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John Carpenter – Night

Video for the track ‘Night’ from John Carpenter’s debut album of non-soundtrack material which is out now on Sacred Bones. Video by Gavin Hignight and Ben Verhulst: “Upon hearing “Night” by John Carpenter my head was instantly filled with these nighttime highway road dreamscapes. Someone or something, haunted, traveling the road alone in the late hours.”

Opus Nightmares – Horror Themes

Opus-Nightmares_NexusSoundscapes and alternate horror themes created for your listening pleasure. Inspired by their favourite films such as Hellraiser, Jacobs Ladder, Event Horizon, Evil Dead and games such as Silent Hill, The Evil Within, Siren Blood and re-interpreted in their studio.

Check it out and back them on Kickstarter HERE

John Carpenter’s Lost Themes

john-carpenter_lost-themesJohn 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.

“Lost Themes was all about having fun,” Carpenter says. “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 wrote the songs for 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.”

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. Horror fans will be reminded of Carpenter’s past works, as well as ancestors like Mike Oldfeld’s Tubular Bells and Goblin’s Suspiria.

“They’re little moments of score from movies made in our imaginations,” Carpenter says.“Now I hope it inspires people to create films that could be scored with this music.”

Available on the official John Carpenter site HERE and at the Sacred Bones site HERE

Dario Argento & Goblin – Soundtrack Mix

From Goblin to Ennio Morricone, the music of Dario Argento’s films have been lauded, adored, and appreciated for more years than most of us have been alive. His movies evoke fear, wonder, terror, beauty, mystery, eroticism, and more, all while supporting stunningly gorgeous and terrifying visuals.

But what would happen if several of these tracks were taken and slowed down 10x? Mixcloud user Slow Motion Radio has done just that and created a three and a half hour (!!!) mix of five iconic Argento themes. There’s Suspirira, Profondo Rosso, Tenebre, L’uccello Dalle Piume di Cristallo, and Opera in the mix… Turn on, tune in and Drop Out.

Slow Motion Radio Dario Argento Mix by Slow Motion Radio on Mixcloud

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – FREE Soundtrack from Trent Reznor

Check out the Nine Inch Nails website for a FREE six-track, 35 minute sampler of his work for the forthcoming David Fincher reboot of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

Trent Reznor:

For the last fourteen months Atticus and I have been hard at work on David Fincher’s “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”.  We laughed, we cried, we lost our minds and in the process made some of the most beautiful and disturbing music of our careers.  The result is a sprawling three-hour opus that I am happy to announce is available for pre-order right now for as low as $11.99.  The full release will be available in one week – December 9th.

You have two options right now: VIsit iTunes where you can immediately download Karen O’s and our version of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” when you pre-order the soundtrack for $11.99.
You will also be able to exclusively watch the legendary 8-minute trailer you may have heard about (no purchase necessary obviously). We scored this trailer separately from the film, BTW.


Visit our store. We’re offering a variety of purchasing options including multiple format high-quality digital files, CDs and a really nice limited edition deluxe package containing vinyl and a flash drive.
In addition, Right now you can download a six-track, 35 minute sampler with no purchase necessary.

Live the dream and visit both!  Atticus and I are very proud of the film and our work, we hope you enjoy.


The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo opens 12/21 in the US.

Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone, (born November 10, 1928) is an Italian composer and conductor. Ennio Morricone was born in Rome, the son of Libera and Mario Morricone, a jazz trumpeter. Ennio wrote his first compositions when he was six years old and was encouraged to develop his natural talents.

For over half a century he has composed music for more than 400 motion pictures including some award-winning film scores as well as several symphonic and choral pieces. He wrote the characteristic film scores of Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns: ‘A Fistfull of Dollars’ (1964), ‘For a Few Dollars More’ (1965), ‘The Good, the Bad & the Ugly’ (1966) and ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ (1968). In the 80s and 90s, Morricone composed the considerable scores for Leone’s ‘Once Upon a Time in America’ (1984), Roland Joffe’s ‘The Mission’ (1986), Brian De Palma’s ‘The Untouchables’ (1987), Franco Zeffirelli’s ‘Hamlet’ (1990), as well as ‘Cinema Paradiso’ (1988) and ‘The Legend of 1900’ (1998).

With the score of ‘A Fistfull of Dollars’, Morricone began his 10-year collaboration with his childhood friend Allesandro Alessandroni and his Cantori Moderni. Alessandroni provided the whistling and the twanging
guitar on the film scores, while his Cantori Moderni were a flexible troupe of modern singers. Morricone specifically exploited the solo soprano of the group, Edda Dell’Orso, at the height of her powers—”an extraordinary voice at my disposal”.

Most of Morricone’s film scores of the 1960s were composed outside the Spaghetti Western genre, while still using Alessandroni’s team. Their music included the themes for Il Malamondo (1964), Slalom (1965), The Battle of Algiers (1965), and Listen, Let’s Make Love (1967). In 1968, Morricone reduced his work outside
the movie business and wrote scores for 20 films in the same year. The scores included psychedelic accompaniment for Mario Bava’s superhero romp ‘Danger: Diabolik’ (1968). The next year marked the
start of a series of evocative scores for Dario Argento’s stylized thrillers, including ‘The Bird with the Crystal Plummage’ (1969), ‘The Cat o’ Nine Tails’ (1971), and ‘Four Flies on Grey Velvet’ (1974).

In 1982, Morricone composed the score for John Carpenter’s science-fiction/horror movie ‘The Thing’ (1982) as well as Brian De Palma’s ‘Casualties of War’ (1989).

Morricone has received two Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, five BAFTA’s during 1979–1992, seven David di Donatello, eight Nastro d’Argento, and the Polar Music Prize in 2010. He received his first Academy Award nomination in 1979, for the score to ‘Days of Heaven’ (Terence Malik, 1978). He was later nominated for a further two awards; in 1986 for ‘The Mission’ and in 1987 for ‘The Untouchables’. He later nominated for the score to  ‘Bugsy’ (Barry Levinson, 1991). His last nomination was for ‘Malena’ (2000). In 2007, he received the Academy Honorary Award “for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music”. The composer also has been nominated for five Oscars in the category of Best Original Score during 1979–2001, but has never won competitively, which is typical of the Academy as they have proven time and again to be short sighted, insular and riddled with nepotism…

Trent Reznor – Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Check out this 7 minute sneak peek from the soundtrack by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross from David Fincher’s forthcoming remake of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

Ken Russell

Henry Kenneth Alfred “Ken” Russell (born 3 July 1927) is an English film director. He is known for his pioneering work in television and film and for his controversial style. He has been criticized as being over-obsessed with sexuality and the church. Russell began directing for the BBC, where he did creative adaptations of composers’ lives which were unusual for the time. ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’ sought to portray composer Richard Strauss as a Nazi: one scene in particular showed a Jew being tortured while a group of SS men look on in delight, to the tune of Strauss music. The Strauss family was so outraged they withdrew all music rights and imposed a worldwide ban on the film that continues to this day. This would not be the only time Russell courted controversy.

Russell’s first feature film was ‘French Dressing’ (1963), a comedy loosely based on ‘And God Created Woman’; its critical and commercial failure sent Russell back to the BBC. However, his second big-screen effort was part of author Len Deighton’s Harry Palmer spy cycle, ‘Billion Dollar Brain’ (1967), starring Michael Caine; it was a success.

In 1969, Russell directed what is considered his “signature film”, ‘Women In Love’, a rollicking adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s novel of the same name about two artist sisters living in post-Worrld War 1 Britain. The film starred Glenda Jackson, Oliver Reed and Alan Bates. The film is notable for its nude wrestling scene, which broke the convention at the time that a mainstream movie could not show male genitalia. Women In Love was a ground-breaking, highly intellectual film that connected with the sexual revolution and bohemian politics of the late-60’s. It was nominated for several Academy Awards, and won one for Glenda Jackson for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Russell himself was nominated for an Oscar for Best Director (his only to this day) – as were his cinematographer and screenwriter.

He followed Women in Love with a string of innovative adult-themed films which were often as controversial as they were successful. ‘The Music Lovers’ (1970), a biopic of Tchaikovsky, starred Richard Chamberlain as a flamboyant Tchaikovsky and Glenda Jackson as his wife. The film was widely panned but it was successful at the box office.

The following year, Russell released his most imfamous film, ‘The Devils’, a film so controversial that its backers, the American company Warner Brothers,  still refuse to release it uncut. It starred Oliver Reed as a noble (if somewhat oversexed) priest who stands in the way of a corrupt church and state. Helped by publicity over the more sensational scenes, featuring sexuality among nuns, the film topped British box office receipts for eight weeks. In America, the film, which had already been cut for distribution in Britain, was further edited. It has never played in anything like its original state in America.

Russell followed The Devils with a reworking of the period musical ‘The Boy Friend’, for which he cast the model Twiggy, who won two Golden Globe Awards for her performance: one for Best Actress in a musical comedy, and one for the best newcomer. It was not a big success. Russell than had a rare box-office hit with ‘Mahler’,  a film which helped to make the name of the actor Robert Powell.

In 1975, Russell’s star-studded film version of The Who’s rock opera ‘Tommy’, starring Roger Daltrey, Oliver Reed, Elton John, Tina Turner and Jack Nicholson, spent a record fourteen weeks at the No.1 spot and played to full houses for over a year. Two months before Tommy was released (in March 1975), Russell started work on ‘Lisztomania’ (1975), another vehicle for Roger Daltrey. One of Russell’s aims with this wild comic strip of a film was to explore the power of music for good (inspirational) and evil. In the film, the good music of Franz Lszt is stolen by Richard Wagner. Tommy has become a bit of a cult favourite, while Lisztomania was and is considered too outlandish, even for some Russell fans. Still, Lisztomania, topped the British box-office for two weeks in November 1975, when Tommy was still in the list of the week’s top five box-office hits. Russell’s next film, the 1977 biopic ‘Valentino’, also topped the British box-office for two weeks, but was not a hit in America.

Russell’s 1980 effort ‘Altered States’ was a departure in both genre and tone, in that it is Russell’s only foray into science fiction. Working from Paddy Chaefsky’s screenplay (based upon his novel), Russell used his penchant for elaborate visual effects to translate Chayefsky’s hallucinatory story to the cinema, and took the opportunity to add his trademark religious and sexual imagery. The film enjoyed moderate financial success, and scored with critics who had otherwise dismissed Russell’s work.

Unfortunately, Russell’s behaviour on set, including a row with Chayefsky himself, caused Russell to become a virtual pariah in Hollywood. Beyond this, Russell’s last American film, ‘Crimes of Passion’ (1984),  was seen as an all-round failure and Russell subsequently returned to Europe.

After taking a break from film to direct opera, Russell found financing with various independent companies. During this period he directed ‘Gothic’ (1986) with Gabriel Byrne, about the night Mary Shelley told the tale of Frankenstein, and ‘The Lair of the White Worm’ (1988) , based on a novella by Bram Stoker. Though dismissed at the time, both of these films are now considered cult classics of the horror genre.

1988 saw the release of ‘Salome’s Last Dance’, a loosely adapted esoteric tribute to Oscar Wilde’s controversial play Salome, which was banned on the 19th century London stage. The cult movie defines Russell’s adult themed romance with the Theater of The Poor.

Russell finished the 1980s with ‘The Rainbow’, another D. H. Lawrence adaptation, which also happens to be the prequel to Women In Love. Glenda Jackson played the mother of her character in the previous film. It was a more subdued film for Russell and impressed critics. It is widely regarded as his last “personal film”.

In 1991, Russell directed his final film of any note, ‘Whore’. It was highly controversial for its sexual content. The MPAA and the theatre chains also refused to release posters or advertise a film called “Whore”, so for this purpose the film was re-titled “If You Can’t Say It, Just See It”. Russell protested his film being given such a rating when Pretty Woman got an R, on the grounds that his film showed the real hardships of being a prostitute, and the other glorified it. Often considered one of his worst efforts, it also served as the final nail in his professional coffin.

One noted admirer, the British film critic Mark Kermode, attempting to sum up the director’s achievement, called Russell; “somebody who proved that British cinema didn’t have to be about kitchen-sink realism – it could be every bit as flamboyant as Fellini. He now makes very strange experimental films like Lion’s Mouth and Revenge of the Elephant Man, and they are as edgy and out there as the work he made in the 1970s”

Phil Spector – Al Pacino

Al Pacino is set to star alongside Bette Midler in a TV film about the Phil Spector murder trial. Al will take on the lead role. The film will chronicle the relationship between Spector and his defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden (Midler). Phil Spector was famous for creating the Wall of Sound production technique and producing the excellent Ramones album End of the Century. He was sentenced to 19 years in jail for murdering actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.