Sunday, 7 August 2011

Preview : Sound of Fear

On September 3rd, the Southbank Centre in London will be hosting a four hour, two part event celebrating the soundscapes of horror cinema. Featuring live performances and discussions with some of the world’s leading sound designers, composers, performance artists and aficionados of the form, the evening promises to take in some of the genre’s most iconic soundtracks, from Bernard Herrmann’s game-changing Psycho to the legendary genre scores of John Carpenter.

Beginning with a ‘Horror Collage’ live a/v performance from Vicki Bennett (aka People Like Us) which samples over 100 features to create new narratives from thematically related images and scores, the first part of the evening continues with Korean filmmaker Lee Hangjun’s AfterPsycho Shower, a 16mm multi-projection deconstruction of one of the most famous scenes in cinema history.

Perhaps most excitingly, Part One closes with a live set from Alan Howarth, the musical collaborator behind horror maestro John Carpenter’s most iconic scores, who’ll be performing selections from the soundtracks of the likes of Halloween, Assault on Precinct 13, Escape From New York and The Thing, accompanied by a visual montage from the featured films by artist Jade Boyd.

Sound of Fear: Part 2 begins with an illustrated onstage panel discussion comprising of Friday 13th composer Harry Manfredini, musician and author Stephen Thrower and film critic Kim Newman, followed immediately by A Musical Compendium of Horror, a new arrangement by soloist ensemble zeitkratzer combining theatrical lighting and sound design to re-imagine traditional horror film scoring techniques for an exclusive live performance.

It looks as though this is going to be a fantastic night, especially given the opportunity to hear the brilliantly atmospheric Alan Howarth / John Carpenter collaborations performed live.

Tickets start at £10 and are available from either the Southbank Centre website ( or by calling the box office on 0844 847 9910.

Full details of the event, including timings and biographies of all those involved can be found at

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