So remember last year, when my brilliant sidekick took over George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead and, with the help of his esteemed cohorts in Silver Machine, wrote a trippy new soundtrack for it? He’s at it again, this time taking on sound design duties for a local steampunk version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Even if you’re not big on Shakespeare, you should try and see this one. It’s not quite the long, drawn-out affair Hamlet usually is, and it feels like it goes even more quickly than it does, thanks in part to the expert acting, direction and of course, the incredible music and sound effects. Moog Music generously donated equipment to ensure that the sound for this production is top-notch, and you will not be disappointed. Anthony Dorion and Chris Tanfield are there each night, using their face-melting synth and theremin skills to add another dimension to the music that Dorion recorded and compiled for the production. Local artists Mary Sparks, Lee Stanford, Matthew Westerman and Max Melner are all featured in the score, and if you’ve heard any of these talented musicians play, you know you’re in for something beyond good. For more information or to read my thoughts about the play itself, check out the article I posted on Ask Asheville. The play runs now through Saturday, May 4.
For all of you who have been eagerly anticipating the release of Silver Machine’s new soundtrack to the classic Night of the Living Dead (which they’ve also restored to the highest quality ever on DVD), details are here, in a post I wrote for our local Asheville blog. If you’re into zombies, space rock, psychedelic rock, or just great film and music, check it out. (God, I sound like a fucking commercial. Sorry.) Anyway it’s awesome. Dig it. Even if you’re not local, you can order the CD and DVD from their web site, silver-machine.net.
Zombie freaks, listen up. Psychedelic rock fans, stay tuned. NotLD purists, don’t bail on me yet.
I’m freaking excited. I’m not one of those people who, caught up in the current monster craze, is all of a sudden OMGZOMBIES! (or would that be ZOMG?) but I have always loved George Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead. A few years ago, I found a copy of it on DVD in a bin at the dollar store. It was on a disc with the classic King of the Zombies, and I was thrilled. I mean, the music is kind of lame, and the picture quality kind of sucks, but it was 1968, so we can’t expect much there. The movie itself is brilliantly made-just the right balance of camp and suspense, and enough humor to make it easy to watch over and over.
But. There is that thing about the music, and the picture quality. And here is where three guys from my hometown come to the rescue.
Silver Machine, a Space Rock band (think early Floyd) from Asheville, NC, are set to re-release Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead on October 1. This is not a remake of the movie. They haven’t added color, changed the cast, or fucked with the dialogue. Everything is exactly the same, except for two points:
One: They’ve taken out the old soundtrack, which was basically Stock Creepy Music like you get on a CD for your kid’s Halloween party. In its place, they’ve added an all new, original score, written, recorded and produced exclusively for the movie. Heavy on the theremin and resonating with deep, eerie bass tones, the new soundtrack has a totally surreal creep factor that adds to the suspense of the film.
Two: I don’t know how they did it, but they’ve improved the picture quality of the film to the highest quality ever released. The video below explains more about that. It’s still black and white, still very much 1968, but sharper, clearer, easier to see the expression of horror on Barbra’s face as the zombies creep closer and closer…
Want to know more? This video includes a trailer for the film, information about how they did what they did, and ways you can help bring this project to the public. Further details are available on their indiegogo page. This is seriously going to kick ass, people. I’ve been watching this take shape and it’s fucking amazing. I can’t wait.
We’re full of all kinds of ambition over here in my little world. Not only did I publish a new book that you’re dying to read, but beloved’s band just released a new album. You can hear a preview of Silver Machine’s latest masterpiece, Symmetry, here. The title track is free to download, and you can download the entire album now or wait on the CDs to be ready, which should happen in the next week and a half or so. If you follow me on facebook you can head over to my page and see how you can win a free copy of the entire album. Go listen, even if you don’t download or buy anything. You’ll dig it, it’s trippy as hell.
Over the weekend, somebody broke into the rented practice space of a musician in town. The idiot-or idiots-stole an estimated $5000 worth of equipment from Dup Crosson, including his cherished custom guitar. (You can read the full story and see a photo of the guitar here. There’s also a photo of the guitar at the end of this blog.)
You have to be a real dick to break into someplace like that and steal from another human being. I’m hardly the captain of the moral police; I’d love to see the mega-corporate pricks and bank heads lose their shirts, along with their billion-dollar homes and high-priced hookers. Some people deserve to lose their stuff-not that I’m advocating crime, of course. But this guy didn’t. He’s a normal guy, who works hard and makes music that makes people happy. He earned every bit of the gear these pathetic pricks stole from him. And even if he didn’t earn it, did you morons skip kindergarten the day they talked about not taking stuff that isn’t yours?
Somebody out there knows who has Dup’s gear. And if you took it, or you know who did, and you don’t see that he gets it back, I hope you use that guitar to pick up a girl who gives you crabs and the clap and a bad case of face herpes.
If you know anything about Dup’s stolen musical gear, please call 828-225-4190 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For the past several months, I’ve been a rock star widow. My beau has spent countless hours in the studio, recording and re-recording tracks for his new album with his band, Silver Machine, and it’s finally finished. It isn’t news that I’m kind of picky about my music. I couldn’t be with a guy in a shitty band, and this isn’t groupie-fan-wife love here. I met the guy after I was already a huge fan of Silver Machine; I liked them before he was in it, actually. So trust me when I say that the new album, Symmetry, will absolutely melt your face. They’re a psychedelic trip that brings to mind early Pink Floyd, but with a distinct 22nd century vibe. I wrote up their story for the Ask Asheville blog-to read it, watch their brilliant and hilarious video, and find out more about these crazy cosmonauts, click here. Silver Machine-Anthony Dorion, Chris Tanfield and Matthew Westerman-are going to blow the roof off the atmosphere [it does too make sense] with this one. History is about to change, folks. Be there.