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Audiodrome #1 – The Music of John Carpenter
This post marks the first anniversary of our Audiodrome: Music in Film series. As such, we wanted to do something special to mark the occasion. Initially I had vaguely planned to have a look at a seri
Published on October 24, 2012 | Filed under Audiodrome Podcast

This post marks the first anniversary of our Audiodrome: Music in Film series. As such, we wanted to do something special to mark the occasion. Initially I had vaguely planned to have a look at a series of soundtracks by a particular artist and present them in the usual format of an article and a few audio tracks. Then the idea of producing a podcast was suggested. This presented us with the opportunity of not only discussing music in film, but, more excitingly, to actually listen to much more of it too. We wanted to talk about a composer who has not only a long and wide-ranging career in film soundtracks, but whose work is distinctive, original and enjoyable to listen to. You can see where I’m going with this, can’t you? Basically, it didn’t take long to select the subject of this podcast.

John Carpenter is not only a renowned filmmaker responsible for some of genre cinema’s most influential and entertaining titles – he is also an accomplished musician, whose early dabbling in electronic music proved to be truly groundbreaking; not only in the world of film scores, but in popular music in general. Experimenting with analog synthesizers and digital synthesis at a time when the technology was only just beginning to be explored, his trailblazing early soundtracks highlight him as a true pioneer of electronic music.

Without further ado, I present to you our first ever podcast, and a whirlwind journey through the atmospheric soundscapes of John Carpenter. Enjoy.

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Author:
James is the author of ‘Dario Argento’ (Kamera Books) and a contributor to Exquisite Terror and Diabolique Magazine. He likes Gothic horror, Italian gialli, Eighties slasher flicks and creepy old B-movies. And films starring Vincent Price.
James

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  • LabSplice

    So I just spent this past weekend hanging out with my friend, who is a composition doctorate at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, and all we did is listen to John Carpenter soundtracks and watch/discuss the original Assault on Precinct 13. Your timing on this could not be any better. I know what I’m downloading/listening to on the subway today…

    • James

      I love a bit of John Carpenter related serendipity. And isn’t Peabody Conservatory where Tori Amos was expelled from? Cool stuff. Hope your subway journey was full of menacing drones and creepy melodies. ;)

  • Ashlee

    This was great! Like a lecture on tape.

    • James

      Thanks Ashlee! Hopefully not a boring lecture on tape! Glad you enjoyed it.