Approaching Dominance by TeleForce / Ambient, Electronic / Released Oct 10, 2014
Just released: “Approaching Dominance”, the new album from TeleForce.
This ambient-electronic recording is a journey into a dark, uncertain wonder; a meticulous construct of imperfect textures and grainy atmospheres.
Yes, this record took a painfully long time to piece together but I’m really happy with the final feel of it. It’s a deliberately nostalgic affair drawing on some early-eighties soundtracks for inspiration (Firestarter by Tangerine Dream and Opera sauvage by Vangelis to name a few). But I didn’t want it to be the sort of endless soundscape that hangs in the background and I think the beats pull everything together and keep things moving up the middle.
Available now on BANDCAMP.
Look, anyone who knows me knows I have an unhealthy affinity for movies made in the 70s. I like the anti-heroes; the Bobby Dupeas, the Travis Bickles, the Popeye Doyles — characters who are hard to like at first, characters with grit, with baggage, characters who make mistakes — sometimes BIG mistakes.
I like stories about ordinary people who are thrust into extraordinary circumstances, like when a timid David Sumner must defend his “home” and everything he stands for from being destroyed by an angry mob in Peckinpah’s brutal Straw Dogs. Or when Cosmo Vittelli is forced to do a hit for the mafia after getting himself into a steep gambling debt in Cassavetes’ The Killing of a Chinese Bookie.
I like stories with ambiguous endings — I like the bittersweet aftertaste — the ending without all the loose ends getting tied up, no getting the girl and riding off into the sunset because life just isn’t like that. Five Easy Pieces, Taxi Driver, The Conversation. What changes at the end? Nothing. Everything. Even Rocky — holy crap, after all that, he lost the fight! But did he win something else?
And I like when things just end badly, because life is like that too. Like in Pakula’s excellent The Parallax View, or in Chinatown, or Dog Day Afternoon. Consequences can be deadly. Or how about Donald Sutherland’s deranged scream at the end of Invasion of the Body Snatchers?
Hostile Worlds by Mark Wilson / Sci-fi-Action Soundtrack / Released Sept 16, 2014
For the past year or so I’ve been quietly composing a collection of songs for what I’m calling the “ultimate sci-fi-thriller-action movie soundtrack”.
Well, it may not be the ultimate, but here it is….
“Hostile Worlds” is an edgy, intense thrust into an uncertain future — a deep, dark outer space where no one can hear you scream. Or fire a pulse-rifle.
I was inspired to write these songs after reading Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War — something about “marines in space” (pre-Aliens) and the explicit parallels to what was, at the time of writing, a very real and horrifying Vietnam War conjured up these wrenching metallic sounds and pounding drum patterns.
In the words of Vasquez, “Let’s rock!”
Knocked off a couple of spot mixes recently for the guys at RIP: a TV spot for Pappas Romero Law Firm and another for Cadillac CTS-V & Klout (below). These guys know how to do it slick!
I’ve been listening to this Vangelis album lately and thought I would steal the title for a few photos I wanted to share.
“L’Opera sauvage” was an international documentary series by French filmmaker Frédéric Rossif, exploring the relation between man, music and animals. Few have seen the series since it was broadcast in the late 1970s and early 80s, however, the dreamy, sparse musical arrangements composed by new-age synth pioneer Vangelis have endured on a compilation album of the same name. This is personally my favourite Vangelis release — it’s not geeky or overly synth heavy like some of his later works.
The popular song “L’Enfant” was used to great effect in the film The Year of Living Dangerously by Peter Weir.
Photos by Mark Wilson.
Supa’ cool motion graphic video “A Brief History of Sampling” by Eclectic Method:
Eclectic Method – A Brief History of Sampling from Eclectic Method on Vimeo.
A simple but effective mix to keep things tight for the RIP crew and Kubota Canada. Love the muscular look of this spot, makes me want to knock down the neighbour’s shed.
Compulsion (Single) by TeleForce / Electronic / Released February 20, 2014
Two hot-off-the-press electronic tracks from the forthcoming TeleForce album “Approaching Dominance” (due out in Summer 2014).
Compulsion is the alpha track, uneasy yet seductive with its haunting melody and muscular bassline. As the tension rises, an unflinching beat takes hold and compels the listener toward that elusive emotion between control and total surrender.
We’re Physical is a hypnotic journey — a meticulous aural construct with mathematical undertones driven by a simplified beat. While the bittersweet notes scatter in infinite perfect patterns, the primitive bass pulls with its own profound gravity.
Download for free from BANDCAMP or SOUNDCLOUD.