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John Carpenter Plots New ‘Halloween’ Soundtrack for Reboot

“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,” filmmaker says

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Filmmaker and composer John Carpenter will release the soundtrack for the upcoming Halloween reboot. It will feature music he created along with his regular collaborators, his son Cody, and Daniel Davies. The film, which David Gordon Green directed, marks the first time Carpenter has attached himself to the franchise he created since 1982’s Halloween III. Both the film and the soundtrack will come out October 19th.

The soundtrack features new versions of the film’s creepy theme, along with various instruments that span sounds from the original, and ones made from more modern instruments. “We wanted to honor the original Halloween soundtrack in terms of the sounds we used,” Davies said in a statement. “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.” A snippet of Carpenter’s new score can be heard in a 30-second teaser.

Carpenter said it felt special to work on the score for someone else’s interpretation of his film. “It was transforming,” he said. “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.”

The vinyl version of the album will be pressed in several ways, and each will be available from different retailers. A clear vinyl version with a pumpkin inset is available from label Sacred Bones’ mailorder; a red-and-black splatter version will be available on Carpetner’s tour; pumpkin-orange vinyl will be sold at North American indie stores; and “bloody knife” colored vinyl will be sold in the U.K. There are several other exclusive versions that will be available at other retailers as well.

Carpenter, Cody and Davies will embark on a European tour this October, and they’re set to perform at Los Angeles’ Palladium on Halloween. Davies will also issue his own solo album, Events Score, August 31st.

In a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone, Carpenter explained how his dad indirectly inspired what became Halloween’s iconic theme. My father taught me how to play the bongos,” he said. “He taught me 5/4 time when I was about 13 year old. All I did was sit down at a piano and play octaves and went up a half-step. That’s the Halloween theme. It has to be [simple] because I’m playing it. I have minimal chops as a musician.”

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