Edward Ka-Spel‘s brilliance with The Legendary Pink Dots is to introduce us to isolated characters and then immerse us in their world-view through expansive and mysterious soundscapes. He begins with the most restricted, infinitesimal point of consciousness and then slowly expands it outward towards a state of ‘cosmic consciousness’ (to use the phrase of 1960s psychonauts). Musically, he often follows this template of expansion, with simple melody lines repeating and layering in increased complexity of texture. Much of the LPD’s music is an undertaking to help the listener (and perhaps composer) escape his/her own head. Lyrical phrases, musical motifs, album titles and themes recur across decades, but tonal shifts between albums are slow and subtle. Hopefully, The Legendary Dots Project, like the Residents and Sparks projects before, will provide the keen reader and listener with a giddy entry-point into the Legendary Pink Dots’ musical world. Fulfill the prophecy! Continue reading
I was first drawn to Junji Ito’s work by finding a copy of “The Enigma of Amigara Fault” online. At first, I thought it was a scanslation of a story not available in English otherwise… but as it turned out, it was one of the bonus stories in the second volume of Ito’s longer manga work, Gyo (or The Fish). “Enigma” is a great, creepy story — I could see something similar running in an EC comic, and that’s a high compliment.