Most of the blog posts here are, quite rightly, about collaborative Bedmo Disco projects – meaning gigs, parties, releases and mixes that stick clearly to the Bedmo Disco ethos, or at least feature both myself and Five-Stylez. This one, though, is an unashamed plug for something I’m doing alone – a very special project I’ve been working on for a while.
This coming Friday (November 5th), I’m going to be doing a special “audio-visual” performance in the tiny backroom of a Bristol club called Timbuk2. It’s for the launch of a brand new monthly Caravan Records party from October and Chris Farrell (Idle Hands Records).
A while back, Chris asked me if I would be interested in ‘going back to my roots’ and contributing an ‘ambient set to visuals’ at the first Caravan party. I’d spoken with Chris many times about my electronica roots and how I’d always wanted to ‘re-soundtrack’ a film. He’d obviously remembered this, and asked me to nominate a film for the performance.
After some thought, I decided to use Roger Corman’s 1964 big screen adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Masque Of The Red Death’, starring Vincent Price. While not a huge horror fan, I’ve always loved both Corman’s Poe adaptations and the deliciously wicked performances of Vincent Price. Since ‘The Masque Of The Red Death’ is a beautifully visual film – check the extended, near-orgasmic dream sequence or the delightful set pieces towards the end of the movie – it lends itself well to this kind of ‘re-soundtrack’ exercise.
I won’t bore you with details about what I’ve got up my sleeve – that will stay a surprise until the night of the ‘performance’ – but suffice to say that it will be more than just a few weird ambient records and a film screening. There will be some knowing nods to my ambient house roots – and, specifically, things like The KLF’s ‘Chill Out’ album – but I’ve worked to make this much more than that. Hopefully the audio itself will be as chilling as Corman’s rather disturbing film.
As a little taster, I’ve put together a kind of audio teaser trailer, some of which will be used at the beginning of the performance.