A great online Halloween friend, Victor of Haunted Hot Sauce, recently emailed me about an awesome, dark ambient music project called “The Starwheel.” “The Starwheel” is the brainchild of Swedish artist, Kammarheit. The album has been described as meditative, evocative, melancholic, and cosmic-tinged by several online reviews. For almost two years, I’ve been slowly progressing into the dark ambient, European music scene. And, I’ve got to tell you – I really enjoy playing a variety of these albums against the backdrop of my haunt on Halloween night.
The music subtly creeps you out by connecting with your emotions and manages to build intensity through atmosphere rather than using fake, over-the-top sound effects. This is the main reason I’ve continued to move away from using store bought Halloween “screamer” CD’s.
Spooking an audience is more easily achieved through stimulating the mind and showing less, as opposed to more – be it visually or musically. Creating any atmosphere is an art form which consists of taking the individual on a journey of psychological seduction – and, composers like Kammarheit are true masters of doing so.
These albums also provide the perfect mood for creating props! I love playing a variety of ambient music during my forays into mache.
Check out Last.fm where you can listen to “The Starwheel” in its entirety, for free.
Photo Source: Last.fm
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