Spiral + Der Golem

Happy Hallowe’en, everyone!! For a treat, on this occasion, the curtain rises on a new music-movie mash-up – Allison Crowe’s song “Spiral” together with excerpts from “Der Golem” – one of the earliest films of “horror” and art.
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A classic of German Expressionism joins our series of music-movie mashups with Canadian musician Allison Crowe’s song “Spiral” as soundtrack.
Der Golem“, the first of three movies featuring the legend of a Golem, an animated anthropomorphic being, from director Paul Wegener, and co-directed by Henrik Galeen, was released in North America in 1915 as “The Monster of Fate” and exists today only in fragments.
Wegener, a renowned stage actor, drew from varied sources for his cinematic vision of the Golem, a term for an “unformed” being first appearing in Scriptures, and, popularly, rooted in a Polish-Jewish folk-tale tradition dating back to around 1600. The actor-film-maker is said to have found inspiration as well in “William Wilson“, Edgar Allan Poe’s short story with its theme of the doppelgänger and a person suffering through multiple personalities.

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No Matter the Battle + Le Voyage dans la Lune (Excerpt II)

A sequel of sorts, part deux, of Allison Crowe’s other-worldly musical adventures aboard the S.S. Méliès. Happy Valentine’s, Happy V-Day, everyone! May there be peace and love – to the Moon and back.

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Going Home Tonight + Le Voyage dans la Lune (Excerpt I)

Next in our romantic double-bill, home is wherever the heart is – for musician Allison Crowe, orchestrator Kayla Schmah, and movie magician Georges Méliès and all of us aboard for the ride.

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How Long + Romance Sentimentale (excerpt)

A Canadian and Soviet power-play – not on the rink, but in the arena of imagination. Allison Crowe’s music scores with assists from captains of film history, Grigori Aleksandrov and Sergei Eisenstein.

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Midnight Memories Ever-Fresh

When Allison Crowe and her then-trio, Dave Baird on bass and Kevin Clevette on drums, were starting to roll internationally – film director and Hollywood+ steadi-cam veteran Alex Postowoi offered to shoot a band video. The song chosen for Allison’s first, and only, “story” video was “Midnight”. Tami Mancey and Josh Dahling were the lead actors. Full credits and this charming video itself can be found @ Allison Crowe and the Midnight Video

Alex Postowoi - film-maker behind Allison's DVD + vids
To add to the aural fun, at White Rock, BC’s Turtle studios Allison’s trio was joined on mandolin by Robert Ford, of Canuck Celtic rock legends, The Stoaters, as well as Hammond wizard Darryl Havers (Ferron, Alan Doyle, Brickhouse, Raffi+). With some additional support from “One-take Eddie” Johnson, percussion, and Larry “Turtle” Anschell handling guitar and production – Midnight “The Single” was born. This (2002) was no longer the heyday of “music television”, but, it still was a place many bands and fans looked to connect. Canada’s counterpart to MTV passed on playing “Midnight” – deeming it “too country”.

With Allison about to join Karen Sparkes and Gerri Lynn Mackey, personable hosts of CFCB 570AM Radio, home to new and classic country music, for an on-air chat, the memory brings forth a chuckle :)

Grab a sarsaparilla and kick back – here’s “Midnight”, as performed by Allison Crowe and friends, sounding as fresh and invigorating as the day they all came together.

Seems some browsers and operating systems respond differently to things and, so, should you have any problem watching the “Midnight” video directly on the site of film-maker, Alex Postowoi, we’ve made this page on Allison Crowe’s home-site which may provide additional viewing options.

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