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John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, And Daniel Davies

Halloween Ends Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

    After 45 years, the most acclaimed, revered horror franchise in film history reaches its epic, terrifying conclusion as Laurie Strode faces off for the last time against the embodiment of evil, Michael Myers, in a final confrontation unlike any captured on-screen before, one where only one of them will survive.

    When the franchise relaunched in 2018, Halloweenshattered box office records, becoming the franchise’s highest-grossing chapter and set a new record for the biggest opening weekend for a horror film starring a woman. In 2021, Halloween Killsearned the biggest opening weekend for any horror film in the pandemic era and simultaneously set a new record for a non-live event premiere streaming on Peacock.

    As Halloween Endsmarks the last chapter of the David Gordon Green trilogy, so it ushers the essential return of original director and composer John Carpenter to score the iconically hair-raising soundtrack alongside Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies. Together they once again bring the celebrated music score to the horror movie series, one of the most distinctive aspects of the franchise to date

    Similarly to the last two soundtracks, Halloween Endswas recorded in its entirety at John Carpenter’s home studio and Daniel’s studio. “The three of us compose,perform, and record all the music, and everything is mixed by Daniel together with John Spiker” says John Carpenter.

    The unmistakable mix of software synths, vintage analogue equipment, and live instrumentation is utilized once again to provide the signature sound of Halloween. However, rumors have it that Halloween Ends is going to be somewhat different from the previous two films in the trilogy. With that comes an expanded soundtrack, one that matches the tone of a tangible rise in stakes and conveys the climatic feel of the film. The soundtrack of the third installment broadens old themes whilst creating new ones in an effort to bring renewed life to one of the most epic horror scores ever written. Carpenter elaborates, “The main themes have all been passed down from the original Halloween. We have refined them and created new themes for new characters.

    ”The soundtrack was tracked scene by scene but the album itself plays like a standalone piece of music. The general atmosphereis one of dread yet the record includes some groove laden moments reminiscent of Escape From New York or some of Carpenter’s other more dance-able scores. Exquisite and delicate ambient pieces weave their way between some of the score’s more arresting moments and yet maintain a subtle pop sensibility. The overall achievement showcases three master musicians, one of whom invented the entire horror-synth genre, crafting an evocative, playful and deeply listenable score that honors a legacy and expands on the decades of work that have been leading to this triumphant climax.

    Carpenter is known for directing the original 1978 Halloween, as well as other horror classics like The Thing, The Fog, Escape From New York, Christine, Big Trouble in Little China, andThey Live. However John Carpenter is not only a cult movie-maker, he’s also a pioneering electronic composer. Halloween Endsis the soundtrack of the final battle against evil. Watch your back this Halloween, Michael may be near you.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: One of the most legendary soundtrack writers and directors of all time, in his newest guise with both Cody (his son) and Daniel Davies bring us the third and final bout of dystopian synths and tense atmospheric drone. A blistering, and perfectly fitting instrumental tour de force.

    TRACK LISTING

    1 Where Is Jeremy?
    2 Halloween Ends (Main Title)
    3 Laurie’s Theme Ends
    4 The Cave
    5 Cool Kid
    6 Drags To The Cave
    7 Evil Eyes
    8 Transformation
    9 Because Of You
    10 Requiem For Jeremy
    11 Kill The Cop
    12 Corey And Michael
    13 Corey’s Requiem
    14 The Junk Yard
    15 Where Are You?
    16 Bye Bye Corey
    17 The Fight
    18 Before Her Eyes
    19 The Procession
    20 Cherry Blossoms
    21 Halloween Ends

    John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter & Daniel Davies

    Firestarter Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

      The horror master John Carpenter is back with his Halloween franchise collaborators Daniel Davies and Cody Carpenter for their infectious new soundtrack to the 2022 adaptation of Stephen King’s Firestarter. This marks the first official soundtrack that the team has composed together outside of the Halloween franchise and their inspiration and evolution as a creative team is on full display.

      The film is a new take on the thriller examining a girl with extraordinary pyrokinetic powers and her fight to protect her family and herself from sinister forces that seek to capture and control her. The film releases theatrically on May 13th, 2022 and stars Zac Efron, Sydney Lemmon, Ryan Kiera, is directed by Keith Thomas (The Vigil) and created by the producers of The Invisible Man. The story has become a classic and the intense nature of the film creates a canvas for a dynamic soundtrack.

      The Firestarter soundtrack utilizes some of the best elements of Carpenter’s famous musical repertoire and charts exciting new territory. The tracks range from fist pumping sci-fi anthems to slow reverb drenched piano ballads and each utilizes a variety of sonic applications. Skulking beats, skittering synths, crushing guitars and an ever-lurking echo come together to create an album that is atmospheric and also deeply melodic, cohesive and eclectic. These three musicians are all working in the peak of their individual and collaborative creativity and this soundtrack further solidifies them as masters of the craft.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Mother’s Love
      2. Lot 6 (Main Titles)
      3. Are You Scared Of Me?
      4. Dodge Ball Heats Up
      5. Corporate Menace
      6. Burned Hands
      7. Rainbird Fights Vicky
      8. Bless Mommy
      9. Flashback Kills
      10. Police Arrive
      11. Sniper Attack
      12. Charlie Alone
      13. Charlie’s Powers
      14. I’ll Find You
      15. Charlie’s Rampage
      16. Rampage Ends
      17. Firestarter (End Titles)

      John Carpenter

      Escape From New York (Main Theme) - OST (RSD22 EDITION)

        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

        "The main theme from the Original Soundtrack of one of the most iconic film theres ever! Taken from the original soundtrack album, this 7î single has the filmís Main Title as its A Side, and The Bank Robbery on the B Side. John Carpenter's Escape From New York was released in 1981 and 40 years on the film remains a firm cult favourite with sci-fi fans worldwide. Originally released on the 31st of July 2015, the vinyl LP edition of John Carpenterís classic thriller mirrored the expanded CD release from 2000, with over 20 minutes of previously unreleased music plus music from scenes deleted from the final print and original dialogue highlights. The masters were re-mixed from the original multi-track session tapes by long-time Carpenter associate Alan Howarth. "

        John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter And Daniel Davies

        Halloween Kills: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

        In 2018, David Gordon Green’s Halloween, starring icon Jamie Lee Curtis, slaughtered the box office, earning more than $250 million worldwide, becoming the highestgrossing chapter in the four-decade franchise and setting a new record for the biggest opening weekend in history for a horror film starring a woman. The film had the distinction of being the first film in the series with creator John Carpenter’s direct involvement since 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Carpenter served as an executive producer, a creative consultant, and, thrillingly, as a soundtrack composer, alongside his collaborators from his recent solo albums, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: John Carpenter is obviously one of the most legendary figures in the soundtracking biz, and in the newest iteration with Cody &co, we get possibly his strongest late-career work to date. 'Halloween Kills' is a wonderfully evocative, perfectly pitched soundtrack from one of the true masters. Everything you'd expect.

        TRACK LISTING

        01.Logos Kill
        02. Halloween Kills (Main Title
        03. The Myer’s House
        04. First Attack
        05. Stand Off
        06. Let It Burn
        07. He Appears
        08. From The Fire
        09. Strodes At The Hospital
        10. Cruel Intentions
        11. Gather The Mob
        12. Rampage
        13. Frank And Laurie
        14. Hallway Madness
        15. It Needs To Die
        16. Reflection
        17. Unkillable
        18. Payback
        19. Michael’s Legend
        20. Halloween Kills (End Titles) 

        Much has changed in the musical life of renowned composer and director John Carpenter since 2016’s Lost Themes II. Following the release of that album, he went on his first-ever concert tour, performing material from the Lost Themes albums, as well as music from his classic film scores. He re-recorded many of those classic movie themes for 2017’s Anthology album, working alongside son Cody Carpenter and godson Daniel Davies. The following year, he was asked to executive produce and compose the music for the new Halloween movie directed by David Gordon Green, which promptly became the highest-grossing installment in the series. Now, he returns with his first album of non-soundtrack music in nearly five years, Lost Themes III: Alive After Death.

        Underpinning Carpenter’s renaissance as a musician has been his collaboration with Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies. They’ve composed and performed as a trio throughout this entire run, on studio albums, on soundtracks, and onstage. Here, the trio reaches a new level of creative mind meld. Richly rendered worlds are built in the interplay between Davies’s guitar and the dueling synthesizers played by the Carpenters.

        “We begin with a theme, a bass line, a pad, something that sounds good and will lead us to the next layer,” John says of the trio’s process. “We then just keep adding on from there. We understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses, how to communicate without words, and the process is easier now than it was in the beginning. We’ve matured.”

        Whereas the original Lost Themes album came as a pleasant surprise after years of relative silence from Carpenter, the third installment sees him in the midst of a resurgent moment as a cultural force. The 2018 Halloween score gave his music its biggest audience in decades, and the world he releases his new album into is one that has, at long last, given him the credit he deserves as a founding father of modern electronic music.


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: There are very few forces more influential in the world of soundtrackery than John Carpenter, and it's no mean feat that his music outside of soundtracks is every bit as impressive. Featuring once again his son Cody and Daniel. Davies, Lost Themes III is every bit the pulsing, synthy wonder and helps further cement Carpenter's place in the annals of musical history.

        TRACK LISTING

        Alive After Death (4:05)
        Weeping Ghost (3:33)
        Dripping Blood (3:54)
        Dead Eyes (3:26)
        Vampire’s Touch (4:30)
        Cemetery (4:11)
        Skeleton (3:13)
        Turning The Bones (3:33)
        The Dead Walk (4:25)
        Carpathian Darkness (5:36)

        John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter And Daniel Davies

        Halloween: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Expanded Edition)

          This 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 just as 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.

          2018’s Halloween, directed by David Gordon Green, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, and with music by series creator John Carpenter (along with his son and godson, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies) was a critical and box-office smash. It grossed $159 million against a $10 million budget, becoming the most profitable Halloween movie since the 1978 original. The soundtrack album was a hit, too, debuting at #12 on the Billboard Albums chart and #2 on the vinyl chart, on its way to becoming one of the most successful movie soundtracks of the last decade. One year later, Sacred Bones Records is pleased to present an expanded edition of the soundtrack, including more than 28 additional minutes of music from the film and presenting a more complete, immersive listening experience.

          The additional material included on the expanded edition adds at total of 24 cues to the album, spread across two more sides of vinyl on the deluxe double LP version. The LP also has all-new art and lavish packaging, including an optical-illusion lenticular sleeve that makes the flames around Michael Myers’s mask dance when you slide it off the record jacket. For diehard fans of the Halloween series, collectors of John Carpenter’s music, or anyone who wants to hear even more of the incredible score to this movie, this expanded edition is a must-buy.


          TRACK LISTING

          Intro
          1. Aaron Meets Michael
          2. Halloween Theme
          3. Laurie’s Theme
          4. Aaron And Dana Enter Laurie’s Compound
          5. Laurie’s Past
          6. Prison Montage
          7. Laurie Breaks Down
          8. Karen’s Flashback
          9. Lumpy Explores Crash
          10. Michael Kills
          11. Hawkins Arrives At Crash Site
          12. Dana’s In The Shower
          13. The Story Of Judith’s Death
          14. The Gas Station
          15. Michael Kills Again
          16. Gas Station Aftermath
          17. The Shape Returns
          18. The Boogeyman
          19. The Shape Kills
          20. Hawkins Called To Babysitter’s House
          21. Laurie Sees The Shape
          22. Babysitter Aftermath
          23. Sartain Meets Laurie
          24. Looking For Allyson
          25. Wrought Iron Fence
          26. The Shape Hunts Allyson
          27. Talking To Cops
          28. Allyson Discovered
          29. Gun Closet
          30. Halloween Theme (I’ve Got Eyes)
          31. Sartain’s Gone Mad
          32. Say Something
          33. Through The Woods
          34. Ray’s Goodbye
          35. The Shape Attacks Laurie
          36. The Shape Is Monumental
          37. Searching For The Shape
          38. Mannequin Panic
          39. Death Drum
          40. The Shape And Laurie Fight
          41. The Grind
          42. Trap The Shape
          43. The Shape Burns
          44. Halloween Triumphant

          When the new Halloween movie hits theaters in October 2018, it will have the distinction of being the first film in the series with creator John Carpenter’s direct involvement since 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Carpenter serves on the new David Gordon Green-directed installment as an 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 just as 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 Halloweensoundtrack 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.”

          Unlike the Lost Themes albums, where the composers wrote the soundtracks for imaginary movies, 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.

          “Being limited by the length of time in scoring the sequence, we focused on the director’s tempo, timing, and vision,” Davies said. “He would tell us what he had in mind, how long the cue should be, what emotion he wanted, and we would take it from there. It’s only the three of us, there is no elaborate system. We wrote, performed, and orchestrated everything.”

          For John Carpenter, who reunited on the new film with original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis, composing the score felt like a homecoming. Not only had he not worked on a Halloween movie in 35 years, he hadn’t composed a soundtrack since his 2001 sci-fi thriller Ghosts of Mars.

          “It was great,” Carpenter said of the experience. “It 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 Green’s vision.”

          For Cody Carpenter, John’s son, and Davies, his godson, it was surreal to work on something that means so much to generations of fans, and that they grew up around.

          “It was an honor for us to be involved, and we are really happy to be a part of something that so many people are anticipating and excited about,” Davies said. “Working together with both the director of the new Halloween and the creator of the original Halloween was really a fantastic experience.”

          TRACK LISTING

          1. "Halloween Theme" 2:21
          2. "Halloween 1963" 3:11
          3. "The Evil Is Gone!" 4:08
          4. "Halloween 1978" 2:50
          5. "The Boogeyman Is Coming" 0:40
          6. "The Shape" 1:43
          7. "The Hedge" 1:35
          8. "He Came Home" 2:40
          9. "Trick Or Treat" 0:39
          10. "The Haunted House" 1:43
          11. "The Devil's Eyes" 1:39
          12. "The Boogeyman Is Outside" 1:27
          13. "Damn You For Letting Him Go!" 1:34
          14. "Empty Street" 0:33
          15. "See Anything You Like?" 2:22
          16. "Lock The Door" 2:53
          17. "He's Here?" 0:55
          18. "Light's Out" 2:49
          19. "Cut It Out" 1:19
          20. "Tombstone" 1:19
          21. "The Shape Stalks Laurie" 1:35
          22. "Turn Around" 0:33
          23. "Unlock The Door" 2:53
          24. "The Hanger" 3:04
          25. "Call The Police" 0:28
          26. "Last Assault" 1:34
          27. "Was That The Boogeyman?" 0:32
          28. "End Credits/Halloween Theme (Reprise)" 3:36

          John Carpenter

          Halloween - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

            In celebration of its 35th anniversay, MONDO is pleased to present the original soundtrack to John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN. This release features the most comprehensive version of the soundtrack, never before released on vinyl, cut at 45RPM for the best possible sound quality.


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