Copyright: 1996, 1997, 2001
Sub-genre: electronic ambient movie kitsch
Format: MP3 album only
Added to B-catalog: March 2009
Performers: all sounds/instruments by Mark Mager.
Ryan McPhaill (drums on 3 investigators)
Details: This collection of Mark Mager's early
soundtrack work covers the music created for Ronald
Bronstein's Downward Spiral of Information Acquisition,
Wes Terray's 4 minute animation Popsicle
Girl and a proposed main theme for Terray's full
length feature The Unmarked Garage.
In 1996, NYU film student Ronald Bronstein (Frownland,
winner of the 2007 SXSW Special Jury Award) wrote, directed
and shot his senior thesis Downward Spiral of Information
Acquisition. The film, which clocked in at
almost 30 minutes was a gloom piece on suits, corporate
offices and a little bit of homemade espionage. Mark
Mager, with a ring modulator, bowing a bass guitar like
a cello and the occasional spooky keyboard sound created
the corporate soundtrack to fit this brooding film.
In 1997 Mark Mager wrote and recorded one continual
piece of music to accompany Popsicle Girl, the
senior thesis by NYU film student and animator Wes Terray.
The average student animation project was 30 seconds
long. Wes Terray's clocked in at 4 minutes using traditional
hand painted animation. The music was all created
on a Godin Synth guitar.
Wes Terray's first feature length live action film The
Unmarked Garage (aka The Three Investigators
in the Case of The Unmarked Garage) started post-production
around 2001. At this time, Mark Mager was presented
with a rough edit and asked if he had any musical ideas
for a possible score. The result was a demo for a spy
theme called Three Investigators which utilized
surf guitar, rhodes, organ and heavy metal lead.
Tracks 1-15 have been transferred to digital from the
original multi track tape sessions where they have been
cleaned of tape hiss, noise artifacts and properly remixed.
All tracks given the gentle mastering touch.
1 Corporate Daydream
2 Welcome to the Firm
3 Take a Bite out of Life
4 Asleep at the Helm
5 Waste Basket
6 Tablet Discovery
8 What's with the Plant?
9 Office Rut
10 Bored into Action
11 Chase Scene
13 Bleary Eyed
15 Popsicle Girl
16 Three Investigators (demo)