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Behind the world of I SPEAK MACHINE with Tara Busch & Maf Lewis


6:31am Saturday sunrise, Paul Leonard-Morgan’s Dredd and Depth Charge. In that order.

Without getting wildly personal, which this blog/ diary/ vortex of nerdery sometimes is, I have spent the year settling into LA, and its been an interesting settle. I am up at dawn, about to hike the hill to Griffith Observatory; one of my favorite parts of the world. It is all things sweet, raw, innocent and kind (unless you get chased by a rattlesnake) to me. I wake often, early and easily, lots of sound banging in my head, rough and unorganized as if ideas are splitting and multiplying, soon to make sense (if I’m lucky)….

This year has been oddly disorientating, but I admit I like that feeling. I like the feel of being rewired. I become a bit uncomfortable when my “wires” become commonplace, with overly-familiar currents passing through. Nothing feels more beautiful than new currents passing through your wires inside, wouldn’t you agree?

Which brings me to this… I discovered Paul Leonard- Morgan’s Dredd score a few days ago, after seeing the movie and hearing the “stonking” sounds that protectively took the film in its mouth like a beautiful, robotic iron fist fitted with a glove made of grizzly bear fur. In this moment, I feel I need and want to “up my game”. Constantly…
Here he is discussing the score – I stole this from his Facebook fan page, but haven’t had time to listen fully yet:

Maf & I, as the credits rolled at the end of Dredd, both had the same diabolical, giddy look on our faces and said to each other “THE MUSIC…!!” Maf said further, “that actually gets me excited about making music again! Reminds me of Depth Charge.” I loved it all. The sounds, the orchestration, beautifully juxtaposed. I actually zoned out of the film at times and just listened to the score ( I admittedly am not a tremendous fan of comic book films, but I still liked it.). For your ears:

I’m keen to know what he used for the score (gear, software of course) …what do you all think?

So, Maf & I got home, I scooped up the Dredd score immediately on iTunes – meanwhile hoping it comes out on vinyl soon. And Maf played me this gorgeous Depth Charge song.

Sun has come up now. I have a hill to hike and a project to finish today, and I’m inspired in mega-city doses. Till next time…

PS – of COURSE I’m a big Drokk fan, too. We’ll get to that, but Oberheims break my heart.

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