by Sara N.
Looking for a soundtrack to accompany a waking nightmare? Wanting to spend seven minutes feeling like you're teetering on the brink of madness? Searching for the perfect music to frighten the neighbors or end any party early? Well, dear readers, have I got the YouTube clip for you.
My friend Dave pointed me in the direction of this video from German DJ duo Vinyl Terror and Horror, AKA Camilla Sørensen and Greta Christensen. Put simply, the two women have played Frankenstein with records and record players. They mutilate the records and stick them back together, sometimes out of order, sometimes interspersing different records entirely, and sometimes jamming in other material such as broken glass. They configure the record players to play stacked on top of one another so multiple records play at the same time — sometimes even upside down. The result is a contraption of bizarrely transformed records separated with rolls of tape, their audio contents clashing to create a creepy and uncomfortable listening session. Ever so often, something recognizable as music or a human voice will peep through, but overall the results are ... well, you'll see. Give this a listen.
The first time I played this, I must've blacked out, because when I came to, I was holding a knife and my husband was lying in a pool of blood, which I'm preeeeetty sure is the normal sequence of events after listening to this music for seven minutes. Let me know what kind of results you have at your own home. If you're still curious, you can read more about Vinyl Terror and Horror here.