Jingo Harleyman: ‘Life in a Korean Movie’, Track No. 7

18th May 2023

The seventh track on the EP ‘Life in a Korean Movie’, Ice-Cold Angels, has been uploaded to YouTube:

All tracks are free to download on the Bandcamp site: 


Track 6 (‘We are the Cyborgs but that’s OK’) was inspired by Asian Sci-fi; Track 7 is another genre piece, this time the gangster film.

‘Ice-Cold Angels’ is the soundtrack to an imaginary crime-action movie, incorporating sounds of explosions, gunfire, speeding cars, police sirens, and gangsters shouting.

Lee Byung-hun … a Korean Alain Delon ? Still from ‘A Bittersweet Life’.

Musically, I chose the key of F and used the Korean Nando – Kyemyonjo scale, limiting myself to the five notes of that pentatonic scale: F G G# A# C.

Again, I was experimenting with the synth effects and sounds on the iPhone Garageband app, and some new guitar tones that were recently added. The ‘Digital Rainfall’ hopefully evokes the constant rain that seems to permeate crime and cyberpunk movies.

Kim Ok-bin in ‘The Villainess’ – fans of ‘John Wick’ will appreciate this film.

The music is non-profit, and I hope to introduce more audiences to Korean cinema and culture. All films are credited in the video. As such, I hope I may claim ‘Fair Use’, the video being for non-commercial artistic and educational purposes.

The next section is just for my own records and will be of no interest to anyone except maybe low-fi recording geeks.

The track is in the Key of F

Tempo 229 4/4 Time

Garageband sequence

Track 1 Classic Drum Machine

Track 2 Audio – Voice – Extreme Tuning

Dialogue from ‘The Villainess’ & ‘Shiri’

Track 3 Liverpool Bass

Track 4 Alchemy Synth – Mallets – Woodblock Space

Track 5 Alchemy Synth – Sound Effects – Digital Rainfall

Tracks 6 – 9 Guitar tones

Track 6 Melted Transistors Guitar amp Distorted

Track 7 Cold Fusion Guitar amp Processed

Track 8: Big Sustain Guitar amp Distorted

Track 9: Moving Lead Distorted

Track 10 Drum Machine – Acoustic – Retro Rock

Track 11 Fuzz Overload Guitar amp Distorted

Track 12 Alchemy Synth – Bass – 70s Classic Synth Bass

Track 13 Alchemy Synth – Sound Effects – Massive Slam

Coming soon … ‘Sassy Girls on the Beach’