Drokk - Music Inspired By Mega-City One, released on Invada UK, at Orbital Comics on the 16th May.
As we've previously reported, this project kicked off when Barrow and Salisbury revisited and started expanding upon some of their
early material, deciding to continue writing what was essentially
soundtrack music. Barrow, along with album designer and long term
friend, Marc Bessant, were both avid 2000AD readers from a
young age, and the sprawling metropolis and classic stories of
Mega-City One seemed the ideal inspiration for this ‘soundtrack’.
Mega-City One has been brought to life in great detail over many years
by the acclaimed work of writers and artists alike, the creators of Drokk
feel there's still huge scope for readers to have their own
vision/soundtrack of the city. Rather than intending to be the
definitive sound of Mega-City One (could there be a ‘definitive sound’
of a city so vast, changeable and varied?), Drokk is Barrow and Salisbury’s personal, outsider’s’ interpretation.
was written in a six month period between Barrow’s Portishead world
tour and Salisbury’s composing jobs for the BBC. Although it is a
soundtrack of sorts, Barrow and Salisbury instinctively felt that music
for MC1 should steer clear of the rich orchestration common to many
contemporary film scores.
Barrow and Salisbury instinctively felt that music for MC1 should steer clear of the rich orchestration common to many contemporary film scores. Even for electronica the music is purposefully stark and spare, with the majority of tracks created exclusively on the Oberhiem 2 Voice Synthesizer (a 1975 classic keyboard), and its onboard sequencer used to create rhythm and drum sounds.
The only exception are a handful of tracks which combine the synth with digitally manipulated and time-stretched performances of acoustic instruments - such as piano, violin, mandolin, ukelele, voice and hammered dulcimer.
"2000AD is delighted that Judge Dredd continues to inspire artists in the year of the character's 35th anniversary, especially such high profile talents as Geoff and Ben," said a 2000AD spokesperson. "You can tell, from their vision of the Big Meg, that they're massive fans of the strip."
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