20 Oct 2022

John Carpenter's enduring influence on synthwave

From Nights, 9:07 pm on 20 October 2022

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Filmmaker and composer John Carpenter is known to many as of Masters of the Horror. His notable works include cult classics HalloweenThe Thing, and They Live. Carpenter's father was a music teacher, sparking his early interest in making music. This interest played a major role in his career: he composed the music to most of his films.

Carpenter's eerie synth stylings have influenced a swathe of synth acts, which can be heard on modern shows such as the highly popular series Stranger Things.

Denver Grenell joins the show to talk us through the influence of Carpenter, and share a few recommendations for spooky season.