Usually when I make a Halloween mix, it’s pretty straightforward — pick a bunch of songs that are about zombies, vampires, ghosts or are otherwise spooky, mash them together, make sure there’s at least one requisite track from an actual Zombie (Zombie Girl, White Zombie, Rob Zombie, Nik Fiend (who actually is a zombie) and call it good. This year, I went about it a bit different.
Rather than just get a bunch of Halloween-themed songs, I tried to pick tracks that were actually spooky, not just about spooky things, or spooky in a campy way (see: Sneaky Bat Machine and Voltaire). So this mix has a lot more emphasis on mood and ambiance. Oh, there’s the Zombie Girl track in there, too, and I threw in “Everyday is Halloween” at the end to lighten the mood (how often can you say that you added Ministry to lighten the mood?), but otherwise I was going for stuff you might actually play if you were hosting a haunted house or a let’s-all-watch-The-Exorcist party. Also, you know, I had to step up my game this year to compete with @slighter’s Halloween Mix…
01 Pugilistas – Sea Soul’s Breath
02 Skinny Puppy – Testure
03 Velvet Acid Christ – Fun With Knives
04 Alien Sex Fiend – All the Madmen (Padded Cell Mix)
05 Air – Radian (excerpt)
06 WAX MONSTERS – Mercury
07 Delerium – New Horizons
08 Marilyn Manson – Redeemer
09 Gary Numan – Dark
10 Angelo Badlamenti – Haunting & Heartbreaking
11 Dax Riggs – Night is the Notion
12 The Black Keys – Strange Times
13 Godspeed You Black Emperor! – The Dead Flag Blues
14 jazzsequence – when the lights go off in space, do you say “Bloody Mary” ten times in front of a mirror just to see if she comes and slits your throat?
15 Krii – Dzaes Manouverz
16 Le Presage (feat. Mr. Dibbs and Jel) – Invitation to Hell
17 DJ Krush – The Blackhole
18 Nine Inch Nails – a mixture of nightmares (Symphony of Noise Remix)
19 Meat Beat Manifesto – She’s Unreal
20 Funker Vogt – Seelenwanderung
21 Zombie Girl – Symphony of the Living Dead (Part 2)
22 Queen Adreena – Heavenly Surrender
23 Ministry – Everyday is Halloween [Original 12″ Version]
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Here’s the skinny
- Submissions can be in any genre and in any format
- All the included stems and clips can be used, or none, it’s up to you! Want to write a completely original track based on the album? Go for it!
- Using your own instruments/beats/loops/samples is welcome, however any samples you use must be royalty-free or you must have acquired the rights to use said sample.
- You may submit as many completed tracks as you like.
- Send us a link to your track via our contact form or drop your submissions in our Soundcloud Dropbox.
- Please get your submissions in by September 1, 2011. If you’re interested in participating but can’t make the deadline, let us know — me may be willing to give you a couple days to finish your track.
Wasp was written as a soundtrack to the novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. While it’s not mandatory that you be familiar with the book, it might help to give some backstory to the tracks. Wasp was composed using the concept of leitmotifs, using recurring themes and melodies to reflect different characters. When two characters in the novel share experiences together, their leitmotifs play against each other in the music. Rather than focusing on Mikael Blomkvist and the Millenium publishing group, Wasp, instead tries to interpret the events more from the perspective of Lisbeth, whom the album is named for.
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Track notes & downloads
This piece introduces the setting. The bulk of the novel takes place here as well as the mystery that the main characters, Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander set out to uncover. This track serves to introduce the mood and setting of the rest of the album.
This song takes place when Mikael accepts the job to investigate the mystery of the disappearance of Harriet Vanger. The guitar parts introduced in this track serve as Blomkvist’s leitmotifs while the string parts are the leitmotifs for Harriet Vanger.
Lisbeth Salander is the central character of the soundtrack, if not the book. This track introduces her leitmotifs which get used frequently in the later tracks.
– The initial sexual assault
– systematic brutality
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This song has three parts, representing the two times Lisbeth is sexually assaulted by her guardian, Nils Bjurman and concluding with her revenge. Bjurman’s leitmotifs are the heavy metal guitar parts, which transform into ambient synth parts at the end when he is being tattoed by Lisbeth. The distorted squealing instrument (bjurman 17-Ambient-Filter Stutter) represents the sound of the tattoo needle digging into Bjurman’s skin. On the album, the third part is isolated as a separate, bonus track.
Magda — 32016
Sara — 32109
R.J. — 30112
R.L. — 32027
Mari — 32018
This song takes place as Blomkvist is deeply involved in the research surrounding Harriet’s disappearance and the mysterious code he finds in her diary.
I want you to help me identify a murderer
These are the words Blomkvist uses to entice Lisbeth to work with him as a research assistant in deciphering the clues he uncovered.
Pigeon in a flowerpot (five plus three)
This song represents the a ha! moment when Lisbeth discovers the secret of the names in the diary, and finds more victims whose names did not appear in Harriet’s diary. This track features modified versions of Lisbeth and Blomkvist’s leitmotifs as they are doing research as well as instruments and melodies representing the deaths of the victims.
This is the scene in which Lisbeth and Mikael make love and Lisbeth realizes she might have feelings for him.
Opening the door to hell
Mikael and Lisbeth, separately, uncover the murderer, but not before he finds Blomkvist and forces him into the underground cell designed for torturing and murdering his victims.
Harriet Vanger is not dead, and makes a return to her country and her family after Blomkvist tracks her down.
The latest update is that I’m 3/10ths of the way through the soundtrack. I’ll be there for minutes long before I get all the tracks down (especially after this weekend), but what I’m happier about is that I got 3 new leitmotifs in that I’ll be using later in the game (for Blomkvist, Harriet & Vangar, respectively, all neatly packaged in a 3 minute intro song called “Incentive”). The video below, however, is me working on the second song on Friday and Saturday. That one was originally slated to be three separate tracks — so if we’re going by numbers, I’ve actually got 5 of 12 — but I decided to combine them into one epic piece that is roughly split into three inter-relating movements. I’m planning on releasing the last bit as a “radio edit” because I like it so much. The 3-part series deals with the 2 sexual attacks on Lisbeth and her subsequent revenge, so I use a couple of leitmotifs for Bjurman (her guardian and assailant) which return in the last bit, altered. I also have an instrument in the last movement which is meant to represent a tattoo needle.
So it’s going along fairly well. I looked at the calendar and if I’m only making music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and get one track done each day, I’ll still have more than enough time to finish my RPM album. But I’m not strictly just recording on Friday – Sunday, so I’m hoping I’ll be done early with some time leftover to do some collaborations if people get back to me. This is the first time I’ve shared my music in a less-than-finished form to Erin and she’s been able to provide some critique that’s been useful to the process. Some of it has just been echoing stuff I was already thinking, but she’s also suggested some ideas I might not have got to on my own, so I’m pretty excited about that, also. All in all, I’m happy with this experiment this year and find myself moving into new, unexplored territory in composition and arranging. To the point that I’m actually using the words “composition” and “arrangement” and “movements”. I mean, sheesh.
This song is mostly done. I think if I get a chance before the end of the month I’m going to adjust the levels on the drum kit…