Thursday, January 15, 2015

CORY STRAND "INSOMNIA 1997 (ALTERNATE VERSION - TOTALITY)" DVD-R (AOW 266)

One of two companion pieces to my rework of Christopher Nolan's film Insomnia; this album takes the full audio of Erik Skjoldbaerg's original 1997 film and transforms it into a nebulous piece of ANW lurch.  Long a favorite film of mine since I first saw it back in 1998, Skjoldbaerg's Insomnia is a psychologically dense but physically empty study of the meeting palce between authority and cruelty, the enjoyment of punishment, the allure of psychopathy.  It is an extremely troubling and dark film, one that illuminates humankind's more provocative obsessional fantasies and propensity for brutal violence.
This second rework heads in a more nuanced and "ambient" noise direction.  Much of the distortion of the first version has been here stripped away, leaving a chorus of rumbles and echoes that mostly hum along but occasionally burble out into small-flare eruptions of bassy, dense textures.  More ANW than HNW, but still very much a "noise" album.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $15 ppd. in the United States, $28 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "INSOMNIA 1997 (TOTALITY)" DVD-R (AOW 265)

One of two companion pieces to my rework of Christopher Nolan's film Insomnia; this album takes the full audio of Erik Skjoldbaerg's original 1997 film and transforms it into a blistering onslaught of HNW severity.  Long a favorite film of mine since I first saw it back in 1998, Skjoldbaerg's Insomnia is a psychologically dense but physically empty study of the meeting palce between authority and cruelty, the enjoyment of punishment, the allure of psychopathy.  It is an extremely troubling and dark film, one that illuminates humankind's more provocative obsessional fantasies and propensity for brutal violence.
The rework of the audio of this first version heads in that direction: all rage, all anger, with a few moments of blurry respite and disorientation.  This is very hopefully an audio illustration of seething, brooding rage and self-doubt.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $15 ppd. in the United States, $28 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "INSOMNIA 2002 (TOTALITY)" DVD-R (AOW 264)

HNW rework of the full audio of what is easily Christopher Nolan's "misstep" film, his 2002 remake of Erik Skjoldbaerg's masterful 1997 feature Insomnia.  Skjoldbaerg's original film has long been one of my very favorites; Nolan's version removes all of the psychological complexity in favor of a morally reductive tale of simple right and wrong.  Gone are the shades of grey and the nuanced moments, instead replaced with Al Pacino's extremely hammy yet tired performance and Hilary Swank's marginalized voice of moral reason/outrage.  Robin Williams provides one of the film's worthwhile elements with his excellent and troubling performance; cinematographer Wally Pfister provides the other, imbuing Nolan's film with gigantic, achingly beautiful and dark landscapes that elevate the film to a level of majesty the narrative simply lacks.
In working with the audio here, I've sought to retain that feeling of immersion, in both an endless sort of darkness and within the spacious confines of a land that seems at once minute and infinite.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $15 ppd. in the United States, $28 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "THE PRESTIGE (TOTALITY)" DVD-R (AOW 263)

Psychedelic and labyrinthine HNW rework of the full audio of what is perhaps Christopher's Nolan's finest film, The Prestige.  A film that considers the philosophical implications beneath the meeting of magick, technology, and human emotion and fallibility, The Prestige finds beauty in cold precision and deft, manipulative illusion.
In working with the audio of the film, I have tried to retain the dynamics; the resulting piece is one that moves relentlessly, violently forward but occasionally gives way to moments of deep sludgy drone melodiousness.  A dark and complex piece of audio manipulation, one which will hopefully blur the line between the mundane and the transcendent.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $15 ppd. in the United States, $28 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "FOLLOWING (TOTALITY)" CDr (AOW 262)

HNW rework of the full audio of Christopher Nolan's debut feature, the noir-inflected paranoid double cross nightmare Following.  The film is a small masterpiece study of obsession, isolation, and loneliness, and the lengths to which a person will go to alleviate it.
In working with the audio I've gone for all out destruction (as I usually do on full film reworks); the result is a lean 70 minute deeply textured noise piece that goes through a wealth of tonal permutations and harmonic extremes, hopefully capturing the physical and emotional violence that forms the film's core.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $23 rest of world.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

CORY STRAND "THE DARK KNIGHT: A REINTERPRETATION" 10CDr + DVDr (AOW 260)

Uberdense and thick deep drone rework of Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard's absolutely majestic score for Christopher Nolan's superb existential and moral inquiry, The Dark Knight.  I doubt I need to tell anyone how brilliant Nolan's second Batman film is; I doubt I need to tell anyone  Hans Zimmer writes scores that can really only be described as EPIC.  Just know that I have done my best to honor both the score and the film with this collection, a towering drone statement made for focused listening, through headphones, in isolation.
This is the second time I've worked with a Zimmer score (the first being The Thin Red Line, a personal favorite amongst my own works); since Zimmer's compositions have so much inherent emotion, I attempted to draw out their intensity and create drone pieces that reflect the film's epistemological and moral concerns.  This is very much music for personal contemplation: just as the film goes well beyond being a mere entertainment, instead becoming a jumping-off point for thoughts on modernity, free will, chance and randomness, violence, and culpability, so too does my rework of the score.  Some of these drones are almost impenetrably thick and extremely dark, others have melodies intact, albeit in a ghostly and disconnected sort of manner  They will hopefully take you deep into the film and beyond it - these drones are fucking oceanic.
Packaged as a triple volume set, with the first two volumes being the film's score reworked in drone mode, and the last volume being a DVD-R of the full audio of the film proper reworked into a massive slab of HNW/ANW/Power Ambient sludge (similar to the other "Totality" reworks I've done: Mulholland Drive, Dune, The Shining).  What's most interesting is how quiet Nolan's film is, furthering the idea that it's not about sturm und drang hyperkinetic wanton destruction as much as it is about existential thoughtfulness and consideration.  The "Totality" rework of the film audio reflects that, with lots of weird start/stops, softer ANW sections and faraway sounding gentle noise drones, and crushing surges of distorted sludge.  Really a very dynamic piece!
Released in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $85 ppd. in the United States, $98 rest of world.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

CORY STRAND "NOISE INTRUSION" CDr (AOW 259)

Companion volume to "Drone Intrusion."  This version eschews drone entirely and goes straight towards the HNW horizon-three towering pieces that seem unchanging and unrelenting in their violence.  More along the lines of my "Embryonic Death" release-this is all terror and rage and slicing Slayer logos into your arms and back with a knife.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $23 rest of world.

ORDER HERE: www.altarofwasterecords.storenvy.com