The Dark Horror of a Fictional Soundtrack – Maujud

Have you ever downloaded music from countries whose language you don’t understand? If you’re a regular on AudioStylites then be prepared for this to happen to you often. And pleasantly.

Here’s a gem from Indonesian graphic designer and sound designer Adit Bujbunen Al Buse. The EP is a 9-track, 27-minute soundtrack to a fictional horror film entitled Maujud. In it, he juxtaposes rock and swing jazz with industrial white noise, spitting sounds, musique concrete, distorted guitar riffs, spoken word, mechanical reverberations and even snippets of bossa nova guitar. On several tracks he collaborates with 4 other artists elsewhere in the world.

The overall effect, rather than being a disunified mess, is actually a united body of downtempo and sound art that would be perfect for a horror movie. Or simply a sleepless night of fevered dreams.

Track by Track

Track 3 “Gothesque and the Pond of Thousand Sad Faces” is a lazy downtempo track mixing female spoken word samples with a creepy drum track and a simple piano melody. Nightmare sequence? Poetry while under a trance? Theme music for serial killers? All of the above.

Track 6 is nothing but a male vocal chant over a drone and effects.

Track 9, “Eulogi Arsenikum,” is composed by Cholil and remixed by Adit Bujbunen Al Buse. The plucked guitar motif moves forward on a downtempo drum pattern laced with audio samples from news and TV programs.

Track 5 “Unfinished Business” is my favorite with its swing jazz feel and excellent bass guitar solo (probably by collaborator and director Danif Pradana).

Download the entire EP on a single zip file. [38 MB]

Release page on Internet Archive.

Adit Bujbunen Al Buse on MySpace.

Netlabel YesNo on Internet Archive.


One response to “The Dark Horror of a Fictional Soundtrack – Maujud

  1. Pingback: The Dark Horror of a Fictional Soundtrack - Maujud (Review) « Danif Pradana·

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