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Why Making Music Is More Fun Than Making Movies: A Playboy Conversation With John Carpenter

Why Making Music Is More Fun Than Making Movies: A Playboy Conversation With John Carpenter

Outside of a modest house on a quiet side street in Hollywood, there’s a sign on the front gate that says “Beware of Occupant.” The occupant is John Carpenter, director and composer behind such beloved horror and sci-fi flicks as Halloween, They Live and The Fog. With his white hair jutting out in all directions, the 69-year-old director is dressed in classic, no-fucks-given style: a T-shirt, sweatpants and sneakers. Inside the house, which functions as Carpenter’s office, posters for his films Assault on Precinct 13, Starman and The Thing adorn the walls. We’re settling in to discuss Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, a collection of his iconic synth scores re-recorded with his live band—which includes his son Cody and godson Daniel Davies, the guitar-slinging scion of the Kinks’ Dave Davies. Carpenter started performing his music live last year after the release of Lost Themes and Lost Themes II, a pair of albums featuring the same kind of killer sci-fi synth tracks he…

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