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John Carpenter to Perform His Scores Live For First Time in Iceland

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October 1, 2015
Source: ATP Festival

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If there's any one new trend in the film industry that is getting better and better it's the live concerts. For years now, composers of all kinds have been hosting live performances of their favorite work, usually shown alongside with the film during the orchestration. We've seen everyone from John Williams to Clint Mansell to Jonny Greenwood, and now there's another legendary composer jumping into live performances - horror master John Carpenter. That's right, the ATP Iceland music festival taking place in July of 2016 has officially booked John Carpenter for his first ever live performance of his film scores and new compositions. If you're a John Carpenter fan, this sounds like it's a cannot-miss event, so you better book your tickets now.

Fans of John Carpenter already know he recently released a new album of work called Lost Themes, and that many of his scores are being released as vinyl by Mondo. His performance at ATP Iceland next year will be focused on his scores. The press release states: "Carpenter will be performing a musical retrospective of his work, his first solo record of non-soundtrack music Lost Themes, plus brand new compositions. The Horror Master will also be joined on stage by both his son Cody Carpenter, and his godson Daniel Davies (both of whom co-recorded Lost Themes), in addition to a full live band and spectacular stage production." If you're already interested in finding out what they'll play, then you better book your ticket - they're on sale.

ATP Iceland

Thanks to Consequence of Sound for the tip on this. All the details above + image direct from ATP Iceland.

John Carpenter is an iconic and acclaimed American filmmaker and composer who has been making movies since 1974. It all started with the sci-fi film Dark Star, but his filmography later defined the horror genre - his features include Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), The Thing (1982), Starman (1984), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Prince of Darkness (1987), They Live (1988), In the Mouth of Madness (1994), Village of the Damned (1995), Escape from L.A. (1996), Vampires (1998) and Ghosts of Mars (2001). While I'm sure there have been live performances of his scores previously in some capacity, this is the first time Carpenter himself will be on stage to perform his work. Let us know if you're planning to attend this show. And maybe pack one of these Mondo sweaters, too.

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  • tommyturner
    Anyone think he's got one last awesome film in him? I sure hope so.
    • ragethorn
      I don't think so. And Halloween is my fav film of all-time.
  • ragethorn
    Awesome stuff.
  • DAVIDPD
    Sweet...but Iceland? Super jealous for any lucky bastards that get to see this!!~
  • Payne by name
    Envious. He's a great film maker and a great composer. Hard call to decide between The Thing or Prince of Darkness for his best film.

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