John Carpenter Unveils Soundtrack for David Gordon Green's 'Halloween'
Published Aug 14, 2018David Gordon Green's anticipated Halloween film is edging closer to release, and now we've got one step closer with the announcement of its accompanying soundtrack. Composed by none other than original Halloween creator, John Carpenter, the soundtrack will arrive on
While the label has not officially confirmed the news, it has leaked via retail listings, Bloody Disgusting points out. We so far know the Halloween soundtrack will arrive on black vinyl and as a limited-edition orange edition, as well as on CD and digitally.
UPDATE (8/16, 12 p.m. EDT): Sacred Bones has now confirmed the news, clarifying that the soundtrack will actually arrive on October 19. You can pre-order the release now over here, where you can also get details on a deluxe "Art Edition" version. Several other vinyl variants will also be available.
The soundtrack marks the first Carpenter has done for the long-running horror franchise since his classic 1982 score for Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Carpenter composed the entire score alongside his collaborators from his recent solo albums, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies.
Here's what the product listing has to say about the upcoming OST:
The new soundtrack pays homage to the classic Halloween score that Carpenter composed and recorded in 1978, when he forever changed the course of horror cinema and synthesizer music with his low-budget masterpiece. Several new versions of the iconic main theme serve as the pulse of Green's film, its familiar 5/4 refrain stabbing through the soundtrack like the Shape's knife. The rest of the soundtrack is just as enthralling, incorporating everything from atmospheric synth whooshes to eerie piano-driven pieces to skittering electronic percussion. While the new score was made with a few more resources than Carpenter's famously shoestring original, its musical spirit was preserved.
Davies added the following, "We wanted to honour the original Halloween soundtrack in terms of the sounds we used. 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."
The trio wrote, performed and orchestrated everything included in the upcoming soundtrack.
"It was great," Carpenter said of the experience. "It was transforming. 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."
You can check out a brief teaser of the soundtrack below.
Green's Halloween hits theatres October 19.