Stream – Drokk: Music Inspired by Mega-City One

First things first – Wordcore is still alive! Other things have taken precedence over music writing for a little while now, but relative normality is on its way.

Back to the subject at hand, and in some of the best music news I’ve heard this year it was revealed a while back that Geoff Barrow of Portishead fame and acclaimed composer Ben Salisbury had created an album together based on the world of 2000AD character Judge Dredd and I’ve now had the chance to listen to Drokk: Music Inspired by Mega-City One. It’s not half bad – as one or two people have already noticed it’s very clearly inspired by some of the greats in film soundtracks of the 1970s and 1980s, and the first track immediately put me in mind of John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13. Fans of Portishead, Brad Fiedel and Giorgio Moroder will also find much to like, as of course will followers of Joe Dredd himself. Happily, you can stream and purchase the music now at Bandcamp.

Soon: London Comic & Small Press Expo

I’m tremendously excited to think that next Saturday, I will at last be attending my first ever comic expo. The London Comic & Small Press Expo is taking place on March 12 at Goldsmiths University in New Cross, London, and I’ll be going along to cover the event for PopMatters Comics with photographer and partner-in-crime Stevie Denyer. It’s been a while since we’ve covered an event together so to be able to break that trend by going along to this expo is a great opportunity; the special guests are David Hine and Shaky Kane of The Bulletproof Coffin, and there’s one talk on “A History of Comics in Film & TV” and another on the output of Orang Utan Comics.

Exhibitors include Luke Pearson whose comics for The Stool Pigeon I’m quite a fan of, as well as FutureQuake Press, to whom Stevie and I will hopefully be submitting a Judge Dredd fan story when some art is complete. Even better, there’s a talk after the main part of the expo which features Eisner award-winning Italian comics artist and illustrator Lorenzo Mattotti as well as Dave McKean, best known for his work with Neil Gaiman, including Black Orchid, which I read and enjoyed recently. Much to look forward to…

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"There's a flaming red horizon that screams our names..."

Jeff Buckley - "Eternal Life"

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