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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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