Mysterious Spaceship Moon is my next album (out in a few weeks) it’s an imaginary soundtrack to an imaginary sci-fi film about imaginary moon people in their imaginary spaceship moon. It’s also a love letter to post war, British, soundtrack music.
It’s my love letter to the composers who worked on Amicus and other films and children’s TV. In particular it’s a modern take on what they might have made if they were working now. Thanks to TV channel, Talking Pictures TV, in the UK we have finally got to see again all these old post war classics of British film. What were lost in my childhood memories are now extant on screen again.
The film that above all else, inspired this album was the Terrornauts, starring among others Patricia Hayes and Charles Hawtrey. It’s a cheesy, cheap film in some respects but it has a charm that comes with innocence. It also has an outstanding soundtrack by an outstanding British composer, Elizabeth Lutyens.
The music was pure modernist a la Stockhausen. It’s here on this playlist and if you listen you can hear more Amicus film music
For the Terrornauts, Elizabeth Luytens, one of the UK’s foremost twentieth century composers, created a fantastic atmospheric soundtrack that you can hear here. I don’t think mine is in the same league, musically speaking, but I was taking inspiration from this film and it’s siblings. Carl Davis was another modern great who they employed to great effect on “I Monster” while Lutyens also did “Psychopath” among others.
I also was taken back to childhood and the regular dark children’s dramas that ITV showed and that were scary. Timeslip, Tomorrow People, Weirdstone of Brisingamen, Catweazle and others. I think there’s also a flavour of Kes in there somewhere. These programmes were amazingly dark and complete worlds, with terrific soundtracks.
Amicus also made two non canon Doctor Who films and they created the best horror film name ever with, “Dr Terror’s House of Horrors”. “The Land That Time Forgot” was also an Amicus film.
I don’t think my music necessarily sounds like these old soundtracks but I do hope they have a flavour of the feelings I had hearing them as a child and taste of the rather outré nature of them.
I also like think that one day I may just tell the story of the moon people and their mysterious spaceship.