John Carpenter has been responsible for much of the horror genres most striking soundtrack work in the fifteen movies hes both directed and scored. The themes can instantly flood his fans musical memory with imagery of a menacing shape stalking a babysitter, a relentless wall of ghost-filled fog, lightning-fisted kung fu fighters, or a mirror holding the gateway to hell. The all-new music on Lost Themes asks Carpenters acolytes to visualize their own nightmares.
Lost Themes was all about having fun, Carpenter says. It can be both great and bad to score over images, which is what Im used to. Here there were no pressures. No actors asking me what theyre supposed to do. No crew waiting. No cutting room to go to. No release pending. Its just fun. And I couldnt have a better set-up at my house, where I depended on (collaborators) Cody (Carpenter, of the band Ludrium) and Daniel (Davies, who wrote the songs for I, Frankenstein) to bring me ideas as we began improvising. The plan was to make my music more complete and fuller, because we had unlimited tracks. I wasnt dealing with just analogue anymore. Its a brand new world. And there was nothing in any of our heads when we started other than to make it moody.
As is Carpenters style, repetition is the key to the thundering power of these tracks, their energy swirling with shredding chords, soaring organs, unnerving pianos and captivating percussion. Horror fans will be reminded of Carpenters past works, as well as ancestors like Mike Oldfelds Tubular Bells and Goblins Suspiria.
Theyre little moments of score from movies made in our imaginations, Carpenter says.Now I hope it inspires people to create films that could be scored with this music.
Artist: John Carpenter
Title: Lost Themes
Label: Sacred Bones
Cat #: SBR123
Format: Gatefold 12" LP