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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2007 12:18 am    John Carpenter THE MAN Reply with quoteBack to top

So there is no topic for John Carpenter yet though he is in the forum names to describe this sub/fora or whatever you call it...

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He is Hollywood's most renowned sci-fi/horror filmmaker. But director John Carpenter is also one of Hollywood's most talented film composers. The son of a Western Kentucky University music professor, he has composed the dramatic scores for sixteen of his nineteen previous film productions, often performing them as well on digital instruments.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 9:26 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Ennio Morricone scored The Thing...

I haven't heard that much of Carpenter's stuff, but I like his Escape From New York and Halloween scores.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 12:22 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

I am pretty sure some part of the Thing soundtrack was made by John Carpenter, or they made some part together...there was something with it that it wasn't just Morricone.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 12:45 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Maybe my favorite is not Assualt but the Halloween III soundtrack

http://www.theofficialjohncarpenter.com/pages/themusic/h3strk.html

The intro tune is so deep and haunting too

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc-BQfvn6BM Youtube movie of the intro soundtrack

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Making the halloween III soundtrack with Alan Howard in the back

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 1:34 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

How to ruin a great piece of music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hw9a8GkMpyY

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YDp77erUD8
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 3:49 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

There are many versions of that Assault theme, some "covers" that spring in my mind:

Afrikaa Bambaata - Bambaata's theme
I.F. - assault on radikal radio
And there was a disco-version on ZYX records in the 80s which just said John Carpenter himself on the record...but I guess it was some german producer.

The Assault on precinct 13 soundtrack was re-released on the French Recordmakers label a few years ago (that also released Dopplereffekt)...actually I think that was the first ever proper official release of it?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 4:28 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

« smackos » wrote:
I am pretty sure some part of the Thing soundtrack was made by John Carpenter, or they made some part together...there was something with it that it wasn't just Morricone.


Both Morricone and Carpenter have said that Morricone composed the entire score - Carpenter wanted to work with him on a film. However, Carpenter mostly picked a few tracks for the film that sounded most like his own style, something Morricone was reported not too happy with. He explained that he went for the minimalistic electronic style because he wanted to reflect the desolation and isolation of the setting.

As for Assault, don't forget Shreeve's Assassin remix which is clearly strongly based on the main theme.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 7:44 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Sorry to pick on you smackos, but it's Alan HOWARTH. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 11:37 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

My faves, in order, among his scores are:
Escape from New York
Bog Trouble in Little China
The Fog

I like the soundtrack to The Thing but, as noted above, Morricone composed it, although the opening theme (bum bum.......bum bum.....etc.) sounds like it could be Carpenter. The rest of it, though, sounds more like 20th century somewhat avant garde classical.

Howver, I couldn't dsagree more with the line "He is Hollywood's most renowned sci-fi/horror filmmaker..." He may HAVE BEEN this at one point, but now??? Some of his more later stuff is almost unwatchable...VAMPIRES, GHOSTS OF MARS, ESCAPE FROM L.A. (the abysmal sequel to Escape from NY), and his terrible remake of VILLAGE (a.k.a. Children) OF THE DAMNED.

BTW, I know I'm in the minority but I think HALLOWEEN is ridiculously over-rated. THE FOG is in, IMO, much scarier and more atmospheric. And the score is better too!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 3:16 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

« BillBinkelman » wrote:
My faves, in order, among his scores are:
Escape from New York
Bog Trouble in Little China
The Fog


Yeah, I also liked Bog Trouble... pretty scary when you get stuck in mud like that.


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BTW, I know I'm in the minority but I think HALLOWEEN is ridiculously over-rated. THE FOG is in, IMO, much scarier and more atmospheric. And the score is better too!


Agreed there - crazy people running around with knives aren't as scary to me as supernatural or creature horror. I prefer my imagination to run away with what's "in the closet".

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2007 3:24 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Must admit that I prefer the pre-Howarth stuff, with Dan Wyman overseeing the Moogs and whatnot.

I saw THEY LIVE recently and it just sounded like a typical late 80s Moroder song backing track, with howling 80s hair guitar and tinny DX7s.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2007 4:02 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

« BillBinkelman » wrote:
My faves, in order, among his scores are:
Escape from New York
Bog Trouble in Little China
The Fog

I like the soundtrack to The Thing but, as noted above, Morricone composed it, although the opening theme (bum bum.......bum bum.....etc.) sounds like it could be Carpenter. The rest of it, though, sounds more like 20th century somewhat avant garde classical.

Howver, I couldn't dsagree more with the line "He is Hollywood's most renowned sci-fi/horror filmmaker..." He may HAVE BEEN this at one point, but now??? Some of his more later stuff is almost unwatchable...VAMPIRES, GHOSTS OF MARS, ESCAPE FROM L.A. (the abysmal sequel to Escape from NY), and his terrible remake of VILLAGE (a.k.a. Children) OF THE DAMNED.

BTW, I know I'm in the minority but I think HALLOWEEN is ridiculously over-rated. THE FOG is in, IMO, much scarier and more atmospheric. And the score is better too!


Bill , i agree on the Fog, however the remake is horrible. The original is the best version

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2007 2:14 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

According to Carpenter, "The Thing was all Ennio's work EXCEPT for some incidental music that I scored myself because there wasn't enough quiet mood stuff that needed to be done." Quoted from "Order in the Universe- The Films of John Capenter". Some of Carpenter's score can be heard during some scenes such as when MacReady is trying to get back into the base after being locked outside by the other base members thinking he's been taken over by the alien organism.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2007 2:44 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Hmmm, that's interesting. That's the only place I've seen him admit that, in other interviews he credits it all to Morricone and, when asked why it sounds like JC, he says Morricone was asked to do it that way. Doesn't surprise me, though!
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