In Association With Alan Howarth
Produced by Alan Howarth
Recording, Editing, Sequencing and Synthesizer Programming by Alan Howarth
|Following our successful collaboration on Escape From New York, John Carpenter approached me with thoughts on the music for Halloween II. He wanted to employ the latest available synthesizer techniques to extend and vary some of the themes from the original Halloween in addition to creating new ones. The denouement of the Halloween tale occurs in a hospital where "The Shape" stalks and kills. This part of the film employs new musical material which emphasizes the solitude of the halls and wards of the medical center during the terror filled night.
Another new music cue opens this record the scene it underscores is from the end of the original film where Laurie has knocked down the Shape after being attacked. We then see the Shape sit back up proving he can not be stopped! I used this cue as a preface for the Halloween Theme. Lauries Theme, He Knows Where She Is and Laurie and Jimmy are fresh adaptations of Carpenters themes from the original Halloween. The conclusion of side one, Still He Kills, was constructed of "stingers" and shorter cues used during the murders ("stingers" are short, percussive effects which identify the Shape whenever he appears).
The opening track on side two is my personal favorite. The timpani effect produced by the Prophet 10 Synthesizer was just the right sound to set the mood for the films second half and I used it as a connective thread in the Shapes pursuit of Laurie Strode. Flats in the Parking Lot begins with sounds that represent the terror felt by the young nurse when she tries to get away from the hospital for help and discovers that all the vehicles have been sabotaged. The Shape Stalks Again is an adaptation of a Carpenter motif with the addition of an electronic orchestration which takes us up to the final moments In the Operating Room where the Shape has been shot and blinded but still wont die. Then, a huge explosion is triggered, and Halloween II ends. The Shape has been stopped or has he?
ARP Avator (2)
Sequential Circuits 700 Programmer
Linn LM-1 Drum Computer
Stephens 821-A 24 trk
Tascam 80-8 8 trk
dbx 155 Noise Reduction (2)
Otari 5050-B 2 trk
Tapco 7424 mixing consoles
Furman PQ-6 Parametric EQ
Furman RV-1 Reverbs (2)