What Lies Beneath Could Have Been a Masterpiece

(This review contains spoilers.)

What Lies Beneath (2000) isn’t a great film. Heck, it isn’t even a particularly good film by most people’s standards, given the 47% Rotten Tomatoes score.

It is however one of my favorite films, and it’s not a guilty-pleasure thing or a so-bad-it’s-good thing; I love this film for what it could have been: a masterpiece.

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Music Alert: Orbr – Turquoise Rush

I’m thrilled to announce that Turquoise Rush, the latest single of my drum & bass project Orbr, is out today!

Turquoise Rush showcases Orbr’s dive into the deeper side of drum and bass. On the horizon: furious vintage breaks, pulsating analogue bass drops, twinkling pads, a breathtaking African choir, and lush underwater FX make for a unique and unforgettable coastal jungle experience. Includes an absolutely gorgeous 80s club mix and a bonus free ambient mix.

Turquoise Rush is available everywhere fine music is sold. You can also hear it on Orbr’s Bandcamp, YouTube, Spotify, and SoundCloud channels, and of course you can stream or download any Orbr song at orbrsounds.com!

Music Alert: Orbr – Drunken Noodles

I’m thrilled to announce that Drunken Noodles, the latest single of my drum & bass project Orbr, is out today!

On the menu tonight: wavy analog pads, tinkling bells, barely-controlled growlers, chonky kits, world instruments, and space-age FX weave and hustle throughout Orbr’s high-octane summer slammer Drunken Noodles, a dense and complex liquid joint with distinctly international flavorings and more than a few rough edges. Once again Orbr kicks across subgenres and offers the listener a fresher-than-fresh take on the drum & bass experience. Come get a bellyful!

Drunken Noodles is available everywhere fine music is sold. You can also hear it on Orbr’s Bandcamp, YouTube, Spotify, and SoundCloud channels, and of course you can stream or download any Orbr song at orbrsounds.com!

Video Alert: Thrill Behind Barks / Neil Auch Collab

Last year my darkwave band The Seven Whores of the Apocalypse recorded an experimental noise album under the name Thrill Behind Barks (Three in a Cell).

This year TBB collaborated with decay photographer Neil Auch for the gorgeously upsetting video Blowfly Girl: A Short Film to one of the songs from Three in a Cell, and the result is electrifying.

Many thanks to Chris and Tom of 7W / TBB, and to Neil for allowing us to collaborate on such a fabulous project!

Music Alert: The Seven Whores of the Apocalypse – A Poison Mind

My darkwave band The Seven Whores of the Apocalypse are just pleased as punch to announce our new single, A Poison Mind, out today!

Desires fueled by rot… rabid nightmares… scorpion-filled thoughts… interminable self-loathing… A Poison Mind that desires release. Join the Seven Whores of the Apocalypse as they ride through the black light and exorcise the demons with a fusion of susurrant vocals, vaporous bass, and drums that echo throughout the catacombs.

Stream A Poison Mind our Bandcamp, SoundCloud and YouTube channels.

Music Alert: Orbr – Cold Steps EP

Orbr’s debut EP Cold Steps invites the listener to experience the minimal techno side of drum & bass. All three songs — Cold Steps, Detroit Horizons, and The Big Rip-Off — occupy a sparse and technical landscape without sacrificing the dimensional depth and innovative production skills that Orbr fans have come to expect.

Surprises hide behind every corner: vintage vocoders, glistening analog pads, jittery 303s, and throwback MC scratches all pay homage to the birthplace of techno while keeping a firm eye on the future of DNB. This one’s for Detroit!

The Cold Steps EP is available everywhere fine music is sold. You can also hear it on Orbr’s Bandcamp, YouTube, and SoundCloud channels, and of course you can stream or download any Orbr song at orbrsounds.com!

Pareidolia: New & Improved

In 2017 I self-published my first stab at a novel, a highish-concept science fiction thriller named Pareidolia. You can read the premise here, and the table of contents can be found here.

I had also published a single deleted chapter when the book came out, but today I added four more. Click here to read these never before seen chapters, as well as other fun bonus material.

I stupidly forgot to link each chapter to the next, so you always had to go back to the TOC to keep reading. No more. Now there are go-to-next-chapter links at the bottom of each chapter post.

Enjoy!