Wednesday, October 15, 2014

And the Grammy for spookiest Halloween sound effects album goes to...

Who else, but America's favorite composers of imaginary horror soundtracks, Midnight Syndicate! Although the films are fake, each song evokes its own story through the group's use of sound effects and symphonic orchestrations. Just the songs' titles tell stories--who couldn't listen to "Haunted Nursery," "Mansion in the Mist," or "Inn of the Weeping Sparrow" and come up with some frightening scenarios?

Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka, the core composing duo that make up Midnight Syndicate, have been cranking out the fright together since 1998's Born of the Night. Since then, their music has gained a wide audience through its use in Halloween-themed events of all shapes and sizes, from local Halloween parties and haunted houses to Universal's Halloween Horror Nights. The group is credited with legitimizing Halloween music as a genre, and just this year they began their first residency of live multimedia performances at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. The show is called Midnight Syndicate Live! Legacy of Shadows. It's still running now, so if you're in the vicinity, go see 'em!

Today's song is from Midnight Syndicate's 2013 album Monsters of Legend. The theme of the album is based on classic movie monsters from various time periods and genres, from silents to Universal monsters of the 30s and 40s to Hammer films of the 60s and 70s. The title of the song is "It Lives!", and although there are no lyrics, I don't think you'll have any trouble conjuring up a monstrosity of your own horrific design.

Don't believe they give out Grammys for spookiest Halloween sound effects? Just check out last year's happy winner!

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