AM FREQUENCIES – ‘Giornata Malata Della Sofferenza’ ["Re-fleshed - Volume 7"]

Sick Day of Suffering


AM Frequencies is one of the music outlets of Andrew Mortensen.
AM Frequencies has covered many genres including noise, experimental, dub, rock, ambient, film music, hip-hop, metal and electronica.
This track is one of a number of self-remixes that are part of the “Re-Fleshed Project”.


06 – AM Frequencies – ‘Giornata Malata Della Sofferenza’

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the original songs from ‘Fleisch’

06. AM FREQUENCIES – Giornata Malata Della Sofferenza
Recorded & mixed at AM Frequencies between August 2012 and July 2013 by Andrew Mortensen. Additional recording at Germ Theory Music September 2012 by Julian Curwin.
Andrew Mortensen: keyboards, programming
Julian Curwin: guitar

© 2013 Andrew Mortensen

This one is quite possibly one of my favourite self remixes/re-works. I’m really happy with it, how it turned out and how it took on a new life of its own, while still keeping the original songs’ elements intact.
The idea came about from two things.
I had been listening to The Tango Saloon‘s (at the time, new) album “Shadows & Fog”.
I really love what they do. Julian Curwin is a great composer with solid, yet simple ideas that work really well. Also, not to forget the other members who contribute their compositions also. I liked the production of “Shadows & Fog” and I then got the idea for reworking “Sick Day” to be like Tango Saloon.
I think I laid out that section’s idea one afternoon, but then left it for a while as I was not sure what to do after that first section.
Also around this time I’d been watching a lot of old 1960′s and 70′s Italian crime/mystery/murder films – many that Ennio Morricone scored. These scores were his darker, more experimental efforts, many that are akin to the music featured on Ipecac‘s Morricone compilation release.
While watching these movies it suddenly dawned on me – make the next section experimental/noisy/psychedelic jazz.
I began looking at the rest of “Sick Day” but the rest of the song didn’t suit want I wanted to do. I then thought, “there’s no reason I can’t take another song from “Fleisch” and re-work it. Then it hit me – the dissonant keyboard part from “Make Way For Suffering”. That sounds quite spooky and mysterious.
I then wrote a ‘scene’ down.

    – A quiet dining room in an old house.
    - Clock chimes
    - A masked figure all in black slinks past in the background brandishing a large kitchen knife
    - Beautiful woman in nightgown comes to dining area to get a glass of water
    - Figure in black pounces at her trying to kill her, and a struggle breaks out, things are being smashed everywhere
    - Finally the woman is fatally wounded and lies there, slowly dying in a pool of blood.
    - The killer stands over her, and removes the mask and grins and walks away.
    - As the woman dies, she tries to leave a clue as to the identity of the killer and scene fades out as she loses consciousness and passes away….

Rome, 1960's

Rome, 1960's

Musically and production-wise I’m very happy with how it came out. I like the instrumentation used and feel it suits both the Tango Saloon and Morricone elements. I also really like the mixing I did, using techniques found in those 70′s film scores and 70′s film music in general.
Elements like, hard-panned drums and other instruments, spring-reverb on percussion, weird rushes of reverb that suddenly appear and then are pulled back, and then the crazy panning and tape-echo.
Oh, and not to forget the classic crazy 60′s wah-wah noise-guitar (executed perfectly by Julian).
I then added post mixing a tape saturation over the whole mix, as well as some TV/video tape hiss to the final bounce.
I’m now thinking I might try some more re-versions in this style, or maybe write some new music like this, something for an imaginary film score…. all I need to do is find the time for that now…
- Andrew Mortensen, December 2013

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