♫♪  John Carpenter - “Night”


Empty but for a single sweeping CUSTODIAN, the 2,090-seat venue’s acoustics echo even the faintest of sounds. A broom sweeping the orchestra pit floor reverberates like a cymbal brush, the Custodian’s steps a kick drum.

A foreign creak interrupts this rhythmic routine.


A sound like slipper-muffled footsteps softly echoes from the auditorium’s darkened rear.

Who’s there?

The sound grows in volume and frequency, as if now made by a pair of boots charging at the Custodian. It stops at his feet.

What the hell?

The floorboards burst with hellfire, turning the orchestra pit into a different kind, one that cocoons the screaming Custodian, externally digesting his writhing form before swallowing its melted remains.

Then, with a flash of light, the vortex closes and the orchestra pit returns to its normal state. The sound of the Custodian’s broom falling to the floor echoes throughout the opera house.


Lost Themes, the debut album by John Carpenter (scores and soundtracks notwithstanding), will be unloosed on a panicked public this February 3 by Sacred Bones Records. Two days later, the director/composer will give a talk at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of the BAMcinématek series John Carpenter: Master of Fear. Tiny Mix Tapes will be in the (opera) house, taking notes for an upcoming feature.

• John Carpenter: http://www.theofficialjohncarpenter.com/
• Sacred Bones Records: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com/

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