Negative Space is meant to be the soundtrack to the same-titled new horror novel by B.R. Yeager, but it also serves as an uncanny musical representation of the current Covid-19 crisis. The novel also serves as a nice distraction. While we are in social isolation in The Netherlands, reading a book instead of watching a Netflix series brings more peace and produces another kind of distraction.
To be honest, I’ve only read the first few pages of Negative Space, but I like it and I am curious about the way the story will unfold. The novel follows four friends who are while struggling with a small-town suicide epidemic, drawn to WHORL, a synthetic hallucinogen that brings them into contact with ghosts. Love to finish the novel.
Meanwhile, the soundtrack by Burial Grid does a good job as ambient for my temporary home office. Although Adam Michael Kozak calls it ‘horrorsynths’, his compositions (all between three and six minutes) range from dark ambient to synth-drones with film music tropes (Jong Carpenter, anyone?). While sounding uncanny and dark, Kozak’s music also leaves a lot of room for personal interpretation. His production is light like the music is floating on air. It brings to life the ghosts that play an important part in the novel.
The open sound benefits from Kozak’s recording setup: his studio is filled with analogue en digital equipment. Besides a Kurzweil K2000, Korg MS20, Minilogue and Wavestation, Roland TR-8 and Waldorf Blofeld, he also uses field recordings to help shape his sound. It gives Negative Space that lively touch, situating you as a listener in the music: there is no escape.
Nice detail: if you buy Negative Space at Burial Grid’s Bandcamp the money will be donated to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy Covid-19 Relief Fund.
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