New releases // Oct 19, 2018

John Carpenter

Halloween: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

  • Sacred Bones exclusive clear vinyl with "Orange pumpkin" inset.
  • John Carpenter Tour exclusive red and black splatter vinyl.
  • US Indie Shops exclusive Pumpkin orange vinyl.
  • UK Indie Shops exclusive Bloody knife vinyl.
  • Newbury Comics orange and white starburst vinyl.
  • FYE Dirty Bloody Mask vinyl.
  • Rough Trade exclusive orange and black Starburst vinyl.
  • Waxwork exclusive "Michael Myers" Mask white, Jumpsuit blue, and Blood red swirl vinyl.
  • Rocket (Australia) exclusive half black / half orange vinyl.
  • Books-a-Million variant Bloody pumpkin vinyl.
RELEASE DATE // Oct 19, 2018
12" Album / Sacred Bones Records, Waxwork Records / Soundtrack, Electronic, Ambient
The Master of Horror, John Carpenter, has announced the impending release of the original soundtrack album for the next installment of the Halloween movie franchise, coming October 19 from Sacred Bones. The new David Gordon Green-directed film is set for release October 19 and is the first to have Carpenter involved since 1982's Halloween III, with him acting as executive producer, a creative consultant, and, thrillingly, as a soundtrack composer, alongside his collaborators from his three recent solo albums, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies.

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 Green’s film, its familiar 5/4 refrain stabbing through the soundtrack like the Shape’s 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 Carpenter’s famously shoestring original, its musical spirit was preserved: “We wanted to honor the original Halloween soundtrack in terms of the sounds we used,” Davies explained. “We 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.”

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