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WATCH: Timothy Fife – ‘Hoichi The Earless’

Timothy Fife has been making waves for years with his nuanced and compelling variety of synth-score work. Today, Vehlinggo premieres a particularly fascinating video that reinforces that assessment.

The video that Logan Owlbeemoth of video design team Tachyons+ has made for Fife’s Hoichi The Earless album — to be released Oct. 12 on cassette and 8-track via Lighten Up Sounds — turns that work into an otherwordly and hallucinatory visual experience. Watch an excerpt below.

“I am super pleased with what Lighten Up Sounds and Tachyons+ did for the record,” Fife tells Vehlinggo. “I really never thought this music was going to be heard besides the night it was performed. The Tachyons video and art bring it to a whole different level that I couldn’t have imaged myself.”

Fife originally wrote Hoichi The Earless for a live screening event that Holodeck Records hosted at last year’s SXSW. It provides an alternate soundtrack to the segment of the same name from the legendary Japanese horror film anthology Kwaidan.

The full version of the long-form audio recording adds up to over an hour of transcendental kosmische music from an artist who made the most recent Vehlinggo Mix.

Lighten Up Sounds has printed Fife’s music to professionally duplicated and imprinted black-shell Type II (chrome) cassettes, which are packaged with full color, double-sided J-cards featuring original artwork that Owlbeemoth sourced and processed from a VHS of the film itself. It’s limited to 100 copies on cassette worldwide and will also be available in super limited quantities as a double 8-track cartridge set.

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