“What do Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto in D minor, Lindsey Stirling’s Shatter Me and Opeth’s Demon of the Fall have in common? A darker style of writing. I’ve always loved dark music. My favourite songs span all genres but have this one thing in common. All compositions would fit dark fantasy stories perfectly.”Description from his website at marcvdmeulen.com.
Marc Van Der Meulen is a magician of dark music, creating enchanting work for all sorts of spooky settings.
“As being completely in love with the dark sound of the viola, my music is mostly about bringing out that dark style that the viola possesses,” he explains in an interview with Switching Styles.
To get this dark sound, he uses a range of techniques. The first is his instrumental talent. guitar, violin and viola are his three main instruments that blend together for the ambiance in his work. Then add in modern technology, he’s able to utilize different techniques in postproduction to manipulate the sound in any way needed such as Reversing sounds, shortening pieces, distorting them or changing pitch and tone.
Beyond cover music, he also creates original music for the macabre. Providing music for horror productions, video games, films and events School projects, local radio shows, Book trailers, D&D recordings and the like. He releases tracks through Ghost Stories Incorporated with royalty free music with the option for a custom-made complete soundtrack made by yours truly.
Fun Fact: his music has been used within several horror movies including Leder Huisje Heeft Zijn Kruisje (2018), Fear Level (2017), Strike at Dawn (2016), and The Man Who Knew Too Much coming in 2021.
Madness Manifest is his latest single described as “an intense, dramatic”. With the vocals of Christina Rotondo, this single is enchanting.
“Madness Manifest combines dark classical music or neoclassical music harmonies with symphonic rock and symphonic metal vocals. Singers accompanied by live violins, viola’s, octave viola’s, guitars both electric and acoustic and many other instruments all recorded live to create an atmosphere of a bombastic ensemble.”
Below are some dark and twisted covers for your listening pleasure. Don’t listen to these with the lights off!
“Our Truth” Originally by Lacuna Coil
“Whispers in the Dark” Originally by Skillet
“Breathe into Me” Originally by Red
“If I had a heart” (Feat. Alina Lesnik and Marco Paulzen) Originally by Fever Ray
“Never Enough” (Feat. Creia Wraith) Originally by Epica