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THE MASK - SOUNDTRACKS
(1961/2013)

*A digital download of this release is available from our Bandcamp page*
www.ondespositives.bandcamp.com

THE MASK (aka. Eyes of Hell) is a cult psychological suspense film from 1961 - both Canada's first "horror" film, and it's first 3D motion picture.

This special vinyl-only edition features Myron Schaeffer's original soundtrack to The Mask's hallucinatory 3-D sequences for the very first time on any format, as well as a new live score composed by the group LARVA.

Schaeffer was appointed first director of Toronto's Electronic Music Studio in 1959, and his visceral electroacoustic sound collages for The Mask were at the time billed as having been recorded in ELECTRO MAGIC SOUND. The results are highly reminiscent of Louis & Bebe Barron's groundbreaking score for FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956), just four years earlier.

Inspired by the primal screech and skronk of Myron Schaeffer's pioneering soundtrack, LARVA set out to re-score The Mask's bizarre 3D nightmares using only basic sound sources and effects - oscillators, treated guitar, analogue synths, theremin, old-skool tape echo/spring reverb and live foley sound effects. The score was premiered at Flatpack Film Festival in 2013 and toured a number of other festivals before being recorded onto ½" tape for this special dual release.

Ondes Positives is thrilled that The Mask - Soundtracks also coincides with the restoration and re-release of the film. Produced by the 3-D Film Archive in association with Kino Lorber, it has been restored using the best remaining 35mm elements to create a 2K polarized 3D print which was premiered at Toronto Int'l Film Festival in Sept 2015, following which it will be available in selected theatres and on Blu Ray & DVD.

LIMITED 'ANAGLYPH' VINYL EDITION OF 300

2x Single-Sided Label-less Discs,
Transparent Cyan/Magenta Vinyl

425gsm Matte Laminated Gatefold Sleeve

Die-Cut "Eyes of Hell" Inner Gatefold Design

Fully Screen Printed Overbag

Insert Sheets with Full Liner Notes

Reproduction of Original Theatrical Lobby Card

Large Facsimile Postcard (148mm x 210mm) of The Mask Re-Issue Poster by 'Ghoulish' Gary Pullin

Hand Numbered Certificate

The First 75x Orders Received Will Also Include:

Presentation Pack with Full Set of 6x Reproduction Theatrical Lobby Cards

Mask Re-Issue Poster (297mm x 420mm), With Art By 'Ghoulish' Gary Pullin

Large Facsimile Postcard (148mm x 210mm) of The Mask Re-Issue Poster by 'Ghoulish' Gary Pullin

"The original Mask score is outstanding – it sucks you in like few things I’ve listened to. It’s like David Lynch meets Metal Machine Music! I cannot believe this is from 1961."
- Aaron Hamel, The Ship to Shore Phono Co.

"The hallucinations are genuinely odd and darkly atmospheric, qualities brought out by Larva's terrific live re-scoring."
- Sight & Sound

PLEASE NOTE:
Due to the bespoke nature of this pressing, there are small variations in centre hole size and some records may not sit entirely flat on your turntable.

*All orders of The Mask will be shipped within 3-5 working days via signed-for mail*

© 2015 Ondes Positives Recordings

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