My video Monkey King, which I made for Charlie Campari’s first single, is in competition in Scream Factory’s short horror film contest. You can go vote for your favorite films by liking them on Youtube starting today until December 2nd. You can see all the entries here - and you can vote by liking Monkey King here
Principal photography for the Killt Spirit film project (Still image above) is done and features performances by Ted Haler (Strange Days) and Kindred Lansdown. This was a really great experience and I am looking forward to the November release. I have signed on to do three music videos, the first of which will start production next week. I am really excited by these three videos which will feature interconnected narratives that span from present day Los Angeles and far, far into the future, to the dark depths of space, and heavy on supernatural horror, noir detective fiction and dystopian science fiction themes. Also, my short story Human Resources which appeared in the Des Lewis edited short story anthology The First Book of Classical Horror Stories, has received a review by Peter Tennant in Black Static! He writes: ’Music is incidental to ‘Human Resources’ by Karim Ghahwagi, which appears to be channelling Thomas Ligotti’s attitudes to the world of work, with an omnipresent and mysterious company and people engaged in pointless labour, the mood of the piece powerful, dystopian and disturbing.’ I highly recommend this collection which has great stories by Colin Insole, Mark Valentine, John Howard, S.D. Tullis, D.P. Watt and many others. My novella Amerika is available in a limited hard back edition from Ex Occidente Press and you can grab it here and from the great Cold Tonnage Books here.
The music video for Charlie Campari’s single Monkey King from his debut EP ‘Moon Cricket’ is out today. Shot in stop motion in central Los Angeles and at Dead Man’s Point in Apple Valley, the video features performances by Laura Beckmann, Cora Ripatti, Ian Steffi, Soren Castellanos and Ethan Esrawi. The artworks featured in the video were created by nine year old Soren Castellanos, and additional camera assistance was provided by Valan Romero.
The poster for Charlie Campari’s forthcoming music video Monkey King. In lieu of a new distribution deal for the album, the release of the video will now coincide with its May 6th, 2013 release date.
We want to thank everyone for their kind comments and support. The video has had over 250,000 views so far.
Here are some behind- the -scenes pics:
In picture 1: Ivan Hansen taking a break between takes. In all over 65,000 single photo frames were shot for the video in June and July.
Picture 2: Ivan Hansen and Rasmus Sjøgren, lead singer of Drone who flew to Copenhagen from Berlin to do his scene for the video.
Picture 3: Ivan Hansen played every character in the video, some 25 characters; a tremendous performance in that all takes were done in stop motion.
Picture 4: In LA, even cats are editors. Mikah taking a break after a tough day at work.
I am very excited to present a teaser trailer for the forthcoming Drone video single Divide and Conquer, taken from their excellent album Doors of Perception. This has been an immensely exciting project to work on, and we are very much looking forward to debut the video on the 8th of September. The video stars Ivan Hansen and Rasmus Sjøgren.
My collage film for Kúra’s new single Flame is out. The video formed part of a collection of six additional collage films which accompanied Kúra’s live tour this summer.
’The First Book of Classical Horror Stories’ – containing brand new stories inspired by classical music.
Stories by Rachel Kendall, Andrew Hook, D.P. Watt, Adam S. Cantwell, Dominy Clements, Lawrence Conquest, Nicole Cushing, Stephen Bacon, Karim Ghahwagi, John Howard, Holly Day, Colin Insole, Tony Lovell, Daniel Mills, M. Sullivan, S.D. Tullis, Carmen Tudor, Mark Valentine, Aliya Whiteley, Sarah O’Scalaidhe and Rhys Hughes.
I have made a new visual show for Kúra‘s 2012 live tour. The following dates are confirmed.
27.04.2012 Rust, København
03.05.2012 Viva lá Revolution, Aalborg
04.05. 2012 Gjethuset, Frederiksværk
11.05.2012 Drivhuset, Skive
12.05.2012 Mejlgade For Manfoldighed, Århus
12.05. 2012 Gimle, Roskilde
17.05.2012 Ishuset, Hobro
18.05. 2012 Von Hatten, Randers
19.05.2012 Posten, Odense
24.05.2012 Train, Århus
25.05.2012 Pitstop, Kolding
26.05.2012 Maybeats, Humlebæk
TBA Roskilde Festival
Kúra are also featured in Politiken today, where the live show was also made public.
I have made a music video for Kúra’s forthcoming single: Joe, featured on their debut album Halfway to the Moon. The single and the video will be released April 11th, 2012. Shot around Copenhagen this January and February, the video features performances by Ivan Bøgh Hansen, Isabella Blicher, Lisbet Reingaard, Hasan Arsin, Clara Zapffe, Sofie Elskær and Terese Maglegaard Christensen.
16.04.2012: The video can now be seen here
For the rest of December you can see The Figment Notebook online, courtesy of Ronni Shendar and Till Rohmann from c.sides and everyone at efterklang.
You can also win a single, one of a kind frame from the film here.
Some of my visuals are featured on Trentemøller‘s current US tour. You can still catch some shows over the halloween weekend.
The Fillmore San Francisco, CA - 7:00 PM
Roseland Theater Portland, OR - 7:00 PM
Showbox at The Market Seattle, WA , US - 7:00 PM
Commodore Vancouver, BC, CANADA - 7:00 PM
Nov 25, 26
Den Grå Hal, Christiania, Refshalevej 2, 1432 Copenhagen, Denmark- 9:00 PM
THIS HERMETIC LEGISLATURE: A HOMAGE TO BRUNO SCHULZ
Edited by D.P. Watt and D.T. Ghetu
Ex Occidente Press
At the end of a curious parallel track of imagination the Twentieth Century is frozen by the memory of early spring snows, the lascivious gaze of tradesmen, dark July nights and the chatter of exotic birds. Every face in the crowd is as still as a travelling waxwork exhibit. It is an Age of Genius writ in crumbing ledgers and announced in the margins of charlatans’ advertisements. Everywhere the agony and ecstasy of its times may be read. Upon every mouldering wall there is a rich mural of creation and beneath every glittering plastic jewel of technology hides an ancient fermentation. In each shop window, with its teetering mannequins, a universe of magical forms unfolds —a pageant of infinite life begging to be rewritten, to live again!
1. Fugue for Black Thursday by George Berguno
2. Great Ruins of Tomorrow by Stephen J. Clark
3. The Fall of a City Planner by Karim Ghahwagi
4. The Messiah of the Mannequins by Rhys Hughes
5. Letters in Black Wood by Joel Lane
6. The Original Light by Mark Valentine
7. With Shadow All the Marble Steps by Oliver Smith
8. Manual of Quiet Destruction by Charles Schneider
9. Silver on Green by John Howard
10. The Subjugation of Eros by D.P. Watt
11. All in a Hot and Copper Sky by Dominy Clements
12. My Ruined Father by Douglas Thompson
13. The Notched Sword by Adam S. Cantwell
14. A Calendar of Cherries by Colin Insole
15. The Vile Game of Gunter and Landau by Michael Cisco
16. A Posthumous Messiah by Reggie Oliver
17. The Restaurant Saint Martin by R.B. Russell
18. My Heretical Existence by Mark Samuels
This Hermetic Legislature: A Homage to Bruno Schulz is an over-sized sewn hardcover book of 300 pages with endpapers, a full-colour frontispiece and a dust-jacket. Deluxe cloth boards with folio.
The sound track for the short animated film The Figment Notebook which I made with Mads Brauer and Casper Clausen is released along with the compositions of ten other artists on double CD today. You can click here for more information. The CD also features a wonderful reading by Sara Davis of the story I wrote for the film. More information regarding screenings of the film are forthcoming.
In his review of the Figment audiobook track Alex Yau of Now Then magazine writes: ” Built on a beautiful trickling piano, peculiar bell chimes and train-like anticlimax, the existential narrative depicts the good luck a parish receives when they take in a child, only for it to deteriorate with her disappearance. Quite chilling.”