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.
One of which is, of course, those cheap Halloween spooky sound effect CDs that you can find at just about any store that sells discounted high fructose corn syrup. I’m sure you’ve seen them before, usually done up in orange and black with lots of creaky doors, dragging chains, screaming, etc. Sometimes they have scary stories on them. I’ve been collecting these recordings for years. In all formats: CD, tape, record, etc. (if any one has seen a mini-disc spooky sound effects ‘official’ release, please let me know) And the thing I love the most about them is their poor quality. Usually there is an inverse relationship between how much you pay for the recording and how awesome the recording is. Beyond some of the interesting stuff that has passed as ‘haunting music’ it fascinates me to no end how and why these CDs are produced. I imagine some failed sound designers and some goths getting together and mass producing these CDs for my entertainment.
I’ve just gotten my first batch of CDs during a recent trip to Dayton, Oh. 4 discs from CVS. I’ve listened to a bit of them, but I’ll throw up some fotos and a review later…
Now to our Amen portion of the blog. I’ve been asked to bring some of the gems from the drum & bass end of the electronic spectrum to Ghettoblaster. So to best facilitate my rants and to superimpose some sort of narrative on to the blog, I’ve got some ground rules that I’ll abide by. My task is to go through the entire back catalog of d&b records available on Juno. Juno records is a London based electronic music specialist that’s been around since ’96. Defiantly one of the biggest record shops that specializes in electronic dance music. Right now they have about 2700 records in their back catalog. So I’ll be writing and reviewing for a while. Additionally, they update their catalog every week, and if you know how quickly singles come out in the d&b world, it’s almost an impossible task to complete the entire catalog. But it’s my spring board. I enjoy dubstep and just ‘bass’ music, or what ever you’d like to call all the splinter genres with roots in dub, jungle, what-have-you. There’s a lot of genre pollination right now, so I feel it’s a good time to spot light some of the newness. Drum & Bass was the one that got me into electronic dance music, and I’ve been a DJ for about 8 years. And sometimes I get more than free drinks when I play out! But it always surprises how other DJs hate on d&b. Or how people sometimes have no idea how to dance when you’re playing d&b.
So for our benefit I will take stock of what’s good, what’s bad, and what is just plain ugly. I’ll take 20 singles at a time, basically one page of the back catalog, and muse about what I’ve been know to call “jazz’s redemption from fusion and its natural evolution.” Pumpkin flavored ale is also a seasonal treat I enjoy.
That’s the impetus. Basically. Stay focused on your computer screen.