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Oct 172010

In keeping with Halloweird! October, we bring you Frankenstein 1986, , a new synth-pop soundtrack to the 1931 horror classic Frankenstein, starring Ken Soper, Lawrence Crow, Tommy Stangroom, Cody Bottoms, and JJ Jones. There are some great moments, such as Cody’s electric guitar samples, Ken’s haunting Hammond organ lines, and Lawrence’s Casio SK1 leads; but listening back, I fear we may have been having a bit too much fun. I had the brilliant idea of incorporating a cheap toy drum machine that wears out its welcome . . . oh. . . after about 5 seconds. That’s not the fault of its wielder JJ Jones (who knocked it out of the park with his vocal work on the episode). I even played the drum machine somewhere in the middle of the show. The blame lies with the machine’s downright annoying timbres, which weren’t apparent to me until playback. Tommy Stangroom, who did various percussion and synth sounds, claims it was apparent to him from the beginning. He elected not to play the infernal drum toy.

There’s enough good material here for a decent 30 minute show. In it’s full hour + run time though, I recommend you only listen in sync with the film. Seeing the classic film with an 80’s synth pop soundtrack is a strange, comical, and not unpleasant experience.

What do you think? Does it stand up to the Dracula or Freaks soundtracks?

Stay tuned next week for the Third Annual Halloween Extravaganza, which will focus on the intersection between fear and arousal.

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Oct 162010

Because of a week-long work trip, I wasn’t able to post this episode last Sunday. Never fear though, for another Halloweird! October episode is coming tomorrow evening!

“For the love of beauty is a deep-seated urge which dates back to the beginning of civilization” Freaks opening disclaimer

For episode 36, we created an improvised score to Tod Browning’s 1932 horror film Freaks. The episode stars Ken Soper on Moog synthesizers; Tommy Stangroom on percussion and xylophone; JJ Jones on voice and various toys/chimes; Lawrence Crow on Theremin, Casio SK1, and various toys; Cody Bottoms on laptop, keyboards, and Korg sample pad, and Craig Schenker on saxophone. There are quite a few golden moments in our Freaks soundtrack, and I encourage you to sync the soundtack to the film. Be sure to mute the tv and turn the subtitles on! Syncing instructions in the podcast intro.

We recorded this improv on Thursday, October 7th. Directly after, we recorded an “80’s synth pop” soundtrack to a beloved horror classic. Find out what that film is when we release podcast 37 tomorrow night.

Halloweird October!

Sep 132010

I’ve been trying to get Kelli Shay Hix and Kyle Hamlett of Lylas and Styches on the show for a long time, and this week it finally came together with podcast 32, Stone in Stream. Kelli plays violin and saw. Kyle plays banjo and xylophone. This episode also features Square People Jazz Maturity‘s Tommy Stangroom on drums and first-timer Elle Long on ukulele, xylophone, and electronic toys. First timer Israel Abernathy plays acoustic guitar.

We recorded Stone in Stream on August 20th in the ~ORE~ Studios. We were experimenting with real tape delay — a 15 foot stretch of half-inch tape draped from my reel to reel machine to a pole in the middle of the room. The tape loop, which kept layering over itself due to a covered erase head, gives the episode a dirty and devolving quality — a sharp contrast to the pretty acoustic improv. Stone in Stream reminds me of 60’s psyche folk imploding, and I mean that as praise.

We recorded for an hour and fifteen minutes. For purposes of pacing, I edited the episode down to forty minutes. I hated to  give up some of the outtakes, including an inspired magazine-clipping recitation; but I feel like the show is stronger for the editing.  Sadly, Melody Holt was a casualty of the cutting. She sang and recited magazine clippings on one of the excised parts.  She also provided invaluable assistance throughout the show. I did the live mixing and post production.

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May 152010

Baltimore/Nashville city-straddling experimental rock improv conglomerate New Pangaea join us in the studio for a pretty dynamite improv showcase.  Drummer Tommy Stangroom has previously appeared on the episode Valley Mountain Plateau and plays with Chris Murray’s Square People offshoot Square People Jazz Maturity.  This is guitarist/singer/etc Nathan Blanchard’s first time on the show.  I knew they were right for the show as soon as they pulled out circuit-bent keyboards, hand-made effects pedals, and stacks of day-glo-painted amps.

For the recording, I set up five mics — one mic on each amp and one above the drums.  I mixed live through my Mackie 8-Channel mixer and sent the signal through an Aural Exciter (a first for a T.I. improv), Art tube mic-pre’s/compressors, and finally into my trusty Marantz digital field recorder.  This is the first time in Theater Intangible history where I haven’t had to do any post-processing to the recording (and probably the last time).  No eq, no additional compression. . . it sounded perfect as is.  Hope you enjoy.

I’m currently in Atlanta for Atlanta Skepticamp.  Anything I should do before I leave?