Saturday, December 3, 2022

Listening to: Alley Cat

Just created my first modular synthesis patch using VCV Rack, a virtual Eurorack software.  Been experimenting around with it for the past few months, but I finally decided to record a track and upload it!   I can't wait to create more music with this (free!) software.

Click below to listen to Alley Cat

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Happy 100th Birthday Charles Schultz!

To whom I owe a great deal of my childhood love of Halloween.

Sunday, November 20, 2022

I'm Back

I'm back from my Annual Unannounced Unplanned Post-Halloween Hiatus!*  I'd prefer such absences didn't happen, but it seems to be a trend (tradition?) on the blog now.  

I hope everyone's November is going well.  I hope that despite the inevitable business brought on by the approaching holiday season, you are all finding a balance of tranquility and productivity as the transition into Winter continues.

For the --much appreciated-- few who check October Branches semi-regularly, forgive me for the silence.  Between travelling for family and catching up on work, posting has had to take a backseat (or rather, the ejector seat).  I'll be slowly returning to a more consistent schedule in the upcoming weeks.

Thanks for continuing to stop by the blog!

Close up of the scarecrow pile currently filling my back porch

P.S. - I'm still very excited to make a 2022 haunt video, but it'll have to wait for now

*(AUUPHH ["awf"] for short)

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Halloween 2022: The Carver

Beware of The Carver
On Hallowe'en Night.
A sharp knife he carries...
He's really a fright!

Don't let him catch you
With a shadow'd embrace...
He'll scoop out your seeds,
and carve you a face!

Turns out I was so excited to shoot video for this year's display that I photos kind of fell to the wayside... But I do have plenty of footage with even better angles.

Until I get that edited, here are the best of the photos I did take.  

I'm quite satisfied with this year's theme, and I think it really came together. As with every year, I learned a lot (#1: When taking photos, make a shot list!). There's things I'll do again and things I'll do differently, but at the end of the day, I'm happy with this one.

My neighbor has already greenlit me for next Halloween!  I better get started...

Thanks to everyone who's been following the blog and my Instagram, your continued interest and support mean everything to me!  

Video Coming Soon

Monday, October 31, 2022

Happy Halloween!

Photos will be dropped tomorrow (fingers crossed).  I'm very excited to share this year's display!  I'll do my best to squeeze in photo editing time tomorrow.  

Halloween on a Monday... what a way to start a busy week!

Listening to: Dead Air's Annual Halloween Fundraiser!

Happy Halloween!  Dead Air Radio is currently broadcasting their annual live crowdfunding event, hosted by Professor Screamcheese. 

Dead Air is a fantastic online Halloween radio that plays 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Much of their yearly expenses are covered by listener donations. 

If you've never tuned in to Dead Air, I highly recommend it!  Click below to listen on their website, and scroll down once there to see how you can support their broadcast.

Click below

Sunday, October 30, 2022

ONE day until Halloween!

Carving pumpkins for the Haunt tonight! I can't believe it's already here

Friday, October 21, 2022

Monday, October 17, 2022

Now Watching: The Pumpkin Man

It's been a long time since I've attended a local film festival screening. The Pumpkin Man was a fun movie, and I thoroughly enjoyed the big screen experience! Not to mention the Q&A panel after with Ryan Sheets and some of the cast and crew.

Click below for the trailer

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Incense for Halloween 2022

Decided to implement incense into this year's display -- a first time thing for me. I was inspired by Pumpkinrot's use of incense in 2020, so I decided to go with the same vendor he used: Plant Guru.

They smell very strong, which is a good thing.  I went with Clove and Pumpkin Spice scents.  Rot used big piles of cones in cauldrons to make this awesome smoke (and smell!) effect.  I've opted for sticks, which I'm going to try sticking in pumpkins, just to give a little spicy scent to the haunt.  We'll see how it goes!

Click here to buy incense from Plant Guru.  Free and fast shipping and relatively inexpensive for the quality! I'll definitely be using them again.

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Listening to: It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (Official Soundtrack)

Like many others, I was ecstatic when Concord/Craft Recordings released a "Music From The Soundtrack" album for It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.  And, also like many others, I was extremely disappointed when I discovered that it was merely the dialogue-free audio from the special; already chopped down and riddled with sound effects.

I began to share a sad, resigned hopelessness that many others echoed online: that the original recordings were likely lost and could never be released... But something miraculous happened this year.

"Thanks to a deep dive into the Mendelson vaults -- a project embraced during covid-enforced isolation -- newly discovered analog session reels allowed a vastly superior, re-mastered edition of this score to arrive in August 2022. The newer album features seven previously unreleased alternate takes, all of which offer fascinating insight into Guaraldi's creative process."   
-Derrick Bang,

I can't begin to describe my elation regarding this.  The Great Pumpkin was a childhood staple and remains an obligatory annual watch.  I've longed to have a clean recording of "Graveyard Theme", "Breathless", "Trick or Treat"... but most of all, It's The Great Pumpkin's version of "Linus and Lucy".  I agree with Derrick Bang that "this special opens with arguably the best arrangement [of that song] that Guaraldi ever laid down, thanks in great part to Ronald Lang's flute counterpoint."  The alternate arrangements and reprises are a wonderful treat on top of it all.

To listen to the official album of Original Recordings, click below.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

“Don't let him catch you...”

"...he'll carve a face into pretty much anything he can get his hands on..."

20 days until Halloween

Sunday, October 9, 2022

Now Watching: Over The Garden Wall

I've been needing a comfort watch, and there's nothing comfier than Over The Garden Wall. 

If you haven't seen it, I recommend avoiding any trailers, as going into it blindly really adds to the viewing experience (you'll see what I mean).   If you want a glimpse into the concept, click here for a spoiler-free post I made last year.

If you'd like to watch the first chapter of the two-hour-long miniseries, Cartoon Network has published it on YouTube.  The rest of the show can be streamed with a Hulu or HBO Max subscription, or by purchasing on Prime Video. (I have also seen it available in DVD form at public libraries)

Watch the first episode for free below:

Saturday, October 8, 2022

Prometheus Esoterica

Went to Prometheus Esoterica today, the local oddities shop.  It's a great little store, jam-packed with weird stuff and neat merchandise. 

Just about everything on the shelves and walls was for sale. Lots of books, old medical equipment, and preserved specimens. Also some cool merchandise from local vendors. 

All the specimens and skulls (both animal and human) are real. 

Tattooed pig's ears by @cozmicsunflowertattoos

A tooth ring

Oh yeah, they also have a coffee bar...

Check out Prometheus Esoterica's website and follow their Instagram.