THE ELDER ONES
Artwork for this project and on this page (c) Steve Maschuck
"Of the life of the Old Ones, both under the sea and after part of them migrated to land, volumes could be written."
- Howard Phillips Lovecraft
THE ELDER ONES: THE PROJECT
We have kept this project quite secretive since it began production in late 2018. It began as any project does - with a conversation. Al Baldwin (The Pallid Mask) and I had a very lengthy and in-depth conversation about the works and worlds of Howard Phillips Lovecraft one evening and by the end of that conversation I had extended an invitation to him to join me on what has become quite a journey thus far! I told Al about my album The Secrets of Vanished Aeons which was my exploration, excavation and transmutation of Lovecraft's epic tale, At the Mountains of Madness. However, it was only part of what I wanted to cover - an album only providing 80 minutes worth of space to fill. As I recall the conversation went something along the lines of:
ME: I have a tendency to raise the bar for myself with each project and with this continuation I want to explore the earth history of the Elder Things
AL: Sounds good!
ME: From the ground floor!
And since then the project has welcomed two more members:
1. Fred Lubnow who writes the Lovecraft Science Journals and adds incredible scientific plausibility to story and its creatures. I read his journal about how the Elder Things interstellar travel would be possible and my mind was blown! I knew that this was this inspiration for the direction and depth of the project. Subsequently I reached out to Fred and told him about the project and asked if I could include his writing in the project in some way. The reaction was favorable and the extent of the involvement grew steadily over time. I give credit to Al Baldwin for sending me the link to that journal which helped further evolve what this project has since become.
2. Steve Maschuck who is an incredible artist and designer. He was suggested to me by Fred Lubnow (being cousins) and the moment I saw Steve's work I was sold! Here Al and I were working on an audio project taking place in real time on pre-historic Earth... and I see from these drawings/paintings... Steve was already there waiting to bump into us (it certainly seems that way as serendipitously as this project came together). Thank you Fred, for the suggestion!
The four of us are so much in sync that it is just about a hive-mind mentality. The writing inspired art and music... the music and art inspire one another. In fact, allow me to give you an example as well as an idea of what this project really is and a taste of what is to come!
After a long and arduous travel across time and space the Elder Things crash into the Antarctic Ocean during the Precambrian Era in the Hadean Period. You can hear the Elder Things soaring across the sky after entering Earth's atmosphere. The music was designed to score and accentuate the event! Toward the end you can hear wings/sails flapping in the wind just prior to crashing into the ocean.
Steve Maschuck's visual depiction of the event, inspired by the track, is the exact vision that I had in creating the piece.
"Arrival" is the second track, of disc one (of two), of The Elder Ones
art: Steve Maschuck
music: The Unquiet Void