There can be no light without night. Right?
To celebrate the coming of darkness, this week’s radio broadcast features many sinister sounds to help you awaken the spirits within the walls— including horror rap, drone rock, screamadelic surf, Caribbean shaman-folk, and of course, vampire disco.
Plus a real oddity: the world’s first ever electronic piece of music (or anti-music), somehow buried in an unmarked gravestone of historical significance, barely acknowledged as a truly revolutionary artifact. The piece of music in question: a 1944 field recording made in Cairo of a Zar spirit possession ceremony. Eerie enough already, but once original sound wizard Halim El-Dabh manipulated the recording using primitive filtration and reverberation techniques (literally moving walls) the piece takes on a truly surreal afterlife of its own. Here is a sample:
Check out the Wandering Rhythms Halloween Special, but please give yourself a mini-exorcism in between each half-hour segment:
And who can resist this timeless slice of horror satire: