A Constant Looming Uncertainty
Breathing Liquid Breath
The Opium of Our Darkness
The Cube of Bondage
The Devil Card
I had been writing, composing and recording since 1989 at age 15. I was teaching myself how to mix sound as well... and it all finally culminated into my first release, Scorpio in 1998. No, I myself am not a Scorpio, rather the album took the name of the film it was to become the soundtrack to. I felt that was appropriate since the pairing of the two provided me with the means to actually finance a release. Four of the nine tracks had been written and recorded between 1992 - 1995, the film came about in 1998. In fact, the remaining five tracks on the album were recorded prior to my even having read the script for the film.
The film, upon completion, was very different from the actual script as well as from what even the finished film was once intended to be. Yes, I distanced myself, as well as my provided score, from the finished film. It was a matter of integrity - as in there is a certain amount of which I intend to keep with what it is that I do.
I had the album mastered and I had some CD-R copies printed up and I promoted the hell out of the album. Back in the 1990's we had these things called magazines (memories) and in the back of the likes of Outburn, Side-Line, Carpe Noctem, etc were lists of bands, labels, distributors and their contact information. I mailed out to every one of them... even made a few future connections I didn't realize at the time. One such label was AlterCulture Records who reached out and expressed interest in releasing the album - which they did the following year in 1999.
After its release, Scorpio began to find its place in the world. The release of the AlterCulture Records label sampler compilation Distention most certainly helped. Though it wasn't until "Breathing Liquid Breath" was released on the Unquiet Grave compilation from Cleopatra Records that the album began to gain some international momentum. I recall the album became popular in South America at the time, I even did a live radio interview for an underground show in Bogota. There were/are very prominent gothic sub-culture scenes in the UK and Germany as well. The album gained a good deal of positive press which was quite humbling for me.
Slowly but surely the realization emerged that both AlterCulture Records and The Unquiet Void were simply headed in different directions. The parting was quite amicable.