include Your first attempts at making music won’t be greatMost of the tools you think you need, you don’t and Musicianship is optional. Check it out here and a second article entitled Why Quantity is more important than Quality makes for some interesting food for thought. Check it out here.

 

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T Break

August 7, 2014
Smokin'! Uh, literally...

Smokin’! Uh, literally…

Check out my all-new Nix Comics‘ t-shirt that I got in the mail! I love this one. Great design and there’s something kinda Troma-esque ’bout the color, don’t you think? Goes great with coffee and a morning smoke.

Now, these were a limited edition kinda deal, so I’m not sure when these will be re-printed. But head on over to the official website, show ’em some love by ordering yourself some copies and if enough people tell Ken that they want one I’m positive he’ll print up some more!

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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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R.I.P. Marilyn Burns

August 6, 2014

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Well, this day sure started off odd, as the news of Marilyn Burns‘ untimely death pretty much shocked the international horror community. The circumstances are being leaked here and there, and by the accounts I’ve gathered online she passed away in her sleep and was found in her home by a family member. She was 65 years old.

Star and original Scream Queen of Tobe Hooper‘s 1974 horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Burns appeared in other horror fare such as the made-for-TV Helter Skelter, Hooper’s 1977 Saw follow-up Eaten Alive and, alongside fellow Texas alumni Ed Neal (who earlier today wrote a quite moving tribute to her on Facebook), in the 1985 Future-Kill.

Read more at Variety and TMZ.

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Lunchmeat!

August 5, 2014

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…as weird as it is for an old punker to admit, VIDEOGRAM is sort of a concept album… Head on over to Lunchmeat VHS Fanzine to read the all-new interview I did, covering the origins of the album, what’s coming in the near future and a pretty damn fine review of the album as a whole.

Sellergren has masterfully captured the most iconic aural tropes of Italian horror scoring, pushed them through his own personal filter, and melded them with an unmistakable and eerie 80s synth-driven scope of sounds to concoct what may just be the most powerful piece of electronic scoring to hit the horror community this year.

Read it here and check out the official page on Facebook here.

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PMB188: Vision Receiver

August 4, 2014
Image copyright Andy Fielding 2014.

Image copyright Andy Fielding 2014.

Cheers to DJ Bongoboy and MC Zirconium of Project Moonbase who aired Regina dei Cannibali End Titles off the Videogram album during last night’s show Vision Receiver!

Roughly an hour’s length, the episode features some cool Nigerian funk courtesy Keyboard, more reissued material from Italian composer Piero Umiliani and a nice track from Jez Butler. Stream or download it here.

More podcast action comes via Dead Air that aired mid-July. Featuring Doc Terror himself, it covers the Italian Horror Week, Lucio Fulci‘s cult classic video nasty The Beyond and a discussion about my recent album. Stream or download here. While on the subject, the video:

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