Famed horror director John Carpenter is releasing his first solo album on Sacred Bones. It's called Lost Themes and you can stream the first song from the record now. Listen to "Vortex" in the player above.
The director is known for composing the scores for his films -- Halloween and They Live among some of his best known work -- but this is the first time he has stepped outside of the cinematic world. Instead of creating a soundtrack based on an actual film, he's created "little moments of score from movies made in our imaginations.” Carpenter goes on in a press release:
Lost Themes was all about having fun. It 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 band Ludrium) and Daniel (Davies, who scored 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 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.
If "Vortex" is any indication, the composer achieved his goal. The song clocks in at just under five minutes, and it's the perfect musical accompaniment to fighting off aliens or vampires or vaguely supernatural serial killers.
For more from John Carpenter, check out his Zumic artist page.
Source: Sacred Bones SoundCloud