Prepare for aural overload, Earthlets – DROKK is on its way!
The album by Portishead founder Geoff Barrow and composer Ben Salisbury is their musical take on the world of Judge Dredd and the record company Invada UK is offering an exclusive chance to pre-order the DROKK 'mega edition' Box Set and to stream and buy the digital album via bandcamp.
The DROKK 'mega-edition' Box Set is limited to 400 copies. The bespoke embossed DROKK metal film canisters will contain two 10" heavyweight grey vinyl LP's (including extra tracks which are not on the standard LP). It will also have a 'bunker' deluxe edition CD with 'drokk-card' to access on-line bonus material, a DROKK t-shirt (available in sizes S, M, L, XL & XXL) and a circular studio numbered print.
Geoff Barrow is a founding member of Portishead and producer/label owner of Invada Records UK. Ben Salisbury is a soundtrack composer with over 200 film and TV credits to his name, including David Attenborough’s ‘Life of Mammals’, ‘Life in the Undergrowth’ and ‘Life in Cold Blood’. Barrow and Salisbury met over 10 years ago when they both joined a Bristol football team for old men. After many disastrous games they decided they might be more productive working on a music project together. Other work commitments kept them apart until late 2010, when the pair met up with a screenwriter to discuss some possible work on a feature film project. Although their involvement with this particular film did not continue, a collaborative writing relationship had begun… .
When Barrow and Salisbury revisited and started expanding upon this early material they decided to continue writing what was essentially soundtrack music. Barrow, along with album designer and long term friend, Marc Bessant, were both avid 2000AD readers from a young age, and the sprawling metropolis and classic stories of Mega-City One seemed the ideal inspiration for this ‘soundtrack’.
DROKK was written in a six month period between Barrow’s Portishead world tour and Salisbury’s composing jobs for the BBC. Although it is a soundtrack of sorts, Barrow and Salisbury instinctively felt that music for MC1 should steer clear of the rich orchestration common to many contemporary film scores. Even for electronica the music is often purposefully stark and spare, with the majority of tracks created exclusively on the Oberhiem 2 Voice Synthesizer (a 1975 classic keyboard), and its onboard sequencer used to create rhythm and drums sounds. The only exceptions are a handful of tracks which combine the synth with digitally manipulated and time - stretched performances of acoustic instruments (such as piano, violin, mandolin, ukulele, voice and hammered dulcimer). There is also a brief cameo from Barrow’s other band BEAK>.
DROKK will be released on 7th May on Invada Records.