Back in May, EDM guru Drop Goblin treated us to some intense heavy-bass/metal destruction in the form if his EP The Gate, based on the 1987 horror film of the same name. Today we're stoked to host the world premiere of his new single “Joseph Carmichael,” which pays musical tribute to a classic in haunted house storytelling, Peter Medak's 1980 film The Changeling. In the movie, George C. Scott plays a tormented composer who moves into a seriously creepy mansion and becomes entangled in a mystery surrounding the death of young Joseph, whose secrets are revealed to him in increasingly terrifying ways.
For this exclusive, Drop Goblin told FEARnet about his great love for the The Changeling and his nostalgia for other films of the same period, which he describes as an era when “creativity trumped technology”:
The Changeling is a perfect example of where simplicity and the power of suggestion to the viewer is far more effective than the need for extravagant, over the top effects and post-production trickery. To this very day, when I watch the story of young Joseph Carmichael and his unrested spirit trapped within a residential property that causes terror to its new homeowner, I still slightly look away with one eye half-open and get a feeling of anxiety from the movie’s visual scares.
He goes on to describe the creation of the track itself, where he focused on balancing the subtle nightmarish atmosphere of the movie (including sampled dialog excerpts) with the sudden shock of the drops and heavy beats:
I knew that the drop would be heavy and act as a climactic entrance after the dialogue was spoken, so in order to compliment that structure I had to make sure that the spoken words, and the sound elements that surrounded them, would act as an uncomfortable and eerie tone that would take the listener into the same feeling of anxiety that I felt when watching the movie.
Now that you have the backstory, it's time to plunge into the chilling world of “Joseph Carmichael,” which makes its world premiere right here. Kill the lights and press play now!