Watch 1979’s Estonian Thriller, Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel (Hukkunud Alpinisti), with a fantastic score from Sven Grünberg

I’d been trying to find a streaming version of this film for the better part of a year, and finally someone put it up on youtube! Based on a story by the Russian born Strugartsky brothers (highly respected, and often adapted, Sci-Fi authors), Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel is a slow burning thriller, taking place in a hotel at the foot of an avalanche prone mountain. Though some use is made of it’s beautiful snow covered setting, most of DMH could have been performed as a theatrical production, confined as it is, to a set of rooms. Director, Grigori Kromanov, uses the precarious, chilling, setting of the hotel, and it’s dark set design to continually build dramatic tension. The acting, across the board, is compelling, creating shifting allegiances towards characters, leaving one wondering who can be trusted. Also of significance in establishing the mood is synthesizer pioneer, Sven Grünberg’s original score, which combines ambient synthscapes, with melodic themes, occasionally haunting vocals and even a bombastic rocker (Grunberg was, after all, a member of Prog Rock band, Mess). Without wishing to further increase your knowledge of the plot, I’ll leave you with that vague exposition. Watch it before it gets pulled!

Some cuts from the OST

And a little more Grunberg, for those interested


Watch composer David Rosenboom hook John and Yoko up to a biofeedback machine and process it through synths

This has gotta be one of the weirdest moments on the Mike Douglas Show. John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Chuck Berry and Mike, all seated on the floor, while David Rosenboom and partner (unknown to me), hook all but Chuck, who remains silent, up to a biofeedback processor, producing sounds then manipulated by the use of synthesizers (any info on what synths would be appreciated), as they discuss the nature of biofeedback therapy. A time piece for sure.

From the Whitney Museum of American Art’s (with whom Rosenboom has frequently worked), Rosenboom bio: “Since the 1960s David Rosenboom has explored the spontaneous evolution of musical forms, languages for improvisation, new techniques in scoring for ensembles, multi-disciplinary composition and performance, cross-cultural collaborations, performance art and literature, interactive multi-media and new instrument technologies, generative algorithmic systems, art-science research and philosophy, and extended musical interface with the human nervous system.”

A very Terry Riley-ish recording from 1975’s, Brainwave Music.

From Rosenboom’s 1980 release, Daytime Viewing, with longtime Robert Ashley collaborator, vocalist/designer/graphic artist, Jacqueline Humbert…

unfortunately I couldn’t find a clip of Rosenboom’s collaboration with Anthony Braxton.

Fans of 80’s Synth Giallo/Horror Soundtracks will love Nightcrawler’s new release, Strange Shadows

Beautiful 2x 7″, saw blade shaped gray vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, limited to 500 copies and already sold out at the source, though Light In The Attic still has copies. Five original tracks, and a remix from modern horror maestro, Umberto, on one of the premier labels for both modern and vintage Horror soundtrackery, One Way Static Records. As a huge fan of the original wave of Synth Horror soundtracks, I’m psyched on all the labels/producers that are bringing it back via reissues (and many vintage recordings never previously available), and new recordings paying tribute to that unmistakable sound.

GZA collaborating with Vangelis?!

This is way more exciting than some half-assed Wu reunion, and certainly more than a (still unsold) $5 million, one of a kind, document of any such reunion. VanGZAlis.

GZA and Vangelis

Mr Robot finale postponed for a week. Need a fix?

For those of us not versed in Mr Robot’s hack tech, Wired exposes the tools of the trade that have gotten us to this point.

And if you’re not caught up, USA is streaming the season online.

Watch this fascinating interview with Anthony Burgess and Malcolm McDowell, shortly after the release of A Clockwork Orange

Burgess has often voiced issues with Kubrick’s version of his novel, but here he is, if not effusive, complimentary about Kubrick’s transitioning of the book to film. They also cover Wendy, nee Walter, Carlos’ recording of the seminal soundtrack of Synthesizer based classicism.

John Carpenter to go on limited tour in support of Lost Themes, to which there will be a follow-up record, AND there’s a collaboration with Jean-Michel Jarre on his forthcoming record!

No dates released yet, but this is huge news for fans of John Carpenter as composer/musician. His first tour!
Also, the snippets of the JMJ collaboration, in this interview, sounds EXACTLY like you want.

Happy birthday, Klaus Schulze

Before embarking on a synthly single minded solo career, Klaus Schulze was briefly a drummer for Tangerine Dream (see amazing video from 1969 below), and a founding member of Ash Ra Tempel, whose Krautrock classic, 1971 eponymous debut, features his drumming and synth talents, as well.

Crazy that footage of this bizarre pairing exists. Absolutely love it!

Mondo Records to reissue Twin Peaks and Fire Walk With Me soundtracks

Long overdue reissues of Angelo Badalamenti’s epochal scores for David Lynch’s beloved series/movie. And you know with Mondo, even if you have the originals, you’re still gonna wanna pony up for the total package quality of their releases.