Sunday 18 August 2013

John Carpenter Soundtracks

Many people with an interest in synths and electronic music in general will be familiar with John Carpenter

When Halloween was first screened on TV in the UK (1981/ ’82 I think) I was utterly blown away, and so deeply affected by the movie that it gave me nightmares into my teen years.
After this, I saw Escape From New York on VHS, that was it - I was irrevocably hooked on his movies, and thoroughly addicted to his scores.

Particularly from 1976 through to 1988, Carpenter wrote, produced and directed some totally unique, defining pieces of work which are today regarded by many as modern classics spanning different genres.

One of the most unique things, is that Carpenter was of course equally recognised for providing signature electronic scores for his own productions.

The earlier scores were originally very minimalist (Assault On Precinct 13, Halloween, The Fog, Escape From New York, and also some of the incidental music from The Thing) but began to become more far complex with Halloween 3, Christine, Big Trouble In Little China & Prince Of Darkness) incorporating complex sequencing and very intricate harmonies.

As the 80s were drawing to a close, Carpenter began to see the beginnings of a critical decline that was to become more evident in the 1990’s, however there is no denying that he irrevocably changed the look and sound of his generation of film.

For almost 15 years though, the soundtracks to his movies were very special indeed, and as uniquely emblematic as the films themselves.

My Walkman was always my best friend - and was always there whenever possible - day or night.
I would privately listen to movie scores and Carpenter's electronic pads and signatures while other people were listening to whatever was pop at the time, and that was fine with me.
I learned about music, dynamics, mood, atmosphere and anticipation from listening to each score (either with the movie, or as a separate element)

As homage (and also because I really enjoyed working on them) I have put together my own arrangements of some of my favourite Carpenter's themes.
For the most part, I have tried to be as faithful as possible to the original pieces, but there are a few personal touches here and there.

All the sounds and music contained herein are newly sequenced, and this track does not contain elements of any other track (i.e the original theme)
(This audio track is a fan arrangement / composition, and is not intended for profit or sale)

All of the sounds and music contained in these pieces are newly sequenced, and do not contain samples or elements of any other track (i.e the original theme)
(These audio tracks are fan arrangements, and are not intended for profit or sale)

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