John Carpenter Details 'Lost Themes' Album Plans

John Carpenter Details 'Lost Themes' Album Plans
After drawing us into his "Vortex" on, most appropriately, Halloween, John Carpenter has now given up more details and a solid due date behind his Lost Themes project. It's been confirmed that the composer-director's album arrives February 3 through Sacred Bones.

While Carpenter was relatively mum about the project when it was announced earlier this fall at the Beyond Fest in L.A., a press release now notes that the set was recently recorded at Carpenter's home with collaborators Cody Carpenter (Ludrium) and film-scorer Daniel Davies (I, Frankenstein).

"Lost Themes was all about having fun," Carpenter said in a statement. "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."

While initially announced as featuring a series of previously unheard or "lost" pieces, Carpenter clarifies that the group began improvising synth-styled pieces like "Vortex," which hint at previous work he'd done on Halloween, Escape from New York and more. While the composer had tracked those scores on tape back in the day, the realm of digital recording had him noting that the possibilities were endless for Lost Themes' improvisations.

He explained, "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."

You can stream "Vortex" down below, where you'll also find a tracklisting for Lost Themes. The video loop for the instrumental piece, prepped by Jesse von Doom using clips from Carpenter's filmography, can be seen here.

Lost Themes:

1. Vortex
2. Obsidian
3. Fallen
4. Domain
5. Mystery
6. Abyss
7. Wraith
8. Purgatory
9. Night