27,000 hours: Original ambient works inspired by the film John Carpenter's The Thing.
This album was recorded and engineered during the winter of 2016/17 in Niigata Japan. Specifically, it was recorded in Kitamachi and then mixed only about 2 km away in Kibogaoka. Niigata gets some of the heaviest snowfall on earth owing to Siberian air currents passing over the moisture-laden air above the Sea of Japan directly adjacent to the prefecture. During the period of recording there was generally about two meters of snow on the ground at any given time and more flakes falling in large fluffy clumps every moment, which created the optimal atmosphere for compositions on this particular theme. Snowplows were passing by every 2-3 hours trying to keep the streets open in the literally constant blizzards, and the only heating available was from a lone kerosene heater which seemed to require refilling every 15 seconds. I'm a night owl, so occasionally I needed to stop work, put on a lot of serious cold-weather gear, and step out to shovel the walk, so it was really ideal for inspiration and I feel the resulting music transcended my modest abilities and took on a much better shape owing primarily, I'm sure to the stimulation obtained from the peaceful darkness, the silent, heavily snowbound feeling, and the functional living conditions around me. 27,000 hours? As you may remember, in the film this is the computed amount of time that it will take for the whole world to become contaminated by the antagonistic virus-creature, the titular Thing.
One of the factors that motivated me to create this music was that I often found myself mulling over what would take place during those hypothetical 27,000 hours (1125 days or 3 years and 1 month) while standing out in the snow smoking cigarettes and drinking violently steaming cups of very hot coffee. I sometimes like to write little stories, and so while standing out there I got numerous ideas for plots in my head having to do with various characters in differing locales attempting to understand what was happening to the world as they tried to escape, only to find there is nowhere to flee. There was so much more detail to my story ideas that I decided it was too involved and probably best not to bother at all and so I decided to channel my creativity elsewhere. This resulted in the soundtrack for the potential story of 27,000 hours. I hope it will facilitate some excitingly bleak visions if you'd like to try coming up with some notions of your own about what those 1125 days might entail.
Eventually the weather also helped me to finally quit smoking.
This album is probably ideal background music for games of Outpost 31 if you have worn out the Ennio Morricone OST or want to partner it up with something new but with a similar feel.
August 24, 2020 Subject:
I'm sorry to hear that but...
Saturdaynightheaver3000, just FYI... there are no climaxes in AMBIENT MUSIC which is for reading, relaxing, brooding, etc. (◠‿◠)
Also you seem to be confusing this music with the actual movie soundtrack. THAT was the soundtrack, THIS is just some guy's ambient music inspired by same.
Also, "all the same mood" was something I was intentionally striving to maintain throughout, since cultivating and sustaining a mood is arguably what ambient music is for. :-)
Further I am puzzled by your attempt to invalidate my understanding of the film ("You didn't see the same movie I did") as if all human experience does not boil down to an infinitude of entirely subjective interpretations of mutually experienced phenomena.
(We are here to see things in our own way.)
That aside I think you'll agree it's entirely permissible to seize upon a particularly enthralling if narrow emotional facet of the film for the basis of a humble project such as this, for it is those long pensive lulls between the shrieks which are undoubtedly the more evocative for reason of their subtlety.
I wanted more than is actually here. The original album had variety, more thump thump thump, more of a personality to it. Every track here sounds the same. Its the same mood. Its not a movie sound track, its a short story. Its not about monsters and danger and gross-outs, its about dark roads in the moonlight, and little bunnies with missing ears, and feeds with missing antlers. Its about footsteps in the snow and no blood to be found anywhere. There is no rising to any climax. But there is certainly a voice whispering in the dark. If this is what you got out of watching the movie you didn't see the same movie I did. Nice poster-art though.
February 14, 2019 Subject:
Pure sonic alchemy
Very enjoyable. Quite a bit of work invested. Nicely done.