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thanks ;) it's a compilation of tracks not by me, although the first 'track' is a kind of an edit, ive put the tracklist here if you fancy a peek
 

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Great work. I'm an amateur audio-visual editor myself. Appreciate a good montage.

Am I hearing the Requiem (TV) soundtrack in the opening there? Those angelic enochian singings are cool.
 

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Great work. I'm an amateur audio-visual editor myself. Appreciate a good montage.

Am I hearing the Requiem (TV) soundtrack in the opening there? Those angelic enochian singings are cool.
oh curious, i would also consider myself an 'amateur audio-visual editor' lol, where do you put your stuff?

i've not actually heard of this TV series, is it worth checking out? but no the opening is essentially the carpenters 'calling occupants...' slowed down in two forms;)
 

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Some of the above seem interesting will have to listen at a later date. Just wanted to add my favourite to sing along to often when I drive near Dawley, Shropshire. It's Sir John Betjeman' s poem about the ghost of captain Webb ( he who swam the channel, also, house his mother lived in is in Ironbridge). It's from Banana Blush, Love the way it's been done...and I always try to sing it with the same accent...NOT very well though !
 

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From Fred Deakin (the Lemon Jelly chap):

It's the title track of an actual, proper science fiction concept album called The End of the World, inspired by Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds. Heard this on the radio yesterday and it has whetted my appetite for more, loving the 1970s production.
 

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I recently discovered a Danish neofolk group called Heilung.

From Wiki -
Heilung is an experimental folk band made up of members from Denmark, Norway and Germany. Their music is based on texts from artifacts of the Iron Age originated by the Northern European peoples of the Celtic and Viking Age. They describe their music as "amplified history from early medieval northern Europe". Much of their artistry is derived from Celtic gods and goddesses such as; Cernunnos and Sheela na gig. "Heilung" is a German word meaning "healing" in English.


I'm seeing them in London next month. :D
 

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We're big fans of Heilung around here. Have been posting their best on the What Music? thread for years. I even sported a Heilung head once.

 

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This country supergroup from the 80s and their haunting signature song, about reincarnation.
 

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Nightwish, "Amaranth". Music video about an angel falling to Earth. Rescued by some villagers.
The music video is inspired by a painting by Hugo Simberg: "The Wounded Angel".


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basinski disintegration loops 3


In the early part of the last decade, William Basinski's The Disintegration Loops was the sort of music you passed around. Once you heard it, you wanted to tell somebody about it. There was obviously the sound itself, so hypnotic that it was immediately understood as a classic of ambient music. But there was more to it.


The Disintegration Loops arrived with a story that was beautiful and heartbreaking in its own right. It's been repeated so many times that Basinski himself has grown weary of telling it: in the 1980s, he constructed a series of tape loops consisting of processed snatches of music captured from an easy listening station. When going through his archives in 2001, he decided to digitize the decades-old loops to preserve them. He started a loop on his digital recorder and left it running, and when he returned a short while later, he noticed that the tape was gradually crumbling as it played. The fine coating of magnetized metal was slivering off, and the music was decaying slightly with each pass through the spindle. Astonished, Basinski repeated the process with other loops and obtained similar results.


Shortly after Basinski digitized his loops came the September 11 attacks. From the roof of his space in Brooklyn, he put a video camera on a tripod and captured the final hour of daylight on that day, pointing the camera at a smoldering lower Manhattan. On September 12, he cued the first of his newly created sound pieces and listened to it while watching the footage. The impossibly melancholy music, the gradual fade, and the images of ruin: the project suddenly had a sense of purpose. It would become an elegy for that day. Stills from the video were used for the covers of the CDs, and eventually, the hour-long visual with sound was released on DVD. The video is included with the four volumes of the music and two new live pieces.

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/17064-the-disintegration-loops/
 

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This is about sound :)
I found this book while searching for "Dark Enlightenment". It's post-postmodern philosophy. I haven't read it, but the blurb sounds fascinating.

CCRU were a bunch of crazy interesting folks:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2...ge-philosophy-predicted-the-future-we-live-in

For as long as recording and communications technologies have existed, operators have evoked the potential of sound, infrasound, and ultrasound to access anomalous zones of transmission between the realms of the living and the dead. In Unsound:Undead, contributors from a variety of disciplines chart these undead zones, mapping out a nonlinear timeline populated by sonic events stretching from the 8th century BC (the song of the Sirens), to 2013 (acoustic levitation), with a speculative extension into 2057 (the emergence of holographic and holosonic phenomena).

For the past seven years the AUDINT group has been researching peripheral sonic perception (unsound) and the ways in which frequencies are utilized to modulate our understanding of presence/non-presence, entertainment/torture, and ultimately life/death. Concurrently, themes of hauntology have inflected the musical zeitgeist, resonating with the notion of a general cultural malaise and a reinvestment in traces of lost futures inhabiting the present.

This undead culture has already spawned a Lazarus economy in which Tupac, ODB, and Eazy-E are digitally revivified as laser-lit holograms. The obscure otherworldly dimensions of sound have also been explored in the sonic fictions produced by the likes of Drexciya, Sun Ra, and Underground Resistance, where hauntology is virtually extended: the future appears in the cracks of the present.

The contributions to this volume reveal how the sonic nurtures new dimensions in which the real and the imagined (fictional, hyperstitional, speculative) bleed into one another, where actual sonic events collide with spatiotemporal anomalies and time-travelling entities, and where the unsound serves to summon the undead.

https://www.amazon.de/AUDINT-Unsoun...ND3PJE5JVGA&psc=1&refRID=VYJQH8V6AND3PJE5JVGA
 

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I recently discovered a Danish neofolk group called Heilung.

From Wiki -
Heilung is an experimental folk band made up of members from Denmark, Norway and Germany. Their music is based on texts from artifacts of the Iron Age originated by the Northern European peoples of the Celtic and Viking Age. They describe their music as "amplified history from early medieval northern Europe". Much of their artistry is derived from Celtic gods and goddesses such as; Cernunnos and Sheela na gig. "Heilung" is a German word meaning "healing" in English.


I'm seeing them in London next month. :D
They where amazing! At the beginning of the show/ceremony they invite the spirits to join them, the show consists of heilung, the audience and the spirits. I hope they come back to London soon.
 

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The wonderful Rachel Newton is always worth listening too, for folks like us an album about fairy changelings is extra wonderful. This is my favourite track from the album 'changeling'
 

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Used the wrong link before. Death Party Devil in the Woods.
 

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Fleetwood Mac: the story behind Rhiannon

....... True to its witchy beginnings, in time the song would reveal deeper significance. “I come to find out, after I’ve written the song, that in fact Rhiannon was the goddess of steeds, maker of birds,” Nicks explains. “Her three birds sang music, and when something was happening in war you would see Rhiannon come riding in on a horse.

This is all in the Welsh translation of The Mabinogion, their book of mythology. When she came you’d kind of black out, then wake up and the danger would be gone, and you’d see the three birds flying off and you’d hear this little song. So there was, in fact, a song of Rhiannon. I had no idea about any of this.”....


https://www.loudersound.com/features/the-story-behind-the-song-rhiannon-by-fleetwood-mac

 

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Don't know how long this has left online, but it's Adam Buxton's very fine Radio 4 doc on Shooby Taylor, The Human Horn:
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I thought he had disappeared off the face of the planet after finding cult fame as a musical weirdo, but as you'll hear, the truth is different (and unexpectedly moving).
 

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The history of The Purple People Eater, from novelty song to blockbuster movie (well, they made a movie, anyway):
Click here

Article includes cover versions, but the original's the one.
 

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Thanks Lord Lucan - I didn't realise Kerrang was still going
Yeah, didn't they disappear together with the hair metal?

Only hair metal band left is Steel Panther which is a parody band.
 
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The Colour Out Of Space - Ningen Isu
 

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Musically this is not really Fortean but the thought process behind waking up one morning and deciding to create a piano arrangement for ACDC's Thunderstruck certainly falls into the unusual category. Then to play it so well leaves me somewhat in awe.
 

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... to create a piano arrangement for ACDC's Thunderstruck certainly falls into the unusual category. Then to play it so well leaves me somewhat in awe.
Tremendous!

I have been listening to this artiste so often recently and somewhat Forteanly, if I may reciprocate with one of my favourite interpretations... :)

 

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Oh good griefsakes, I have never heard either of the following and have an inclination they might be justifiable as, 'Fortean Music'.


 
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