Forty-five years after his first music credit as a composer on the Oscar-winning short The Resurrection of Bronco Billy, legendary director John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing), is stepping out as a musician. The 67-year-old’s debut album, Lost Themes, released Feb. 3 on Sacred Bones, is a startlingly vital collection of propulsive instrumentals.
Why did you wait until now to release a proper album?
It’s all serendipitous. I got a new music attorney who said to me, “You got anything?” I realized I had this album my son Cody, godson [Daniel Davies] and I did. Next thing I know, she calls back and says, “We got a record label.” My 30-year-old children — I’m exploiting the hell out of them. We’re working on another album as we speak.
What do you want the listener to take away from Lost Themes?
Everybody has a movie in their head. I want you to listen to my album and start fantasizing. See the movie in your mind — my album is the score for it.
Is music a more relaxing hobby for you than film?
It is. Filmmaking is really for the young. You have to put up with such shit. If I have something I’m in love with — I’m developing a couple projects right now, but nothing I can talk about — I’ll do it. If not, I’ve got the NBA, I’ve got video games, and I’ve got music. What the hell? There’s nothing else.