Wednesday, 19 June 2019

COMMENTARY CLUB 012 - Space Amoeba (1970)


It's crap movie time again, and as Godzilla is on the loose in the cinemas once again, we thought it would be fun to watch an old kaiju movie! Hence we settle down with Space Amoeba (1970) from Toho Studios which features not one, but three giant monsters!

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Sunday, 16 June 2019

THE MOUND by HP Lovecraft and Zealia Bishop - Chapter III



In which our narrator delves into a strange manuscript that tells a Spanish conquistador who discovered strange things and stranger places deep beneath the earth...

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Friday, 14 June 2019

MICROGORIA 68 - Godzilla King of the Monsters


In the first of a few little mini-casts sprinkled on the feed while The Mound runs, Mr Jim takes a look at the latest chapter of the Monsterverse, Godzilla King of the Monsters

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Thursday, 6 June 2019

COMMENTARY CLUB 011 - The Addams Family


Der-der-der-dum! Click! Click! 

It's cult movie time again, and we're going back to the 1990s. It's Teresa's pick and so we are paying a visit to The Addams Family the comedy horror directed by Barry Sonnenfeld based on the famous cartoons by Charles Addams and the cult 1960s TV show.

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Wednesday, 5 June 2019

ELDRITCH LIGHT ORCHESTRA - Volca Valhalla


Yes, we are back again with some more mucking about synths and general sonic experimentation.  Basically it's more ambient messing about. This time done with a sequenced Korg Volca Keys playing through a Valhalla delay, with some Ableton soft synth action improvised on an Arturia Keystep. Anyway here's the link to the tune, and I'll tell you a bit more about it below...

ELDRITCH LIGHT ORCHESTRA - Volca Valhalla

The story so far...

Having always enjoyed assorted electronica and similar music, and very much in the spirit of "sod I'm 50 soon", I'd decided it was high time to explore the world of music-making with synthesizers. So then, my first step was to get a midi controller - a means of entering notes, chords etc. into a computer. As previously mentioned in this series of little posts, I opted for an Arturia Keystep. Now not only is this a fantastic keyboard but  it also comes with some very useful software for the novice -a complete DAW. 

And what the hell is a DAW when it's at home? Well, it stands for Digital Audio Workstation, and basically we are talking a whole recording studio in software form. Now if you are anything like me, there'll be one burning question above all others - and that is how do you pronounce DAW? If I refer to one by spelling out the letters, as in "D. A. W." will I sound like a total berk? Or should I be making the acronym a word -"daw" - and risk sounding like a demented crow? Well, having watched a boat-load of videos on various instruments and music-making, I can report that both appear to be in common use, so you can stop worrying about that. Personally I prefer "daw", as I quite like sounding like a demented crow...

Anyhow, the Keystep come with a free copy of Ableton Live Lite 10, which is not only the usual studio-in-a-box but also is designed as a performance program for the gigging musician (hence the Live in the name). Now again speaking as a total novice and an absolute musical moron, so far I've found Ableton to be a very friendly program to use. 

Yes, there are tons of menus and things to fiddle with, but the interface is well designed to fit on a single screen, and everything is arranged to be easy to find quickly. You can even have a handy help box open in the layout which will tell you what everything is when you point at it. Very nice feature for those of us just starting out! Moreover, I got the Keystep connected to Ableton very quickly and painlessly (i.e. plugged in the USB and the program found it no problem), and soon worked out setting up different audio channels and how to record something.  

Now while Ableton comes with a ton of virtual instruments, having picked up a tiny (and very cheap) mini-synth - the Korg Monotron Delay (more on which another day), I found there was a special kind of magic in having physical controls to create all manner of synthy goodness. While with virtual instruments you can adjust dials with your mouse, it's not quite the same as doing it by hand - old school knob-twiddling feels so much more expressive. Hence I started looking about for a small starter synth. 

As it was I plumped for one of the the Monotron's bigger brothers, the Volca Keys also made by Korg. Again, I shall have to write about my adventures  with the Keys in more detail at a later date, but basically the Keys is a small (and again cheap) analogue synth with its own little sequencer built in. Being a product of both analogue technology and from veteran electronic instrument makers Korg, the Keys serves up a variety of pleasing old school synth sounds, and hence I was keen to test it out. 

It didn't take long to figure out how to program a sequence and again it was very easy to plug it into the Ableton and record it. Now the Keys does have a delay effect built in, and while it is serviceable, it is a bit limited. Hence I started hunting around for a delay plug-in for the DAW. Now when it comes to reverbs and delays that play well with synths, one name kept coming up - Valhalla (links below). And they very kindly have a free basic plugin to download and play with. Which I did and liked enormously - I suspect I shall have to get some digital kit from these good folks! 

Anyhow with the sequence playing and sounding fantastic through the Valhalla delay, it was time to test the Keys out and record something. As I said, there is a certain magic to physical kit, in particular synths which are so much about sculpting the sound through assorted dials and knobs. Hence as the sequence I played, I went to town with the Key's array of controls, modulating the sound live. 

I was pleased with the results, but it still needed something. And so as another little experiment, this time in recording with Ableton, I laid down a second track of improvised chords with one of the virtual synths in the DAW. Finally all that remained was a little muck about with some recording utilities - basically fiddled with stereo setting of the mix so that one synth was closer to the centre - and the track was done! 

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Sunday, 2 June 2019

THE MOUND by HP Lovecraft and Zealia Bishop - Chapter I


In which our hero journeys to Binger, Oklahoma to investigate the wild tales and old legends of a haunted burial mound, reputed to be the home of two frequently sighted ghosts...





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GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 59 - The Mound by HP Lovecraft and Zealia Bishop - Introduction


A short introduction to our next podcast series - a serialised reading of The Mound by HP Lovecraft and Zealia Bishop, an epic tale of the Cthulhu Mythos that blends ghost stories, science fiction and cosmic horror!

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Friday, 31 May 2019

ELDRITCH LIGHT ORCHESTRA - Sweeper



So then, as my sonic offering didn't cause any outbreaks of either a) deafness and b) people shouting "for the love of Kraftwerk, STOP!", I shall continue to report on my musical meanderings... 

While I haven't really a bloody clue what I'm doing, I have been rather enjoying just messing about with chords and assorted patterns of notes. Quite bu accident, while mucking about the other day, I found the bassline to "Are Friends Electric?"  - I was delighted! 

More seriously though, the Arturia Keystep is a real delight to play - the keys have a gorgeous feel to them and are properly responsive. They are velocity sensitive - so the tone of the note depends on how hard or soft you hit the key, plus it has aftertouch too - which roughly means adding additional pressure generates more of a note. So then, while the actual keys are a bit smaller, it is just like a proper piano! And hence, if you are looking for a midi keyboard controller, particularly if you are wanting to play a lot of stuff live as it were, I do heartily the Keystep. The sequencer and arpeggiator are a lot of fun too, but more about them another day. 


Anyhow, enough of my blathering on, here's another little improvised demi-ambient piece - again just using the soft synths built into Ableton Live - where some chilled out chords go search in tune for a proper tune ! 


Wednesday, 29 May 2019

ELDRITCH LIGHT ORCHESTRA - Seashore Variations


As some of you may know, I've been experimenting with various synthesisers lately. As I grew up in the '80s I've always been fascinated by electronic music-making. Back then, I wanted nothing more than to make moody records with synthesizers, but only got as far as having a few lessons on an electric organ. 

However as I'm turning 50 this year, it was high time I gave it go! My reasoning being that it doesn't matter if it's utter shite as no doubt any LP I would have made back circa 1982 would have been shite too! 

So then, I started this ill-fated sonic odyssey  by getting hold of a midi controller - basically a clever keyboard to input notes and chords into a computer. I opted for an Arturia Keystep which not only has a lovely keyboard to play (see, I did learn something in those organ lessons) but has a built in sequencer and arpeggiator. 

Now those two last features I didn't have much of clue about at first, so I started out just messing around with the virtual instruments in Ableton Live (which came with the Keystep) and seeing what chords I could remember... 

And so then, here's a little improvised piece done while testing out the keyboard/what remains of the music I learned. 

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Enjoy!




Sunday, 26 May 2019

HYPNOGORIA 120 - From Darkplace to Possum


In this show, we trace the strange path that led Matthew Holness from the comedy world of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace to the dark horror of of his debut feature film, Possum (2018). Along the way we take a look at his short film A Gun for George, the violent world of the Reprisalizer, and the disturbing near-future found in the teleplay The Snipist.

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Thursday, 23 May 2019

COMMENTARY CLUB 010 - Robocop


It's classic movie time again, and for this show Jim picked the 1980s SF action flick Robocop directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Peter Weller and that bloke who's the dad in That 70s Show!

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Sunday, 19 May 2019

HYPNOGORIA 119 - The Curse of The Indian Burial Ground Part II


In the second part of this investigation into the well-known trope of the indian burial ground curse, we look at its appearance in classic horrors such as The Amityville Horror, Pet SemataryPoltergeist and The Shining and some not so classic ones such as Scalps.

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Sunday, 12 May 2019

HYPNOGORIA 118 - The Curse of the Indian Burying Ground Part I



In a the first of little two part series that follows on neatly from the Pet Sematary shows, we explore that famous horror trope the cursed Indian Burial Ground. In this episode we trace the history and development of this particular now somewhat cliched plot element.

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Sunday, 5 May 2019

HYPNOGORIA 117 - Back From Where



In the last part of our series on Stephen King's classic novel, we look at the latest screen incarnation - Pet Sematary 2019. In this show we first have an in-depth but spoiler-free review of the new movie, and close off with a special no-holds-barred spoiler discussion. 

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Thursday, 2 May 2019

COMMENTARY CLUB 009 - The Car (1977)


It's crap movie time again and in this episode Teresa and Jim are watching driving horror flick The Car (1977) which sees James Brolin going toe to toe with a car that just might be the devil! 

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Sunday, 28 April 2019

HYPNOGORIA 116 - Back By Popular Demand


In the third part of our Pet Sematary series, we take a look at Pet Sematary Two (1992), the belated sequel to the 1989 film. Plus we also look at the BBC radio adaptation of Stephen King's novel that aired in 1997

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Sunday, 21 April 2019

HYPNOGORIA 115 - Sometimes Dead Is Better


In the second part of our Pet Sematary series, we take a look at the 1989 film version directed by Mary Lambert and starring Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby and Fred Gwynne

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Friday, 19 April 2019

COMMENTARY CLUB - Easter Special - Monty Python's Life of Brian


Join Teresa and Jim for a special Easter podcast in which we chat about, and indeed all over, classic comedy Monty Python's Life of Brian. It's not the Messiah, it's a very naughty podcast!


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Sunday, 14 April 2019

HYPNOGORIA 114 - I Don't Wanna Be Buried in the Pet Sematary


In the first of a three part podcast series, we are unearthing all the secrets of Pet Sematary. In this episode Mr Jim Moon digs deep into the original novel by Stephen King

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