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Listen: John Carpenter tracks

February 2015

Listen to two tracks by the film maker and musician, featured in The Wire 372

John Carpenter speaks with William Hutson in The Wire 372 Invisible Jukebox: "Carpenter began writing film music out of necessity: his early films were produced on very low budgets, and he couldn’t afford to bring in outside composers, so he began creating his own scores using analogue synthesizers, sequencers and drum machines. During the 1970s and early 80s, alongside contemporaries such as Wendy Carlos, Goblin and Tangerine Dream, he was primarily responsible for the association of electronic music with horror films. His soundtracks were perfectly suited to the visual and narrative aesthetic of his films. Each cue was stripped down and minimal, built out of simple, repetitive phrases that intensified with each reiteration..."

The tracks are from Lost Themes, Carpenter’s first album of original non-film music, out now on Sacred Bones


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