I’ve always been fascinated by the soundtracks of foreign movies that are dubbed in English. There is a peculiar detachment in the voices, since the voice actors are in a small room trying to fit their voices and dialog so it appears the filmed actors are actually speaking the lines.
One of the stranger examples of this method is an Italian film directed by Mario Bava titled Caltiki, il mostro immortale (Caltiki, The Immortal Monster) a 1959 black-and-white science fiction-horror film. The film’s storyline concerns a team of archaeologists investigating Mayan ruins who come across a creature that is a shapeless, amorphous blob.
They manage to defeat it using fire, while keeping a sample of the creature. Meanwhile, a comet is due to pass close to the Earth, the very same comet that passed near the Earth at the time the Mayan civilization collapsed, raising the question: “Is there a connection between the creature and the comet”?
In a contemporary review, The Monthly Film Bulletin commented that “phony sets, bad acting and limitations of a small budget seriously hamper the first half” and concludes that the film is “so incredibly banal that it almost entertains.”
Using my custom Ableton Live instrument providing random sampling for sections of the entire film soundtrack, and repeating each a few times, I created an interesting voice collage that integrates with electronics and drum loops for a freaky far out trip-hop track. The results are hilarious.