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Feb-07-2006, 19:00
What are your opinions on this man as a musician ?

I personally love everything he has done. Although a lot of his music sounds a bit dated given that he used a lot of synthesizers, but for me theres no denying on what wonderful effect his music has brought to his movies.

A Carpenter film would not be a Carpenter film without his music. I mean can you just imagine Halloween without his simple theme ? And thats what I love about his scores - the simplicity. On the commentary of my DVD of Prince of Darkeness, he mentions film scores generally fall into two catagories; Mickey Mousing (large iconic themes ala John Williams) and Underscoring. Carpenter falls into the latter.

Frederik Magle
Mar-07-2006, 00:28
I've always liked his originality - even when he is not original https://www.magle.dk/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif There's something special about his films, and not least his music. One of my favorite "scores" by Carpenter is the one from "Escape from New York" - the main titles are so minimalistic, yet haunting in a strange way. However, I do thing having seen the movies is requisite to appreciating most of his music, but that is not necessarily a bad thing in the case of film music.

Aug-27-2006, 22:12
I was a little surprised to find how little he has done recently, but think it must just be that he made some classic soundtracks for a specific genre in a specific era.
I would also guess that his work for the countless 'Halloween' movies have made him a very rich man indeed! My favourite however is the same as Frederik the theme to 'Escape from New York' Very simplistic but very much in tune with the actual storyline.