Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Here is another version transformed into a dark soundscape by Mick Harris and Martyn Bates. While the traditional sounds like a pretty, creepy song, this one sounds more like... a confession.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
The fellow above is "Red Franz," named for his lovely, preserved hair. Peat cutters discovered him in Germany more than a hundred years ago, and he lived between 200 AD and 400 AD. I found the photo on the website of the Canadian Museum of Civilization. But it was on Archaeology.org that I learned how he died:
Museum curators only detected the actual cause of Franz’s death, when, after decades of being displayed on his back, they turned him over onto his abdomen and saw evidence of a deep gash in his throat, still visible in the remaining soft tissue of the back of his neck and shoulders.
An article in the Independent describes him as a murder victim -- he was so well-preserved that locals called the police when they first found him, thinking he was recently killed. But some bodies found in bogs in northern Europe may have been victims of human sacrifice. How often this really happened is a controversy. But I will be digging into the subject.
This is a reimagined version of Carpenter's The Thing, only with GI Joe figures filmed in stop-motion set to the tune of a Zombie Zombie song called "Driving This Road Until Death Sets You Free." I first discovered it on a blog called And Now The Screaming Starts, and it will change your life.