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to accompany the release of 65daysofstatic’s new record, a rescoring of the 1972 science fiction film silent running, i have written a fairly in depth article that discusses the creation of the artwork. the article is the third in a series that i’ve written for the independent filmmaker project and you can read an excerpt of it here –

so a week passed, the hurricane was about to hit and i knew where i had to go with this. i chose not to run the idea by the band, mostly as I simply had no idea whether i could successfully pull it off any way. i?d never really drawn spaceships before and whilst i had an inkling of how i was going to do it, i truly expected a messy failure of some description to result from it. sitting down at my machine as people along the brooklyn waterfront were taping big Xs in their windows like hundreds of fox mulders with too many unanswered questions, i began to piece things together. all of the while i couldn?t stop repeating over and over what sara goldfarb says at the beginning of the film?requiem for a dream,?as her son is stealing her television to pay for drugs –

?this isn?t happening. and if it should be happening, it would be all right. so don?t worry, seymour. it?ll all work out. you?ll see already. in the end it?s all nice.?

by which i think my brain was saying that sometimes you have to trust there?s a reason for your motivations, because sometimes your subconscious is simply way ahead of you.

you can read the rest of the article here.

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65daysofstatic –
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those who know 65daysofstatic will see this shift from a world-touring, 4-piece rock band into stage and screen soundtrack composers as unsurprising. their music has always been predominantly instrumental, cinematic and tonally complex. for those of you who still haven’t listened to a 65 LP, you’re probably falling behind. in the next few years it’s highly possible that they’ll be scoring the sort of films that we’ll all be checking out at the local art cinema. not that we have some inside scoop here, but why not assume as much? all power to them.

the above poster is one of 4 differing designs we produced for the band. the aim was to give their fans a memento of the unique experience to be had up at the glasgow film festival this weekend. the poster itself it was also produced in a weekend – one that started with watching silent running in bed on a saturday morning, and ended with a very sore back, blood-shot eyes and a wry smile on the face of the designer the following sunday evening. it’s been printed A3-size with a silk-matte finish and it’s very limited edition. heck, we might not even get a copy ourselves. those great few of you who made the trek to the highlands however, we hope it’s worthy enough of the experience you’ve had.

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worth a listen –
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greatings.

i’ve been very busy recently at version, as you can see from the beyond apollo website that we just launched. many hours of hard work has gone into the sound design and multi-tracking of the atmosphere & environmental soundscapes you will hear if you pop over to the teaser experience site. i also had the pleasure of working with original dialogue recordings of the script that our new york studio recorded. i really wanted to nail the feel of some of my favourite sci-fi films that deal with the loneliness of space, such as enemy mine, solaris, silent running & the incidental sound design of films such as alien & outland. i hope that everyone has a chance to play around with the teaser website to uncover all that it has to offer.

on a personal note, i’ve also been trying to write a new album over the past four months and i feel for once, that i’m near the home stretch. i’m at present trying to stop myself from writing any new material so i can stop playing catch-up with the mastering side of things! good news is that i have another track for people to check out whilst i finish everything off.

there are some nice new tracks from wisp, gravious and hannu that are really worth checking out as well.

so far this month:

Wisp - The Shimmering Hour

wisp – picatrix
wisp – the shimmering hour – rephlex records


the second track from wisp’s third official album, this time on rephlex records. for me this is my standout track from the album, it perfectly encapsulates his melodic ?-ziq stlye melodies with the awesome production of aphex. wisp has made the quintessential braindance record for rephlex (until more aphex comes out…)

Gravious - Futurist EP

gravious – world of tomorrow
gravious – futurist ep – highpoint lowlife records

after two awesome 12″ eps on hotflush recordings, gravious comes back with some brilliant sci-fi inspired dubstep on his new ep. i loved his wormsign track on his first 12″ for it’s sly nod to dune & the pressure of the bassline that reminded me of the awesome thumper that the freman use to call the worms of arrakis. it’s nice to see him come full circle with the sci-fi influences (this time it’s the william gibson short story, “the gernsback continumm” that inspired him to create his new ep). i fully respect the sci-fi leanings, as science fiction novels & films influence a lot of my own works.

Hannu - Hintergarten

hannu – valtameri
hannu -hintergarten – kesh

brilliant new album of modern classical infused, minimal ambient electronica from hannu. this is my favourite track on the album as it brilliantly mixes various moods whilst utilising a strong palate of electronic, classical & home tape recordings style sounds.

more stuff next month.

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