The Halloween season has been a little weird this year. We were hit with about ten inches of snow in a bizarre October storm that left us without power (or heat) for four days, including a certain very important day: October 31st. As a result, Halloween was postponed and the usual last minute prop-building and haunting activities were replaced by things like getting the furnace to run on generator power, getting enough outlets going to make coffee and charge phones, and grilling pots of water for baths.
But, for everything that seems to have gone wrong this year, one thing did go very, very right. That was my collaboration with Pumpkinrot on his short film entitled SWAMP FOETUS.
My secretive friend and his wife labored away on this thing for about nine months, building props, sets and characters, shooting (and re-shooting) scenes, editing, and finally sending a rough cut of the film to me for scoring a couple of months ago. I was completely unprepared for the spectacle that unfolded as I watched the early, incomplete edits of the film. I was so blown away, in fact, that it kicked me right into one of those “the music is writing itself” modes and everything fell right into place fairly quickly. Before I knew it I was sending rough tracks back to him and the final editing process began, with ‘Rot sending me updated versions of the film and me sending back tweaked and remixed versions of the score. A few versions later, we had a finished product.
The completed film was unveiled on Pumpkinrot’s site on the morning of Halloween as a nice little gift to his readers (link below). Here’s an MP3 version of the score:
If you’d like to watch the film and read a bit more about it, you can see it at Pumpkinrot’s blog.