Sunday, July 5, 2015

CORY STRAND "FRIGHT NIGHT: A REINTERPRETATION, VOLUME TWO" 12CDR (AOW 306B)

Volume Two of my massive rework of the score/soundtrack to the 1985 campy vampire gorefest Fright Night, this time a cold and creepingly melodic set of long-form death ambient and drone pieces.  The twelve compositions here run from between 20 to 74 minutes in length, exploring the film's more subtle horror flourishes and gestures; again the pieces all deal in subtly different tonalities and approaches.  Some seriously deep and ominous drone. 
Packaged in an oversize DVD case, with a very minimal/"old school" layout (similar to my recent "Blade Runner" and "Hellraiser" sets.)  Released in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $65 ppd. in the United States, $78 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "FRIGHT NIGHT: A REINTERPRETATION, VOLUME ONE" 12CDR (AOW 306A)

Volume One of my massive rework of the score/soundtrack to the 1985 campy vampire gorefest Fright Night, an exhaustive but focused HNW assault.  The work here is composed of twelve pieces ranging in length from 10 to 40 minutes, dealing in a variety of textures and tonalities.  This one was very fun to make, and I think the results are pretty intense. 
Packaged in an oversize DVD case, with a very minimal/"old school" layout (similar to my recent "Blade Runner" and "Hellraiser" sets.)  Released in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $65 ppd. in the United States, $78 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "HALLOWEEN: THE EXPANDED EDITION" 9CDR SET (AOW 54)

A massively expanded reissue of one of my most-request titles, "Halloween: A Reinterpretation."  Originally released in February of 2013, this one disappeared pretty quickly and was reviewed very favorably by Musique Machine.  This new version includes a wealth of extras; in addition to the original 3 CD ambient/drone album, the reissue contains an all-new 3 CD HNW rework of the original album, my 2014 release "Halloween: Revisited" (also long out of print) and two all-new long-form drone and HNW compositions.  I wanted to make this reissue special, and I feel this set achieves that goal.  Here's the original write-up:

"What I like best about John Carpenter's seminal Halloween is his masterful use of non-horror elements and atmospherics to create an aura of almost suffocating dread and impending violence.  The film is virtually unmatched in its ability to coax horror out of the daylight, the oblique and vague infinity of night absolutely trumped by the sheer and ghastly presence of massive stretches of empty space and the gnawing horror of a lone car slowly passing through the streets.  The true terror of Halloween for me lies not in the grisly murders Michael Myers perpetrates in Haddonfield but instead in the relentless stalking he subjects Laurie to in the opening half of the picture.  His obsessive and haunting pursuit almost defines Carpenter's film and imbues it with a sense of hopelessness and nihilism not oft found in American cinema since.
In my approach to the soundtrack I have foregone any display of violence or severity, attempting to hone in on Carpenter and Howarth's desolate evocations of senseless and bloody-minded obstinance.  These are the emptiest spaces of "Halloween," given leave to walk the night and weave themselves into the fabrics of their physical presences.  Dead eyes stare back, hollow and full of the yawning bleak."

Packaged in three separate triple-DVD cases, each with their own artwork.  Released in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $65 ppd. in the United States, $78 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "A CLOCKWORK ORANGE: A REINTERPRETATION" 4CDr + DVD-R (AOW 33)

A reissue of one of my long out of print (and earliest) soundtrack reworks, Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, featuring an masterful synthesizer score by Wendy Carlos.  This has been one of my most-requested titles; this reissue features all new artwork and additional HNW "Totality" recording of the film's audio track (so even if you have the original pressing, this new version may be of interest to you.)  Here's the original write-up:

"My second exploration of the soundtrack works of Wendy Carlos focuses on her superlative score to Kubrick's Clockwork Orange.  Carlos' compositions for the film were rooted in aristocratic classical masterpieces but also displayed her trademark darkness and sense of sonic disassociation, resulting in a perfect amalgamation of the highbrow and the severely fucked-up that fit Kubrick's vision to a tee.  If anyone could make Beethoven sound violent and menacing, it was Wendy Carlos.
I've attempted to tap into that sense of foreboding and violence with my work here.  Again, while I in no way make the statement that these pieces hold a candle to Carlos' originals, I think collectively these compositions provide a pretty excellent overview of my aesthetic in this medium; from deep bass drones to crawling walls of sludge to all-out HNW fracturing, it's all here, in copious amounts.  If nothing else, "Clockwork Orange: A Reinterpretation" serves as an overview of my myriad solo projects and a truly exhaustive listening experience.  At their best, I think they conjure up the wavering reality suggested by the film and serve as a devoted tribute to one of electronic music's finest innovators.
On a personal note, this is a favorite amongst all my releases."

It's still a fave of mine.  My work doesn't sound like this anymore; this was an older methodology possessed of a certain joyful naivete.  Packaged in a DVD case and released in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $35 ppd. in the United States, $48 rest of world.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

CORY STRAND "THE SHINING: ANCILLARIES, VOL. XII" C94 (AOW 303)

PLEASE NOTE: This is currently being offered as a preorder to help offset the cost of manufacturing the tapes.  I expect the tapes to be in hand and shipping in 3-4 weeks.

A new installment in my ongoing "The Shining: Ancillaries" series, this time going way back to one of the most obvious objects associated with the film: its "original" soundtrack, released on vinyl before all the music clearances and legalities went through; the records were recalled very shortly after release and are incredibly rare.  Today, this LP goes for an insane amount of money and is bootlegged to death, but even the bootlegs are so scarce that I've never run across one in 20-some years of record hunting/collecting. 
This version of the soundtrack features eight tracks: some of Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind's synth wizardry, a bunch of Kubrick's beloved and dissonant atonal classical music, and a shmaltzy "lounge" type track.  I've taken these pieces and reworked them into severely deep gulfs of empty, droning death ambient, resulting in 94 minutes of sheer existential dread and encroaching horror.  This is one of the best installments in the "Ancillaries" series thus far; the drones are seriously DEEP and I highly recommend headphones for this one.  You'll feel like you've been here before.
Released as a C94 (mustard yellow tapes) with full colour outer and inner artwork, in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $23 rest of world.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

CORY STRAND "THE NEW WORLD: A REINTERPRETATION" 14 CDR SET (AOW 302)

A very special release in honor of composer James Horner, who passed away earlier this week.  I started work on this almost two years ago, shortly after completing my rework of To The Wonder's score.  This is my epic rework of Horner's score for Terrence Malick's beautiful film, The New World; the score is easily my favorite of Horner's.  It seemed fitting to create something equally beautiful; my rework is a massive set of Hecker/Basinski-esque ambient disintegration.  Very, very pretty.
Packaged in 7 double DVD cases, each with their own unique artwork utilizing some of my favorite images from the film.  Released in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $80 ppd. in the United States, $93 rest of world.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

CORY STRAND "BEYOND THE RIVER'S EDGE" 2 DVD-R (AOW 301)

An addendum to my work with River's Edge, arriving in the form of a "ghost ambient" version of the film's entire audio track alongside a deeper, denser, more hopeless HNW rework of the same (think of it as an alternate "Totality" recording.)  Both versions are extremely cold, despondent, and empty.  Death ambient and death HNW.  Nothing matters.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $30 ppd. in the United States, $43 rest of world.

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