For as long as I've had a yard haunt, I've had music playing to enhance it. Back in the day, it was selected tracks from John Carpenter soundtracks and various horror scores. I remember one early year the main titles from BEETLEJUICE even made it to the final cut. Lately it's been dark ambient music. Subtle and unnerving, slowly building to add tension and a pending certain doom for any trick-or-treater close enough to hear it. Music makes the shadows darker and the pumpkins brighter. And the night a little colder.
A good friend of mine from a few states away has a really cool blog which I've featured a number of times here. He's a talented writer and I've always found his stuff to be witty and insightful and loaded with heart. He's also a musician and a composer. He featured some tracks of music recently and I was blown away. I don't write that lightly. It did what music's supposed to do - it connected with the listener [me]. I related to it and felt emotion from it...and wanted more. I posted a few comments complimenting his work and invited him to satiate his desire to write horror scores by composing something for my haunt video. To my delight, he accepted the offer and began working on a score to my 2008 video for THE HOLLOWMEN.
It's difficult to describe how I felt when he sent me the finished product. Listening to a musical score that was written specifically for my video was a tad overwhelming. I'm an opinionated stickler for music and spend an insane amount of time selecting tracks for my haunt videos. His music was simply perfect. He displays a skill for subtle tension and chilling accents, while avoiding any of the typical trappings you might expect from a horror score. I felt like it was Halloween again. Like I was looking at someone else's haunt. The video is now packed with atmosphere and style and creepiness.
I'm pretty honored and extremely grateful that he did this for me. He's a Master at his craft. I have darker shadows and brighter pumpkins to prove it.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009