BUNNY GAME ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
Cassette. Rising Beast Recordings
up with with blasting, riffing metal, this soundtrack sets out
its stall immediately – there will be no easy listening
here. Structured into two sides totalling 58 minutes, this is
not a collection of individual tracks in the conventional sense,
but rather an intense soundscape from director Adam Rehmeier that
moves from harsh electronics to unsettling ambient moments. As
such, it has a real conceptual sense to it and an atmosphere of
dread and darkness.
The music runs from brutal industrial noise, through rhythmic
electro and brutal metal to keyboard drone, making it reminiscent
of the more interesting parts of harsh noise recordings by acts
as varied as SPK, Whitehouse or Merzbow, while the human sounds
– screams, deranged laughter, indescribable sounds of madness
– add a nightmarish quality to the music. It's a remarkably
impressive mix that has a strange beauty underlying the intensity.
The mix of sounds and levels of extremity add to the the complexity
and feeling of light and dark that the music creates.
If you have seen The Bunny Game, then it's likely
that these varying degrees of shade will be reminders of the movie.
If, like me, you have yet to catch up with the film, then the
soundtrack is possibly even more impressive – freed from
pre-determined visuals, you'll find the music creating its own
images in your mind. The combination of electronic sounds and
vocally created horrors is genuinely evocative and unnerving,
and the overwhelming atmosphere that this recording creates is
a skin-crawlingly unsettling one.
The version I'm reviewing is from a digital file – the commercial
copies are on cassette tape, so the inevitable tape hiss that
accompanies the format will add another element to the music.
A pain in the ass on most recordings, the background ambience
of tape has often added its own analogue element to experimental
recordings, and I suspect that will be the case here too. Industrial
music has long been a strange mix of technology and biology, old
school and new school, and this is very much the case here. Popping
this in a tape deck should result in something quite special.
I could see this providing the soundscape to those fetish clubs
that have not succumbed to the chemical lure of dated dance music
– or perhaps more private, intimate BDSM sessions (consensual,
of course!). I would love to hear this thundering out at a club
(or better yet, performed live). But I suspect the best way to
enjoy this is played loud, in the dark, alone.
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