It's not Halloween without John Carpenter. These next few songs are all about THE MAN. Carpenter's early movies wouldn't have been nearly as impressive if it hadn't been for his impeccable use of analog synthesizers to create the mood and tone. As an avid soundtrack collector and electro enthusiast, I always find myself coming back to his material. It's truly original, raw, and inspiring. Of all his movies, the title sequence to Halloween 3 stands out for me.
I recently tripped upon this amazing video of a guy repairing an old Prophet analog keyboard. The guy happens to be J-Vibe from the seminal group VSF, who released the underground electro classic "Velocity, Speed, and Force"(but that's another post). Well, anyways, this video shows him laboring over technical repairs to the aging keyboard, all the while playing John Carpenter's "Season of the Witch OST". It's just a fun trip, watching a guy repair the machine that created most of the early soundtracks JC produced. Check it out:
And here's the title track to Halloween III for your listening pleasure
John Carpenter - Halloween III Season of the Witch
It seems that I am not alone in my admiration of Mr. Carpenter. For the past decade, there has been at least one release per year that mentions, rereleases, remixes, or reworks a carpenter classic. This next track came from the "Disco Undead" compilation from 2003, which presented superb interpretations of the main themes to Zombie Flesheaters, The Beyond, Profondo Rosso, Suspiria, and Cannibal Holocaust by some of the leading members in the 3rd Wave, italo-electro revival. This next track is a unique and interesting take on the original and classic, Halloween theme
Tobe Hooker - Haddonfield Fear Factory
Finally, one of my favorite albums w/ the Carpenter stamp has to be from the Individus Analogues label. It's called "European Tribute To John Carpenter" and from what I understand, copies are scarce. I was fortunate to see Le Syndicat Electronique in NYC back in 04 and picked up a copy of this album. It's interesting that at the same time his label was heavily focused on this minimal wave exploration of horror inspired soundtracks, stateside bands like Zombi were exploring the same sounds but with more of a focus on the prog-like components of Goblin and the like. I find the parallels intriguing. This is one of the best from that release, a rework of the Escape From New York theme
Porn.Darsteller - Le Serpent