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11:42 am - MP3s of the Month, new version of Fungi from Yuggoth, and another podcast
This MP3 of the Month is up. Three of them, actually, which came a little late this month, but should be worthwhile (promise).

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...
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: They Might Be Giants -- Feign Amnesia

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Date:May 7th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
I went to check out your MySpace page and accidentally clicked on the RSS link. I can look at MySpace at work, but not Odeo. I thought you might be amused.

I'm thinking about trying wrangler some people into seeing Spiderman III on Wednesday. Would you be interested in turning you brain off for a few hours?
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Date:May 8th, 2007 11:29 pm (UTC)
This makes me wonder if there's somebody at your workplace who's in favor of underage camwhores, but offended by the slightly Socialist idea of podcasting.

Anyway, thanks for the invite, but I'm going to decline for Wednesday. I'm trying to be extremely frugal right now, and I've already seen Spiderman. I'll refrain from voicing opinions about it until you've seen it, but I did enjoy it and think you and Nick will too.
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Date:May 8th, 2007 09:05 am (UTC)
I've re-downloaded all of the episodes. I'll burn them to a data disc & try to listen at work tomorrow when I'm sweeping & scrubbing the entire floor. (about a 4 mile walk) I've been looking forward to Ravenous/Wendigo for a while & just haven't had the perfect opportunity to listen.
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Date:May 8th, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC)
Somehow I missed the "at work" and was trying to figure out how A) you figured out that your floor cleaning routine equals four miles, and B) how you manage four miles worth of thoroughness.

Anyway, hope you enjoy 'em. Every time a podcast is posted, I listen to it and start finding problems, but I'm probably just being picky. Any suggestions for movies would be appreciated -- I have no shortage of ideas, but am open to new ones.
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Date:May 9th, 2007 06:26 am (UTC)
Today at work I was able to listen to the four most recent episodes before the battery on my player died -- immediately after you said "The End" to be exact. I have to say you have been doing consistently excellent work. Every episode so far has made me want to drop what I'm doing & go watch whatever movie you're reviewing, even those I thought I'd never have interest in again. I honestly think you could make some money with this maybe by geting sponsored by a company selling the type of movies you enjoy reviewing.

If you're going to select some Lovecraftian movies to review in the near future I'd love to join you on the screenings (unless, of course, you prefer to do it alone to take notes, record samples, etc.) It reminds me fondly of all the awful adaptations we watched together back when we both still lived in Stoughton. You're certainly welcome to my copy of The Lurker in the Lobby if you don't already have one, or anything in my library for reference (except of course, that moldering, hideous leather-bound monstrosity that is not to be named, & of which I have yet to devise a proper way to destroy & expel into the great hellish abyss.)

As for suggestions, I had a few good ones while at work & unable to write them down. Unfortunately these aren't them. I still like the idea of Gojira & the American Godzilla. But since I have not yet seen the edited version I can't say if the differences between them would warrant such a double feature.

Time Bandits & They Live just occurred to me. Not necessarily paired together but good ones all the same. Or how about Evil Dead?

As long as I'm essentially writing a letter in your comments I'll also mention that I received my copy of Metropolis Monday. It claims to be the most complete edit to date & includes the original score (as opposed to random classical music.) I'm looking forward to checking it out & you're also welcome to it if you are interested.
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Date:May 9th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the praise!

I'd like to check out that version of Metropolis sometime (not immediately, but sometime). Actually, that brings up something that's been in the back of my mind for awhile: It shouldn't be a problem, but I'm a little daunted by the idea of discussing a movie where I won't be able to borrow any of the dialogue to flesh out my summary. There are a few silent movies and foreign films I'd like to do that have no English language audio track. Oh, well. I'll figure it out.

I recently purchased my own copy of The Lurker in the Lobby, which is nice because I now have a definitive (if already outdated) list of Lovecraftian films. I'd like to get together and watch some with you -- I miss having done that at your parents' place, and I've always been a little unhappy that my work and sleep schedule inhibited my ability to absorb a lot of what we watched. THIS ISN'T A PROMISE, but I'm moving out this summer (still looking for a place), and once I'm settled I'm considering doing a regular movie night, so HPL movies might be an option for that.
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