Origin: Baberton, Ohio, 🇺🇸 - Toronto, Ontario, 🇨🇦
Schaeffer was appointed first director of Toronto's Electronic Music Studio in 1959, and his visceral electroacoustic sound collages for The Mask were billed as having been recorded in ELECTRO MAGIC SOUND. This unique process is still shrouded in mystery. However, the results are highly reminiscent of Louis & Bebe Barron's groundbreaking soundtrack to FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956), just four years earlier.
Inspired by the primal screech and skronk of Schaeffer's pioneering music, LARVA set out to re-score film's bizarre 3D nightmares using only basic sound sources and effects - oscillators, treated guitar, analogue synths, theremin, old-skool tape echo/spring reverb and live foley sound effects. The new score was premiered at Flatpack Film Festival in 2013 and toured a number of other festivals before being recorded live onto ½" tape.