This version is recorded LIVE from my studio (just last week, January
2019) as a fan tribute using ONLY Spitfire Audio LABS free virtual
instruments, and from here thanks very much for sharing these free (but
outstanding) instruments for composers.
I know all Labyrinth songs and I may be encouraged to try a few more next
I also have to say I know almost the whole soundtrack by heart and I
even was invited to perform the score to the 30th anniversary FAERIECON
2016 . Then I learned all the songs from Labyrinth in order to perform
on a special event celebrating 3 decades after the release. There I met
again with The Frouds (designers of the movie, Toby was the baby and
actually works with his parents creating puppets as in Dark Crystal new
series). Also in the picture Jim Henson’s daughter and illustrator
Charles Vess (Stardust, Sandman)
Revisiting snippets of old geeky fantasy things… What is your favourite fantasy movie?
I am intending to to do a series of things that were meaningful to me
as a child… as you know my favourite movie is The Dark Crystal and
I’ve shared like four tributes of that, but there are also other songs
I’m intending to cover like The Neverending Story, Last Unicorn, and
more… and even some 80s and early 90s things that were a familiar
soundtrack when I grew up
but just curious… what are your favourite fantasy movies just in case I may be intending to cover some of them
Thank you very much to my patrons at https://patreon.com/yidneth that support the creation of this candid snippets of things that were significant for me as a child.
A tribute to THE DARK CRYSTAL: Gelfling Song (Voice, double Ocarina) and excited about Age of Resistance TV series.
The Dark Crystal (1982) is my favourite movie and soundtrack of all time. Directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, this movie was pure magic! I am now a musician and I am forever grateful to the magic JIM HENSON created for the children of my generation. This is a fan tribute, a cover of cover of “Gelfling Song” from THE DARK CRYSTAL original movie score performed by myself singing and with a double Ocarina. We also recorded all the critters and audio sound FX ourselves. Recorded in Navarre, Summer 2019.
One of my biggest influences as an artist
As some of you know, I’m currently a fantasy artist, I compose music
and also do fantasy illustrations. One of my major influences was this
movie, when I was barely a child. For me it was always the most magical
movie, where there were no humans but just otherwordly amazing little
creatures. The music composed by Trevor Jones was a mix of folk and epic
symphonic soaring the motifs that were with me as I grew up. I had the
vinyl which remains for me “my desert island” album.
I grew up being a fan of all things Henson, from The Dark Crystal,
Labyrinth, Fraggle Rock, Storyteller, The Muppets… He infused my
childhood with magic and wisdom and a wish to be a better person, and a
creative one. Still among all his works, this was my favourite, because
the meaning is deep and rooted even deeper in my mind. We are light and
darkness, and we must seek BALANCE.
Learn to love your shadows
Above: Me with an “Skeksis” because they’re not all that bad you know
The movie involves a crystal cracking and two races appearing, cruel
Skeksis represents our sins and vices, gentle Mystics or UrRu represents
peacefulness and crafts but are also a bit alienated from the world.
The whole movie revolves about “healing” the Dark Crystal which results
in the need of “merging” them into a balanced Primeval Race again the
Of course I have some pieces of memorabilia :). Above me with Gelflings Jen and Kira dolls.
Among lots of memorabilia and merchandising hahah 🙂
I had a dog Fizzgig and a dog called Kira… that pretty sums it up 🙂
Netflix will release a prequel Series next 30th of August
I’m so excited!!!
Age of Resistance is a series based in this movie that will premiere
later this month. For me it’s exciting because many people from the new
generations will re-discover the magic of the old film. I have many
friends involved artistically in it including the Frouds who were the
original designers of the movie. I’ve had the honour to meet them as
guests of many conventions we’ve both attended and in fact I have
performed The Dark Crystal snippets for them when they attended some of
my concerts. They designed the puppets and overall look of the original
movie and they’re on board for the series so I trust it’s gonna be
Are you excited about the prequel series reboot? I hope many
rediscover the magic of the original movie too. If you haven’t watched
it I urged you to do and check the making of. It was an amazing effort
at the time it was made all with practical FX.
If you haven’t watched this movie I urge you to investigate about it,
overall as I mentioned earlier on it is a story of BALANCE.
The video is entirely filmed in Navarre (Spain) most of it barely some weeks ago 🙂
Most of the video was filmed in a very secret pond I often visit. It’s
hidden in the middle of the woods and despite what it looks deep enough
for a comforting swim. Additional scenes were filmed in other more
stagnant waters to mimic the original “swamp” vibe from the original
movie. We visited some more stagnant ponds and swamps for the matter for
some additional takes and sounds.
I tried to included close ups of different creatures, because even
if they are “earthy” if you look very closely some creatures look
otherwordly… you all reemember “Kokeneli” and that I had a pet isopod
Recording the audio
Above: Backing vocals by the creatures of the pond
All the Nature Sound FX were also recorded using a portable Zoom
microphone and that included general pond ambience, water gurgling,
frogs and crickets. We (@hedac
and I) layered all the sounds to create a “swamp” sonic soundscape
similar to the one featured in the original movie. It was one of the
funniest parts of the making of.
I tried to sing in a way my voice would recall a little bit to Kira’s intonation in the original.
In the original movie the song is performed by two Gelflings, Jen playing a double flute or “aulos” and Kira singing.
Above: Double Ocarina with my “yidneth” logo engraved
Cosplay : Recreating a Gelfling Look
I had previously recorded a cover from this very movie “Jen Play his
pipes” so this is my second tribute to this (my favourite) movie. This
time though I tried to evoke the looks.
The wings were a courtesy from my friends at El Costurero Real, they
are based on Cicada wings which are similar to the ones Gelfling girls
have. I also thank Folk Owl for the green capelet. The rest of the
look was layering greens and using and styling a wig with bangs and
Easter Eggs : Find “Fizzgig” and the “fufunchi”
As in almost every video I do there is a rat or “fufunchi” hidden.
Even if my “fufunchis” have been gone a while I still composite them
into the videos (so they’re still with me) and it has become kind of an
“Easter Egg”. Let’s see if someone can spot her. :). You can find a
ratty also in other videos like Flame, A Blooming Heart, Haunted,
Ethereal among others.
Dare to find Tuula in the video?
The second Easter Egg I’m gonna give it away, you can spot “Fizzgig” among the other creatures 🙂
I had already recorded another cover of The Dark Crystal some years ago (another theme though)
This is NOT the first but the second cover I do for this movie, many
years ago I had already covered “Jen Play his Pipes” also from the
original movie score, that time recorded live at the Bodmin Forests (UK)
Above: Older cover from another Dark Crystal theme “Jen Play his Pipes”
I know this last month I have not been much around but all August I’m
embarked on a self-care month. It has been pretty rough lately, mostly
struggling to sleep and low spirits, but thanks to whoever enquired,
I’ve not left, 🙂 even if I post little I try to check in and I take
FOREVER to make these but be sure you’ll be updated of my music releases
as always 🙂 I have started meditation and muscular relaxation and I’ll
do a workshop that takes the whole month, but starting to feel results.
Trying to get better in many different levels. 🙂 So a bit off the
loop but “not gone” 🙂 still thanks to whoever was concerned and reached