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Spooky Season

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It’s that time of year again! No, not Christmas. Much creepier. When the dead rise up from their graves, the vampires exit their coffins, and children get the sort of sugar rush that the rest of us should envy. I still love sweets, of course, but it’s been ages since I pounded any pixie sticks. An occasional oatmeal cookie is fine, but do you remember dumping out your plastic pumpkin and sorting all the caramels from the bit o’ honeys? I’d hit the mini candy bars first, but I’d eventually make my way through every last sweet tart. Those were the days!

Me, on the floor, playing a small synthesizer with a reading light attached to it, surrounded by guitar pedals.

What I’m getting at here is that me and Brendan recorded some real spooky sounds in the spirit of our favorite horror films and called the result “Dark Ocean Echo.”

A tape machine and a Space Echo

A synth, some percussion toys, and a bunch of effects make for a pretty haunting fifteen minutes. I think Brendan even growled into the mic a few times!

Brendan playing percussion toys into a microphone.

We did it live to tape, as one long improvisation, and we mixed it down on our Tascam analog console. For the video, I just used the ending of Carnival of Souls (1962; Public Domain), and it fits remarkably well. You can download the song and video here, if you like.

A very pleasing square photo of a Space Echo, with an SH01a synth on top, and a tape machine in the background.

I’ve been a little preoccupied with completing an album lately (and I just got another DC artist grant that should help push me across the finish line!), but I will put out some proper Patreon posts soon. In the meantime, have a good scare!

-R.

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