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Found 36 posts tagged ‘haunted mansion’


November 11, 2019 (permalink)

Here's a haunted room from Nebelspalter, 1884.  See Seance Parlor Feng Shui.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #haunted #haunted house #haunted mansion #art #faces in things #haunted chair #haunted piano #haunted room #cursed furniture
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July 27, 2019 (permalink)

A precursor to the singing ghosts atop their tombstones in the finale of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion?  From Le Chariviari, 1884.
> read more from Precursors . . .
#vintage illustration #haunted mansion #knight #dancing
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July 5, 2019 (permalink)

Other Songs of the Haunted Mansion:

Modern Music Possessed By 999 Happy Haunts

Have you ever heard a song you could swear was somehow enkindled by the Disneyland's Haunted Mansion?  Besides via a supernatural hunch, how can one scientifically qualify a "Grim Grinning Ghosts"-inspired song?  Unless it's an outright cover version, melody alone isn't quite enough, for any musician will alter the tune at least sufficiently to avoid a lawsuit while still paying homage to a beloved inspiration.  Nor is a dirge-like pace a sure sign, as the Haunted Mansion ride-through features both slow and fast renditions.  Yet there are several elements that, when taken as a whole, may point to a conscious or perhaps even unconscious tribute to Buddy Baker's famous theme:

  • chords lasting two beats of a 4/4 measure
  • instrumentation proper to a spooky mansion seance or "swinging wake" (organ, harpsichord, tuba, tubular bells, spirit trumpet, tambourine, harp)
  • an unnaturally minor key (the word "unnatural" is required here because of course in musical notation a "natural" note is not flatted.  Does that, eerily, by definition, make all minor keys "unnatural"?  Lest we forget, in the uncanny notation of the vibrational realm, there's such a thing as "C sharp flat," which a mortal might mistake for a garden variety "C" but which, mysteriously, isn't -- every context creates another side of the veil).
  • a progression from A minor to B major
  • X number of notes corresponding to the original Buddy Baker melody ("X" in honor of X. Atencio, obviously).

Let's consider two examples, one funereal and the other New Orleans-style.

The Swedish band Ghost records theatrical, campy-horror rock.  Their song "Monstrance Clock" (2013) has their typically gothic, satanic themes (unsubtly, black candles and pentagrams feature in the lyrics), but, as Thurl might say, "Listen!"  The first eight beats of Buddy Baker's melody are reproduced identically, with some flourishes added to the second bar.  (At 17 seconds into "Monstrance Clock," a Haunted Mansion bass line is unmistakable; an electric guitar plays two-beat notes like an organ.  Here's a Youtube link to the audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCkoIEbjbsM).  In our illustration, we've jotted in blood-curdling blue ink Ghost's spirit-doubling of Baker's original score.

 

Given the gloomy lyrics and the note-for-note mirroring (even in the same key as Baker's original), we're confident that Ghost's song is a deliberate homage to the Haunted Mansion and is meant to evoke that sinister atmosphere from moment one.

Speaking of invocations, the German band BerlinskiBeat seeks to summon the Roaring Twenties back to life, and in their song "Nacht in Berlin" (2012), we hear an upbeat "swinging wake" of the jazz age, complete with harpsichords and spirit trumpets.  (Note especially the brass bass line in the final chorus, beginning at the 2:25 mark.  The vocals through the song are very much in the tempo and spirit of "Grim Grinning Ghosts" as well.  Here's the official video, just for the audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNNqOQy0fV8).  Each note of their melody line aligns to Buddy Baker's chord progressions -- not always exactly the dominant melody line from the Haunted Mansion, but always within Baker's realm.  (It's as if BerlinskiBeat has taken a spirit from the Haunted Mansion and created, in turn, their own Pepper's Ghost projection of it -- their spirit dances along with the original in perfect time but is perceived from a different angle and hence comes across as a separate manifestation.)  Even an untrained listener's ear will pick up on the harmonic interweaving and detect echoes of the Haunted Mansion in a seemingly unrelated melody.  Put another way, Baker created a mathematical formula in his composition, and BerlinskiBeat's music is a corollary of it.  In our illustration, we've jotted in bayou blue BerlinksiBeat's levitation of Baker's second bar.  Like a sheet ghost, the contours of the sonic shape remain basically the same.  To reiterate, the raised notes augment the pre-existing Baker chords.

 

Whether or not BerlinskiBeat has created a deliberate homage is an occult question.  We might lean toward there being an unconscious inspiration in this case -- the composers were aware of Buddy Baker's melody, though perhaps distantly, and the original theme very literally haunted their own.

What Haunted Mansion-inspired songs have interpenetrated your world?

 

 

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#haunted mansion #music #grim grinning ghosts #ghost band #berkinskibeat #homage
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December 26, 2018 (permalink)

Here's a haunted painting from Life's Fairy Tales by J. A. Mitchell, 1892.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #haunted house #haunted mansion #art #haunted painting
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October 30, 2018 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the "Museum of the Weird" design for Disneyland's Haunted Mansion.  From Lustige Blätter, 1899.
> read more from Precursors . . .
#vintage illustration #haunted mansion #art #cursed furniture #museum of the weird
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September 10, 2018 (permalink)

From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1921.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #death #haunted mansion #skeleton #art #pianist #piano player
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August 1, 2018 (permalink)

From Jugend, 1928.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #haunted mansion #spirits #skull face #ghosts #art #singing #purple
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June 7, 2018 (permalink)

From Jugend, 1926.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #demon #haunted mansion #art
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June 1, 2018 (permalink)

Upon encountering an old poem ("The Haunted Room" by Emma Marie Caillard, in The Lost Life, and Other Poems, 1889), we thought of this trivia question: What is the haunted mansion within Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, and how many chambers does it have?  The answer is the old attic bride's heart, with four chambers.  In the poem, the heart is not consumed by sorrow but remains unchanged and loving (explaining the Mansion bride's intact organ), home to and haunted by the ghosts of friends who have passed away.

> read more from Did You Hear the One I Just Made Up? . . .
#vintage illustration #haunted mansion #art #attic bride #ghost bride
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May 25, 2018 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the ghosts in Disney's Haunted Mansion.  From Lustige Blätter, 1899.

Photo detail from SoCalAttractions360.
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#vintage illustration #ghost #cemetery #haunted mansion #spirits #graveyard #art
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January 20, 2018 (permalink)

"The portraits on the wall seemed to give her a welcome."  From The Colonel's Money by Lucy Cecil Lillie, 1888.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #haunted mansion #art #haunted painting
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July 5, 2017 (permalink)

"The spectre brass-band."  From Over the Plum Pudding by John Kendrick Bangs, 1901.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #ghostly #haunted mansion #spirits #spectre #ghosts #art #spirit trumpet
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March 9, 2017 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the Pepper's Ghost illusions gracing the spooky portaits in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion.  From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1875.
> read more from Precursors . . .
#vintage illustration #haunted mansion #art #haunted painting
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February 2, 2017 (permalink)

If a figure from a painting sees its shadow, spring-like weather will arrive before the vernal equinox.  From Mocca, 1937.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #haunted mansion #art #haunted painting
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January 30, 2017 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the "Beating Heart" ghost bride in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion attic.  From Jugend, 1896.
> read more from Precursors . . .
#vintage illustration #ghost #haunted mansion #spirit #art #heart
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December 2, 2016 (permalink)

You've seen the unlikely animal tombstones with rhyming epitaphs at Disney's Haunted Mansions, but here's one for a trout that dates back to 1855.  From Popular Mechanics, 1913.

> read more from Precursors . . .
#vintage illustration #haunted mansion #art #tombstone #vintage headline #trout
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October 27, 2016 (permalink)

Here's a precursor to the living busts in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion -- Miss Ethel Warwick pictured in The Sketch, Feb. 28. 1906.
> read more from Precursors . . .
#haunted mansion #vintage photo #living bust #haunted statue
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October 1, 2016 (permalink)

"The mirror of death."  From English Illustrated, 1901.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #haunted mansion #haunted mirror #art
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September 29, 2016 (permalink)

Here's a haunted painting from The Eve of St. Mark, Or The Mysterious Spectre by Sarah Wilkinson, 1820.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #ghost #haunted mansion #spectre #gothic #spirit #art #haunted painting
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July 12, 2016 (permalink)

This "Cobweb Ghost" is an ancestor of the Haunted Mansion's attic bride.  From Judy, Or The London Serio-Comic Journal, 1876.  (We're delighted to have contributed this item to this post over at Long Forgotten Haunted Mansion.)
> read more from Precursors . . .
#vintage illustration #macabre #haunted mansion #art #attic bride #cobweb ghost #ghost bride #jilted
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