Paisley Babylon has been hard at work in the studio doing a number of projects including mixing and remixing a new album by Binary Partners. Details on that are coming soon, but suffice it to say that the record is heavily influenced by the philosophies of Burroughs, Gysin, and early electronic music pioneers. There is plenty of sonic madness on offer and BP are releasing bits and pieces of their studio work in anticipation of the new album.
Here’s one such outtake from the Binary Partners sessions of late 2012 and early 2013. “Let Those Asses Know We’re In Here” is a pagan tribute to all that is irreverent, blasphemous, and improper. This version features instrumentation, cutups and other manipulations by Paisley Babylon.
The latest Paisley Babylon news is soundtrack-related; PB is scoring music and atmospheres for the Chicago indie short film, 45 RPM. It’s a murder mystery featuring a clue heard on a seven-inch single and there will be sinister music and Morricone-esque cues throughout.
A rough cut of the film is being worked at the time of this writing and Paisley Babylon heads into the studio soon to record the eerie sounds required, as well as intro and closing credit music.
This isn’t the first time Paisley Babylon has done soundtrack sounds, but it’s the first horror film project and it’s hoped that this will be a larger part of the Paisley Babylon experience in the future. Soundtracks are a particular favorite in the PB camp; Ennio Morricone, Bruno Nicolai, John Carpenter, Dust Brothers, so many name and sounds…all married to images on the silver screen, but just as powerful as stand-alone musical experiences.
45 RPM wrapped principal photography in August and will hit the film festival and horror convention circuit in 2013; updates on the film and soundtrack as things develop.
But there is some video work being shot in the Paisley Babylon studio that could act as a vehicle for it soon unless someone scoops it up in the meantime.
This track was inspired by a conversation with Nivek Ogre of Skinny Puppy at a recent horror movie convention (Horror Hound Weekend in Columbus, Ohio) about the nature and origin of the infamous Phoenix Lights unidentified flying object phenomena. After a couple of good chats with Ogre, it seemed like a good time to write something aggressive, analog, and old-school.
This track also marks the first with the new Paisley Babylon theremin, which was added to the gear roster earlier this week.
A video sculpture or similarly-intentioned visuals are pending for this track, it will be posted here when it’s ready…if you’re interested in licensing this track for a film project or other visual art, please feel free to get in touch: jwallace(at) turntabling (dot) net.
What counts here is that this lovely experimental video sculpture is the official music video for French Kissing Jack Kervorkian. Shot and edited by Joe Wallace, this YouTube clip puts a bit of semi-abstract light sculpture to the Paisley Babylon/Auditorture track to good effect.
The latest unusual electronica from Paisley Babylon and related projects–now available for download as MP3s here. If you are a fan of Coil, Stereolab, Nurse With Wound, Brian Eno, Perry & Kingsley, KLF or The Orb, these are sounds you definitely need to hear. Some darkly humorous electronica is at work here, with spacey atmospheres and midnight hallucinations.
Paisley Babylon is working on yet another studio album, but in the meantime there is PLENTY to keep your ears occupied here.