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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
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/587513431/opus-nightmare-horror-soundtracks/widget/card.html?v=2


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.

https://www.mixcloud.com/widget/iframe/?feed=%2Fslowmotionradio%2Fslow-motion-radio-dario-argento-mix%2F&mini=&embed_uuid=6c54b0ee-7535-483d-82bc-fea165717419&replace=0&hide_cover=&light=&hide_artwork=&stylecolor=&embed_type=widget_standard&hide_tracklist=&autoplay=

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.

Or…

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.

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

Best,
TR

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


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’