I may or may not have mentioned this in the past, but... Halloween is kind of my favorite holiday. In fact, Halloween may be the only holiday that doesn't inspire me to reach for the nearest bottle of alcohol and start drinking. And when I think of Halloween, my mind almost invariably wanders to "The Midnight Syndicate".
The Midnight Syndicate, has been my go-to soundtrack for Halloween for a number of years. Due in large part to the quality of their work. With 17 CDs to their credit, and at least one film, they are the go to people for spooky sounds. So much so, that there a seemingly endless number of haunted attractions that use their music to set the mood every year. Their CDs are the soundtrack to your nightmares, or possibly your roleplaying session...
When I heard through the grapevine that they had a Kickstarter project up, I had to find it, and back it. There was no doubt in my mind that this needed to happen. When I saw that it was a live stage show, I had to hold back the urge to sell my kidneys on the black market to back it at the highest level possible.
Naturally, I pulled out a couple of the CDs I have in my collection, cranked up the volume, and started writing. Below, you will find a press release from the Syndicate, as well as their pitch video from Kickstarter.
If you love Halloween as much as I do, then backing this project will be a no-brainer. The hardest question will be, "How many weeks can I live on Ramen alone, so I can back this at the highest level possible?"
Watch the video. Read the Press Release. Then back like your life depends on it! They are the Midnight Syndicate, and they need your help!
Midnight Syndicate launches Kickstarter campaign in support of MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE LIVE! multimedia Halloween horror concert.
October 7, 2013 (Cleveland, OH) – After seventeen studio albums, including three horror movie scores and a motion picture of their own, Gothic Halloween Horror music composers MidnightSyndicate have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a multimedia concert experience. Entitled MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE LIVE! the Halloween horror-themed show will feature a unique blend of liveMidnight Syndicate music, original films, music videos, and live theatre.
"We want it to be a feast for the eyes as much as the ears," said Gavin Goszka, "a unique show that is not only a Midnight Syndicate concert but also something that stands on its own as a great horror multimedia experience." In order create the visual elements of the show, the band is teaming up with of veterans from the special FX, film, and haunted house industries. The initial group includes special FX legend Robert Kurtzman (Creature Corps, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, KNB EFX), director Gary Jones (XENA, AXE GIANT), David "House" Greathouse (FACEOFF, Mushroomhead), Jason Carter (BABYLON 5, THE DEAD MATTER), Beki Ingram (FACEOFF), and Jason Blaszczak of Screamline Studios (Rob Zombie's AMERICAN NIGHTMARE). "Because of the style of our music and our ties to the film, roleplaying game, and haunted house industries we're in the perfect position to put together a unique show that blends the best of these different worlds," said Edward Douglas. "It's a project almost two decades in the making. We want to bring your nightmares to life," added Gavin Goszka.
"We've always been our own label and distributor with little commercial radio airplay, so it's really been the fans' support over these past seventeen years that has allowed Midnight Syndicate to continue to grow. They really are the best fans in the world," said Edward Douglas. "This live concert is something that our fans have been asking us to do for many years. The Kickstarter campaign is giving us the opportunity to involve them from the beginning and allowing us to take this exciting next step together."
MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE LIVE! Kickstarter Campaign: http://kck.st/1bCv95j
Midnight Syndicate Official Website: www.MidnightSyndicate.com
For almost two decades, composers Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka have been known as Midnight Syndicate, creating symphonic soundtracks to imaginary films that facilitate a transcendental and adventurous escape into the secret dimensions of the mind’s eye. To many of their fans, they are Gothic music pioneers brewing a signature blend of orchestral horror music and movie-style sound effects. To others, they remain the first “haunted house band” that forever changed the Halloween music genre and became a staple of the October holiday season. And some know them as the duo that teamed up with Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast to produce the first official soundtrack to the legendary Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. Their critically-acclaimed works are reminiscent of sweeping, complex masterpieces by artists such as James Horner, Danny Elfman, Black Sabbath and King Diamond and have been featured as a part of films, television shows, video games and at haunted attractions, amusement parks, and live performances worldwide.
Midnight Syndicate’s music has become integral to setting a powerful mood at top-rated haunted attractions and amusement parks as well as at costume shops, gaming and Halloween parties and Halloween-themed cruises from Siberia and Hong Kong, to Europe and the United States. The duo has released 15 studio albums since 1997, and Douglas and Goszka’s original, work also been used at Hugh Hefner’s Halloween parties, on episodes of The Barbara Walters Special and in the drive-in film THE RAGE, Universal Studio’s Horror Nights XVIII as well as by Monday Night Football and by artists Insane Clown Posse, Three Six Mafia, Twiztid and The Misfits. In 2010, Midnight Syndicate released a full-length horror film called THE DEAD MATTER, directed, scored and co-produced by Douglas alongside special FX legend Robert Kurtzman and director/producer Gary Jones.
Midnight Syndicate continues to pursue its quest to use instrumental music to tell explicit stories full of tension, twists and turns. Most recently, the band completed the score to the grindhouse thriller AXE GIANT: THE WRATH OF PAUL BUNYAN. In summer, 2013, Midnight Syndicate released the soundtrack to that film along with MONSTERS OF LEGEND a tribute to the classic Universal, Hammer and Euro horror films that gave birth to horror cinema. MONSTERS OF LEGEND has quickly become the band's most critically-acclaimed album to date.