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"Mythos and Music"
« on: April 23, 2015, 11:19:44 AM »
This weekend Lena and I will be attending CthulhuCon here in Portland - a convention event sort of loosely focused on the work of H.P. Lovecraft, including movies and games inspired by Lovecraft's work, and other writers working in the same general area of cosmic horror.


One event I'll be part of is a panel discussion called "Mythos and Music" where we'll discuss various types of related music. It won't just be about ambient or dark ambient stuff, and will probably focus more on industrial and metal, as there are more examples of that kind of thing actually using words and names directly out of Lovecraft. The other panelists have all different kinds of varied music backgrounds and interests, and are probably even more knowledgeable than I am about songs and albums where recording artists have directly "quoted" from Lovecraft.


My opinion is that it's not terribly interesting if we talk only about artist or bands who make songs named after Lovecraft stories, and much more interesting if we discuss the wider sphere of influence, and that's where dark ambient comes in. Something like Lustmord "feels" a lot like Lovecraft's stories even though Lustmord isn't name-dropping Cthulhu or other details out of Lovecraft's mythos into his work.


I wondered if anybody had any suggestions about what might be covered in a discussion like this?
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Re: "Mythos and Music"
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2015, 12:58:41 PM »
Just a note. Much of the music of Robert Davies is influenced by Lovecraft, particularly in relation to a sort of nature mysticism or animism. He often quotes Lovecraft on the covers and uses brief lines for track titles.
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Re: "Mythos and Music"
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2015, 06:02:59 PM »
> I wondered if anybody had any suggestions about what might be covered in a discussion like this?

APK's reference to Davies is a good one because, although some of the themes, titles, and whatnot are Lovecraftian, the music doesn't always strike me as dark per se. I sometimes wonder if it is too easy to play into the dark side of Lovecraft when making music rather than emphasizing the mystery or the sense of other-worldliness. 

Here is something I like that is clearly inspired by Lovecraft, but not sinister or overly dark in its atmosphere--one of my favorites from 2013: The Ashes of Piemonte - Datura Notes https://twicerememberedtwiceremoved.bandcamp.com/album/datura-notes

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Re: "Mythos and Music"
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2015, 09:43:50 AM »
> I wondered if anybody had any suggestions about what might be covered in a discussion like this?

APK's reference to Davies is a good one because, although some of the themes, titles, and whatnot are Lovecraftian, the music doesn't always strike me as dark per se. I sometimes wonder if it is too easy to play into the dark side of Lovecraft when making music rather than emphasizing the mystery or the sense of other-worldliness. 

Here is something I like that is clearly inspired by Lovecraft, but not sinister or overly dark in its atmosphere--one of my favorites from 2013: The Ashes of Piemonte - Datura Notes https://twicerememberedtwiceremoved.bandcamp.com/album/datura-notes


Hi Chris - your post was a little small

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Re: "Mythos and Music"
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2015, 10:12:27 AM »
Thanks for the replies, everybody. I was in a hurry this past few days with out-of-town guests visiting for the convention, and of course the convention itself.


The "Mythos and Music" panel discussion ended up being lots of fun. We covered everything from Lustmord and Sleep Research and Endvra, to Metallica, Rudamentari Peni and Portal.



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Re: "Mythos and Music"
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2015, 11:45:02 AM »
Here's a post on my fiction-related blog at griffinwords.com recapping the "Mythos and Music" panel, along with photos and videos.

http://griffinwords.com/2015/04/28/mythos-and-music-panel-at-cthulhucon-2015/

Please note that I didn't try to mention "ambient favorites" (so I did not mention a great deal of ambient music that is very appealing, influential and important to me) but specifically music that evokes a "Lovecraftian" vibe.
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