Waaaaay back in 2001 when I was still selling CDs through MP3.com, I put together an album called Fungi from Yuggoth which was inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. The title was taken from a cycle of 36 sonnets Lovecraft wrote between December 27th, 1929, and January 4th, 1930. FFY is one of a small handful of works which I would select as the Rosetta Stone by which HPL's self-referential oeuvre can be deciphered, and I'd fallen in love with it, so I wrote a short piece of music for each of the sonnets. The album got me a lot of praise via e-mail and Lovecraft-related internet forums, and netted me a little pocket money, but in the end I didn't make my first million dollars or even meet S.T. Joshi. MP3.com got purchased by Vivendi/Universal who decided to completely refocus the scope of the site, and my album was no longer available.
Anyway, for a couple of years I'd been thinking about revisiting the project. I'm still enamored of a lot of the ideas I had, but after the initial sense of accomplishment wore off, I sort of felt as if I'd rushed through the project and done a very slack and casual job. A few months ago I finally got started on reworking it, and made pretty slow progress until the last month when ideas just started coming. I've rerecorded all of the music with different (better) instrument samples, and fleshed it out by adding more voices. Many of the pieces were a little too short, so I've lengthened them and tied them together so that it sounds like a cohesive work, rather than 36 different pieces of music. The most significant change, however, is that I've added a reading of the sonnets over the music. The three MP3s on my website are instrumental versions of three of my favorite tracks the new version.
You can hear the whole thing on my MySpace profile It won't be up there forever, partly because I'm shopping it around to the many small, HPL-dedicated publishers to see if anyone's interested in distributing it (hey, I can wish, right?), but mostly because it's going to confuse the hell out of most of the people on my MySpace friends list. Incidentally, if you're interested in reading the original sonnets, you can find them here.
Also, a new episode of Science Fiction Double Feature is up on Odeo.com. This one is about the original version of The Wicker Man and Horror Hotel, two Christopher Lee movies with overtones of witchcraft. You can stream it from Odeo or download the MP3 directly, but I suggest the download because Odeo seems to have had trouble with their audio streams for the last few weeks...