Sunday, March 25, 2007

Ah, There You Are! And Just In Time, Too....

The Exotic Haunted Mansion. Just in time for 03/31/2007, the first ever Halloween In March. I have been so looking forward to completing & sharing this little kooky mashup.

But.. it's not as cool as I hoped it would be. Oh, the many, many setbacks & obstacles! I have an audio disc full of mp3's of music & effects from the Mansion... get this; My pc decided not to open it. Here I have the full narrative by Paul Frees the Ghost Host, with none of the background music, all set to be used for my mystic mashup... the Leota Seance, the Mellomen singing 'Grim Grinning ghosts' a capella... and I couldn't open it.

But I was stuck. I was so sure this would be the perfect Halloween-in-the-Spring cocktail, what with the Exotica & the Happy Haunts... I decided it was a solid enough idea, that even my own amateurish vocals couldn't kill it. So, I decided that I would take on the mantle of the 'Ghost Host' myself.

I think it turned out well. A few 'dodgy' portions, yeh.... that caretaker's dog is whining for a very different reason, when the Happy Haunts 'begin to vocalize'. Ouch...

As for copyright issues... All songs & effects are copyright their respective owners.., etc, etc... I also invoke the same defense as I used for the Pirates of the Exotic Carribean... this is technically a 'parody' of the Haunted Mansion ride, which gives me a little more breathing-room... Plus, since I did the vocals & most of the sound effects myself, there's really very little of Our Friend Walt's material actually being used. Also, I'm not using any of the the full exotica songs, either---- just low-quality, low-volume, edited versions of them that function more like 'samples' than anything else.... if you like this & want to hear more, I recommend you visit Disneyland, and purchase 'The Exotic Sounds of Martin Denny' 2-disk set, and also grab a Les Baxter reissue or two. Or three... just cuz they are cool, daddy-o.

Anyway... This was fun to make, and I hope it's as much fun to hear. Take a moment (or 10-plus minutes at 192 kbps in mp3 format) to enjoy The Exotic Haunted Mansion.

Oh, yes....
And here's the Voodoo Dreams/ Courtyard Bells mashup, too!

Listen for my quick homage to Criswell, and Ed Wood's 'Orgy Of The Dead'....

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Blogger Dave said...

I wish I had knonw. I might have been able to help with those Haunted Mansion sounds. Oh well. Sounds good anyways.

8:21 PM  
Blogger HarveyMidnight said...

"I might have been able to help with those Haunted Mansion sounds. "

Realllly? Cuz I must say, I still have the unmixed audio available for most of the track. Wouldn't be too painful to swap out my voice...

Even if I don't re-do whoe WHOLE thing, I am still dying to put the actual Mellomen singing 'Grim Grinning Ghosts' along to Les Baxter's 'Voodoo Dreams'... I think it would be a great song to add to a Halloween party mix.

4:56 AM  
Blogger Reggaexx said...

This is awesome - I can't wait until next Halloween... have a few people over to the tiki bar and let this baby play! I love this! Check my blog for Halloween in March - I'm reposting the mini, one day only mix I posted on Halloween last year!

4:11 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Here's the 2 pages I have of Disney Haunted Mansion and Phantom Manor sounds:
Disney Sounds Page

Phantom Manor Sounds Page

Not sure which ones might fit your needs, but these are all I have.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Max the drunken severed head said...

Thanks for the monster mashups, Mr. Midnight!

3:47 AM  
Blogger Max the drunken severed head said...

Haunted Harvey--

I have a kooky spooky blog, too...

3:52 AM  
Blogger John AKA Reggaexx said...

Is there any chance you could re-up your exotica Haunted Mansion mashups? I loved these tracks and due to a hard drive crash I'm fearing they are lost forever.

7:25 PM  

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