Saturday, December 20, 2008
The Stars Are Out And Shining
A Gash In The Universe (For Poppy Z. Brite)
The Veil of Maya Descends Again
The Veil Between Worlds Grows Thinner Each Second
I recently read the excellent story, "Calcutta, Mother of Nerves", by Poppy Z. Brite, in the fantastic zombie fiction anthology, The Living Dead, edited by John Joseph Adams, and published by nightshade books. I was so struck by the imagery of decay, rebirth, and cosmic eternity contrasted with debased, massed humanity. I was inspired to record three zombie related tunes: Goofer Dust, which is a dark ambient piece, based on processed vocals and nylon-string Spanish guitar (Goofer Dust is dedicated to Zora Neale Hurston, and "goofer dust" is the expression used by voodoo practitioners to refer to grave dust. It was believed that grave dust had magical properties, including the ability to restore a murder victim to life for long enough to avenge their deaths by horribly slaughtering their killer. The other two pieces are "A Gash In The Universe", which is a funeral doom/noise piece, which is dedicated to Poppy Z. Brite, and by extension, Mother Kali, and "The Stars Are Out and Shining", which is an ambient/noise piece. I started out with heavily treated and effected voice and guitar samples from other pieces, then mixed them down and treated them with echo, reverb, and drenched them in delay. The resulting piece sounds a little like a field recording. I love sound manipulation......