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Free music from The Caretaker January 23, 2009

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Recollected Memories from the Museum of Garden History

The Caretaker: Recollected Memories from the Museum of Garden History

(I could swear I blogged about this somewhere before, but I’m not sure where.)

Remember the scenes in the ballroom in Kubrick’s version of The Shining? The kind of distant sound to the music? That’s one of the inspirations for some recordings by The Caretaker. He starts with samples from old ballroom music and distorts them, buries them in layers of noise, and sometimes lets almost recognizable bits emerge. It’s music that hovers between ambience and noise, and can be at times surprisingly beautiful and poignant. It can also be harsh and abrasive. It’s easy to imagine it being used as an alternate soundtrack for the underwater Art Deco city of Rapture in the videogame Bioshock.

The Caretaker’s music has been classed by some as part of a movement called hauntology. I haven’t yet heard many of the other artists who are being tagged with that, but I like the idea. There’s a good article on it here.

The Caretaker’s music has been released on CD and LP, but a lot of it is also available for free from his website. If you’re at all interested (hey, it’s free!) start with Recollected memories from the museum of garden history. If you like it, buy a CD, too.

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