Sacred Bones

Halloween - Original Score - (Coloured Vinyl) - John Carpenter

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The new soundtrack pays homage to the classic Halloween score that Carpenter composed and recorded in 1978, when he forever changed the course of horror cinema and synthesizer music with his low-budget masterpiece. Several new versions of the iconic main theme serve as the pulse of GreenÕs film, its familiar 5/4 refrain stabbing through the soundtrack like the ShapeÕs knife. The rest of the soundtrack is equally enthralling, incorporating everything from atmospheric synth whooshes to eerie piano-driven pieces to skittering electronic percussion. While the new score was made with a few more resources than CarpenterÕs famously shoestring original, its musical spirit was preserved: ÒWe wanted to honor the original Halloween soundtrack in terms of the sounds we used,Ó Davies explained. ÒWe used a lot of the Dave Smith OB-6, bowed guitar, Roland Juno, Korg, Roli, Moog, Roland System 1, Roland System 8, different guitar pedals, mellotron, and piano.Ó


Unlike the Lost Themes albums, Halloween saw the Carpenters and Davies collaborating on music set to images for the first time. Though it marked a significant change from their previous creative process, the trio thrived under the constraints and tight deadlines that film scoring work demands. For Carpenter, who reunited on the new film with original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis, composing the score felt like a homecoming. ÒIt was great,Ó Carpenter said of the experience. ÒIt was transforming. It was not a movie I directed, so I had a lot of freedom in creating the score and getting into the director's head. I was proud to serve David Gordon GreenÕs vision.Ó