The 12" is available as a deluxe, mylar-sleeve black vinyl and a limited-edition picture disc, both with new artwork by Jay Shaw. May this release serve as a bridge between the Horror Master’s legendary past and his remarkable present.
Much of the power of the best films by the cult director John Carpenter can be attributed to their use of music — music that, more often than not, was composed and performed by Carpenter himself. What began as a necessity for the low-budget productions by Carpenter became a major part of his aesthetic, and established him as a pioneering figure in genre-film score work as well as electronic music in general. Now, flanked by his son Cody Carpenter and godson Daniel Davies, and with two albums (Lost Themes and Lost Themes II) of non-soundtrack material under his belt, Carpenter has decided to revisit some of his most beloved themes.
Halloween was Carpenter’s breakthrough as a feature film director. Made for $300,000, it was the most profitable independent movie of its day, and to date has spawned several sequels, becoming an renowned franchise; its stories, characters and scores known the world over. It tells the story of Michael Myers, who brutally massacred his sister 15 years ago and escapes from from a mental hospital on Halloween night to relive his grisly crime again and again. The film’s pulse is the eerie 5/4 piano theme that Carpenter places at the center of its pivotal scenes. It’s a classic theme that stands tall alongside Psycho, Jaws, and The Exorcist as one of the most famous – and greatest – in horror movie history.
The dystopian action thriller Escape from New York is another Carpenter classic, uniting the director with his greatest muse, Kurt Russell. In the film, Manhattan has been turned into a maximum security prison whose population consists of street punk gang escapees, and Russell’s Snake Plissken must rescue the President, whose plane has crashed on the island. The minimal synthesizer theme that tracks Plissken’s journey across this ravaged vision of NYC is one of Carpenter’s defining works as a composer.
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