John Carpenter - Lost Themes
John Carpenter, the Legendary Director and Composer behindåÊHalloween, Escape From New York, They Live, Assault on Precinct 13åÊand many more announces his debut solo albumåÊ‰Û÷Lost Themes‰۪åÊout February 3rd on Sacred Bones Records. In anticipation of his debut release, Carpenter shares a new track ‰ÛÏVortex,‰ a custom-designed video for ‰ÛÏVortex‰ set to clips from different Carpenter films and the full album artwork and track list.‰۬‰۬
John Carpenter has been responsible for much of the horror genre‰۪s most striking soundtrack work in the fifteen movies he‰۪s both directed and scored. The themes that drive them can be stripped to a few coldly repeating notes, take on the electrifying thunder of a rock concert, or submerge themselves into exotic, unholy miasmas. It‰۪s work that instantly floods his fans‰۪ musical memory with imagery of a menacing shape stalking a babysitter, a relentless wall of ghost-filled fog, lightning-fisted kungåÊfufighters, or a mirror holding the gateway to hell.åÊLost ThemesåÊasks Carpenter‰۪s acolytes to visualize their own nightmares.
‰ÛÏLost ThemesåÊwas all about having fun,‰ Carpenter says. ‰ÛÏIt can be both great and bad to score over images, which is what I‰۪m used to. Here there were no pressures. No actors asking me what they‰۪re supposed to do. No crew waiting. No cutting room to go to. No release pending. It‰۪s just fun. And I couldn‰۪t have a better set-up at my house, where I depended on (collaborators) Cody (Carpenter, of the bandåÊLudrium) and Daniel (Davies, who scoredåÊI, 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 wasn‰۪t dealing with just analogue anymore. It‰۪s a brand new world. And there was nothing in any of our heads when we started other than to make it moody.‰åÊ
As is Carpenter‰۪s 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. SingularlyåÊtitled to inspire dread with such names as ‰ÛÏVortex,‰ ‰ÛÏDominion,‰ ‰ÛÏAbyss,‰ and ‰ÛÏPurgatory,‰ but all linked into a unified whole,åÊLost ThemesåÊhas a mesmerizing power. Horror fans will be reminded of Carpenter‰۪s past works, as well as ancestors like MikeåÊOldfeld‰۪såÊTubular BellsåÊand the raging guitars and chiming percussion of Goblin‰۪såÊSuspiria. ‰Û?۪Both classical music and rock and roll are part of my musical language, which is riff-driven,‰ Carpenter explains. ‰ÛÏSo if you listen carefully, I‰۪m sure you can hear some echoes from my past. But I‰۪m sure that‰۪s true of any composer. You just bring your music along with you.‰