Happy October Horror Music Bloggers! Steve Jablonsky Music Month!

Happy October Horror Music Bloggers! This is our favorite time of year as its countdown to Halloween!

Wanted to share with you one of my favorite music composers of all time, Steve Jablonsky.

Steve Jablonsky (born October 9, 1970) is an American music composer for film, television and video games working at Hans Zimmer’s studio Remote Control Productions (formerly known as Media Ventures).

He has composed the music to the movies The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Steamboy (2004), The Amityville Horror (2005), The Island (2005), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006), The Hitcher (2007), D-War (2007) Transformers (2007) , Friday the 13th (2009), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011) and Battleship (2012).

Jablonsky is a very talented...

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A new British Horror film out this week!

Ok so this week marks a very exciting week in British Horror Music!

The film ‘Theatre of Fear’ has now officially been released in the UK by Andrew Jones from Northbank Entertainment. It’s available at Asda’s, Morrisons and HMV, as well as on Amazon. You can check out the trailer below -

 

For this score, I blended all sorts of elements, but a large aspect of it was creating scary Horror Waltz sounds (3/4 timing) to really capture the essence of a fairground / Circus style horror film. It was a lot of fun to make with a brilliant team over at Northbank Entertainment.

You can purchased the DVD HERE and support the UK Horror film industry!

 

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Summer is here Horror Bloggers!

Summertime is here at www.horrormusicblog.com and music is scary at any time of the year!

 But as summer comes, so does the run up to Halloween with lots of scary music in store for you!!

 I wanted to let you know about a very special film with my horror music on. It’s called ‘Theatre of Fear’ and is available on Amazon with a release date of early September! It’s got all sorts of scary music on, including horror waltz sounds to get that carnival / circus style sound! You can check out one of the songs from the film here -

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And you can purchase and pre order the film here!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Theatre-Fear-Sarah-Louise-Madison/dp/B00K0N592G

Also, if anyone out there has an album of Horror music that they would like us to review here at www.horrormusicblog...

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Dismembering Christmas – A Christmas themed Horror movie that needs YOUR help!

Howdy Horror music lovers!

This month is an appeal for a great Kickstarter project. It’s a film from a company called Slasher Studios. I’ve worked with them in the past on there debut feature length film ‘Don’t go to the Reunion’ (I did the intro credits theme and the last ten minutes or so of the score). I hope to work with the guys over at Slasher Studios again this year creating an original and haunting score with elements of Christmas in it!

You can check out the trailer for their feature length film here - 

 This is an homage film done right that gives us horror fans plenty to point out and enjoy from beginning to end.                                                      

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The top 5 scariest pieces of classical music!

Howdy Horror Music fans!

I’ve had a great response to this site, and i logged in this month to find over 8000 comments!!!!!

Today i’m looking at the top 5 scariest pieces of classical music. My main criteria for this post was I wanted to find traditional based classical music that is scary and haunting, and was not originally used for a film. Many of these pieces have gone on to feature in films, but they were first pieces of classical music.

You don’t often associate classical music with horror music, as sometimes the classical world can be quite ‘pompous’ and ‘above’ writing scary pieces of work, but the next five tunes will show classical music in a new light! Enjoy!

5 - Mussorgsky-Stokowski –  ‘A Night on Bare Mountain

We kick off with a piece of classical music from Mussorgsky...

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A scary version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Ok so i had some great comments on my blog ‘top ten horror tracks’ it’s great to find people getting a lot from the blog!

This month i’m sharing with you guys some early details of a new horror concept album i’ve been working on for the last two years! The whole idea is too take well known songs such as Nursery Rhymes, Folk songs, sea shanties, hymns, public domain music, and re write it and re imagine it, making the tracks scary and haunting!

You will probably know the names of all the songs on the album, but you would never have heard them played like this! The first song i wanted to share with you guys was ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’, that well known Nursery Rhyme – get ready to have your childhood twisted! Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is a well known nursery rhyme from the 19th Centur...

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The X Men 90s Cartoon musical remake

Good morning fellow Horror Music lovers!

I’m writing this as I have finished up two feature length films recently (The Midnight Horror Show and Valley of the Witch from Northbank Entertainment). I had some free time on my hands between projects so thought I would have a little fun!

It’s been on my mind now for a while to do a musical remake and remix of the original theme from the 90′s cartoon ‘The X Men’ (which I was a huge fan of!)

So here it is! I took the original themes, added some additional synth based electronic parts, harmonized some sections, and added this huge pounding drum pattern. It retains the original ideas of the song but also adds some fresh life and really gives the piece a new leash of life! You can check it out here -

To give it a little more sparkle I ripped t...

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The top ten scariest songs of all time!

So this month’s post is all about the top ten scariest songs of all time!!! I tried to include a variety of genres and styles to showcase what I believe are the top ten haunting and scary songs!

10 – Penderecki – Polymorphia

A haunting and disturbing string technique – A great piece of music that is PERFECT for any horror situations!!

9 – Johnny Cash – God’s gonna cut you down

This is a beautiful piece of music that is haunting, honest, open, with plenty of scary undertones. I didn’t want this list to be all film music, and wanted to include a variety of tracks from different genres and styles. Johnny Cash wrote some great pieces of music, and this one tops them for being the most scariest!

8 – Marilyn Manson – Sweet Dreams

A very scary track that is also a little ‘twisted’.

7 – Franz R...

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Valley of the Witch – New horror film from Northbank Entertainment

This month’s post is all about a brand new film called Valley of the Wiitch. I’m going to be busy composing the music for this film over the next few weeks. It’s in post production at the moment going through sound design, colour grading and music to put the finishing touches!

The music i’ve been creating is obviously dark, scary, haunting, but also includes plenty of synths (namely the Prophet 5), and some vocal based sounds. I really wanted to capture the essence of ‘a witch’ in musical form. I’m also currently writing some original lyric based songs for a few scenes in the film, as well as my own take on the Shining intro music theme. I hope that you enjoy the score, and no doubt it will be up for sale at some point this year on I Tunes!

Check out the blurb from the Amazon website -

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Save the original Psycho House – Music from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho

Going all the way back to 1960 for this next blog post!

Alfred Hitchcock released his 1960 film ‘Psycho’ to an audience perhaps not ready for it. The music used in the film was composed entirely for strings with no brass, woodwind or percussion. This is somewhat surprising considering the percussive style that comes out in THAT shower scene. The score, written by legendary film composer Bernard Hermann, was to set standards and has an iconic sound in the world of horror films.

The music for the shower scene is probably the most famous (and most imitated) cue in film music,

Steven Smith

Bernard Hermann Biographer

Check out the original theme below -

The reason why we are focussing on Psycho this month is that a very important piece of Horror movie history needs a little help...

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