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[Video] Watch ‘Killer Klowns From Outer Space’ Composer Play Score With Live Orchestra

An iconic synth score is given new life.

The scores of our favorite horror movies are often as important as anything else on display in them, and thanks to companies like Death Waltz and Waxwork Records, many of the best have been hitting vinyl in the last few years. The vinyl releases have spawned a resurgence of interest in classic movie scores, giving them the respect and appreciation that they’ve always deserved.

One of my personal favorite scores was composer John Massari’s for Killer Klowns From Outer Space, which nabbed him a nomination for a Saturn Award. The fun, synth-heavy score was the perfect companion to the 1988 film’s wacky visuals, and now nearly 30 years later, Massari has taken it upon himself to revisit the tunes and present them in a brand new way.

As Massari just announced over on his Facebook page, he’s performing the iconic Killer Klowns score with a live orchestra as part of a new scoring session series, and though we’re not yet sure if he’s planning to release the revamped score at some point, he has begun uploading videos of the live performances. The first one just went up, and we think you’re going to dig it.

Massari explains:

This video captures the RAW energy direct for the scoring stage itself. What a wonderful scoring stage at Warner Brothers! Great work by the excellent Scoring Engineer, Noah Scot Snyder & producer, Noah Gladstone! Special thanks to Alan Derian for being my ears in the booth!

Here is the result of taking a late 1980s synth score and performing it with a LIVE Orchestra!

A very inspired performance by the awesome musicians of the Local 47! Some sweetening, mixing and mastering still ahead.

Stay tuned for more music from Killer Klowns from Outer Space!” he added.


2 Comments
  • Neat!

  • Matt

    That’s just plain awesome! I would love to have the complete show!

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