Apr 12, 2012 Uncategorized
Bill’s soundtrack from 1988 finally released!
— In 1988, I was approached by an independent filmmaker who asked me to compose a soundtrack for a film he was hoping to make. The film revolved around the final days of occultist, Aleister Crowley. After reading the script and seeing the storyboards, I told him I would record a short presentation and if he liked it, enough music for the entire film.
I initially tried using some other musicians (keyboardists), but trying to translate what was in my head -through to their fingers- proved impossible. The soundtrack I was hearing was far more abstract and ambient than I could accomplish with just my guitar and effects, so I decided to avoid rock guitar altogether, and instead ran out and bought one of the very first MIDI digital guitars available – a Casio DG-20, and a Yamaha FB-01 synth module for the voices.
All of this music was recorded with this (now) primitive setup.
Unfortunately, the film was never able to find the funding necessary to make it a reality. The recording languished in the tape vault of Random Bullet Studios until during the studio’s transition to digital, the eight track master tapes were accidently destroyed. It wasn’t until a stereo mixdown safety copy was recently found that there seemed any hope that this music would ever be heard by anyone but me. I have purposely avoided “updating” it, instead I present it here exactly as it was originally recorded and mixed. I hope it finds it’s way to the ears it was written for….
– Bill MacKechnie April 7th, 2012
Note: As always, this new release will be added to the ANUBIS SPIRE MusXpand page, bringing the amount of FULL ALBUMS you get for a CHEAP 15$ one year membership to SEVEN (and ERRATICA is just around the corner! so it’ll be EIGHT this year…) With more on the way!