One day when I was like 11 I got really sick and while I was laying in bed half-dead I decided to listen to Filosofem for the first time. It felt like the most immersive and spiritual experience little kid me had felt, so I went seeking out stuff that could maybe replicate it
I ended up also finding some similarities to video game soundtracks and horror synth within DS, so that made me even more enthusiastic to explore it
Back in '97 when I discovered black metal, I soon came across all those distinctive synth sounds from various names within the genre that I guess we all know; Mortiis, Wongraven, Burzum, and one particular song worth mentioning, I en svart kiste by Satyricon. Those together were the catalyst for me to start exploring minimalistic, home-made, DIY, lo-fi synthscapes. Ofc, I would have wanted to create black metal, but in the end of 90's all I had was a Sound Blaster card, a 4MB MIDI soundfont and a cheap Casio with MIDI connections. I composed my first songs in the end of '97 and early '98 (which then ended up as parts I-III on Talvi - Ikirouta demo '01, the last 2 parts were from '99-'00). I think I called my own music "Nordic folklore darkwave", due to lack of better knowledge. I didn't have any contacts, the circles were small and there was no social media as there is now, so my project remained unknown, and also, I never got to know if anyone else does this kind of thing at all. I did work on the 2nd demo as well, but my motivation was driven down partly because of feeling quite alone with this stuff.
Years passed and I pretty much forgot about it all. Just some 2-3 years ago I had a random chat with an old friend of mine and he recommended checking out the old works of Jim Kirkwood. First then it even got to my knowledge that there is a genre called "dungeon synth", and I was completely blown away with how many artists there actually are these days! And there I was, back in the past having created something similar while being completely oblivious of committed circles evolving and existing around the subject. I still find it quite overwhelming and challenging to get a proper grip of everything, but slowly and steadily getting there. Meanwhile, my old project runs active again, so hopefully along that I could finally hop on board with those possessing similar interests for this type of music.
Last Edit: Dec 10, 2022 4:18:24 GMT -5 by talvisynth
Post by lewisthemagician on Dec 20, 2022 17:36:02 GMT -5
I was reading a thread on Twitter that was talking about the "Pre-Jackson Era Middle Earth Aesthetics," AKA, how people imagined Middle-Earth before the movies. Within that thread I read about the existence of genre called "dungeon synth," and was introduced to Jim Kirkwood. I found a playlist of the same name on Spotify and was fascinated.
I am here because I wanted to know more about the artist DIM, and when I put in a google search it brought me to a post on this forum from 2017 talking about his first projects.
Post by cryptmaiden on Dec 27, 2022 13:46:35 GMT -5
Have been really into death and black metal for a long while. Got into Dungeon Synth because an ex put on Enchantment of the Ring while our group of friends played Settlers of Catan one night four years ago. It was like literal magic. Although I was never allowed to play video games/do not have the nostalgia factor that a lot of people here have, I've been into medieval fantasy books and movies (WoT/LOTR etc) since childhood so the genre really appealed to me.