Moore Music Magicby TIM PERKINS
Having collaborated musically with Alan for the past 10 yeas now, I’d like to take this opportunity to comment on Al’s involvement in that particular facet of the Arts, and the wider implications thereof.
I still have fond memories of Al kicking the ass out of some flimsy Tannoy speakers with an impassioned rendition of “Willy the Pimp” by Frank Zappa. One microphone and two jack leads were casualties in this onslaught of song (Al never wore slippers in my cellar), and Captain Beefheart grew another dimension to his already finely cultivated beard.
Alan’s singing days seem to be pretty much over now, but my good God! What a fine voice he possessed, combining the grittiness of Tom Waits, the mystique of Leonard Cohen and the dentistry of Shane Pogue, all neatly hemmed in by Northamptonian regional synthesis.
Our first sonic expedition together (along with David J) was the “Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels” in 1996. The work is bookended by two songs with contrasting vocal styles ranging from cosmic carousel barker (“Hair of the Snake That Bit Me”) to ethereal Blakeian charm (“A Town of Lights”). Since then, each successive album has posed different challenges and dimensions of thought. Certain methods have been strongly favoured however, and crop up throughout.
‘Air sculpture’ and ‘psycho-geography’ when applied to the studio, were two of many ways we could approach music and spoken- word, by treating sounds in terms of physical shape and design, of mood and colour. Off-the-wall concepts to get your fat arse down the brain-gym.
We loved to play with time, the bonding of past and future into one glorious present… there is only one moment… which is why Samuel Coleridge and Joe Meek are presently sharing an opium laced Knickerbocker Glory at the Gunners’ gig down at PO-NA-NA’s. Woooaaah!
‘Multiple sensory overload’ is another lunar-serpentine trait, the epitome of which was achieved, I think, at the ‘Tygers of Wrath’ event at the Purcell Room, Feb. 2001. Our piece, “Angel Passage” ended with a climactic fusion of music, dialogue, film and live pyrotechnics.
Creaming aside, I have admit this ain’t exactly a new trick. The Russian composer Alexander Scriabin held a similar ethos for the performance of his works. Scriabin used visual backdrops and perfumed auditoriums and sought joy through the senses… (or the Yellow Pages if it happened to be more convenient at the time).
We are merely applying it in our own way and according to experience which is relevant to us. Sure, the old masters did it all before, but then they didn’t have Line 6 digital amp systems or Leffe Blonde, so… fuck ‘em (Rule no. 1).
If psychedelia is ‘soul revealment,’ then Mr. Moore is in the thick of it, clawing ever deep into a customised sensory deprivation tank of his own choosing.
Take it to the bridge.
Sweet Soul Music.
Aug 13, 2020
Aug 11, 2020
|Art by TOM SCIOLI.|
The reference is obvious: the legendary meeting between Moore and The King at San Diego Con in 1985 as captured in Jackie Estrada's epic photograph.
Aug 3, 2020
Simply put, Alan Moore is the best writer American comic books have had since Harvey Kurtzman—and since, in my opinion, Harvey was the best writer comics have ever seen, that’s high praise. --- Howard Chaykin
Page from American Flagg! n. 21. Pencils by Larry Stroman, inks by Don Lomax.
Above, Chaykin's contribution to the sold-out Alan Moore: Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman (2003, Abiogenesis Press), page 77.
In 1985, Moore wrote The Kansas saga, a sequence of short stories that appeared in appendix to Chaykin's acclaimed American Flagg! series (issues n. 21-27).
Jul 27, 2020
|Art by GIOVANNI TIMPANO.|
Above, a stunning panoramic commission featuring V drawn by Italian comic book artist GIOVANNI TIMPANO. Timpano is the artist and co-creator of Image acclaimed series Eclipse.
Jul 23, 2020
|Alan Moore supports Extinction Rebellion.|
We have to be completely clear upon this, the science is unanimous. If we do not want the planet to be almost uninhabitable apart from, perhaps, some polar regions then we have to do something NOW. --- ALAN MOORE
Full transcript is available HERE.
Jul 21, 2020
|Art by Hilary Barta.|
BARTA co-created with Moore the character of Splash Brannigan for the ABC's line.
For more info about Barta check his blog (HERE) and read his Wikipedia entry (HERE).
Grazie Hilary for such amazing spaceman Moore! :)
Jul 20, 2020
|Art by Laurent Lefeuvre.|
Above and below, two Alan Moore portraits drawn by French artist Laurent Lefeuvre.
Jul 19, 2020
|Art by MARCO SOLDI.|
Above, a fantastic illustration by acclaimed Italian comic book artist MARCO SOLDI featuring Rorschach and... a well known Inspector, also, in his legendary trench coat outfit.
The illustration has been realized as contribution to Watchmen 20 anni dopo, an Italian tribute book to Watchmen published in 2006 by Lavieri.