Tuesday, June 18, 2024

The Earthen Sculptures of Antonio Massarutto

I found out about him after @olesamhain shared one of his works on her story.  Incredible creations of art made from natural materials.





Photos taken from Massarutto's Instagram: @antonio_massarutto

Friday, June 14, 2024

Listening to: Sti.ll

New release from Taylor Deupree.   

Click below for all listening platforms:

More information, from Deupree's Instagram:

    An elaborate, authoritative acoustic re-imagining of Taylor Deupree’s seminal electronic album Stil. (2002), Sti.ll is the result of a multi-year collaboration between Deupree and arranger/producer Joseph Branciforte to bring Deupree’s explorations of extreme repetition and stillness into the world of notated chamber music. 
    Clarinet, vibraphone, cello, double bass, flute, and percussion stand in for the digital loops and granular processing of Deupree’s original, with meticulously notated arrangements preserving the all rhythmic, formal, and textural complexity of these compositions. 
    Transcribed and arranged by Greyfade’s Joseph Branciforte and performed by an ensemble of notable New York creative musicians — Madison Greenstone, Ben Monder, Laura Cocks, Christopher Gross, and Sam Minaie, alongside Branciforte and Deupree themselves — Sti.ll is a landmark recording situated between the electronic and acoustic worlds.

I have been a longtime fan of Deupree and the 12k label as a whole.  As the above description states, Deupree's work often involves the modulation of acoustic loops. One of my favorite 12k albums is Twine, a collaboration between Deupree and Marcus Fischer.  Fischer also created the cover art for Sti.ll.

The album is also available for purchase as a Double 12" LP / Orange Vinyl, which can be purchased on Bandcamp by clicking the image below:

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Big Beaks

Series of bird masks made and modeled by Jym Davis
(@jymdavis / @_false_face)








Masks are for sale at his website: falseface.org

Monday, June 10, 2024

“One grave in every graveyard...”

“One grave in every graveyard belongs to the ghouls. Wander any graveyard long enough and you will find it - water stained and bulging, with cracked or broken stone, scraggly grass or rank weeds about it, and a feeling, when you reach it, of abandonment.”

- Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Listening to: “The Last Ride”

Soundtrack by Dave Roland

Click below to listen on Bandcamp

Sunday, June 2, 2024

“Summer” update: A Verbose Postponement

Though it hasn't officially begun, the heat of Summer is upon us here in Central Florida, with 100° heat indexes at least once a week at this point.  I hope everyone is finding ways to stay cool as we enter the more miserable months.

After taking a few months away from the blog, I'm feeling the Halloween itch again.  Stress from "normal life" is winding down currently, and the heat is winding up... it's no wonder I long for Fall's gentle embrace.

Last Halloween, I announced I was postponing my yard haunt.  While I had initially planned to finish it for 2024, I think it's for the best if I save it for one more year.  I simply do not foresee myself having the time or funds for the fully-realized display.

Instead, I'm going to be focusing on making more one-off props this season. I want to start taking props out to locations for photoshoots.  This way, I can continue to practice new prop-making techniques, accrue pieces for the full haunt, and (most importantly) fulfill my incessant need to make spooky stuff!

Thanks, as always, to all of you who stop by the blog.  Stay tuned for more!


Only 150 days until Halloween!

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Friday, March 1, 2024

The Electric State

Just a few bits of artwork from Simon Stålenhag's narrative art book The Electric State (2017). I own a copy myself, and highly recommend it; it's a great read with stunning artwork.  I keep mine on my coffee table, and guests are often compelled to give it a peek.





A movie adaptation is set to release this year.  I just hope they're able to capture the atmosphere that Stålenhag so effectively crafted.  And they had better include some of the music he composed to accompany the book.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Vine Creep and his minions

By tcarter on Halloween Forum.



I love the detailed spine:



I think this little fella is my favorite... he's just happy to be here:

You can see images of their process in this thread
Extra photos taken from this thread

Monday, February 26, 2024

Afternoon Tea with Tinnitus Rex

Storytime!

Back in January, on our first-ever date, my now-girlfriend (henceforth referred to as "The Ghoulfriend") suggested a spontaneous stop-in at Stardust Video and Coffee.  I'd never been, and she'd been wanting to take me for a while (when we were just friends).  I absolutely ate it up.  It was the most hipster establishment I have ever set foot in: Coffee, food, old bookshelves, a cocktail bar, an analog photo booth, eclectic décor, wall graffiti... But it was the live music that really did it for me.

Unbeknownst to either of us, Stardust was hosting a live performance featuring Daniel Fuller (aka Daniel Fuzztone), Billy Davis, and Jeff Matz. We entered the building to the most brain-buzzing distorted drones I've ever experienced live.  It was magnificent.

It's hard to place a genre on the music played that night, but "Improv post-rock shoegaze noise" would get you close enough I think. Here's a snippet from that night: 


When I spoke with Daniel after the show, I learned that Billy and Jeff are members of the local band Tinnitus Rex, a self-described "improv noise band".

Fast-forward almost two months, and I caught wind of an upcoming event: "Afternoon Tea with Tinnitus Rex"

(Source: Orlando Weekly)

The event was taking place tomorrow! I pitched the idea to the ghoulfriend, and she was all for it.  So, just like our first date, we headed to Ten10 Brewing Company for an impromptu date of listening to some of Orlando's finest noise-makers.


A video clip doesn't quite portray the sheer volume and intensity of their music, but here's a couple anyways:








We both had a wonderful time drinking tea and beer, spacing-out to music, and reflecting on the past two and a half months together.  Her and I agreed: we want to go on many more eardrum-destroying Tinnitus Rex dates!

Friday, February 23, 2024

Nosferatu...

.... does this word not sound like the midnight call of the Bird of Death? Do not utter it, or the images of life will fade - into pale shadows and ghostly dreams will rise from your heart and feed your Blood.
- Nosferatu (1922)


Artwork by Trevor Henderson

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Monday, February 19, 2024

Witch Posts

To protect the hamlets and villages at the edge of the bleak moors from wandering ghosts and the mossy padfoot, the locals erect witch posts. These weathered sentries, imbued with old magic, can be found dotted across the wind-battered borderlands. Some have been known to change positions when no one is watching.

Art and caption by @owillow_waly (Marc C. Green)

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Lady M's Haunted Parlor

Just learned about this blog after reading a post over on Pumpkinrot's blog, and swiftly added it to my subscription list. (You should as well!)

Lady M is a very supportive member of the Halloween blogosphere, and a very skilled artisan.  I'm so happy to see an active creator like her on this platform!

Click below to view her blog!

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Listening to: Spooky Love

do you want me still?
spooky love that kills

start this heart again
lay me down to rest
you bring me flowers still
spooky love is real

By vhs ghost

This song fits in to a very specific subgenre that is not fully recognized yet. I think it could be categorized as "lo-fi folk"

Click below to listen:

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Sarah's Scarecrow

By the always-amazing @sarah_the_spook on Instagram.  Beautiful photos of a charming homemade scarecrow!



Wednesday, January 24, 2024

The Art of Rob Bowyer

These are just a few favorites of mine.  There are many more awesome pieces on Instagram: @massiveface , and make sure to check out his Linktree