Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 | 10:06 p.m.
Las Vegas producer and TV star Zak Bagans of Travel Channel’s high-rated paranormal series “Ghost Adventures” has joined forces with Lords of Acid’s Praga Khan for one of the most intriguing music releases ever produced, “NecroFusion,” due out Oct. 23 in time for Halloween. Each one of the 11 tracks on “NecroFusion” not only tells the story of a departed soul who, for whatever reason, has not crossed over, but also includes an audio message from the spirit -- “electronic voice phenomena,” or EVP.
Armed with his SB7 Spirit Box, a recording device well known by devotees of “Ghost Adventures,” Zak has encountered inhabitants of the spirit world during his paranormal investigations, reached out to communicate with and question them, and, then, when a spirit chose to communicate, he recorded the spirits’ EVPs. For “NecroFusion,” Zak worked closely with Praga, a pioneer of post-industrial electronic dance music.
The two structured every song around a specific incident when Zak had a ghostly encounter and worked to have the music and lyrics reflect the tone of the spirits’ voices. Zak wrote the lyrics and provided the earthbound spoken word/vocals for the tracks from his ghostly encounters, and Praga wrote and recorded the music at his Brussels, Belgium, studio through early summer.
Zak, whose series “Paparazzi Paranormal” premieres Friday night, told me: “Spirit communication is the most powerful communication I’ve encountered. The most powerful messages are delivered through music, and music truly influences the way you feel; it stimulates the emotional memories of your life. With ‘NecroFusion,’ we’ve blended together these two powerful forms of communication -- spirit and music. And the earthbound spirits have a lot to say. The result is abstract, sinister, illuminating and haunting.”
“Poor Pearl,” “In My Dungeon,” “Good and Evil,” “Room 20,” “Dark Frequency,” “Eleven Heaven” and “Dead Awaiting” are just some of the spooky offerings, plus, Zak’s extended conversation with another spirit on “Immortal Portal.” “On some of the songs,” Zak explained, “you’ll hear me communicating with the spirits. Probably the most emotional track on the album for me is ‘Sing With Me.’ I deliberately asked a female spirit to sing for me, and she did; we actually got her to sing.”
The record producer admitted: “Maybe it was a coincidence, but a lot of strange stuff happened during the making of the album. Audio files disappeared, the computer crashed daily, my sound technician got really sick a few days after the start of the album and ended up in the hospital. But the strangest thing of all was that the cat who practically lived at our studio simply refused to enter the building while we were working on ‘NecroFusion.’ ”
Zak summed up: “I want more people to hear what the spirits have to say. Spirits want to be heard; that’s why they’re not at rest. They want to be heard.”
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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