Vote: Your Favorite Scary New Music

Q2 Music's Inaugural Halloween Marathon

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

On Thursday, Oct. 31, Q2 Music celebrates new music's favorite holiday, Halloween, with its first 24-hour scarathon of hair-raising microtones, densely clustered choruses and heart-pumping slasher film suites chosen primarily by you! 

Will you help fill our playlists by telling us your favorite works of terrifying new music?

To get you started on this gnarled path of sonic terror, we've collected five of our all-time, most spine-tingling scores - whether written for film, adapted for it, or just plain creepy. Vote for your favorite, and write your suggestions in the comments below and we'll do our best to include them on Oct. 31. You can also Tweet us your favorites with #qboo.

Join us on Oct. 31 – if you have the stomach for it! – as our inaugural scarathon celebrates the fantastically ghoulish in new music.


Bela Bartok: Music for String, Percussion and Celesta: III. Adagio


György Ligeti: Lux Aeterna


Bernard Herrmann: Psycho Suite


John Zorn: Lucifer Rising


Krzysztof Penderecki: Polymorphia


Celebrating Poland: Lutosławski, Penderecki and New Music Now is presented in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

Celebrating Poland: Lutosławski, Penderecki and New Music Now is supported, in part, by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of Polska Music programme.


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Comments [4]

Dawn from Albuquerque, NM

I could not choose a favorite of those pieces. Unfortunately my favorite music for Halloween is "Night on Bald Mountain." For those of us who saw "Fantasia" as children, and then as adults will always visually the mountain turning into the Devil and plucking the lost souls of the dead up from the ground. That piece of music always reminds me of Halloween, as does Saint-Saens "Danse Macabre," which is also not on the list.

Oct. 30 2013 11:30 AM
LJE from Los Angeles

Tons of early Penderecki for sure! Penderecki's Utrenja, especially the a capella choral sections, are really freaky. Also, Georg Friedrich Haas's Limited Approximations. Those microtones can make your skin crawl.

Oct. 30 2013 12:20 AM

Something about the first movement of Gorecki's harpsichord concerto makes me shiver.

Oct. 22 2013 05:21 PM
Tim Brown from Washington DC

Great choices, good contest, Q2!

Oct. 19 2013 06:02 PM

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