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John Carpenter is responsible for some of the most iconic horror movies of all time. These movies are famous for both their visual imagery and compelling soundtracks, many of which Carpenter wrote and performed himself. Since "retiring" from filmmaking, Carpenter has gone on to produce two albums, Lost Themes I and II. These albums offer an excellent introduction to Carpenter's influential sound and sheer mastery at producing evocative and thematic music. In this episode, we talk about Carpenter's influences, his music and unique sound, and his lasting influence on the genre of synthwave.
Lost Themes by John Carpenter
Lost Themes II by John Carpenter
Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 by John Carpenter
Look, John Carpenter Just Wants to Make Music, OK?
John Carpenter Talks To Us About Playing Music
John Carpenter: The Horror Master
John Carpenter on the Music That Made Him a Horror Icon
Sound On Sound: John Carpenter
The Synth Sounds of John Carpenter by Reverb