ABOUT THE ALBUM
This is the first album in what will become a forthcoming series of albums in which I will compose a complete alternate score to various horror films he favored in his youth. No musical ideas from the original scores of these films are used on any of the albums. All that is heard is new and original musical ideas exclusive to my earlier incarnation from my high school years.
The film chosen was Halloween 4. Much like the real-world scenario, I composed a complete score to an existing film with an established narrative to which his focus could be placed while writing the music. The only difference was that I did not “spot” much of the film. Except for a few scenes I felt could use music, I mostly wrote most music over existing music cue placement.
ABOUT THE MUSIC
The music composed follows and supports the narrative structure in the film. If the listener knows the film, then they can guess what scenes D4Disgruntled's music plays over. For those who don't, this will be a new listening experience. The tracks are not in chronological order deliberately as to create a different listening experience to the score separate from the film. There is a Special Collector's Edition CD of the Complete Score coming soon that will only be available on CD. That will have all the music in chronological order for the "completists".
There are motifs and themes established early in the Main titles which get developed throughout the film and summoning up everything in the End Credits. The score transitions from a more ghostly and haunting soundscape to a harsh pounding one by the end.
The composing style and overall tone and soundscape are done in a manner to evoke a similar feel as the original music in the film but is still far different. No John Carpenter or Alan Howarth material here. It is intended to have a pseudo-1988 feel but with more modern-day composition styling.
NO CARPENTER OR HOWARTH
MATERIAL IS USED
The iconic Halloween theme and all the subthemes and motifs and musical ideas from the original and subsequent films was not used. It had been considered in the beginning, but since the idea behind each project is to re-score the film with new material, the themes and musical ideas should also be new and different.
However, this project was set into motion after I completed my "A Homage To The FIlm Music Of Halloween" EP Album which is available on this site as well.
On that project, which was inspired by the Halloween 2018 film trailers, I evolved the thematic material to feel like its 40 years later as all the characters are now 40 years older. Check it out.
SO WHY RE-SCORE THE MOVIE?
I got the idea to compose my own music to a past film for use as part of my demo reel from film composer agent Richard Kraft (of Kraft/Engel Management). For aspiring composers of media projects who are trying to “break-in” and have little to no professional work in their portfolio, he recommended they re-score a scene or two from a film they liked with their own musical ideas and approach. I expanded upon the suggestion made by Kraft by setting out to compose complete scores to films, specifically horror films for now.
This is significant in that when I was a teenager (back in the late 80s going into the 90s) and was exploring music composition, I chose Halloween 4 as my first film in which to attempt scoring on a 61-key Casio keyboard. Each track was always just one instrument - a string with ethereal choir, a warm synth pad, a hollow spacey synth or a piano string combo. I had no DAW, let alone, no computer. I sat in front of the TV, plugged my keyboard into the stereo, hit record and started playing. Those recordings remained stored away for years. Eventually in the 2000s I digitized them as way of archiving them in the event the tapes went missing or got damaged.
My intention was at some point in life (when I had better resources) I would return to these recordings and turn them into a more finished score. That intention came to fruition with this first album. Not all the ideas were retained as they did not ultimately "fit" with the new evolution.
VIDEO CLIP SAMPLES
For those interested in seeing how the music fits to the film, check out the Music Track Preview Video Clips here.