Time one again for my end-of-year music retrospective. This time I’ve picked out some winners and given them categories that help get down to the ‘why’ faster. Fun times! Previous years here: 2012, 2011, 2010
Most 1983 Texture In A 2013 Album Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
"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: "Opening Credits" "The Devil Awakens" "Through The Mirror"
Xander Harris’ The New Dark Age of Love is out now on Not Not Fun.
Happy Halloween. For the entire month of October, this “Ultimate Edition” 21 track version of Urban Gothic is FREE. This will be up for this month and then will be deleted on November 2nd. Enjoy and thank you to everyone for all of the support.
Justin Sweatt represents a unique position in electronic music: exploring the darker origins and early days of the genre, which itself was in a rather dystopic time period (the late 1970s). However, he presents himself in a quite different, more goofy light: His all-digital setup consists mainly of a laptop, sequencer, and synth. Rather than being based in Berlin or Chicago, he calls Austin home. His stage name Xander Harris comes from the cult vampire comedy-drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In p