John Carpenter is getting ready to release his debut album of 'lost' soundtracks

If you’ve been wondering what sci-fi legend John Carpenter has been up to the past few years, we finally know — and it’s definitely not what we expected from the mind that brought us The Thing and Escape From New York.

Carpenter has announced plans to release his first album in 2015. It's filled with all-new compositions that Carpenter describes as “little moments of score from movies made in our imaginations.” He’s titled the project Lost Themes, and it’ll be out on Sacred Bones Records on Feb. 3, 2015.

Though it may seem like an odd move to release an album of original tunes at the age of 76, Carpenter has a long history of composing tracks for his films. He created the now-iconic theme for Halloween, not to mention the opening theme to Escape From New York. He might be best known as a filmmaker, but those are some legit musical skills.

To keep us entertained the next few months, the label has released a 4+ minute excerpt from the first track on the album, dubbed “Vortex.” It has a major, creepy 1980s techno vibe at the heart of it — and honestly, it sounds like a soundtrack to a long-lost Carpenter film we’d love to see.

(Via The Verge)

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