QBoo! Q2 Music's Annual Halloween Scarathon Returns

Monday, October 31, 2016

Cover art for John Corigliano's score to 'Altered States' (RCA Victor Records)

On Monday, Oct. 31, Q2 Music celebrates Halloween with the scariest music out there, from unnerving classics by Bartók, Ligeti and Penderecki, to slasher-film suites, unsettling electro-acoustics and incantations to the dead.

Horror movie scores have long employed the extended techniques and disorienting orchestration of contemporary classical music. We'll hear ghoulish selections from Bernard Herrman's score to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and John Carpenter's Halloween, stomach-turning classics by Bela Bartok and György Ligeti featured in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining and 2001: A Space Odyssey and cinematic skin-crawlers by Philip Glass and John Corigliano.

Then there's the really scary stuff: the strangled voices of Ingram Marshall's Hidden Voices, the dismembered chopped tongues and electronic experiments of Paul Lansky and Morton Subotnick, the screaming minor-second dissonances of Henryk Górecki's string quartets, Meredith Monk's music for megalithic tombs, tunes for werewolves and graveyard runs and psychedelics gone wrong by Alvin Curran and Terry Riley; microtonal spine-tinglers from Giacinto Scelsi, Iannis Xenakis and Pauline Oliveros; sounds that claw their way from the attic to your soul by John Cage, John Zorn and other composers named John.

Wrap yourself in a blanket, light a candle and pull out the ouija board. Tell us your favorite bloodcurdling new music in the comments below, and let us be the soundtrack to your Halloween nightmare. Qboo!


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Comments [2]

Bhaskar from Princeton, NJ

Vampyrotheone by Olga Neuwirth

Nov. 02 2016 04:55 PM
Samson Y Hiss from Oakland, CA

Why tease? Why feed me the fear only once a year? Who couldn't Qboo everyday? I'm starting the online petition.

Nov. 01 2016 07:03 PM

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