As some of you out there may know, I used to run a record label (FracturedSpaces) specialising in strange. avant-garde, atmospheric and weird types of music. I still like to keep my hand in from time to time and in that light (and in a particularly well-favoured conjunction of stars) Spectral Press has teamed up with record label Temple ov Azathoth (a subsidiary label of Somber Soniks Records) to produce the Musiks and Mythos series of discs, which will combine a love of literature with the extraordinary possibilities of music and sound itself.
So, what’s it all about?
Some of the sharper-eyed among you will have immediately been clued in by the word Mythos – and yes, this is all to do with HP Lovecraft. Musiks and Mythos will be a series of ten CDs, to be released over the next few years starting in March 2012, of spoken-word recordings of some of Lovecraft’s best-known stories along with music inspired by his writings. However, to bring it up-to-date, there will also be a modern writer’s interpretation of the Mythos that spawned a thousand nightmares and countless millions of words (as well as secret cults and conspiracy theories) to accompany the old master storyteller.
Each CD will consist of two stories, one by Lovecraft and one by a modern author. There will be two versions of each – spoken-word only and story + music. There will also be a booklet included, with both stories printed within. The first of the series will be released on the 15th March 2012, the anniversary of Lovecraft’s death.
This is the general flavour of what the series is going to c0nsist of – more information will be forthcoming very soon. I’m very excited about this, as it combines two particular passions of mine – music and supernatural literature. In the next few weeks I will be sourcing some contemporary authors to provide the modern material. It’ll be an interesting project, as it will no doubt introduce people to new aspects of music they may not have encountered before, which will also provide a suitably unsettling soundtrack to the cosmic terror that Lovecraft’s so well known for.
Keep a look out for more information soon!