Three and a half years later, the Nialler9 Podcast has been revived from the dead and appropriately, the second episode arrives at Halloween time so the theme is synthesizers in all their spooky John Carpenter-inspired glory, unsettling rhythms and Samhain disco.

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  1. Sylk – Am I Alone
  2. The SM Corporation – Hammer
  3. NA – B Storm
  4. Mathman – Asylum
  5. VHS Head – Red Lens Effect
  6. Death Grips – Guillotine
  7. Symmetry – Blod Sport
  8. Mike Simonetti – The Magician
  9. Pye Corner Audio – We Have Visitors
  10. Enya – Boadicea
  11. Psyche – The Saint Became A Lush
  12. Dopplereffekt – Gene Silencing
  13. Goblin – Tenebre
  14. Daphni – Vulture
  15. Forbidden Fruits – Disco Halloween
  16. Yvonne Gage – Doin It In a Haunted House
  17. Charlie –  Space Woman
  18. Not Waving & Marie Davidson – Where Are We
  19. Dat Oven – Icy Lake
  20. Suicide – Rocket USA
  21. John Carpenter – Escape From New York
  22. Oneohtrix Point Never & Iggy Pop – The Pure & The Damned

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Posted on October 28th, 2017


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For the last two Halloweens, John Kowalski has shared his favourite Halloween soundtracks with us. This year, with the master of horror music John Carpenter is coming to Dublin next week to perform themes from his classic films and new compositions in Vicar Street, John picks his favourites from his catalogue.

Like many people of my age and generation I grew up on the films of John Carpenter. His movies were also my introduction to synthesis and drum machines. Even though he had commercial success, Carpenter is still viewed as something of a cult figure. Films like Halloween and Escape From New York are notable compared to his peers as he did everything from editing to composing.

It should also be pointed out the input of his collaborator and engineer Alan Howarth. Together they would be responsible for some of the most distinctive soundtrack work in the late 20th century. You can hear Carpenter’s influence on the most recent albums by Boards of Canada and Pye Corner Audio and it continues to travel. Please investigate the music written to It Follows by Disasterpeace for more proof. Below I have chosen some of my favourite scoring from Carpenter’s filmography.

1. Escape From New York

Escape From New York is Carpenter’s masterpiece in my view. I discovered it later on but it encapsulates all his strengths the most. The percussion, drones and guitar licks in this piece make it a standout track. Plus the snare is fucking prime.

2. Halloween

The score for Halloween is the one that probably gets under people’s skins. It always drew a parallel for me with the use of ‘Tubular Bells’ in The Exorcist because of the insistent/glacial melodic structure.

3. The Fog

Impeccable synth sound. For some reason The Fog didn’t get as much attention as his other output. It takes about five seconds to know it is Carpenter though. I always loved the chugging drums.

4. Big Trouble In Little China

I used to rent Big Trouble In Little China every single week as a kid. It became a running joke between my mother and the dude in the video store. I still try to work out how he got some of these sounds. The randomness of the percussion and sequencing is especially appealing.

5. Assault On Precinct 13

This is an anomaly next to the rest selected. It shows his ability with tone and texture. Just a master musician. The score to Assault On Precinct 13 is a joy from top to tail.

John Carpenter plays Vicar Street next Tuesday October 25. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.

Posted on October 20th, 2016



Horror composer master John Carpenter is coming to Dublin later this year to play Vicar Street on Tuesday 25 October, courtesy of u:mack.

The show is a Live Retrospective where Carpenter will perform themes from his classic films and new compositions.

This year, Carpenter released Lost Themes II, his second album in three years.

Tickets for the gig are €55+ fee from Ticketmaster, on sale Friday 20th May at 9am.

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Posted on May 16th, 2016



Primavera Sound Barcelona just announced its lineup for its 2016 edition via a Youtube live stream of an animated space shuttle launch. It’s good:

Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, PJ Harvey, John Carpenter, Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, Battles, Vince Staples, Pusha T, Beirut, Tame Impala, Sigur Ros, Suede, Beach House, Explosions In The Sky, Floating Points, Julia Holter, Moderat, Kiasmos, The Last Shadow Puppets, Neon Indian, Pantha Du Prince, Savages, Richard Hawley, Shura, Shellac and many more.

Primavera happens on June 1 – 5 in Barcelona. Tickets.


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Posted on January 21st, 2016


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Having directed and scored some famous  films including The Thing, Escape From New York, Halloween and Big Trouble In Little China, John Carpenter is due to release a non-soundtrack album on the Sacred Bones label.

Despite having once produced this 80s anomaly, much of Carpenter’s musical work is rightly revered, so it’s nice to hear that Lost Themes an album of original music will be released on January 30th.

“Lost Themes was all about having fun,” Carpenter says. “It can be both great and bad to score over images, which is what I’m used to. Here there were no pressures. No actors asking me what they’re supposed to do. No crew waiting. No cutting room to go to. No release pending. It’s just fun. And I couldn’t have a better set-up at my house, where I depended on (collaborators) Cody (Carpenter, of the band Ludrium) and Daniel (Davies, who wrote the songs for I, Frankenstein) to bring me ideas as we began improvising. The plan was to make my music more complete and fuller, because we had unlimited tracks. I wasn’t dealing with just analogue anymore. It’s a brand new world. And there was nothing in any of our heads when we started other than to make it moody.

They’re little moments of score from movies made in our imaginations,” Carpenter says.“Now I hope it inspires people to create films that could be scored with this music.”

Have a listen to the two songs from the album so far, ‘Vortex’ and ‘Night’:

Posted on January 14th, 2015



Damien Lynch aka Sarsparilla’s last album Karahee was one of 2007’s best Irish albums in the electronic vein and the followup Slave to the Cat Gang has just been released on Alphabet Set.

It’s a 10 song collection of electro boom-synth/ drum machine electronic music that is heavily-inspired by the soundtrack of John Carpenter ’80s films. So obviously, it’s awesome if you’ve ever digged those halogen-lit dark night horror robo-zombie cop movies or The Thing or Halloween or creepy movie soundtracks and old school electronica in general.

MP3: Slave to the Cat Gang album teaser

A video for older track ‘The Count’ is beyond the jump. (more…)

Posted on January 7th, 2010


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