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Halloween (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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Editors’ Notes

If you're still having nightmares about Michael Myers, John Carpenter's soundtrack is guaranteed to provoke a few more flashbacks. Instead of an orchestra, Carpenter uses the creepy sounds of old-school synthesizers, building the mood around two main themes. One is the opening title's tension-building piano riff that returns in a minor key during "Loomis and Shape's Car." The other is the chilly, dissonant chords that are heard on "Michael Kills Judith" and "Better Check the Kids,” whose titles alone are not for the fainthearted.

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Soundtrack of my mind

I'm a big fan of dark sounding tunes Halloween in particular can't stop listening to it

Biography

Genre: Horror

As the years passed, sci-fi/horror director John Carpenter earned nearly as much acclaim for his music as for his filmmaking. The son of a music professor at Western Kentucky University, he crafted a distinctive sound dominated by pulsing, arpeggiated synthesizers and atmospheric washes that echoed his stark visual style. From his beginnings as a film student in the early '70s, Carpenter scored all but four of his films (The Thing, Starman, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, and The Ward) as well as the...
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