John Carpenter

John Carpenter

Legendary horror director and composer, John Carpenter (Halloween, They Live), will release his first solo album, Lost Themes, on Brooklyn label Sacred Bones Records, February 3, 2015.

The album, a collaboration with Cody Carpenter of the band Ludrium and Daniel Davies, who score I, Frankenstein, falls into Carpenter’s style of repetitive synth splices that reach some terrifically terrifying crescendos.

The first track, “Vortex,” has been released along with a video set to clips from different Carpenter films, created by Jesse von Doom of CASH Music, a nonprofit that builds free and open technology for musicians.

Lost Themes

Lost Themes

“Lost Themes was all about having fun,” said Carpenter of the album. “It can be both great and bad to score over images, which is what I’m used to. Here there were no pressures. No actors asking me what they’re supposed to do. No crew waiting. No cutting room to go to. No release pending. It’s just fun.”

He added, “The plan was to make my music more complete and fuller, because we had unlimited tracks. I wasn’t dealing with just analogue anymore. It’s a brand new world. And there was nothing in any of our heads when we started other than to make it moody.”

Carpenter isn’t the only director to join the Sacred Bones roster. David Lynch released Dream, a collection of dreamy, disturbed tracks, in 2013.

Watch the Vortex video clip featuring a different montage from Carpenter’s films on each play.

Lost Themes Tracklist:

1. Vortex
2. Obsidian
3. Fallen
4. Domain
5. Mystery
6. Abyss
7. Wraith
8. Purgatory
9. Night

Tina Benitez-Eves

A Royal Flush vet, Tina started writing for the magazine in 2003. Her work has appeared in Men’s Journal, Wine Spectator, and more.