John Carpenter's Secret to Making Terrifying Soundtracks

The horror movie master himself, John Carpenter, is about to release his debut solo album, Lost Themes. Remember the ultra-creepy synth music in the movie Halloween? Yeah, that was him. The weird part is that he started out wanting to make westerns. » 12/30/14 10:30am 12/30/14 10:30am

If You Could Give A Classic Film A New Soundtrack, What Would You Pick?

It's unusual for old movies to get a brand new soundtrack, years after their release. The only example I can think of offhand is Metropolis, which got Freddy Mercury and Giorgio Moroder tunes. But over at The Stranger, there are some fascinating suggestions for present-day artists who should score classic SF films. » 9/11/14 11:53am 9/11/14 11:53am

The Soundtracks Behind Your Favorite Books

Books have typically missed out on getting the soundtrack treatment that movies have. But more books than ever are getting their own soundtracks now, and that's a good thing. » 7/07/14 8:20am 7/07/14 8:20am

The secret soundtracks of novels

Does your favorite novel have a secret soundtrack, a series of songs that the author listened to (or thought about the novel's characters listening to) while they were writing? » 1/17/14 4:20pm 1/17/14 4:20pm

What science fiction movie soundtrack deserves heavy rotation?

We can't stop listening to the incredibly badass Pacific Rim soundtrack. But there are so many great movie soundtracks in science fiction and fantasy, that can psyche you up to deal with the awfulness of Monday and stir your soul to greatness. What's the movie score that you want to have as the soundtrack to your life? » 7/01/13 2:29pm 7/01/13 2:29pm

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome's soundtrack had a…

The Battlestar Galactica web series Blood and Chrome finally aired on the Syfy Channel yesterday, but the franchise isn't quite finished yet — at least if you're interested in hearing composer Bear McCreary explain how he made the prequel series' fantastic score in this vlog. It's actually a fascinating look at the… » 2/11/13 1:40pm 2/11/13 1:40pm

100 Albums Every Science Fiction and Fantasy Fan Should Listen To: 11-30

We're on the penultimate day of our countdown of the 100 albums every science fiction and fantasy fan must experience once in this lifetime. Or particular corner of the multiverse. Whatever! What tunes are lined up for this beautiful Friday? We've got devil horns, lightcycles, the pharaoh master of jazz, and John… » 4/27/12 2:45pm 4/27/12 2:45pm

100 Albums Every Science Fiction and Fantasy Fan Should Listen To: 31-50

Music can tell a story, or split your head open like a guava. So it's no surprise the love affair between music and science fiction/fantasy has been a fruitful and tempestuous one, full of drama and strange creations. We're counting down the 100 CDs that every self-respecting genre lover should have on his/her spinner… » 4/26/12 2:35pm 4/26/12 2:35pm

100 Albums Every Science Fiction and Fantasy Fan Should Listen To: 51-70

It's the second day of our massive music countdown, in which we gesticulate wildly at the 100 albums that tickle our dendrites. » 4/25/12 4:20pm 4/25/12 4:20pm

100 Albums Every Science Fiction and Fantasy Fan Should Listen To:…

Science fiction and fantasy have colonized every corner of pop culture — especially the world of music. From awesome movie soundtracks to science fiction-inspired rock operas, genre stories have always gone along with sonic landscapes. You can't really know science fiction and fantasy without knowing the music these… » 4/24/12 2:11pm 4/24/12 2:11pm

A free mixtape of John Carpenter's greatest soundtracks by Alan Howarth

What's better than a mixtape of John Carpenter's finest movie themes? How about a mixtape curated by his longtime musical collaborator Alan Howarth, who co-composed the soundtracks for Escape From New York, They Live, and Big Trouble in Little China? » 11/01/10 8:30am 11/01/10 8:30am

Clint Mansell to score Moon director's consciousness-swapping terrorism…

Good news, soundtrack aficionados! Pi and Moon composer Clint Mansell will be scoring The Source Code, Duncan Jones' upcoming flick about a soldier (Jake Gyllenhaal) whose consciousness is transferred into the body of a commuter who's witnessed a train bombing. » 9/20/10 2:05pm 9/20/10 2:05pm

A 2-CD set of James Horner's complete Star Trek III score? Yes please.

For those of us who played the LP version of the Star Trek III: The Search For Spock soundtrack until it was just a mass of scratches, there's a bold new hope. James Horner's full score, never before released in its entirety, just came out on CD. (Good thing too — according to Amazon, the previous CD release of this… » 6/02/10 1:23pm 6/02/10 1:23pm

Iron Man and AC/DC "Destroy" an Olde English Castle

Yes, it's a very elaborate ad for AC/DC's Iron Man 2 soundtrack, but this video in which the Great Keep of England's Rochester Castle is the backdrop for a display of architectural projection mapping is totally wicked. » 4/26/10 10:30am 4/26/10 10:30am

The Perfect Playlist For Your Pi Day Party

Today (3/14) is Pi Day, a hallowed celebration in which radius and circumference lovers everywhere convene to eat circular pastries and challenge each other to decimal-reciting contests. Score your festivities with the awesomely underrated soundtrack to Darren Aronofsky's Pi. » 3/14/10 3:00pm 3/14/10 3:00pm