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Gatekeeper
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This week in Sharp Darts I profile local electronic duo Gatekeeper, whose excellent new release Optimus Maximus resurrects the sound of horror movies of the 70s and 80s, specifically classic scores by the likes of Goblin and John Carpenter. "The cool thing about his approach," says Gatekeeper's Matthew Arkell of Carpenter, is that it was so unstudied. "He just had all this money and all this amazing gear and so he was in the studio like pressing buttons. And every melody he writes is the same three notes, just in a different order. And it's perfect. It's the Halloween theme, those three notes." And now after reading that I have the Halloween theme wedged firmly in my brain.

In very related news, Italian horror auteur Dario Argento's 1977 masterpiece Suspiria screens tonight at the Gene Siskel Film Center. It's not only one of the most visually stunning horror movies of all time but one of the most legitimately scary, and its Goblin soundtrack is absolutely berserk.

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