HALLOWEEN’ING 2016: Day 19 – Carnival Arcane

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CARNIVAL ARCANE
Midnight Syndicate

Surly you’ve heard of Midnight Syndicate. If you haven’t, then you haven’t been paying attention to the Halloween season enough.

More than just your average producer of Halloween sound FX albums, Midnight Syndicate creates what they call soundtracks to movies that don’t exist. They stick mainly to the darker aesthetics of ambient music, with albums that have a thematic concept behind them. Like if Mannheim Steamroller was raised on Hammer Films and frequet visits to the Batcave Club in London.

Carnival Arcane was the second Midnight Syndicate album I acquired. The first was their Christmas album, so that doesn’t count here, I’m afraid (as great as that album is). The theme here is turn-of-the-century traveling circus carnivals. Think calliopes. Think dark merry-go-rounds. Think clowns and greasepaint. Think freak shows. Funhouses and sinister side-shows. Less Greatest Show On Earth, more Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Want something a bit different from your stock haunted house sounds? Check out this album some time. You’ll never look at funnel cake and cotton candy the same way again.

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HALLOWEEN’ING 2016: Day 12 – Gothic (Nox Arcana)

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GOTHIC (Nox Arcana)

If you’ve never heard of Nox Arcana…don’t feel too bad. I hadn’t been tipped off about this two-man project until just last year, when I noted that the similarly styled group Midnight Syndicate had released a Christmas album on my Facebook page, and someone mentioned that I might want to check out Nox Arcana as well. So I did, and my gosh, WHERE WAS I WHEN THEY WERE RELEASING ALL THESE WONDROUS ALBUMS?

Nox Arcana plays a style of music that is a mix of neo-classical, ambient, rock and New Age wrapped up in a dark Gothic tapestry that relies on setting a mood rather than producing danceable pop hits.

Gothic was chosen here because it was the first album of theirs that I purchased on Amazon. And boy howdy, is this some good, moody ambient classical music. It’s perfect to play in the background, set to some candles, sitting in a Victorian-era high backed chair, taking in the shadows as they dance across the walls. What I’m trying to say is, this is high-quality background music you can listen to not just on Halloween, for enhancing the ambiance of your setting.

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