Friday, October 31, 2014

CORY STRAND "HALLOWEEN: REVISITED" CDr (AOW 247)

Do i need to say anything?  It's Halloween, so here's another rework of John Carpenter's beloved score for the equally beloved film.  This one is the soundtrack as one unbroken track, transformed into a psychedelically charged piece of HNW horror-sculpting.  Enjoy, and happy Halloween!
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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CORY STRAND "VERTIGO: A REINTERPRETATION" 5CDr (AOW 246)

Deep ambient reworking of Bernard Herrmann's masterful score for what is perhaps Hitch's finest film, "Vertigo."  I've been really enjoying working with these highly orchestral scores as of late; their flourishes and changes make for very interesting and emotionally resonant manipulations.  In working with this particular score, I wanted to keep the dread and anxiety in Herrmann's score present without sacrificing beauty; the pieces here are at once imbued with a crawling sort of nauseau as well as an inherent loveliness, a call from the ghostly past.  I'd put this somewhere between my Tim Hecker-type constructions ("Marie Antoinette," et al.) and my very stagnant drone works ("Escape From New York," etc.)  The class I'm taking on Hitch this semester has reawakened my love of his work, not least of which is the incredibly fertile period of collaboration with Herrmann.  A thing of beauty and foreboding.
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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CORY STRAND "THE BIRDS: A REINTERPRETATION" 5CDr (AOW 245)

Another film that someone requested I work with.  The timing seemed right (it's Halloween, plus we've been working with this film quite a bit between my various film classes this semester) so i thought I'd give it a whirl.  Hitchcock fanatics will of course know that "The Birds" has no score, only diegetic music and a pummeling sound design; in working with the film, I opted to use the entire audio track directly, breaking it into two one-hour chunks for ease of manipulation (also enabling me to create audio CDs as opposed to a DVD-r.)  This five disc rework features two discs of crushing, psychedelic HNW and two discs of insanely cold and dreary death ambient, and a fifth disc of HNW created from the film's awesome credits sequence (the last disc may well be my favorite of the set, as it features very little manipulation other than distortions-for those familiar with the film, expect nothing less than avian HNW holocaust!)  This one was really fun to make, and I believe that joy comes out in the recordings.
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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Sunday, October 26, 2014

"THE WALKING DEAD: IMPRESSIONS" ART PRINT BY GINA NEWMAN

To raise money for our upcoming collaborative release "The Walking Dead: Impressions," my lady friend Gina has created an art print of the slipcase image that will adorn the 3xC60 set.  The original image was hand-drawn by Gina and cut into a wood block by her; each print is then created individually and inked by Gina on a heavy paper stock.  The prints are suitable for framing and measure about 4" x 7".  We're offering these because I don't have the means to dub cassettes and we're trying to raise some money to do so; to create this particular work we need to send the cassette out to be dubbed by a third party.  If you've purchased any of the Sofia Coppola reworks Gina and I have collaborated on, then you're familiar with her meticulous, clean black and white style.  These are really quite cool!
Released in an edition of 20 prints.  $7 ppd. in the United States, $20 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND " A WORLD WITHOUT FLOWERS" 2CDr (AOW 244)

All new double album set of Paris Hilton reworks, this time using large chunks of audio from her debut album.  The pieces here are severe and austere death drone, very minimal and stagnant, with a frigid melodic undercurrent that makes you think you're hearing things that may or may not be there.  Time freezing pop manipulations in honor of one of my favorite cultural touchstones.
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 "HNW '77" 3CDr (AOW 243)

A couple people expressed interest in hearing me rework the art piece "Tuning '77," an hour and a half megacut of the Grateful Dead doing nothing but tuning their instruments during their 1977 tour.  The original piece has a beautiful sort of atonal ambience to it, an epic slab of pointless drift that goes nowhere and takes a significant amount of time getting there.  For this rework, I chopped the original "Tuning '77" into three distinct sections and manipulated each in a slightly different way; the resultant 3CD set is a crushing journey into the outer reaches of beauty and narcissism.  If you enjoy my melodic, psychedelic HNW work, then this one is tailor-made for you.  There's some really lovely violence here.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $20 ppd. in the United States, $33 rest of world.

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CORY STRAND "THE SHINING: ANCILLARIES, VOL. XI" DVD-R (AOW 241)

Absolutely epic rework/manipulation of the entire audio track of the film "The Shining."  A crushing 2.5 hour piece of dense, melodic, scathingly psychedelic HNW full of minute changes in tone and texture.  This is easily one of my best works as of late, a journey deep into the heart of Kubrick's film, unbroken and completely excessive.  Not for the faint of heart.  The length of this piece necessitated it being on a DVD-R; please note you will need to play this one via a computer.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies.  $20 ppd. in the United States, $33 rest of world.

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