Reverb.com has launched The Synth Sounds of John Carpenter, a video in which Justin DeLay uses a Roland Juno-6, MiniMoog Model D, Ableton, and more to show how to approximate the themes from Halloween and The Fog, among others.
We’re all familiar with John Carpenter’s filmography. He’s responsible for writing and directing countless cult classics from Halloween to Big Trouble in Little China to The Fog. The soundtracks that accompany these iconic films have become synonymous with horror and suspense – the piercing electronic overtones that raise the hairs on the back of our necks and haunt our dreams.
What many people don’t realize is that John Carpenter is also responsible for crafting these creepy sounds, having composed the vast majority of his films’ soundtracks. But Carpenter has a reputation for being somewhat elusive about the synth sounds he created, often leaving much to be desired in his interviews on the subject by synth nerds desperate to emulate his genius.
The MIDI transcriptions for drums, bass, synth, and piano of “Halloween” and “The Fog” are available for download from Reverb SYNC.