CORY STRAND "HELLRAISER: A REINTERPRETATION" 3CDr (AOW 62)
A landmark film in every sense of the word, there was no way I couldn't do something with Clive Barker's horrifying mythology eventually. Rather than using the score that actually appeared in the film, I took as my source the original soundtrack Barker commissioned from Coil, a weird, vaguely John Carpenter-ish descent into quaking realities and alternate dimensions of physical pleasure and total psychological despair and torment. I've tried to properly reflect that dichotomy with the music here as well, balancing swathes of purgatorical ambient with bludgeoning, uber-distorted sludge walls that become as ultimately transcendent as they are punishing, finally bleeding out into a lovely grey-sky conjuration of breathless eternity. There has been some great work done by other artists this year and last with "Hellraiser"; I can only hope my work adds to the existing dialogue and engagement.
Packaged in a DVD case in a limited edition of 5 hand-numbered copies. $18 ppd. in the United States, $30 rest of world.