The Spiderweb Meditations
Joseph Bishara works, primarily, as a soundtrack composer – and has credits for sound-design, engineering and producing – he’s collaborated with people like John Carpenter and Diamanda Galas; even Ray Manzarek of The Doors, and appears to be the go-to composer for James Wan, right up and including a recent score for Malignant.
But, late last year he also snuck this little gem out into the world.
The Spiderweb Meditations is five long tracks of uneasy-listening; jangled nerves and prickly skin might result – it could be that this is the soundtrack to your sleepless night or in your very nightmares that contribute to that. Or, if you’re like me – and let’s both prey that’s not the case – you might find the dark, brooding tranquility within this.
The Spiderweb Meditations is all at once as if Tim Hecker, Lustmord, Trent Reznor, Hildur Guðnadóttir and Charlie Clouser were summoned by Eno – and then produced by him.
Weird oscillations of white noise circle and swirl and fold in on themselves across 10 and 12-minute durations. There’s no respite until the track ends, a brief pause and then we plunge down again into this dank sink of sound.
The opening track (all just given a number) starts with a little filmic burst. We’re being pulled into something here. A couple of minutes in the jittery sensation really kicks off and things just carry on getting darker and more sci-fi warped across the ten-minute run-time.
Spiderweb Meditation # 2 feels like vintage Lustmord. A slow, purposeful excavation of a vocal note. And it is probably the most deeply lulling and most ‘relaxing’ of the movements.
That gentle ease evapourates quickly under the static and contact-mic mood of Spiderweb Meditation # 3.
The fourth piece here takes us closer – more overtly – to Bishara’s horror-movie work, specifically his time spent scoring The Conjuring series of films and then Spiderweb Meditation # 5 which pulsates and punishes across fourteen minutes in the most brutally glorious way for this album of installation sounds to fade down whilst leaving its mark.