Boomkat Product Review:
David Lynch’s right-hand sound designer Dean Hurley offers a second terrifying and brilliant volume of dark ambient themes on Sacred Bones, revolving 12 pieces that follow on from his work on Twin Peaks’ remarkable 3rd series and continuing to prove, where needed, that he is one of his generation’s eminent sound designers - one of those behind-the-scenes guys whose work most subtly colours the popular imagination.
It’s fair enough to wheel out a usual list of ambient/atmospheric comparisons with AFX’s ‘SAW II’, Helge Sten’s isolationist Deathprod classics, Brian Eno, or Leyland Kirby, and indeed David Lynch’s own early work with Badalamenti, but that’s really just to show what class he’s operating in, as Hurley’s music clearly possesses it’s own, serenely menacing magick that stays with you after the music has stopped, just like the imagery he is highly adept at soundtracking.
"Philosophy of Beyond, the second volume in Sound Supervisor Dean Hurley’s Anthology Resource series, continues Hurley’s experimental soundscape work into more ethereal and celestial territory. 12 tracks weave together a rich sonic tapestry built in part from comb-filtering experiments, tape loops, and sampled field excursions into unique acoustical environments. A bulk of the LP is assembled from Hurley’s sonic contributions to the recent feature film Perfect (2018, director Eddie Alcazar) as well as material made in residency for Art Gallery of New South Wales’ event Masters of Modern Sound...all of which are threaded together into a singular, cohesive dissertation on the afterlife.
Outlining a landscape beyond physical reality, the record serves as a soundtrack to the mysterious and immortal voyage of the soul into depths beyond the known and back again. What lies beyond physical reality? Beyond intellect and the system of the five senses? What do accounts of near death experiences, alien encounters, psychedelic drugs, astral projection, even strokes all have to do with this and why do each seem to share a core architecture of description?
A long time David Lynch collaborator, Hurley operated and managed Lynch’s Asymmetrical Studio from 2005-2018 where he worked closely with Lynch on the sound and music for his feature films, commercial work and albums; most recently providing material for the third season of Twin Peaks (Showtime). Hurley inaugurated the Anthology Resource series with a compilation of his licensed material from the show in 2017.
What is Anthology Resource? Anthology Resource is an ongoing compendium curated both from and for film and television in the library / production music tradition. A flagship source for outrésonic material, it was conceived to service the unique gap that straddles atmospheric score and sound design. Each release organizes thematic audio material fully licensable, non-exclusive and designed for motion picture based work and listeners alike."