John Carpenter is pushing 70 and, sadly, he doesn’t direct very much anymore. At this rate he may possibly never direct another film. But early next year he’ll be able to satisfy one of the greatest cravings of his massive fan base when John Carpenter’s Lost Themes is released from the indie record label Sacred Bones. An album featuring nine never-before-heard tracks of music the veteran director created in collaboration with the assistance of his son and Ludrium frontman Cody Carpenter and musician Daniel Davies.
The first track from the album, “Vortex,” is currently being streamed for free at the Sacred Bones website. You can listen to the song here below, as well as take a gander at the official album art.
Here Carpenter talks about his intentions for Lost Themes and the creative freedom he experienced while recording the album:
“Lost Themes was all about having fun. 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. And I couldn’t have a better set-up at my house, where I depended on (collaborators) Cody (Carpenter, of the band Ludrium) and Daniel (Davies, who scored I, Frankenstein) to bring me ideas as we began improvising. 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.
I hold the films of John Carpenter (even some of the lesser ones) in high esteem because in a way they defined my upbringing. For more than a decade Carpenter could be depended on to deliver a motion picture experience few of his peers could hope to match. At his best he made films that were fun, frightening, and exciting and had memorable characters, imagination, and low-budget ingenuity to spare. Most of Carpenter’s films featured propulsive, brooding music scores composed by the man himself, and were often one of the film’s strongest attributes.
Nearly a decade passed between his last two features, Ghosts of Mars and The Ward. I’ve never seen The Ward because it never struck me as worthy of a single watch, and on top of its lack of interesting qualities it doesn’t even feature a Carpenter score (the soundtrack was composed by Mark Kilian). I know I’m not alone in missing the glorious days of decades past when a new John Carpenter movie was released every few years and afterwards the motion picture soundtrack was available in stores.
Judging by the sound of “Vortex”, which I can not stop listening to, Lost Themes promises us nine tracks of vintage John Carpenter music, an alternate universe soundtrack to one of the greatest movies never made. I can’t wait to hear the rest. It’s great to see that studio politics and the changing tastes of genre fans aren’t deterring him from doing what he truly loves.
John Carpenter’s Lost Themes will be available on CD and vinyl on February 3, 2015.
You can also check out the track here and be treated to a montage of scenes from some of Carpenter’s best films as “Vortex” plays.
[Source: Consequence of Sound]