3 Seconds of HELL

An Advance Mini Audio Peek at

“The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre”

“If there’s a hell, this is the music.”

That was my mother’s succinct critique of the score of my short film “The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre”, the follow-up to “The Tell-Tale Heart – musicabre“, and currently in pre-production.

She meant it as a compliment, by the way. In case that wasn’t clear.

Mothers are of course expected to praise their offspring’s work, but my mother wasn’t just praising to please her son. This retired opera coloratura, AKA Catherine Gayer, was genuinely enthusiastic, adding she found much of the music very scary; and she also didn’t hold back where she had criticisms.

Anyway, I got a big kick out of her saying “If there’s a hell, this is the music”. Now there’s a poster quote. Makes me want to share it with the world, so I’ll do so in this blog post.

Anyway, it’s time I tease another tidbit about my musical adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Pit and the Pendulum. I’ve already talked about the new film during several live streaming Q&A’s I did over the past year for Tell-Tale, starting with this one, among others, and made the official announcement here. A slice of the music for the film was audible in this post where I also shared this image, without explaining how it fits in with the preparations for the film:

I’ll continue to be mysterious about that for now; nonetheless today I will share something new.

I’ll share some of that hellish music.

Not much, just a taste, a peek, a touch, if one may use those words for a piece of audio.

Just one measure,

almost three seconds worth



That’s three cellos sounding during those less than three seconds, played by Robin Hasenflug,  Scott Burns and Michael Gelfand.

I’ll say no more except that that measure, those three seconds, are only the beginning of not the first, nor the second, but most surely the final descent into hell …

About dannyashkenasi

I'm a composer with over 40 years experience creating music theater. I'm also an actor, writer, director, producer, teacher and general enthusiast for the arts.
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3 Responses to 3 Seconds of HELL

  1. howlevmuso says:

    ***“If there’s a hell, this is the music”. Now there’s a poster quote.***
    Do you think your mom would mind a teensy adjustment to give the clickbait a little more kick? I had in mind: “If there’s a hell, this is the elevator music.”

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