Ever since I saw “the Night of the Living Dead” at a sleepover in 7th grade, zombies have freaked the shit out of me.
I started this short in October of 2010 as a little 15 second animation I was going to send out as a Halloween card. Then, I got swept up in some other things and didn’t finish on time. When I returned to the project months later, I started developing it further, I came up with the Zombie Hunter concept and the story line got darker.
I composed the music track “What the F*** is Slithering Towards Me?” with the KORG DS-10 Synthesizer Plus cartridge for the Nintendo DS in the summer of 2010 as part of “The Commuter Album” [see below]. It’s such a creepy sounding song, I’m really pleased with how well it pairs up with the animation.
The sign at around :44 is based on a childhood memory. Behind my elementary school, there was a large fenced in wooded area. Inside lived 3 deer that somebody kept as pets. Before school, we would stand in the snowbanks between the fence and the road, watching the deer skitter around in the woods. On the fence was a sign. “Please do not feed Fitger, Rex, or Zombie.”
The Commuter Album
The Best Instrumental Electronic Album of 2011*
*composed while riding the subway.
“The Commuter Album” was entirely made during my night commute on the subway (during my morning rides, I used to read the New Yorker). Sometimes, in the summer, I would work on it while I wrote Metro North up to Wassiac, NY. This album was written during a very dark period in my life. I hated my job, my career path had tanked, and working on this album was one of my only creative outlets that didn’t feel tinged with helplessness.
No writing session lasted more than 45 minutes. From March to November of 2010, I meticulously crafted 12 songs, standing in the doorway of an F train, using the KORG DS-10 Synthesizer Plus cartridge for the Nintendo DS.
There’s no sampling, just two synths and 4 drum pads, each sound built from scratch.