Black Light [Luz Funesto]
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When the stakes are down
If you torture me to death
Lyrics and Music by Dave Ryder and Dan McHugh.
Recording and lyrical notes:
Then we would add lyrics and new parts, and more lyrics, laying ideas down quickly and at this point non-linearly – only later would we begin to work on an arrangement. We found that we could very quickly have an enormous number of bits and pieces, each given their own track and saved because in the early stages of a song we weren’t sure what would be kept, and what discarded.
Black Light ended up with over 150 tracks, huge even by our standards.
Eventually though we got our arrangement, weeded out the crap tracks, and combined the keepers into stems, and got it down to a manageable 16 tracks.
The voices at the beginning are recordings of Numbers Stations, which are Ulises’ and Calypso’s method of remaining in contact with their FBI-DEA superiors. The voices reading numbers on this recording, however, are not them, but are the agents working the covert operation that “stings” Ulises prior to his entering the US*.
All of the Numbers Station recordings we used on Odiseo were originally recorded by Simon Mason, who graciously allowed us to use them on this project. Thank you very much Simon!
*Ulises Santiago is already secretly a member of Grupo de Operaciones Especiales (Special Operations Group, GOPES), of whom his father was second-in-command prior to being assassinated by a suspected cartel soon after Ulises completed his training. Unknown to his superiors, Ulises meets and falls in love with Penelope while undercover in Nogales.
Dark Sky, by Monica Arellano-Ongpin, altered by Dave Ryder.*
(I do not intend for the title Black Light to reference the florescent effect produced by novelty lights, instead I find the Spanish translation funesto, which can mean black but also means fatal, disastrous, evil, unfortunate, baneful, ill-fated or baleful a much better metaphor than it’s English counterpart. But Black Light is less unwieldy than, say, Unfortunate, Baneful, Ill-fated Light. )
* When I saw the original photo, the thought occurred that if I manipulated the image by inverting the colors (so as to produce a negative effect) the light streaming down from the clouds would appear to be “black light”. Then darkening the picture overall and blacking out the foreground produced the final chilling effect.
The photo is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.