Several years ago, I stumbled on an artist on MP3.com that has become one of my favorites. MP3.com is an innovative commercial site created to enable new artists (and some established ones) to introduce their work. It was an antecedent to Pandora and much more of a commercial site, but similar in effect. A lot of what I listen to now was heard on and often purchased off the site.
The artist was Greg Hale Jones. Greg was a composer that specialized in what he dubbed “folktronica.” Folktronica is a music style that combines new elements from electronically synthesized sounds with vintage vocals. Most of his samples came from American folk songs archived in the Library of Congress collection.
Greg’s neo-primitive music follows a general theme you’ll see on our website. The combination of old and new is a fascinating experience. A good example in the comic book world is Mister X. As with Dean Motter’s antique futurism, Greg combined his musical elements for a completely fresh sound. Moby has done some similar work as well but Greg’s particular style uses a lot more vocal input so there’s a sense of storytelling that gives each song a uniquely personal element.
Greg scored several films, most notably “General’s Daughter” (1999) starring John Travolta and Madeleine Stowe. His most recognizable song off the album is “She Began to Lie.”
Unfortunately, Greg passed away in 2004. His website is still accessible and his works are still available for purchase.
This video titled “Lost Springs” was a student project that uses my favorite song “Boll Weevil” as the background sound. The Depression-era feel to the film is captured in a beautiful vintage style.