Dominic Francisco makes music as Space Monkey Death Sequence. The name came to him one night when he couldn’t sleep.
“It’s dark, a bit abstract, and a little stupid — exactly how I’ve been approaching music for this project.”
He describes his recent release People Are Alike All Over as a 1960s sci-fi adventure, but elements of his sound collage come off more like possible backdrop music for a near-present film rendering of cyberpunk novel Neuromancer.
The album, at times, sounds like muffled dirty metal parts scraping in a belching echo chamber. That sounds bad, but it’s all part of an attempt to capture what it might be like to take a journey to Mars via “The Twilight Zone.”
Sound clips from the show’s episode of the same name sometimes lead the montage’s movement, and other times, they waver.
On his website, Francisco states that he “wanted to capture the feeling of that summer night” when he first watched the episode as a 12-year-old.
Francisco, who is based in California, began making sample-based music about five years ago, but he got into sound collage two years ago. In the past, he’d made conventional electronic music, but he didn’t think he had quite ironed out his technique.
“I don’t want to say I’ve mastered my personal process because I don’t think anyone ever does, but I’ve reached a point where I know my stuff and can deliver the album I want to put out.”
People Are Alike All Over is heavily influenced by sonic texture from bands like Failure and Disconscious’ album Hologram Plaza.
“It’s a record that created a breathing atmosphere, a musical place to explore, and that was something I wanted to employ in [my] album,” Francisco said.
Currently, Francisco doesn’t play any live gigs, but it’s something he’s considering for the future.
“I’m the textbook bedroom artist.”
By textbook, he means he’s using a cheap digital audio workstation program on an old desktop computer.
For more from Space Monkey Death Sequence, check out his site.