I am a huge fan of composer Richard Band. I got into his work through the films of Stuart Gordon, for whom Band scored RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND, THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, CASTLE FREAK and DREAMS IN THE WITCH HOUSE, as well as supervising the music production on DOLLS and scoring his audio adaptation of THE HOUND (a Lovecraft story I have also composed music for, available on my NASTIES album).
Outside of Gordon’s oeuvre, Band is extremely prolific, scoring a number of horror and sci-fi movies in the eighties and working extensively with his brother Charles on soundtracks for their Full Moon Features studio, their flagship franchise being the PUPPET MASTER series.
The original, directed by David Schmoeller and released in 1989, has inspired eleven sequels, the latest of which was released on the Full Moon streaming platform just last week.
Until recently, I had never seen a PUPPET MASTER film, despite it being one of the “bigger” horror franchises. I hadn’t actually seen any Full Moon productions either, outside of Stuart Gordon’s work for them (PIT AND THE PENDULUM/CASTLE FREAK). So when Full Moon dropped the offer of a free PUPPET MASTER blu-ray boxset with a year’s subscription to their streaming service, I figured “fuck it,” and signed up.
I’m now five films into the franchise, and it’s very different to what I thought it would be, but I’m thoroughly enjoying it, and now, more than ever, Band’s theme has been seared into my brain and refuses to budge.
So, I recorded my interpretation in an attempt to exorcise it from my psyche so that it wasn’t the last thing I thought of before I fell asleep and the first thing I thought of when I woke up. I was unsuccessful, but I present it to you now so that you, too, can have it stuck in your mind.
You can download this track for free at my Bandcamp, and then go check out Band’s music at www.richardbandmusic.com. Whether he employs a 90 piece orchestra or just himself in a studio with a keyboard, it’s always good stuff.