Having drained the FMA of CC-licensed spookiness for last year’s Creative Commons Halloween mix, this year I prowled the net-label databases of the internet in search of fresh mp3s. My ears were satiated with an aural smorgasbord of horror film soundtrack tributes and audio collages, eerie theremins, bewitching women, and countless cookie monster voiced death metal front men warning of the impending zombie apocalypse. Click the "i" for more info about the artists and CC licenses. Have fun, and remember to be safe.
The FMA returns this year with more legal downloads for the Halloween holiday. This time around we've got some sinister classical favorites, 8bit Dario Argento film scores, Peter Lorre interpreted via twisted circuit benders, and some frighteningly bad tunes from America's premier mass murdering folk troubadour. Be sure to check out the Halloween mixes from 2009 and 2010 for more copylefted Halloween spookiness. Big thanks to the FMA community for all the great suggestions!
It’s Halloween again at the FMA! This year's audio treats include some poignant advice from the Book of Matthew, H.P. Lovecraft inspired musical insanity, instructions from Eastern Europe's answer to Willard, haunted Korgs, and finally, what you would hear in hell for eternity if your call was put on hold. For more FMA Halloween selections check out the mixes from 2009, 2010, and 2011.
Tower Recordings were a group of friends in upstate New York who began releasing their mysterious, ramshackle bedroom folk in 1995 on a few different small labels, but my first exposure to their music was after the release of their album Furniture Music for Evening Shuttles. I had never heard of them before, my reasons for picking up the album had more to do with my curiosity on what their take on Eric Satie’s self-proclaimed “furniture music” would sound like. “Furniture music” was proto-ambient music, an idea proposed by Satie, who wanted to create repetitive music that was only meant to be heard in the background. Banal today, but a radical proposition for music in Satie’s time.