One nice discovery of the year 2010 was Fragment by Musica Cthulhiania aka Götz Müller-Dürholt. The project humbly devotes itself to produce background music for horror roleplaying games, to be more specific for the 'Call of Cthulhu' RPG published by Pegasus Spiele GmbH. (If you are not familiar with this and you like web comics, try The Unspeakable Vault of Doom to get some enlightenment.) The reason I post this little review is because this release deserves a bit more attention than as a game supplement. The style is described as "Dark-ambient, doom-jazz, horror-electronic and strange noises. Drone to minimal melodies." And just alone for bringing dark ambient together with jazz (like in the track Onncult), this little masterpiece deserves to be noticed. But there is more to be discovered in the 25 tracks of the 2CD -- just as the announcement promises. For example, the track 'Arkham Sanatorium' curiously reminds me of some sounds used in another hommage to Lovecrafts works: "The Music of Erich Zann" by Forma Tadre.
Not only is the content of high quality -- one easily recognizes the years of work (and probably self-experimentation during horror roleplaying). The marketing is quite smart as well as the release comes in three different versions:
Vol. 4 will be reserved for C3S artists. Estimated release not before 2016.
From the 30 projects that have expressed their interest, twelve have actually managed to register a user account till 30th of June (the deadline) and got access to the restricted forum area where we will brew the comp. (If I forgot one, please send me a message!). The projects are:
Angular Dreams Argyre Planitia CrepusculaR Cyborg Project Fatagaga Hatch23 Horns Morgen Wurde [ówt krì] Secret Druid Society cym Unsettled Dust
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The Large 24 Mar : 22:28 Something wicked this way comes.
Bebop420 19 Mar : 13:19 Ich bin ein Bad Sector. Die Leute sind Bad Sector.
DarkAmbient 18 Mar : 16:07 Typisch Murphy: Das Netzteil hat sich gerade an dem WE verabschiedet, als ich außerhalb unterwegs war... und eben erst gesehen, dass der Lautstärkeregler eines der beiden Decks runtergezogen war. /o|