Saturday, March 12, 2011

Forest of Evil



These records -- it's almost as if someone went into my mind and figured out exactly what I'm interested in and then committed it to vinyl. Uncanny. Frank Reidy and Eric Allen take the British modern/ancient paradox and realize it at the level of the instruments sitting around in the studio: John Carpenter-style synths/machines on the one hand and ethereal winds and straight-laced classical percussion on the other. A very strange combination. Puts me in mind of neolithic round mounds and crop circles and that sort of thing. I really like the clunky DIY sleeves too. The gray one above is basically a xerox pasted onto a record sleeve. Here's a clip from Vol. 2 (you can find rips of both albums pretty easily if you do a google search.)

19 comments:

  1. hey Ben
    fantastic albums, had no 1 on vinyl for a while, just tracked down no2.. yer right the British modern/ancient paradox is what its all about. where did you find a rip of no2, I've had no luck

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  2. Hey Julian. Buried deep in comments here:
    http://librarymusicrarities.blogspot.com/2009/06/ive-just-added-front-and-back-cover.html

    Let me know if the link turns up bad and I'll rip my copy. The thing about V. 1 is that it sounds better if you take the tracks and slow them WAY down.

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  3. yeah, thats where I was looking but all the links are bad except one which says vol2 but is in fact vol1. I've ordered a vinyl so i'll see if that turns up.. if you're doing a rip anyway let me know

    theres one track from vol1 which I've put in a few DJ sets, next to stuff off Simon Parks Sun High, do you know that one?

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  5. cheers, nice one
    Sun High has a few of the woozy synth tunes from Dawn of the Dead, they're on the Trunk DotD album with all library cues that Romero used
    have to check out those other LPs
    I'll have a look out for a rip of Sun High somewhere

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  6. Had no idea about these. Fantastic stuff. Thanks, Ben.

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  7. Been playing these two back to back all afternoon and my clocks have started going backwards..

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  8. Thanks a lot for these! I also tried slowing down Vol. 1 - works better indeed!

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  9. Ben, just fantastic! Perfect Amicus/Tigon sounds.
    Thanks as always.

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  10. Thanks for tuning in, folks.

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  11. These are brilliant, Ben. Thank you!

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  12. lovely stuff...

    "Sun High" on ebay right this minute for £50...£50 that I am no chance of having any time soon! if it wasn't for that pesky recession...

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  13. Yeah, they're nice ones for sure. Vol. 2 used to turn up cheap regularly on Ebay about 5 or 6 years ago, Vol. 1 I've never seen about so much... Sun High! Ah! I've fancied that one for years but £50 is indeed a wee bit steep. Is the rest of the LP as good as the DOTD tracks?

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  14. These are fantastic, thanks! Was just wondering though, the only rip of Vol. 1 I've managed to track down is missing track 6, any suggestions?

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  15. Thanks for turning me on to such great stuff! I just picked up a copy of Part 2 on eBay! Way worth it! KILLER BLOG! I LOVE TOYS & TECHNIQUES!!

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