Sound Effects Of Death And Horror is a one-person project by me, John – sometimes called Distruth, depending on my mood.
I grew up in England in the 70s and 80s, experiencing at first hand the joys of the Cold War and Thatcherism. My early memories are full of civil defence, nuclear siren tests, public information films, Quatermass and Doctor Who.
One of my strongest early memories is the original Doctor Who theme tune written by Ron Grainger and “performed” by Delia Derbyshire of The BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop. Ever since I was a child I’ve been fascinated by sound; how it works, how to manipulate it and the effect it has on people.
I don’t really classify things by genre; rather by what I like and what I find interesting – I don’t care about everything else. Whether it’s Black Sabbath, Tangerine Dream, King Crimson, Kraftwerk or film soundtracks it’s all just music to me.
Film has also been a lifelong fascination – not just visuals but the soundtracks too. John Carpenter and Goblin fuelled a lot of late nights in my teens. I enjoy reading too. I quickly graduated from Tolkien to King, Herbert and Barker and then onto Ballard, Vonnegut and beyond.
I’ve always been drawn to the darker side of life; whether horror, Scifi or urban myths. Although not spiritual the concepts of hauntology and parapsychology have always fascinated me too.
The name Sound Effects Of Death And Horror comes from the BBC soundtrack album of the same name released in 1977. As a child I remember coming back from WH Smiths and listening to “Execution and Torture” on my gran’s record player while reading a Dennis Wheatley novel. One day I plan to record a concept album of sorts based on the noises contained in that vinyl.
SEODAH is the culmination of all this – historically I’ve always split my time between bands and solo projects. I see it as a series of projects and concepts that interest me – hopefully you’ll like them too. Whether you class it as prog, ambient, electronic, or experimental music is up to the listener.
Stone Tape is SEODAH’s first release – a collection of electronica-focused music collated from other multi-genre projects. Key influences are the British folk horror, hauntology and dystopias of the 60s/70s, as well as the Cold War and Civil Defence propaganda from the same era. Other releases will follow in the future.