Pittsburgh artist Matthew Buchholz has embarked on his share of bizarre experiments, from his year with Hitchcock to printing pocket-sized editions of notoriously bad B-movie scripts. Now he’s venturing into unexplored territory with Forbidden Sounds for a Future Age, a vinyl album consisting of clips from classic and not-so-classic sci-fi movies from the 1950s and 1960s.
“This is something completely new for me,” Buchholz said in a press release. “And it’s an idea I’ve been contemplating for a long time. All of my work up until now has been printed: art pieces, greeting cards, a calendar, even a full-length book. I’m nervous but excited to explore the world of sound.”
Launched through Buchholz’s Alternate Histories brand, the album will include clips from films such as The Phantom of 10,000 Leagues (1955), Cat-Women of the Moon (1953), Mesa of Lost Women (1953) and Ed Wood Jr’s Bride of the Monster (1955) and Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959).
To help get the project off the ground, Buchholz enlisted the skills of co-producer Madeleine Campbell, a sound engineer, educator and founder of Accessible Recording, an upcoming studio and learning space focused on amplifying voices of artists and groups underrepresented in professional audio. He also successfully completed a Kickstarted campaign meant to cover the cost of producing and printing a vinyl album.
In 2010, Pittsburgh artist Matt Buchholz began creating amusing works that combined archival images and monsters. Entitled Alternate Histories, the series, which depicts famous cities and events being invaded by the likes of Godzilla, aliens, robots, and many others, has since become a popular venture that includes original prints, greeting cards, posters, clothing, and a book. After years of unleashing giant beasts and metal men on the American landscape, Buchholz is ready to embark on a project dedicated to some of the worst, most beloved sci-fi films ever made.
A Kickstarter for Alternate Histories Classics of Filmdom was recently launched to offer yet another fun novelty for movie and literature fans alike. Inspired by classic Shakespeare folios, the collection will offer stylish, compact books containing the screenplays to some of cinema’s notable failures, including Plan 9 From Outer Space, Manos the Hands of Fate, and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.
Before he can do anything, however, Buchholz needs to raise the necessary funds to produce the items through Scout Books, a respected independent company that specializes in pocket notebooks. Contributors can receive a number of perks, including limited-edition prints and copies of each script. The Kickstarter campaign will run through July 3rd.