october dark

by dead lizard grin

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A place that turns cold like a corpse in the grave, where clear country stars menace in the sky like barbed icicles, where days grow darker with windswept leaves that cavort in macabre pirouettes beneath a mourning veil moon.

That time of foggy hills and leaf smoke swirls as if a thousand tiny forests burn nearby. A time where lingering midnights are scented like old books and cadaver-cold childhood school rooms. A lingering moment when you feel an erstwhile lover's kiss that turned frigid upon your lips long, long ago.

A dolorous place of faded rains where change is trenchant and unstoppable. Of hope that vanished into too-early snows and the regrets of summers forever gone.


released December 16, 2016

Prepared by Terry Skaggs in October & November 2016 in Rock Island, IL. Track 3 prepared 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, remixed 2016.

Materials used:

"no moon in the land of shadows" - synthesizers
"and darker the sky that falls so cold" - layers of 'found' string quartet loops, field recording
"wind across the emptiness" - synthesizers, piano, guitar, field recording from Ofu Island, AS
"atomes d'ambre au feu" - live microphone in a room with piano, string synthesizer, and samples

Photography & design by Terry Skaggs




dead lizard grin Rock Island, Illinois

I grew up and still live in the Midwest of America.

Surrounded by peers who listened to classic rock I turned away and instead filtered my youth through the sonic lens of '70s European electronic music, the ambient sounds of Eno, and the darker side of '80s new wave, post punk, and new romantic.

In my 20s I began experimenting with sound, experiments which I continue to this day.
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