Simon Reynolds talks with the Horror Master himself, John Carpenter, about his groundbreaking soundtracks and the music that inspired them.

Carpenter's music for horror classics such as Halloween (1978) and The Fog (1980) were startlingly effective in their simplicity, and brought a new sonic palette to film scoring with their focus on synthesizers. The Carpenter sound has recently been revived by a wave of underground artists inspired by its otherworldly menace.

This interview was made for SaM's Sound of Fear event at the Southbank Centre in September 2011, as part of the Vision Sound and Music Festival.

visionsoundmusic.com

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