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Zyklon Zombies B, Life and Death Work

Crawling Chaos: Zyklon B Zombies Work

Back along, Crawling Chaos were asked by Curly Jhon and Mackie to do some background music for a performance they intended to do under their moniker Zyklon B Zombies.  The performance was called Dionysian Heights, the name appearing as a band name on the Foetus Products’ compilation Blood Samples From The Pox Clinic.

I’ve just found a tape with most of the performance on it……    So I’m digitising it for release.  And pretty cool it is too.  Watch this space!

CJ with Dionysian Heights Props

CJ with Dionysian Heights Props

The tape is the actual performance tape, I think, with the first minute or two being either my old racing car noises, some set-up test tones for, and the final major bounce track (sans vocals) of “Sex Machine”.  This latter is actually very, very good, and shows the guitar overdubs done by Jeff (Doomage Khult) very clearly and wonderfully – I may release this as it is just so folks can hear the guitar work.

The Actual Performance

Curly Jhon (CJ) has recently found a photo of one of his props.  It’s a little white bull, prior to its coat of gold paint.  I mentioned it here last month on the Crawling Chaos website…    Curly John Pops Up with Dionysian Heights Props

Other stuff I recall is heaps of ivy and copious amounts of offal.   The guys were doing some sort of Dionysian re-enactment for folks’ entertainment.  The offal stunk under the hot lights.  Bacchus was in on it as well….

Description of the Music

The two pieces Jeff & I created are called “Life” and “Death” and the boys used them as they saw fit, synchronising it with their dialogue and actions.  CJ & Mackie directed us, in a general way, as to the feel of the sounds for a given amount of time.  Hence each section is fairly drawn and thus doesn’t particularly matter too much where it’s fed in or out as the performance demanded.

Q.    Why have I called this post “Zyklon Zombies B, Life and Death Work”?

A.    Because that’s what’s written on the tape!  Jeff’s handwriting.

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Zyklon Zombies B, Life and Death Work

Strangely post on February 10th, 2013
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Crawling Chaos: Zyklon B Zombies Work

Back along, Crawling Chaos were asked by Curly Jhon and Mackie to do some background music for a performance they intended to do under their moniker Zyklon B Zombies.

I’ve just found a tape with most of the performance on it……    So I’m digitising it for release.  And pretty cool it is too.

The tape is the performance tape, I think, with the first minute or two being either my old racing car noises or a final major bounce track (sans vocals) of “Sex Machine”.  This latter is actually very, very good, and shows the guitar overdubs done by Jeff (Doomage Khult) very clearly and wonderfully – I may release this as it is just so folks can hear

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Zombie Dance (Zyclon B Zombies)

I’ve cleaned up the above track a bit although it’s still 14Meg in size and lasts quarter of an hour. It’s classed as Crawling Chaos although only two members took part in this version.

This version of Zombie Dance is part of a commission given to Rees and Jeff by some chums, Zyclon B Zombies, with the remit to produce timed sound tracks to support the on-stage performance. Also, the sound tracks had to induce a certain “feeling” in the audience both generally and at certain timed points in the proceedings. These were the words (more or less) of Curly Jhon to me. Ligger appears several times in the Crawling Chaos story, most notably as the central character on the original Homunculus Equinox cover and with his continual cry of “nae scran”! whenever the flow of beer was likely to be interrupted with solid food.

The Newcastle University performance featured buckets of offal, blood and gore, lots of shouting and ceremonial to-ing and fro-ing. Behind all this was the Crawling Chaos tape of which the track Zombie Dance, was one, specially re-done for the show. The show was surprisingly good, especially the bit with Bacchus, and despite the smell of the offal, which was awful (pun intended).

The track can be found here on the Crawling Chaos site.

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