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Master of Horror John Carpenter Talks the Sounds of a Terrifying Film

To promote his upcoming horror album Lost Themes, arriving February 3rd from Sacred Bones Records, legendary director John Carpenter sat down to discuss his experiences scoring Halloween and some of his other iconic horror films. Interviewed by NPR, Carpenter talked about his early musical training, his inspirations, and his work on movies like Halloween, The Fog, etc. This is a master’s perspective on a huge part of horror: the music. It’s certainly an interview to be listened to, and one we can all learn a little something from. To save you the trouble of tracking it down, we’ve embedded the interview at the bottom of this article or you can CLICK HERE to download it if the player takes too long to initialize. It’s a very informative eight-minute piece. Check it out! About Lost Themes: 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 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 Carpenter’s acolytes to visualize their own nightmares.

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