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The Merch Table: November 2017

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Every month, The Merch Table brings you the best and most bonkers merchandise you can find on Bandcamp. We commend bands and labels that get a little creative and think outside the tote bag. Whether it’s a fashion accessory, a piece of art, or something entirely unique, The Merch Table showcases inventive, original—and, occasionally, downright strange—stuff that you might want to get your hands on. Continue reading

11 Creepy Horror Soundtracks for All Hallows’ Eve and Beyond

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Illustration by George Wylesol

We’re currently experiencing something of a golden age for horror soundtracks. Reissue labels like Mondo/Death Waltz, Waxworks, and One Way Static are returning classic horror scores to record racks with elegant artwork and beautified sound, and newer scores for films like It Follows and The Void manage to be both forward-thinking and ambitious, while tipping their caps toward the classic sound of slasher scores of yore.

As a musician in The Holy Circle and Locrian, I’m attuned to the atmospheric, and every year, I compile a horror soundtrack radio show called Dead Air; this year, it will broadcast on Baltimore’s WLOY on Halloween night. Surely, some of the creepy, fascinating, well-composed soundtracks below will be included. So turn out the lights, get out the snacks, and dig in.

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Biggest Ups: 23 Artists Share Their Bandcamp Picks

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Illustration by Valentina Montagna.

When we launched Bandcamp Daily, one of the features that was met with the greatest amount of enthusiasm right out of the gate was Big Ups. The concept was simple: we asked artists who used Bandcamp to recommend their favorite Bandcamp discoveries. So, in honor of our Best of 2016 coverage, we decided to take Big Ups and super-size it. We asked 23 artists to recommend one album they can’t stop playing.

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High Scores: Disasterpeace’s Horror Soundtracks and Chiptune Masterworks

A still from the game "Hyper Light Drifter"

A still from the game “Hyper Light Drifter.”

High Scores is a monthly column in which Bandcamp profiles a video game soundtrack composer. In the second installment, Casey Jarman talks to Rich Vreeland about his expansive career as Disasterpeace.

Rich Vreeland, who composes and releases music under the moniker Disasterpeace, may just be the most beloved game music composer of his generation. He’s also one of the most prolific: the sheer breadth of game projects that Vreeland has worked on is astounding—everything from small, self-contained mobile games to some of the most ambitious projects of the last decade, Fez and Hyper Light Drifter. He’s perhaps best known, outside of gaming circles, for his intense and inventive soundtrack to the 2014 indie horror hit It Follows.

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We spoke to Vreeland via telephone about his work in games and beyond. He was in his car—in the midst of moving from the Bay Area to Los Angeles for a new project with Heart Machine, the developers of Hyper Light Drifter—and I was sitting in the San Francisco airport. Listening back, the interview tape is loaded with indefinable ambient noises from both ends of the conversation. It seems fitting.

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