Small worlds - I was playing The Path
, last night, when the music credits caught my eye: Jarboe & Kris Force. I don't know Force's work, but for anyone who was into really dark experimental goth/industrial (or um... Hungarian conceptual burlesque, I suppose) in the early 90s: Jarboe is that spooky European synth geek who Yokoed the Swans. And I say that with nothing but fondness. Everybody needs a Yoko. At least in my head, she's best known for performing entire tours wearing nothing but 40 pounds of live snakes, and for writing the more interesting tracks on the Swans' Children of God
and Soundtracks for the Blind
. The Path is a particularly good fit - she's great at writing and performing those haunting, ethereal choral things, both The Path and Jarboe's best work are about
women in a way that few things are, and I'd lay money she did the wolf noises, too - but I like the idea of her doing music for interactive stuff. Hell, Mother/Father
was one of my all-time favorite background songs for Unreal.
I assume my little patch of the blogosphere shares enough borders with the world of geek feminism that I don't have to tell you what The Path is, but I will cautiously recommend it. If you've been holding out because you were skeptical about it being what it claims to be, then allow me to vouch for its authenticity. On the other hand, if you've been holding out because you think it might be an uncomfortable experience, you're probably right.