White Poppy “Darkness Turns To Light” (Xander Harris Remix)—
"If you were to ask me what made me fall in love with the possibilities of synthesizers in film scoring, I can peg it to the first time I rented Prince of Darkness. Prince of Darkness, in my opinion, is a charming film that might be the most overlooked entry in Carpenter’s body of work. The film has always been a personal favorite due to its mixture of science and the occult, two realms that hardly agree with each other, but Carpenter was able to explore their interweaving admirably.
I don’t know if John Carpenter consciously chooses obvious synthesized sounds in scoring but I hold the personal belief that he does so to achieve a certain sonic effect to enhance the visuals of his work. The soundtrack is a full on digital synthesis orchestra that has held up well over the years.. I have never been shy about my love for composition created with the tools of computers, general midi, and digital synthesizers. I always point to the Prince of Darkness soundtrack as a great example of digital sounds working well to support that opinion.
Prince of Darkness has all of the hallmarks of the things I love about a Carpenter/Howarth composed soundtrack. The introduction of a very simple bass line left alone in the cold, coupled with glassy atmospheric sounds underneath, before the main thematic melody is introduced. A nuance that I have always looked to for inspiration whenever writing my own compositions.” - Xander Harris
Stand Out Tracks:
"The Devil Awakens"
"Through The Mirror"
Xander Harris’ The New Dark Age of Love is out now on Not Not Fun.
To celebrate Halloween 2013, here is a free EP, “Black Moon” for download. Thanks again for all of the support.—
Show this Saturday with Ritualz and Troller at Elysium. Very excited!
LIVE! TONIGHT! Austra after party at the Mohawk with Xander Harris and SSLEEPERHOLD. Happy Friday the 13th!
Introducing a new monthly show from the fine folks at Complicated Dance Steps. Join DJ Lady C and DJ Egroeg for an eclectic edition of C&G Music Factory.
This week’s episode includes a special live performance from Xander Harris!
1. The Webbs – “Try Loving Me”
2. Rick James – “Be My Lady”
3. Angela Bofill – “Too Tough”
4. Mary Jane Girls – “In My House”
5. Minnie Ripperton – “When It Comes Down To It”
6. Bobby Brown – “Every Little Step (Instrumental)”
7. LAND OF LIGHT – HIGHER LOVE
8. Kiln – Amethyst
9. Scanner – red exile
10. Pye Corner Audio – Wasted Evolution
11. The Sonic Aesthetic – New Districts
12. Hassan – Hassan Two
13. The Asphodells – Late Flowering Dub
14. Straightjacket – untitled
15. XANDER HARRIS LIVE!!!!!
This is a different version of a track I did for the CGIFriday cassette Split with Portland based artist The Crow. Thanks for everyone’s continued support, it means a lot to me.—