Thursday, 23 June 2011

Robby, The Cook And 60 Gallons Of Booze

Let's turn our attention towards the yawning, seemingly infinite gulfs of the cosmos for a while shall we?  When the tedium, pettiness, mundanity and harrowing mortality of human existence becomes too overwhelming to rationalise, only a sobering contemplation of our individual insignificance can bring about the energy required for further futile rolls of the dice...  Where's Leslie Nielsen when you need him?  Oh, shit...  That's right, the universe reclaimed him..  Now we're all completely fucked.  Well, while we wait for the multiverse to laugh in our faces before sending us spinning out of the game forever, we're going to need a relaxing, yet faintly ominous audio accompaniment, I guess..  Here's Louis and Bebe Barron's genius soundtrack to the 1956 MGM sci fi classic.  With little to no precedent in electronic music to pay too much attention to, the Barrons constructed seperate cybernetic circuits as required (mostly along ring modulator lines) for each individual theme.  Then, they proceeded to mess with (sped up, reversed, slowed down) the signals generated to create the desired mood or feeling.  To quote the esteemed artists themselves, 'Actually, each circuit has a characteristic activity pattern as well as a "voice".'!  So now you know.  Not to mention some of the best/most whacked out song titles this side of any stone cold freaked out psychster ya care to name.  I can't speak for you, but for me it always adds extra weird tastiness to the experience when I know the beeping, burbling, throbbing and screeching that's deconstructing my synapses is called, 'Robby Arranges Flowers, Zaps A Monkey'...

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