The Music of Jo Hyeja: Now on DVD!

I couldn’t be prouder of my wife, whose first short film, “The Music of Jo Hyeja” is now available on DVD, as part of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival Classics Vol. 1 Short Film Collection.

HPLPCV1_cover__63911.1471295648.1280.1280Well, technically it’s been out a little while, but a week or so ago, I think it was, she received her contributor copies of the DVD. How spectacular: images from all the films adorn the cover, but hers take a prominent place.

What’s more exciting to me is: this is South Korea’s first Lovecraftian adaptation to the screen, and it did really well in that capacity. Certainly it showed something I myself wasn’t certain of, when I started out on the script: that Lovecraft could be adapted to a specifically contemporary, South Korean setting.

There’s other great stuff on the DVD, too. Here’s a complete roundup of the films included:

  • Call of Nature – director Rick Tillman
  • Static Aeons – director Gib Patterson
  • From Beyond – directors Andrew Migliore & Ken Avenoso
  • The Necronomicon – director Joseph Nanni
  • A Short Nap… Ever Elongating – director The Amelus
  • Black Goat – director Joseph Nanni
  • Derailed – director Nicolas Simonin
  • Frank Dancoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer – director Andrew Jones
  • Bedtime for Timmy – director Thomas Nicol
  • To Oblivion – director Robert Cappelletto
  • Elder Sign – director Joseph Nanni
  • The Music of Jo Hyeja – director Jihyun Park

For a first time director, that’s pretty good company, and a lot of fun stuff—some of which I’ve seen before, here and there!

Anyway, if you’d like to get yourself a copy, they’re on sale over at the Arkham Bazaar. Get one now, and inoculate yourself against the mind-shattering effects of old lady Jo’s deadly haegeum music.

(Oh, and yes, the Brutal Rice Productions website is in dire need of an update. Soon… soon!)

Musical Sketches

So, I’ve just posted some sketches for the soundtrack I was working on in early March for my wife’s film project–that is, 대리전/”The Proxy War”. I won’t be doing any more work on the sketches till we have a rough cut, but I figured it might interest some people. This film is SF, comedic but also action, and yet in a lot of ways it’s conceived as being in the mode of Chris Marker’s La Jetée, which means that narration is a huge part of how the story gets across.


By the way, the soundtrack material has taken up so much room over at my own Soundcloud, that I figured it was maybe time to make a Soundcloud profile just for Brutal Rice Productions.

There are two sets up right now: one with the complete soundtrack for <<자연선택설>> (“Environmental Selection and Species Adaptation”), and one with concept sketches for the soundtrack for 대리전/”The Proxy War”. The latter are really rough, just designed to give Mrs. Jiwaku some sound ideas and some sense of things I’m playing with, something to respond to in terms of her own wishes. (Sometimes it’s easier to give her something to springboard off, in terms of music.)

I’ll also be uploading the recorded score for “The Music of Jo Hyeja” soon. It’s apparently in the archives somewhere, at the studio where the audio was mastered, so it’s just a case of digging it out and cutting the non-music tracks. I hope to upload that sometime in April.

In the meantime, here are the sets that are up right now: