3D music and soundtrack escapism – enter the Empty World..

Close your eyes, leave reality behind and escape into a fantasy world of your choosing.. with Empty World – the atmospheric new soundtrack album by Kevin Kerrigan (or KK to his friends).

It’s an epic experience – The Steampunk Orchestra (backed by a full choir) perform a rich, cinematic work which journeys from grand flights of fantasy to the intimate, reflective, and dreamlike.

KK’s music is as ever, a melting pot of influences – a diverse background, working with the likes of Brian Eno, Bjork, and Hollywood’s James Newton Howard is evident – together with a subtle range of colour drawn from the worlds of film, classical, and electronic (Eno, John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Wagner, Demdike Stare, Korngold and Faure to name but a few).  It’s a postmodern sound which is unclassifiable – part ambient, part filmscore, part something else entirely..

“There’s too much music now. Too much stuff. We live in a time of information overload, so there’s something luxurious and liberating about turning out the lights and escaping, completely immersing yourself in a soundscaped dreamworld”

Kevin Kerrigan - Empty World soundtrack album (2011)

Paradoxically, Empty World is a soundtrack to a film which exists solely in the mind.   “Maybe there should be a new genre called ISM – Imaginary Soundtrack Music”, says KK, “many of us love a good soundtrack, but it’s not always ideal to listen to, as it’s made to fit a specific picture or story. There’s too much association burdening the music. This is designed to be experienced with the ears alone. To spark the imagination and dream to. I’ve had messages from writers saying they play my music to help put them in a creative headspace – what an honour!  But, yes that exactly where it works best.”

composer Kevin Kerrigan

What’s on the bonus disk (special edition)?

“It’s a DVD – a 5:1 surround sound version.  The DVD contains no pictures just music, which you play in “3D” through your home cinema system. I love the completely immersive experience, though some people prefer the good old stereo CD/ipod on headphones – it’s entirely personal.

Empty World is designed to help escape the dull burdens of the real world and just holiday for 45 minutes.   Films and gaming are powerful portals to escape dull reality.  This is less didactic though, and doesn’t require spoonfed imagery or ‘story’.  Our ‘mind movies’ are more incredible than any film could ever be – that’s why reading a great book can be such a surprisingly powerful experience, and waking up from a particularly special (or lurid) dream can be such a disappointment!”

“Empty World” is out now to download from iTunes, Amazon and on Special Edition Two Disk (CD + Surround DVD) at KK’s website – www.KKTheMusic.com

Galileo, cave painting and The Magic Lantern

400 years since some bloke called Galileo decided to look up one night, I find myself in the Brittany countryside on a balmy summer’s night doing the very same thing.

Thanks to a complete absence of light pollution, stargazing really is something else out here.  The pitiful handful of stars (if any) one can see in the London sky pale into insignificance once your eyes have feasted on the French countryside’s vast tableau of the universe around us.   In fact, even with my naked eye I can clearly see the cloudy band of the Milky Way encircling us as we invisibly hurtle through space at close to half a million miles per hour – it’s really quite spectacular.   As for Galileo, the catholic church of course famously condemned him for his ‘heresy’ before finally admitting he was right after all.. a mere 359 years later in 1992! and I thought record labels were slow.. zzzz

I’m writing this with paint splattered fingers as I have been painting by day,  a frivolous archaic pastime to complement my two core daily activities of drinking wine and getting sunburnt.  Today’s efforts however resulted in something which I can only describe as a particularly primitive cave painting by a blind primary school child with learning difficulties.  It’s a grotesquely ugly seascape which I annoyingly decided to paint over quite a nice lush golden abstract piece, which was before that a rural farm scene.  Still, the fire will burn well tonight.

I’m here taking a welcome few days out after having completed my new record “The Magic Lantern”.  The album is an instrumental fantasy soundtrack,  an adventure  set in the surreal, romantic Neo Victorian universe of the Steampunk.   In a journey of pure artistic indulgence,  I recorded it with an eclectic, hugely talented, bunch of musicians called The Steampunk Orchestra.

The Magic Lantern by KK and The Steampunk Orchestra
The Magic Lantern by KK and The Steampunk Orchestra

There are some clips on our site if you’d like a sneak preview – www.kkthemusic.com ..  the album will be available to buy (or preorder) there on deluxe CD, and on MP3 via iTunes etc from 09/09/09

a bientot mes amis,

KK