Aural Films returns to the Forbidden Planet for our annual Halloween release. We called on sound artists to imagine it was 1956 and record a Krell Music composition to be used at any point in the "Forbidden Planet" film. More than 25 artists from around the world responded with their fantastic creations that you can hear now.
Editor's Note: Jack Hz originally submitted this post on October 29, 2018. Due to oversight and misunderstanding on my part I did not post it until today, thus missing Halloween! My apologies to Jack and everyone in the EC community. Dear friends, when you submit items for publication at EC you should always include the words "For EC" in the subject of your email.
Aural Films is excited to introduce the Krell Music Compilation project. One of the most memorable parts of the 1956 science fiction film "Forbidden Planet" was the mysterious extinction of the inhabitants of Altair VI known as, the Krell. A highly advanced race that developed highly advanced technologies.
Among them, a strangely compelling music unlike anything heard, or seen before. Played by the fantastic, Krell Music Box (shown right). Today, we know the music of the Krell to be the work of Bebe and Louis Barron. Who's innovative work with electronic music and soundtrack scores. Created a world that still inspires sound designers.
That's where you come in! Aural Films is calling on sound artists to imagine it is 1956. You have been commissioned to record a Krell Music composition to be used in Forbidden Planet at any point in the film. Choose any concept, person, place, scene, setting, or other aspect to write some Krell music for - in any way you like. Considering we don't know much about the Krell. You are encouraged to do something different, radical even. The challenge is to keep it KRELL!
Deadline for submissions is September 30th, 2018. Read the full project submission details at https://auralfilms.com/krell-music-compilation-project/
Freshly picked from the archives, we bring you this rare treat! A live performance of NO THING. The group was taped live on Virginia cable access channel by Rob Lippert and friends in 1991. EMjoy this 15+ video that was produced for the Poison Plant cassette label, but never released.
If you like No Thing. Please be sure to check out the NO THING un-boxed set, "Some Things" available on Acousmatique Recordings.
available now at Acousmatique at Bandcamp
"The title refers to that certain timbral or spatial or acoustic property that makes you notice a sound. I record all the sounds I use, both in my studio and in the field and all in M/S Stereo. I listen for that bit of new information in the sound, that uniqueness, that thing that made me turn my head and push record. That’s the sound I use. Sound is an energy field that I’ve been immersed in and worked in my whole life. There are always surprises and ways to treat the ear to new experiences and I try to find them in the real sounds of my world."
All sounds recorded by John Wiggins
Mixed at Wonderland Sound
Mastered by Thomas Dimuzio at GENCH Studios
John Wiggins is best known as an Emmy winning film and television sound designer, working for HBO and his own production company, Wonderland Sound. Wiggins is a master of the techniques of musique concrete, his experimental work often consists of painstakingly arranged synthetic and natural sounds that create extraordinary "living" audio environments. In 2017 Wiggins was one of the distinguished winners of "PRESQUE RIEN" Luc Ferrari Prize.
Acousmatique is a record label from San Francisco, California that is focused on publishing and promoting the best contemporary music by artists from around the world. Follow the label for new publications in the Acousmatic, Electroacoustic, Immersive Audio, Musique Concrete, and West Coast music genres. Check out the full catalog at the Acousmatique site at Bandcamp.
No Thing was a group of three artists who performed in the Washington DC area
between 1989 and 1992.
Arthur Harrison - vocals & electronics
Jack Hertz - electronics & percussion
Rupert Chappelle - electronics
The trio performed live improvised sound fused with elements of avant garde, classical, futurism, and popular culture.
We, No Thing, were a late 80s trio that formed our sets around the cassette tape. Everything, even live shows were done to tape. The release is all transfers from the original analog cassettes. We performed often locally, but published very little. We have just released a cache of recordings for people to hear.
The album is available now on CDR (actually a factory made data DVD which includes 5+ hours of music plus bonus materials) and download from Acousmatique Recordings at Bandcamp.