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Aug022012

scntfc's moon grotto 7"

 

The clip above was created to accompany the launch of Scntfc's Moon Grotto 7".

The Moon Grotto is a hidden location in #sworcery with a lunatic soundscape by Scntfc, who also handled the number station transmission & related materials

Scntfc's Moon Grotto 7" includes a remix of the original 'lunatic soundscape' as well as a remix of Jim Guthrie's immortal song Ballad of the Space Babies. Get the limited edition gatefold vinyl while supplies last or listen to it via Scntfc's internet record shop.

: the clip

The clip above was created by staff here at Superbrothers HQ with the original Moon Grotto sound recording by Scntfc. The visual elements in the clip are adapted from the analog package design for the limited edition vinyl release of Scntfc's Moon Grotto 7". Most of this clip was created in Unity and filmed on an iPhone. Some macroscopic footage from Scntfc's ongoing Undone project is in the mix too.

Staff at Superbrothers had this to say about the package design and the clip:
"For anyone who was moved by the very ending of #sworcery: please enjoy a new painting 'a pale fire' on the inside of the package, it is intended to stir some feeling connected with the end of The Scythian's story.

"Creating the clip presented an opportunity for us to get familiar with Unity, and clumsily try to back into the groove with 3-D in general. Please to enjoy.

 

: the record

Some of the otherwordly concepts as well as Scntfc's involvement in the Sword & Sworcery project began as conversations with Brandon Boyer at Venus Patrol.

In early 2010, Sword & Sworcery's first playable prototye was forming in Toronto. Brandon Boyer, formerly of Boing Boing, was familiar with the work of and had written about Superbrothers, Jim Guthrie & Capy - on their own, and together. In a sense, at that time Mr. Boyer was the ideal target for the project and he was, appropriately enough, the very first person not on the core #sworcery team to play through the prototype. Ideas for cosmic mysteries began to percolate, the goal being to evoke eerie otherwordly feelings in whoever might stumble over them. Mr. Boyer was familiar with Scntfc's prior work, including his 2000 record Saints of Infinity, and one thing eventually lead to another.
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According to Scntfc:
"A few moons pass and (Mr. Boyer) mentions this secret project that involved some secret audio things and he asked if I would maybe want to help make those secret things a reality. I was then introduced to the staff at Superbrothers, kind words were exchanged, ideas were bounced around between the three of us, and soon we began carving a temple to the moon in the rocky slopes of the foothills of Mingi Taw.".

 

"(The lead-up to the launch of Venus Patrol) was the perfect opportunity to craft a real object that would round out that tiny corner of the #sworcery universe... and thus... the Moon Grotto 7" was born."

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Portrait of scntfc aka @scntfc aka Andy Rohrmann, illustration by Steve Courtney.

 


Front cover of Scntfc's Moon Grotto 7", illustration by staff at Superbrothers HQ.

 

 

 

Moon Grotto 7" package, design by Superbrothers staff, photographs from Scntfc.

 

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Status of Scntfc's Moon Grotto 7" as of the bright moon on August 2nd 2012

 


  • The limited edition vinyl of Scntfc's Moon Grotto 7" has been mailed out to the backers of the Venus Patrol Kickstarter, contact Venus Patrol (shipments@venuspatrol.com) for any concerns related to shipping.

  • There may be a few vinyl copies left over from the initial shipment, order yours now from Scntfc's internet record shop before they're all gone. Note: Most vinyl are black, some are white, a randomly distributed precious few are pink.

  • The songs from Scntfc's Moon Grotto 7" and a few related moon grotto sound recordings are available for download via Scntfc's internet record shop.

  • Here are two full-length Scntfc records you might like to seek out & listen to. The first, mentioned above, is The Saints of Infinity. The second, released in the last month, is Undone. Both are quite nice.