As the director and composer behind dozens of classic movies, Carpenter has established a reputation as one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of modern cinema, as well as one of its most influential musicians. The minimal, synthesizer-driven themes to films like Halloween, Escape From New York, and Assault on Precinct 13 are as indelible as their images, and their timelessness was evident as Carpenter performed them live in a string of internationally sold-out concert dates in 2016. Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 collects 13 classic themes from Carpenter’s illustrious career together on one volume for the first time. Each theme has been newly recorded with the same collaborators that Carpenter worked with on his hit Lost Themes studio albums: his son, Cody Carpenter, and godson, Daniel Davies.
Moody and back in the present. John Carpenter arrives. Soaring synths, crystal piercing tones and brooding echoes can be found. Lost Themes is one to grab you and stay with you. Carpenter is also joined by his son Cody (Of the band Ludrium) and Daniel Davies (Who scored I, Frankenstein). Sacred Bones are known for their spook and this one will pull you right out of bed. We all know what John can see and hear. Now we all want back into that world, again...or do we ? Tense stuff.
For John Carpenter, who reunited on the new film with original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis, composing the score felt like a homecoming. Not only had he not worked on a Halloween movie in 35 years, he hadn’t composed a soundtrack since his 2001 sci-fi thriller Ghosts of Mars. “It was great,” Carpenter said of the experience. “It was transforming. It was not a movie I directed, so I had a lot of freedom in creating the score and getting into the director's head. I was proud to serve David Gordon Green’s vision.”
1981’s ‘Halloween II’ saw Carpenter linking up with Alan Haworth to rehash the music of the hugely successful first ‘Halloween’ film for its follow-up. You know the drill by now - spooky synths, ominous bass, off-kilter melodies that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, that sort of hting. This new Death Waltz edition (when is a John Carpenter release not the death Waltz edition these days?) contains new artwork by John Mann.
A 20-minute ambient radioplay set in the deepest recesses of a South Manchester winter 10 or so years ago.
A deep dive into the isolation, the darkness, and the thick fog, through all the estates from Lancashire Hill to Deneway Court. Three L.S. Lowry stick figures on the run from the every day, a huge viaduct cutting across the land and a lighthouse buried underneath, the destination they are trying to reach. Speak, memory.
Heavily inspired by NWW, The Shadow Ring, The Fall, two sides of pain-killer drones revisited and revised endlessly from endorphin, one half of 1-800-ICEMAN/Grimescapes.
The 2nd of 3 drøne reissues, released on cassette for the first time, in anticipation of new material from the band late '19, early '20. a perfect blind was first released on Pomperipossa Records in 2017.
An impressive evolution from the duo’s 2016 debut, using Reversing Into Future's shortwave radio transmissions, cryptic snatches of dialog, and droning synths as a foundation for something more substantial and melodic
Prior to the release of their 4th album later this year, we are delighted to announce we are re-issuing all of the first 3 releases by drøne on cassette for the first time.
We begin with reversing into the future, initially released on vinyl in 2016 through Pomperipossa Records. Field recordings, short wave radio, modular synth all combine to form an enticing, arresting, moving journey of electrically-charged dissonance, drones and electronic melodies. It´s a unique jewel.
A very hot day in the hills above Los Angeles… only possible to work in the mornings because of the sweltering afternoon heat, so all a bit frantic, but with a kink in time. There is no wifi-controlled air conditioning; the car is electric-powered and charging up. It has barely rained for months, (if not years) and the hoses are working overtime. Its an analogue session; Mark’s modular synth set up is working furiously and overheating. We are pushing sounds through and seeing what works… and things gradually take shape. The forms seem to determine themselves; how much control do we have? How much do we want? Some peculiar things start to happen and the haze bends. Some of the sounds seem alive and are quick to reform as we struggle to contain them, like trying to stuff snakes into a bag. The sounds moan and sing, forming their own phonemes.
Helsinki based producer Eppu Kaipainen returns to Decaying Spheres. Poiu explores how music can change our perception of time, with an investigation into the Eno-creed of ambient; when something is both ignorable and focusable, lending itself to an amorphous feeling of time.
The seven tracks convey a sense of temporal empathy, reflecting on life’s instabilities, it’s constant precursors; a dramatic change, a shift, a turnaround, a relapse. The album explores both the significant and insignificant. The juxtaposition of the momentous and the monotonous. Like the beauty that can be found in a typical week, the ritualistic nature of stability and routine is as essential as those more pivotal moments.
Poiu is a collection of long-form drones that elegantly interprets these themes through considered tape loops, saturated synths and layered modular sequences, creating a lush atmospheric sound that never quite lets the underlying darkness come to the forefront.
Limited edition cassette tape - only 25 copies worldwide.
Decaying Spheres' second release is an international effort from some of the labels favourite artists. The record drifts seamlessly between ten deep ambient cuts, offering a tasteful eclectic mix.
Limited edition cassette tape - only 50 copies worldwide.
Bonzaii - Life on a Blade Hynta - Badlands Ghost Signs - Let Fly Thy Vagabond Heart SVR - A Promise Volunteer Coroner - Fantasy in Flashing Lights Eppu Kaipainen feat Embry お兄ちゃん - My House is Torn Down Every Evening Employee Of The Month - Augur Güsh - Gaunt Σπαταλώ χρόνο - αδυναμία, έλλειψη, λεπτότητα, χαύνωση Seed Faith - Projection Forecast
Decaying Spheres presents an essential release from artists 01 Ambience and Ozyorsk. Hidden Shelters featured as the soundtrack to an intimate audio installation, narrating the personal accounts of four LGBT refugees.
Traversing the dark undertones that bind the stories of those refugees together, Hidden Shelters draws a parallel on the emotions evoked by the individuals. These minimal compositions carefully create a feeling of anxiety, isolation and paranoia. Ominous analogue synths, isolated arpeggiators and dense pads are layered with field recordings of Manchester, forming a unique ambient landscape.
Hidden Shelters first premiered as part of Manchester International Festival 2019, elevating the unique journeys of people directly affected by the international LGBT refugee and homeless crisis. The event gave the individuals a platform to share their stories and raise awareness about the issue through first-hand interviews.
The project is supported by a grant from Superbia at Manchester Pride. Superbia Grants provide financial support for LGBT events as part of Manchester Pride’s commitment to the quality and diversity of cultural events taking place throughout the year in Greater Manchester.
All profit from vinyl sales will go to charities Safe Place International and akt.
Carl Brown announces a new project ckeener and turns in his first album for Them There. ‘Decoration’ sees a swift sidestep for Brown, bridging the unfettered field recording led work as Preston Field Audio with Them There Records’ principal pop absurdity. Using found sounds and recordings collected on an iPhone and Zoom for over two years, Brown has shaped an album of raucous plunderphonics and freesound sampledelia.
Until now Brown’s work has been focused on his now internationally celebrated project Preston Field Audio, including recent collaborations with KAARST, Plymouth artist Keith Harrison and sold out releases for Concrete Tapes and his own label Set Foot Press.
Mastered by Tim Crompton at Another Studio Manchester, the album also features additional production from Them There’s Pun Collins. A proper in-house job.
Pun Collins lands back at Them There for his new solo release titled 'Dying Together’. Following on from his previous LP for Them There, 2018’s minimalist-pop ‘Lunar Influence’, ‘Dying Together’ proves a natural progression for Axel Lacan as he further explores the peripheries of post-genre dance music for an optimistic perspective on the end times. Prophetic themes of isolation are a linchpin to Lacan’s often bleak narratives. In navigating us through this new record, Lacan searches for the dim lights on the horizon, frequently weaving in moments of sheer new-age ecstasy so as never to let the vibe settle.
Offering up his essential pallet of spectral synths, deep subs, and organic, layered percussion as a framework, darkly cinematic architectures crumble away as Lacan once again holds us at the precipice of a myriad of musical influences. The abstract sound world created here is a highly nuanced blanket, detailed with Pun Collins’ signature dynamic and pacing smoothly draped over a bed of Ambient, Trance, Funk, and Soul.
Them There Records presents the new album ‘Solarphones’ from Yorkshire based musician and sound artist Chris Ruffoni. These new recordings are taken from a touring installation project in which Chris explores positioning his bespoke, handbuilt wooden sculptures named Solarphones amidst various outdoor spaces to interact with the sunlight, shadow and the architecture of the setting.
Presented on this release as two 22 minute field recordings, chosen as highlights from numerous installations in woodland and reservoirs around West Yorkshire between April and May 2020. The instruments are tuned in modes using just intonation, each side of the tape reflects one mode.
Throughout Summer 2020 ‘Solarphones’ has been invited to be installed at several (unfortunately postponed) UK festivals including Supernormal and Bluedot Festival.
Leading the way in electronics before anyone considered it a serious way of making music, the Radiophonic Workshop gang pushed the boundaries of music and invented a new language and landscape for how music could be made.
Delia Derbyshire is included on this collection of absolutely astonishing cuts of electronic gems! Left to it in the bowels of Auntie Beeb, the Radiophonic crew made some of the most important bits of music ever recorded. A must-have for historians and curious-minds alike
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