By Dangerloves 1 Comments
Amnesia: The Dark Descent had great atmospheric music and sound design. I’m hoping they create something similar, yet different enough to be distinctive from the last. If Frictional Games and their sound design team haven't already stumbled upon ‘One Pig’, a high concept sound work by English electronic musician, Matthew Hebert, they should. The reason being One Pig’s incorporeal and use of the animal to create the sounds and instruments for the composition. From the carcass, foley like techniques were used to record the sounds of sawing flesh, dripping of blood etc. The most interestingly macabre instrument, being the one involving the pig's blood.
Overall the album samples, almost every aspect, sounds of squeals, shrieks and grunts from the sow’s stages in a pen, to the birth of her piglets and her inevitable slaughter (though this event was never captured). Granted the music created, is mostly ‘high art soundscapes’ of digitally filtered electronic music, the organic sounds are not entirely lost, creates an uncertain dread and awkward grotesqueness.
The most interesting part of One Pig is the potential collaboration between Matthew Herbert and Mikko Tarmia.
On another macabre swine related note and high concept music is (former hardcore band) Fucked Up’s ‘Year of the Pig’. A 19 minute song about Canadian serial killer and pig Farmer Robert Pickton. The lyrics draw parallels between man’s life and death with that of the pig. With such lines as: “Ashamed of what pigs mean to men - Ashamed of what we do to them - Ashamed of the pig in our head - Ashamed so we kill them instead”