Graham Williams (<1, fencepost, et al.) has been immensely kind and generous to From Corners Unknown. He composed three dark ambient tracks based around Clark Ashton Smith’s “The Treader of the Dust”. You can listen to these tracks below and also stream/download them at the FCU Bandcamp page.
Beyond simply listening to these tracks, Graham and I thought it would be interesting to unleash Aperture of Ruin into the ether and let folks use the songs as a soundtrack for video creations. Now with each new project comes unexpected turns. I am already sincerely fortunate to have been graced by Graham’s stunning work, but something unbelievable occurred. Harald Dessl (phonux) reached out and provided me three of his own dark ambient/horror-steeped soundscapes titled The Sounding Eye. And Alex L. Donat (Leonard Donat) allowed me to host his record Deer Traps. As a result, this augments the noise available to video producers. This is something I did not anticipate, but has left me quite awestruck.
For each video that uses Aperture of Ruin, The Sounding Eye, or Deer Traps (or some combination thereof), I will donate $50 to local (Oregon) organizations from a tentative list I have cobbled together. The list includes Greenhill Humane Society and Cascades Raptor Center plus a handful of organizations that provide mental health services, support veterans, among others.
The video producer will be able to select the organization(s) I donate to—either all to one or some percent distribution across multiple (we can correspond in more detail on this via e-mail). If the video producer has a charity in mind that is very close to their heart and is not on my list, we can most certainly discuss donating to that organization instead. I want to keep most donations local and to those on my list, but given some friendships I’ve made overseas, I don’t mine being a titch flexible.
Once a video is complete, I will upload it to the FCU Vimeo page and subsequently share the video as a post on this website and additionally append it to this Video Project page. Video producers will reserve the right to publish their video anywhere else they like; I simply want FCU to serve as a small platform to get some extra eyes on the production. Just be sure to credit the respective composer for their work.
A good friend, Benjamin Power, has inaugurated this video project using a track from Aperture of Ruin, which you can view below. At his request, I donated to Help for Heroes.
It will be fascinating to see where this project roams. If you have any questions about this video project, please feel free to e-mail me anytime. I am also open to hosting a few more compositions beyond the three currently harbored on the FCU Bandcamp page. Thank you so much for your continued support and all of your time you spend reading my reviews and interviews.