Immerse yourself in the world of Phantom Starkiller and Count Draco Knuckleduster with a soundtrack to the hit series by Peter Goral and Joseph Schmalke published by Scout Comics' Black Caravan imprint.
DIODE LAD SOUNDTRACK TO PHANTOM STARKILLER
Released: October 6, 2021
On assignment from Count Draco, Phantom Starkiller travels to Cepheus IV, battles and kills Canne and his infantry, and teams up with the psychic, Acele. In a flashback we learn the horrible origin of the Phantom Starkiller. Diode Lad's soundtrack is designed to be played while reading the book at an average pace.
The album was released for NYCC 2021 with a QR code in the Phantom Starkiller Comic Tag. Available on Bandcamp, and wherever music is streamed.
DIODE LAD SOUNDTRACK TO COUNT DRACO KNUCKLEDUSTER
Released: January 3, 2022
Count Draco seeks to capture the psychic child Acele who is now under the protection of Phantom Starkiller (or is it the other way around?). The Count uses his special magic abilities to eavesdrop on their activities and track them. In a flashback, we learn the horrible origin of Count Draco and the power of Acele, aka the Cor Lapis, a child with a heart of Cryptocrystalline. We also encounter Vice Admiral Aker and the three Blood Riders in this issue. The soundtrack follows the events in the pages, up to the bitter end. You will have to read it to find out what happens!
SURFING IN THE BLACK
Music for "Silver Surfer Black"
"Surfing in the Black" is a sound art album that can be listened to as a score to the comic book run of "Silver Surfer Black" by Donny Cates, Tradd Moore and Dave Stewart (2019, Marvel Comics). A listener can play the five tracks of the record while reading the five comics in sequence at an average pace. The soundtrack follows the adventures of a cosmic traveler lost in a black hole a billion years ago and confronted by the origins of darkness in the universe and their own memories.
This album is dedicated to Jack Kirby and Stan Lee who created the original Silver Surfer character and story.
THIS BLACK PATH
"Diode Lad makes contemporary sound fiction for dark times"
Even within the radiant smoke of evil and violent anger all around, the natural sound of the Truth will reverberate like a thousand thunders. The sound will come with a rolling, awe-inspiring reverberation. Avoid anger. Do not fear. Do not flee. Do not be afraid. Know these sounds are from the intellectual faculties of your own inner light.
Bardo Thodol (“Liberation by Hearing on the After Death Plane”)
a.k.a. the “Tibetan Book of the Dead”
c. 700 AD by Padma Sambhava
Diode Lad’s first full-length album, “This Black Path” (2018) is an anthem for navigating dark times, for facing demons and fear with bravery and compassion. The work galvanized from a feeling that Humanity is faltering in a darkness of greed, conformity and fear, set on a path to destroy the environment, the animals and one another. In 2017 as America crashed headlong into social, environmental and economic ruin, Diode Lad sought answers in ancient Buddhist philosophy such as the Tibetan Book of the Dead (or Bardo Thodol, literally the “Liberation by Hearing on the After-Death Plane”) a text from c. 700A.D by Padma Sambhava. The Tibetan Book of the Dead is a guide to navigate the near afterlife. This Black Path is an expression of the philosophy through sound, sonic medicine for traveling a black path.
MATHEMATICS OF SLEEPLESSNESS
A soundtrack for being suspended between worlds
Diode Lad’s second album, the Mathematics of Sleeplessness (2019) pulls a listener from acute pointillistic sleeplessness into the world of dreams. Insomnia comes easily to a reasonable human during times such as these, and this album releases the consciousness into a soundscape of ambient noise. The sounds are binaural and designed to neuronally encode stimulating sensations into the brain. The album should be listened to on headphones while alone.
Available now at bandcamp.diodelad.com and wherever music is found.
Diode Lad makes music for individuals who wish to explore the universe as regular cosmic beings. These realm switching soundtracks help such explorers connect to imaginary worlds through sound. Inspired by fictional worlds of all kinds, Diode Lad music follows the American mythology of comic books into contemporary sound fiction through stories, games and media art.
Diode Lad also manufactures and sells unique frames for graded comic books. Available on Etsy and Bay, these display frames are handmade in Alaska from fire-cut spruce.