John Carpenter

Real Name:
John Howard Carpenter
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American film director, screenwriter, producer, editor and composer, born 16 January 1948 in Carthage, New York. Director of such movies as "Assault On Precinct 13", "The Fog", "Escape From New York", "The Thing", and "Halloween", Carpenter himself composed most of the soundtracks for his films (sometimes with Alan Howarth). His father (Howard Carpenter) and son (Cody Carpenter) are also composer/musicians. He was married to actress Adrienne Barbeau from 1979 to 1984.
Note: in the eighties an LP and a series of 12"s were released with dancey versions of Carpenter's music. Though the sleeves didn't always mention it, those were recorded by The Splash Band.
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SX-7013, SX 7013 Halloween (Original Soundtrack) — John Carpenter John Carpenter Halloween (Original Soundtrack) (Album) Columbia, Columbia SX-7013, SX 7013 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
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CT 7022 Dark Star (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) — John Carpenter John Carpenter Dark Star (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album, Single) Citadel (3) CT 7022 US 1980 Sell This Version
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RK 28 The Robert Klein Hour - Show #28 (February 10, 1980) — John Carpenter Robert Klein Featuring Ted Nugent, John Carpenter & D.L. Byron Robert Klein Featuring Ted Nugent, John Carpenter & D.L. Byron - The Robert Klein Hour - Show #28 (February 10, 1980)(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) D.I.R. Broadcasting Corp. RK 28 US 1980 Sell This Version
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STV 81152 Halloween II (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) — John Carpenter John Carpenter In Association With Alan Howarth John Carpenter In Association With Alan Howarth - Halloween II (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Varèse Sarabande STV 81152 US 1981 Sell This Version
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TER 1011 Escape From New York (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) — John Carpenter John Carpenter In Association With Alan Howarth John Carpenter In Association With Alan Howarth - Escape From New York (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Varèse Sarabande TER 1011 UK 1981 Sell This Version
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MCAC-6115, MCAC 6115 Halloween III: Season Of The Witch (Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) — John Carpenter John Carpenter And Alan Howarth John Carpenter And Alan Howarth - Halloween III: Season Of The Witch (Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) MCA Records, MCA Records MCAC-6115, MCAC 6115 US 1982 Sell This Version
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VSC 81176, CTV 81176 Halloween (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) — John Carpenter John Carpenter Halloween (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Varèse Sarabande VSC 81176, CTV 81176 US 1983 Sell This Version
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CTV 81191 The Fog (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) — John Carpenter John Carpenter The Fog (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Varèse Sarabande, Varèse Sarabande CTV 81191 US 1984 Sell This Version
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FILMC 008 Big Trouble In Little China (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) — John Carpenter John Carpenter Big Trouble In Little China (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Enigma Records (3) FILMC 008 UK 1986 Sell This Version
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STV 81340 Prince Of Darkness (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) — John Carpenter John Carpenter In Association With Alan Howarth John Carpenter In Association With Alan Howarth - Prince Of Darkness (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Varèse Sarabande STV 81340 US 1987 Sell This Version
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DSCD 1 They Live (Original Soundtrack Recording) — John Carpenter John Carpenter And Alan Howarth John Carpenter And Alan Howarth - They Live (Original Soundtrack Recording) (Album) Enigma (4) DSCD 1 France 1988 Sell This Version
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VSD-5240 Christine (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Score) — John Carpenter John Carpenter In Association With Alan Howarth John Carpenter In Association With Alan Howarth - Christine (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Score) (Album) Varèse Sarabande VSD-5240 US 1989 Sell This Version
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VSD-5448 Body Bags (John Carpenter Presents) — John Carpenter John Carpenter And Jim Lang John Carpenter And Jim Lang - Body Bags (John Carpenter Presents) (Album) Varèse Sarabande VSD-5448 US 1993 Sell This Version
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VSD-5629 Village Of The Damned (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) — John Carpenter John Carpenter And Dave Davies John Carpenter And Dave Davies - Village Of The Damned (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Varèse Sarabande VSD-5629 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
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12611 In The Mouth Of Madness (Original Soundtrack Recording) — John Carpenter John Carpenter And Jim Lang John Carpenter And Jim Lang - In The Mouth Of Madness (Original Soundtrack Recording)(CD, Album) DRG Records 12611 US 1995 Sell This Version
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7313835773-2 Escape From L.A. (Original Score Album From The Motion Picture) — John Carpenter Shirley Walker & John Carpenter Shirley Walker & John Carpenter - Escape From L.A. (Original Score Album From The Motion Picture) (Album) Milan 7313835773-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
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73138 35851-2 Vampires (Music From The Motion Picture) — John Carpenter John Carpenter Vampires (Music From The Motion Picture) (Album) Milan 73138 35851-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
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SLES-01051, 711719717720 Sentinel Returns — John Carpenter John Carpenter Sentinel Returns (Album) Playstation, Psygnosis, Playstation, Psygnosis SLES-01051, 711719717720 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
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302 066 286 2 Ghosts Of Mars (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) — John Carpenter John Carpenter Ghosts Of Mars (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Varèse Sarabande 302 066 286 2 US 2001 Sell This Version
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SSD 1143 The Essential John Carpenter Film Music Collection — John Carpenter John Carpenter The Essential John Carpenter Film Music Collection (Album, Comp) Silva Screen SSD 1143 US 2002 Sell This Version
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REC-12, REC 12 Assault On Precinct 13 (The Original Motion Picture Score) — John Carpenter John Carpenter Assault On Precinct 13 (The Original Motion Picture Score) (Album) Record Makers REC-12, REC 12 France 2003 Sell This Version
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SBR-120 Lost Themes Remixed — John Carpenter John Carpenter Lost Themes Remixed (Album) Sacred Bones Records SBR-120 US 2015 Sell This Version
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SBR123CD Lost Themes — John Carpenter John Carpenter Lost Themes (Album) Sacred Bones Records SBR123CD US 2015 Sell This Version
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SBR-150 Lost Themes II — John Carpenter John Carpenter Lost Themes II (Album) Sacred Bones Records SBR-150 US 2016 Sell This Version
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SBR177CD, SBR-177, SBR177CDJ Anthology (Movie Themes 1974-1998) — John Carpenter John Carpenter Anthology (Movie Themes 1974-1998) (Album) Sacred Bones Records, Sacred Bones Records, Sacred Bones Records SBR177CD, SBR-177, SBR177CDJ Japan 2017 Sell This Version

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romirio

romirio

March 2, 2004
It's hard to talk about the musician John Carpenter without forgeting his films. He is a film maker who happens to make music for his own films, and that makes him a composer. It is important to stress that his music is never primarily thought as listening material on its own, isolated from the imagery of his films. This is specially true for his early works in pre-midi times, and those are probably Carpenter's best times as a musician. For the reissue of "Assault On Precinct 13" he states that "Assault On Precinct 13 is a truly minimalistic score. I never imagined that anyone anywhere at any time would listen to the music on its own away from the image and narrative".
That is the quality we've came to appreciate in his music. Inconclusive soudscapes that repeat themselves with small variations once in a while that take you high and bring you back down again. Over and over again with no conclusion, track after track, soundtrack after soundtrack.
"Assault On Precinct 13" quickly became a cult film, and the soundtrack a collector's item (until it got repressed last year). Thus, Carpenter became more and more aware of the potential of his soundtracks as musical pieces on their own and that has lead to the formation of the one off "pop" project The Coupe De Villes as well as several collaborations with rock and metal artists amongst others. Such are the cases of "Village Of The Damned" on which he collaborated with Dave Davis (of Kinks fame) or "Ghosts Of Mars" with guests stars such as Steve Vai and Elliot Easton. "Village Of The Damned" follows the tradition of Carpenters work as a composer and works wondefuly both on and out of the film. "Ghosts Of Mars" however, is a functional instrumental rock album (if you're into that sort of sound) but fails to work as a soundtrack. It only works to the extend that it is pure marketing and that has never been the case in Carpenter's work as a composer.
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