King Oliver was a pioneering jazz band leader, by encouraging each band member to improvise at the same time, his style was labeled Hot Jazz. He started playing in New Orleans’ Storyville. He would use all sorts of objects to change the sound of his cornet, like his hat, bottles, toilet plunger, and cups. He was a mentor to Louis Armstrong and inspired many artists that followed.
For these type of songs, I’ve been influenced by a cross between Negativland and Bachanan & Goodman. I only had one source for the speaker, a podcast detailing the belief of a Halloween conspiracy. The music was created with midi sampling pads. I love taking anti-Halloween sentiments and recontextualizing them. Check out The Best of Professor D for more cut-up mixes like this one.
Professor D as Jigsaw Zombie
This is a cover from the Famous Monsters album. I was originally going to do a more classic Misfits tune, but when I decided that the addition to the beginning of this year’s mix’s title would be “Screaming”, this song was the most appropriate choice. I only used drums, guitar, and vocals with various effects added to the guitar and vocals. Rather than record multiple tracks for those moments when there are multiple singers on the original song, I added a separate effect to just those moments.
The Misfits were originally recording this song for the Scream 2 soundtrack, but ended up being a part of Bruiser by zombie film master George Romero. The Misfits appear on stage performing “Scream” during the climax of the film, and George Romero filmed the music video, which begins with a bunch of Misfits fans showing up to an emergency room with assorted zombie related injuries. Multiple dead bodies are also brought in that end up being the band, zombified. The zombie-Misfits then attack the occupants of the emergency room.
Anders Manga has been creating Darkwave music since the late 90’s and with the band Bloody Hammers since 2012. This song comes from the Welcome to the Horror Show album. Having seen Anders Manga with his full band, I was rather impressed how well the electronic music was able to be recreated live on stage.
This hidden gem that has only recently been added to my Halloween music collection was a b-side by a different artist than the a-side. Mr. Undertaker was Roy Hawkins. He was the original writer and performer of “The Thrill is Gone”, made popular by B. B. King. “Here Lies Love” was released in 1955. The a-side was “W-P-L-J” by The 4 Deuces; the initials were slang for port wine mixed with lemon juice.
Richmond, Virginia’s The Taters are a roots rock outfit mostly influenced by The Beatles, The Everly Brothers, and Roy Orbison. They did an entire album of Halloween themed songs called Don’t Scream that is introduced by Richmond Horror Host The Bowman Body. There is even a cover of Buck Owens’ “Monster’s Holiday”. They play Halloween shows every year that the above picture is taken from a previous year. They have a following that supports them everywhere they play, and having seen them myself, I’d recommend them for a mellow evening of talented musicians.
This is a sound bite from John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness. All of the characters investigating a mysterious cylinder filled with swirling green glowing evil have a dream where the doors of the church they are in open and a human like shape is emerging. The dream is a warning from a doomed future to try to get those in the past to prevent what is seen in the dream. The movie is hit and miss, and isn’t one of the best Carpenter films, but there are a lot of really creepy moments and the one this sound bite is from really is one of the best. The first time I saw this movie, I had really strange drams all night.