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John Carpenter

Kyle Cassidy

When: Sat., July 16, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: sold out
In 2012 former Reader music writer Miles Raymer spoke with horror director John Carpenter, presenting the angle that the filmmaker/composer’s minimalist synth-loaded and experimental scores for classics like Halloween, Escape From New York, and They Live were presently influencing and subtly shaping the landscape of electronic dance music. Not three years later, Carpenter edged alongside the pack and released his first solo record, Lost Themes (also alluded to by Raymer in his piece), thus reanimating his vintage dystopian vibe without the bother of corresponding a movement’s ebb and flow with what’s happening onscreen. And though that album and its sequel, the new Lost Themes II (Sacred Bones), occasionally sound like Carpenter going out of his way to imitate a version of himself from 35 years ago, they both blend ambient synths, orchestral flourishes, and hearty rhythms to construct chilling and stalking (and sometimes exultant) sound designs. Tonight Carpenter will be joined by a six-piece band that includes his son, Cody, and Daniel Davies (son of the Kinks’ Dave Davies), both of whom have been key contributors to the records. He’ll perform new material as well as “themes from his classic films,” and I’m told there will be a large projection setup—so you can probably guess what will be happening up there.
— Kevin Warwick
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