[vc_row][vc_column][gem_video aspect_ratio=”16:16″ video_src=”https://8dindustri.es/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Chromosphere_Nightclub-Lights.mp4″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We’re stoked to receive a glowing review of Argentum Dreams in long-standing tastemaker magazine Ink 19. Writer Steven Garnett captures the essence of Monta At Odds in an evocative string of stream-of-consciousness impressions. Here are a few of our favorite quotes:[/vc_column_text][gem_quote no_paddings=”1″]I caught occasional whiffs of Roxy circa “Manifesto”, the sonics replete with after parties, the closely mic’d melting cubes in a glass of Heaven Hill whiskey.[/gem_quote][gem_quote no_paddings=”1″]Monta At Odds are a Chevy El Camino version of Stereolab, crop circles within and among human hearts explained or explained away.[/gem_quote][gem_quote no_paddings=”1″]The title track, separating wheat from chaff, makes clear Monta’s sonic signposts are neon, not ad nauseam.[/gem_quote][gem_quote no_paddings=”1″]These Kansans know how an Italian suit holds up in a twister.[/gem_quote][/vc_column][/vc_row]
More Ghost Than Man’s Scary Movie Music Selections
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”302″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]As Halloween tapped on our heels, we asked Terry Grant of More Ghost Than Man to list some of his favorite pieces of music used in scary ways in scary movies. He’s treated us to a diverse five-song selection and thoughtful insights on each.
The new More Ghost Than Man release — Everything Is Impossible Is Far Away — is out on November 16, and it’s a collection of scary music in search of accompanying scary movies. Terry plans to rectify this missed connection, creating his own strange short films to complement the sounds of Everything Is Impossible Is Far Away.
In the meantime, here’s the More Ghost Than Man five song guide to scary movie music:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Mike Oldfield – “Tubular Bells” (The Exorcist)
[/vc_column_text][gem_youtube aspect_ratio=”full” video_id=”tKFOPGxpNJY”][vc_column_text]This song is, to me, a great example of the role that context can play in how we perceive the tone of a piece of music.
Imagine hearing this song when it first debuted in May of 1973. You would have been listening to it in a context entirely separate from the film, which was released late December of that year.
The tune, with its iconic minor key piano line, is an evocative and beautiful collage of instruments including bells, synth, bass, guitar, and even synth stabs. The resulting mixture is haunting, sure, but hardly the dark and foreboding harbinger as it’s come to be known.
As for that piano line — oh, that piano line, immediately memorable and arresting. It would go on to influence countless other horror composers throughout the years. Tell me John Carpenter doesn’t have two worn out copies of this record somewhere in his collection, and if you take the weird demonic chanting out of the theme that Goblin composed for Suspiria, it’s shockingly similar.
Now imagine only ever having known of “Tubular Bells” as being ‘the theme from The Exorcist.’ Every time I hear it, it only takes 6 or 7 notes to fully re-submerge in the same pool of dread and unease I waded into when I first sat down to watch one of the most terrifying films of all time.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Mica Levi – “Lipstick to Void” (Under the Skin)
[/vc_column_text][gem_youtube aspect_ratio=”full” video_id=”bTHDD1Xe-iE”][vc_column_text]Under The Skin was, at least on paper, a film that probably shouldn’t have worked nearly as well as it does. Visionary music video director turned indie filmmaker hires mainstream actress to star in a bizarre sci-fi horror adaptation with a skeletal narrative. Oh, and most of the people in the film don’t even know they’re in a film (really, look it up).
I could have chosen any number of tracks from Mica Levi’s brilliant score, but I think “Lipstick to Void” perfectly encapsulates the sense of underlying tension and uncertainty the film so deftly conveys. Sparse, filtered percussion beats like a heart underneath a swarm of sickly, warbling strings, and the result is emotionally unsettling.
With a film as light on narrative as this, it’s vital that the other elements involved — be it sound design, or lighting, or music — are able to carry the burden, and in this case, they very much do.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Gyorgy Ligeti – “Requiem” (2001: A Space Odyssey)
[/vc_column_text][gem_youtube aspect_ratio=”full” video_id=”GgqI32JX_jY”][vc_column_text]Perhaps the most brilliant part of one of the most brilliant sequences ever put to film (has anyone seen my hyperbole? I just had it right here…). This piece is the music that plays during the ‘observing the monolith on the moon’ scene from Kubrick’s 2001.
The way the tension is built up, slowly at first, from the layering of dozens of voices, is absolutely stunning, and it might be my favorite use of music in a film, ever.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
John Williams - “Main Title (Theme From Jaws)” (Jaws)
[/vc_column_text][gem_youtube aspect_ratio=”full” video_id=”lV8i-pSVMaQ”][vc_column_text]Duuuuun dun …
I could stop right there, but I’ll add that no other piece of music I’ve ever heard has ever been so directly a translation of the emotional idea it’s trying to convey. Just listening to it now, in my living room, I feel compelled to check under the couch for sharks.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Michael Jackson – Thriller (Thriller)
[/vc_column_text][gem_youtube aspect_ratio=”full” video_id=”qaO2ohOy8aI”][vc_column_text]It’s impossible for me to ever entirely separate this tune from its accompanying video and the effect it had on pop culture in the ’80s. While the song itself isn’t especially scary (well, not until the end anyhow), the way it worked in concert with the images on screen served to elevate the entire affair far above that of the average music video experience. Which is the same relationship the other entries on this list have with their respective films. It remains a landmark moment in the marriage of music and cinema, and seeing it for the first time in 1983 is one of my favorite childhood memories.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Andrew Weatherall Plays 8D Industries
[vc_row][vc_column][gem_vimeo video_id=”295241881″][vc_column_text]The inimitable Andrew Weatherall debuted five songs from the 8D Industries label on his Music’s Not For Everyone radio show. To say Weatherall is an influence on those inhabiting 8Di HQ seems a bit of an understatement, so it’s a thrill to hear The Guv’nor lend his support to our enterprise. In the moody opening to this episode of his program, you’ll hear two evocative cuts from More Ghost Than Man, taken from the album Everything Impossible Is Far Away (released on November 16). Later in the set, Weatherall introduces three songs from Monta At Odds, culled from the Argentum Dreams album (out on October 16). All the selections before, after, and in-between are delightful and mind-expanding, as well.
When we initially sent the album to Weatherall he came back to us with this encouraging statement: “Marvelous! Sorry to resort to cliche but … all killer no filler.”
Bundles of excitement and respect from technicians at 8Di labs. Here’s the full track list on the NTS Radio site. Have a listen in the player below.[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]JTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjIxMDAlMjUlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIxMjAlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy5taXhjbG91ZC5jb20lMkZ3aWRnZXQlMkZpZnJhbWUlMkYlM0ZoaWRlX2NvdmVyJTNEMSUyNmxpZ2h0JTNEMSUyNmZlZWQlM0QlMjUyRk5UU1JhZGlvJTI1MkZhbmRyZXctd2VhdGhlcmFsbC0xMXRoLW9jdG9iZXItMjAxOCUyNTJGJTIyJTIwZnJhbWVib3JkZXIlM0QlMjIwJTIyJTIwJTNFJTNDJTJGaWZyYW1lJTNF[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]
More Ghost Than Man Creates a City
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”250″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]There are some intriguing video possibilities in the future for More Ghost Than Man. Apparently, he’s building an entire city in his garage. This is in service of the upcoming More Ghost Than Man album Everything Impossible Is Far Away, which will be accompanied by a series of short films, effectively transforming the album into a soundtrack.
Check out these Instagram posts from More Ghost Than Man (AKA Terry Grant) documenting the construction of the garage city:
“Transmission From Cobby Base” Premiere On Loose Lips
[vc_row][vc_column][gem_vimeo video_id=”296311358″][vc_column_text]Our friends at the Bristol-based music blog Loose Lips gave the world an early peek at Monta At Odds’ Argentum Dreams album, in the form of a sneaky premiere of the track “Transmission From Cobby Base.” Loose Lips refer to Monta At Odds as “a mutant psychedelic funk band, traveling through space to reach your ears” and we don’t necessarily disagree with that assumption.
The track itself is inspired by Steve Cobby and his fine outfit Fila Brazillia. When informed of this notion, Steve told us, “I’m certainly honoured anyone would even consider naming a song after me.” He then compared Monta At Odds to Pink Industry. What a champion.
Listen to Loose Lips’ premiere of “Transmission From Cobby Base” on SoundCloud:[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]