Remember Jaime Levy, purveyor of the hip electronic zines Cyber Rag and Electronic Hollywood? She's been busy recently pushing the E'book envelope with the creation of Ambulance: An Electronic Novel. Based in the Director program, Levy has combined 3 potent elements: artwork by Jaime Hernandez (of Love & Rockets fame), sampled music by Mike Watt (bass player from fIREHOUSE), and a particularly nasty story by Monica Moran (founder of Sinistry Press). Ambulance is about some Gen-Xers who run into a string of spectacularly bad luck involving a car accident and a serial killer disguised as an ambulance driver.
One of the most effective elements here is the music sampling. The droning repetition of the musical phrases, over & over while you absorb slices of the story, gives the whole experience an obsessive, claustrophobic feeling. Levy plans to take advantage of the thousand-plus hours spent on the project by coming out with more titles. "With more famous authors", she says.
Ambulance: An Electronic Novel
PO Box 448,
Prince Street Station,
NYC, NY 10012
(Requires a Macintosh with a HD drive and 2 megs of RAM)