Tag Archive: “Halloween”

 

One of us.
One of us.

“Just pretending to be in the Ramones I felt cooler than I ever have in Black Flag, Descendents, or All.”

-Bill Stevenson (Descendents/ALL) on playing a Halloween show as the Ramones

I’m sitting behind my drumset on Halloween night on a stage that also doubles as a skate ramp. I can hear the crowd cheering, but I can’t really see them. There are spotlights glaring in my face, and I’m pretty sure the same is true for the rest of my band. We’re going to start our set any second now and I can hear Andrew, who’s on guitar, affirm that everything’s OK on his end. We’re greenlit and ready to go and all I can think of are Bill Stevenson’s words.

“This is going to be fun,” I keep repeating to myself like some Orwellian doctrinal entity. I’m hoping it’ll work. I’m hoping I’ll be convinced.

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PC Treasures, Inc has a quality website.
PC Treasures, Inc has a quality website.

In a world where experimental electronic music exponentially splinters into a multitude of rogue genres that slowly shuffle the globe from demilitarized dance floors to sleeper cell bedroom studios and back, a team of disparate scientists tracks this solanum-like pandemic while desperately trying to interpret cryptic field recordings of Samhain’s past, not one day at a time, but from Amen to Zombie

ZOMBIE

So right out of the gate this one is a 30 minute mix.  Which to me says “Get ready for the journey.”  An easy way to spilt up these audio compact discs, as they are often called, is dividing them into two camps.  Camp one isolates each individual sound, plays them out in order, and then invites you to record Witch’s Laughter and Thunder and Rain together to synthesize your own continuous spooky mix.  Camp two does that for you and tries to make it interesting.  One is like a break record, the other like a mixed disc.

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A true innovator
A true innovator

ZOMBIE
So I’m about to dig into the first of four CDs that I bought in Dayton.  We’ll be starting with:

Creepy Classics: A Mysteriously Moving Collection of Haunting Classical Masterpieces
I’d be willing to bet that Halloween alliteration  started with Vincent Price.  This is not a collection of creaking doors and bubbling cauldrons, but a half an hour’s worth of orchestral music that has some scary history or demonic theme running through it.  For the most part.
Here’s a track listing, I have added the original composer’s names:
1. “Night on Bald Mountain,” Modest Mussorgsky

2. “Danse Macabre,” Camille Saint-Saëns

3. “March Funebre Des Marionettes,” Charles Gounod

4. “March of the Gallows,” Hector Berloiz

5. “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” Edvard Grieg

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One of the possible candidates...
One of the possible candidates...

Easy Freddy. This right here is to be a blog about two important subjects.
1. Drum & Bass
2. Halloween spooky sound effect CDs

Come with us now on a journey through time and space. Every week I’ll be typing up some words to update everyone on this seasons offerings of Halloween spooky sound effects CDs. The Zombie part of this blog.  The Autumn season is upon us, and that means Halloween excitement for me.  Halloween is by far my favorite holiday.  And with the chill in the air also comes seasonal goodies.

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