The autumn and its contemplative condition of death and decay induce flirtations with the illusory, the uncanny, the weird and the eerie, and of course, the horrific. “A Sonospheric Corpse” derives inspiration from the surrealist technique, “exquisite corpse” in which each participant adds a contribution in a sequence. What follows is a phantasmagorical soundscape composed under similar conditions; collectively produced by way of differing forms of sound media with each contributor unaware of the other contributions made. Details about each contributor are in the show notes that follow:
[00:00:00] Zach Betonte – Interlude A
“John Cussans is an artist, arts educator and writer working across the fields of contemporary art, cultural history and critical art theory. His work explores the legacies of colonialism, psychoanalysis and surrealism in art, cinema and popular culture from ethnographic, science fictional and social psychology perspectives. He has written and taught on Western constructions of the alien, inhuman and primitive and their subversions in art, anti-psychiatry and philosophy, with a specific focus on the cultures of British Columbia and Haiti. He is a member of SMRU (Social Morphologies Research Unit) a collaboration between artists and anthropologists based at University College London.”
“Lost Writing” is available here.
[00:07:30] Gabe Powers – Creatures from the Grave
“Gabe Powers is a former writer and editor at DVDActive.com, and currently hosts the Genre Grinder podcast available here.”
[00:11:42] Alexander Heller-Nicholas – Maureen In The Desert (from “Psycho III”)
“Alexander Heller-Nicholas is a film critic, author, critical consultant, film programmer and academic from Melbourne, Australia, who specialises in gender, genre and representations of sexual violence; cult and horror film; and women’s filmmaking. Heller-Nicholas is a Bram Stoker Award Finalist who writes and edits books and book chapters while frequently contributing to DVD and Blu-ray special releases from boutique home entertainment companies including Kino Lorber, Arrow, Eureka Entertainment, Severin and Second Sight. My donations include commentaries, liner notes and video essays.” thebluelenses.com
[00:15:55] Erik Davis – Clark Ashton Smith’s “A Dream of Oblivion” / Zach Betonte – P.C. Fan Distortion
[00:17:32] Erik Davis – Clark Ashton Smith’s “The Night Tarn”
[00:21:32] Erik Davis – Clark Ashton Smith’s “The Tears of Lilith” / Zach Betonte – Untitled I
[00:22:23] Vesperalia, Children of the Antiluminary – Trial by Woods
“Trial By Woods“, is taken from the 2018 EP “Semantic Meltdown” independently released with the artistic collected, Children of the Antiluminary available at Bandcamp. It also serves as the score to a short film with the same title, “Trial By Woods” available on Vimeo. All of Vesperalia’s work can be found on Tumblr.“
[00:26:30] Alice Iglesias – [untitled]
“The human being always felt scared of the unreal, so we could conform with the most scary thing on our species, which is our own existence. Beyond all the irrational fears that we have, ranging from spiders to even clowns, we try to ignore the fact that our existence is miserable. We try to forget that God is ruthless, unfair, and that maybe he could exist, and at this very moment he is laughing at us. We try to ignore the fact that if I don’t pay my taxes, I might not have a roof at the end of the year. I wonder if I could survive in this system that devour me every single day I wonder if my friends and family could. What if they couldn’t? How can I live in peace knowing that I was born in the cradle of all evil that the humankind has left me? Is there more absurd fear than just exist?” – Alice Iglesias
[00:27:32] Noelle Richard – Fears
“Noelle Richard is a transgender/non-binary artist and filmmaker from Cleveland, OH, based in New Orleans, LA. Noelle’s practice includes experimental video and artist publications. Noelle earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing with an emphasis in Photography+Video from the Cleveland Institute of Art in May 2017, and received a Presidential Traveling Scholarship to continue studying LGBTQ* film in Germany that fall. Currently, Noelle is riding out quarantine in sunny New Orleans, LA, and continues to make drawings and cinematic work that explores the construction and meanings of intimacy and community in this singular socio-political time through their lens as a white queer person. When they’re not hunched over a laptop gulping iced coffee, they can be found driving along back roads taking photos of abandoned gas station signs and billboards.” Noelle’s work can be found here.
[00:31:17] Brian Evenson – Grauer / Zach Betonte – Air Conditioner Distortion
“Brian Evenson is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection A Collapse of Horses (Coffee House Press 2016) and the novella The Warren (Tor.com 2016). He has also recently published Windeye (Coffee House Press 2012) and Immobility (Tor 2012), both of which were finalists for a Shirley Jackson Award. His novel Last Days won the American Library Association’s award for Best Horror Novel of 2009. His novel The Open Curtain (Coffee House Press) was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an International Horror Guild Award. Other books include The Wavering Knife (which won the IHG Award for best story collection), Dark Property, and Altmann’s Tongue. He has translated work by Christian Gailly, Jean Frémon, Claro, Jacques Jouet, Eric Chevillard, Antoine Volodine, Manuela Draeger, and David B. He is the recipient of three O. Henry Prizes as well as an NEA fellowship. His work has been translated into Czech, French, Italian, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Persian, Russia, Spanish, Slovenian, and Turkish. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Critical Studies Program at CalArts.”
“Grauer” can be found in the anthology, “In Stefan’s House” available here.
[00:47:21] Lindsay Anne Hallam – Tenebrae (from “Tenebrae”)
“Lindsay Hallam is a Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of East London. She is author of the books Screening the Marquis de Sade: Pleasure, Pain and the Transgressive Body in Film and the Devil’s Advocate edition on Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. She has written for several journals and edited anthologies on all aspects of horror cinema, including female vampires, desktop horror, Australian eco-horror, mad science films and witches in folk horror. You can follow her on Instagram @thehorribledoctorhallam for movie reviews and discussion, as well her other account devoted to celebrating beautiful images from horror cinema @pretty_horror“
“Described as “The Queen of African Horror”, Nuzo Onoh is the creator of chilling horror fiction from the African Continent. Her books have introduced African Horror to the international stage. Now recognised as the front-runner of African Horror, Nuzo’s works have been described as “deeply disturbing”, “spine-chilling”, “gripping and haunting”. Nuzo has featured on numerous media platforms, spearheading this new, exciting and unexplored horror subgenre. It is Nuzo’s hope that soon, African Horror will be recognized and enjoyed as other regional horror subgenres, such as Japanese, Korean and Scandinavian horror.”
[01:00:37] Zach Betonte – Interlude B
[01:04:28] John Cussans – Lost Writing: Mira Mira, La Materia, La Jefa / Zach Betonte – Noctivagant Part I (Excerpt)
[01:08:11] John Cussans – Lost Writing: Williamsburg Diary Fragment 2 (Blonde Bob)
[01:11:02] KHLOARIS – El Ataúd del Vampiro, 1958
“KHLOARIS writes, produces, directs, animates, scores, and edits original film, television, and multimedia content. KHLOARIS programs and hosts screening events. KHLOARIS works with filmmakers to develop, envision, and properly produce their content. KHLOARIS’s goal is to create, support, and present unusual content in a variety of mediums.”
[01:20:18] Harry Corbissero, Zach Betonte – The Ogden Tapes (Excerpt IV)
[01:22:16] Thijs Geritz – neoStatic
“I’ve been thinking about what actually scares me the most. And right now that is the combination and interplay of information bubbles and fake news and the ensuing conspiracy thinking. You can see that in the U.S., but also at home in the Netherlands. In my work as an illustrator, I work for a large news organization (NOS). And I see that more and more aggression and threats are being expressed towards colleagues; journalists who are on the road. They hear the strangest accusations, made with a lot of fanaticism. The fact that a few people have started to believe in a different reality scares me enormously. This piece tries to convey that fear and depict a new noise in reality.” – Thijs Geritz
[01:37:41] Jessica Balanzategui – Death and Ashes (from “Mandy”)
Jessica Balanzategui, Lecturer in Cinema and Screen Studies at Swinburne University of Technology, discusses the score for Mandy, Icelandic composer Jóhan Jóhannsson’s final film score, which was finished soon before he passed away in February 2018. Jessica introduces the piece “Death and Ashes” from the soundtrack, outlining how it crystallizes the themes of the film and relates to Jóhannsson’s style and approach. Jessica is an expert in horror and Gothic screen genres and aesthetics. She is the author of The Uncanny Child in Transnational Cinema (Amsterdam UP, 2018) and the founding editor of Amsterdam University Press’s book series, Horror and Gothic Media Cultures. The book series can be found on Twitter @HorrorGothCult, and Jessica @JKBalanzategui.
[01:49:46] Nicola Masciandaro – Hideous Vociferations (Excerpts)
“Hideous Vociferations: On Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness and the Sound of Time” is available here.
This is the end of “A Sonospheric Corpse, Part I”, “A Sonospheric Corpse, Part II” is available here.