Just a quick post to share some new music I composed and recorded. It’s the background (or “incidental”) music in episode two of a new Twilight Zone-esque audio drama series called The Kassandra Files. (My music starts at around 1:30.)
My friend James Tate Hill has a new book called Academy Gothic coming out in October, and I was very pleased to write and record music for two book trailers he put together. Here’s the first:
Android Invasion is my imaginary electronic music group. Ideally, they would have put out the attached EP, Life at the Pace of Objects, in 1982, but a few things got in the way. Chief among them is the fact that I came up with the idea for the band last night. I was also nine years old in 1982, and unaware of the electronic music scene beyond the BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s music for Doctor Who. It wasn’t until 2006 or so that I really became interested in electronic music like The Human League’s “Being Boiled” and The Normal’s “Warm Leatherette.” But better thirty years late than never, right?
If you like the music, you can download the tracks for free. And if you don’t like the music, that’s okay — I won’t be offended! Let’s just call it an acquired taste.
My best guess is that I wrote and recorded the tracks between 2006 and 2011. “Life at the Pace of Objects” was the first track I recorded. I was probably thinking about the French social theorist Jean Baudrillard and his ideas about the relationship between humanity and the commodities that surround us at the time. The track is supposed to sound like millions of people marching off to work for faceless corporations so they can buy big-screen TVs. I threw in a Flamenco guitar to break up the monotony.
“Snakepit-Airlock-Disco” continues the story. It’s about one of the workers arriving at work only to find that the place is a snake pit. He then proceeds to be blasted through an airlock and land in the middle of a disco. I’m not sure how he got into space. Maybe he rode an elevator to the top of a really tall skyscraper?
“Crossing the Dance Floor with a Spanish Guitar” is probably the strongest of the tracks, or at least the one that meanders the least. It also has a bit of an X-Files vibe. By way of contrast, “(Do Androids Dream) Electric Sheep” meanders a lot, but I like to think it meanders with a purpose. What that purpose is, I can’t say. The title is borrowed from Philip K. Dick’s novel of more-or-less the same name, which was eventually adapted to the silver screen as Blade Runner.
Finally, “Riding a Squirrel” doesn’t really go anywhere, but that’s what happens when you ride a squirrel. I think of it as a brief, playful coda balancing out the heaviness of “(Do Androids Dream) Electric Sheep.”
In any case, I hope you enjoy these tracks. Be careful, though, about listening to them with headphones. It might get a little disorienting.
PS: If the player doesn’t show up in your web browser, try this link to SoundCloud.