Label bosses Timothy J. Fairplay and Scott Fraser paid tribute to Carpenter at Convanenza Festival in September.
John Carpenter was the undisputed king of the horror soundtrack throughout the 70s and 80s. There are no two ways about it. An inspiration to synth mavericks and aspiring filmmakers, his ominous and chilling scores set the standard when synthesisers became a staple and despite advances in music technology, they’ve aged really well. We’re not alone in that sentiment either, with Timothy J. Fairplay and Scott Fraser covering four of Carpenter’s most iconic at Andrew Weatherall’s Convenanza Festival two months back.
Giving the main themes from Assault On Precinct 13, The Philadelphia Experiment, Christine and Halloween the Crimes of the Future treatment, razor-sharp percussion and oscilating basslines are present in abundance. It’s hardly your average set, but what do you expect from a label named after one of David Cronenberg’s lesser-known sci-fi flicks?
Halloween has been and gone, but as fans of all involved, we couldn’t resist sharing.