Halloween is just around the corner and I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind you of my Halloween Soundscape album. (My artist name: Gymshoes.) It’s dark ambient music, suitable background for setting a spooky atmosphere for trick or treaters, a Halloween story reading, or a party (if you want something eerie). It’s a very soundtrack-y album: most of the tracks are inspired by a story (Dracula, Wolfman, Frankenstein, War of The Worlds etc). You can read the liner notes on my Gymshoes music site which gives a bit of background on the project as well as individual tracks. You can stream the album in the sidebar both here and on my Gymshoes site.
At the risk of sounding immodest I have to say I really like this album. There were times when I was working on it when I was tired of hearing it (or bits of it) over and over, but I think that’s true of all studio work. Every Halloween, though, I enjoy it…and not just Halloween, but to some extent throughout fall as the the days grow shorter and shadows lengthen, as rain falls and wind howls…Yes, I like listening to it. I like the way the trick-or-treaters are all wide-eyed as they come up the walk, the way my dogs’ ears twitch as if something unseen and awful is creeping into the living room.
For best effect, listen with the lights out (or low) with headphones on. Want more light? Try it out while doing some Halloween reading this month.
I’ve done a couple of videos using Halloween Soundscape, the most recent of which is “The Monster Lives”. I had Frankenstein in mind when I created the music, but a couple of months ago I shot some great “sea monster” footage and I thought the title (and music) would work just as well for a sea monster.
If you like Halloween Soundscape, I’d appreciate you passing a link to the album along to your friends and writing a review in your favorite online music store. It’s available from iTunes, Amazon mp3, Napster, Rhapsody and mySpace Music. You can click right through, straight to the album. Enjoy!