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Creepy/unusual instrumental music albums?

Asked by ebenezer (1459points) May 6th, 2008 from iPhone

does Antony have any suggestions of some good creepy or strange instrumental music ( preferably not upbeat or traditionaly “scary” sounding) maybe in the realm of modern jazz or electronic, ambient, etc. Not harsh just a bit off.

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ebenezer's avatar

not Antony. Anyone. Stupid predictive phone.

peedub's avatar

The first thing that comes to mind is definitely Godspeed You Black Emperor. This is just one song I found on YouTube so that you can hear them, but they’re all pretty good and always dark-sounding.

Dead Can Dance can be pretty scary as well.

The residents are also strange and creepy but only some their stuff is instrumental.

breanne's avatar

A really interesting sound is that of Nujabes and Fat Jon who did the Samurai Champloo soundtrack. Kind of Japanese style trip-hop meets jazz. Here are a couple examples.

peedub's avatar

The Fight Club soundtrack by the Dust Brothers might be close to what your looking for.

blueberryme's avatar

There are several pretty freaking creepy and instrumental pieces on the “Eyes Wide Shut” soundtrack.

ebenezer's avatar

breanne- the second song is good and getting close. a bit too upbeat. I am trying to hit this specific itch right now. I know it may be hard to scratch. The album I really like right now is by some guy named Lawrence. I got it on emusic a while back.

ebenezer's avatar

peedub-blueberryme- I will definitely check this stuff out when I get in front of a real computer. Thanks.

blueberryme's avatar

ebenezer, I hope you get the right kind of creeped out from the Fluther’s suggestions. :) I was thinking that DeVotcha has some kind of eerie pieces, but many of their songs are also somewhat upbeat, or have lyrics. They would be a little hit or miss for your purposes, perhaps, but they are good!

ebenezer's avatar

eerie! That is a good descriptive word that I should have used. Better than creepy. @ blueberryme.

peedub's avatar

Check this out later. Ignore the video, it’s unrelated and may even take away from the music. Totally and utterly creepy sounding is the Langley Schools Music Project. It all has vocals but is way creepy and very awesome.

breanne's avatar

You could also check out Nils Petter Molvaer

BirdlegLeft's avatar

This probably isn’t what you’re looking for, but check it out anyway.

“Black Angels” by Kronos Quartet.

Foolaholic's avatar

The Album Man with a Movie Camera by The Cinematic Orchestra

Les's avatar

What about a classic: Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters. He used beer bottles to make some of the sounds. I don’t know if it is ‘creepy’, but it definitely is strange.

tupara's avatar

Are you familiar with Popol Vuh? They did lots of Herzog soundtracks. I was listening to the Fitzcarraldo ST the other night while camping up in the mountains. It was intensely mind-blowing.

peedub's avatar

@Tupara- Wow, thanks for that. I love his movies, especially that one but never thought about the soundrack.

tupara's avatar

You can’t beat a bit of Krautrock when it comes to creepy/unusual; Faust is another band that comes to mind that might fit the bill.

peedub's avatar

Just checked it out, good call. At first it reminded me of Michael Andrews’ score for Donnie Darko. It is also all instrumental and very eerie sounding.

will3192's avatar

if you’re interested, anything by Max Roach. He was an amazing percussionist and has some really fascinating songs

peedub's avatar

@will- Very cool, that guy’s insane!

Lexieeee's avatar

La Valse des Monstres by Yann Tiersen played on the toy piano .

El_Cadejo's avatar

Nine Inch Nails Ghosts cds

Araphel's avatar

I have just seen Nine Inch Nails perform at Jones Beach here in Ny. WHAT a SICK PERFORMANCE it was!!

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