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Harry Manfredini (US)

Harry Manfredini

From his haunting dramatic scores for the Friday the 13th films, to his adventurous music for The Omega Code, Harry Manfredini has established himself as a motion picture music composer of the same style as Bernard Herrmann. Manfredini's works in the film industry began when he joined Sean S. Cunningham for his low budget film Kick! (1978) in 1978, but it was his haunting score for Paramount's 1980 major motion picture Friday the 13th (1980/I) that really gave the film its ideal and realistic and suspenseful score. Friday the 13th was also directed by Sean Cunningham, and Manfredini continued creating the scores for all the Friday the 13th sequels except for Part 8 which was taken over by Fred Mollin. Manfredini's scores for House (1986), DeepStar Six (1989) and Cameron's Closet (1988) also confirmed his appeal as a popular horror film composer. In recent years, he has composed the scores for major motion pictures, including Wes Craven's Wishmaster (1997), The Omega Code (1999) and recently Jason X (2001) for New Line Cinema. Visit harrymanfredini.com

Kim Newman (UK)

Film and television critic, novelist and author of Nightmare Movies and The BFI Companion to Horror, Kim Newman has contributed to various publications, including the Sight and Sound, Empire and Time Out. He is especially noted as the reigning overlord of horror critique as well as an authority on science fiction and fantasy movie genres. Visit johnnyalucard.com

Stephen Thrower (UK)

Stephen Thrower

Stephen Thrower is a published author on horror and 'off‐mainstream' cinema: his works include Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci, The Eyeball Compendium, and Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents. With pioneering British industrial music group Coil(1987–1992), he worked on the (unreleased) soundtrack for Hellraiser by Clive Barker, and recorded the soundtrack to the Derek Jarman film The Angelic Conversation as well as making appearances in Jarman's films Caravaggio, The Last of England and Imagining October. As Cyclobe (his current musical outfit), he wrote the theme music for George Barry's Death Bed: The Bed That Eats and the first ever Pakistani horror film Zibarkhana. Visit 7doorshotel.blogspot.com


Some of the artists performing across the two Sound of Fear events:

People Like Us (Vicki Bennett) (UK)

People Like Us (Vicki Bennett)

Since 1991 British artist Vicki Bennett has been an influential figure in the field of audio visual collage, through her innovative sampling, appropriating and cutting up of found footage and archives. Using collage as her main form of expression, she creates audio recordings, films and radio shows that communicate a humorous, dark and often surreal view on life. These collages mix, manipulate and rework original sources from both the experimental and popular worlds of music, film, television and radio. People Like Us believes in open access to archives for creative use, and has made work using footage from the Prelinger Archives, The Internet Archive, and A/V Geeks. In 2006 she was the first artist to be given unrestricted access to the entire BBC Archive. People Like Us have previously shown work at Tate Modern, Sydney Opera House, Pompidou Centre, Maxxi in Rome and Sonar, and performed radio sessions for John Peel and Mixing It. The ongoing sound art radio show DO or DIY on WFMU has had over a million ‘’listen again’ downloads since 2003. The People Like Us back catalogue is available for free download hosted by UbuWeb.
Visit peoplelikeus.org.

People Like Us @ Sound of Fear
Horror Collage
Live A/V performance
Sourcing from over 100 horror movies, People Like Us reflect upon narratives that occur and repeat within the horror genre. By grouping common concepts, and creating contextually related sample music compositions, entirely new stories emerge.
Read more at peoplelikeus.org.

Lee Hangjun (KOR)

Still from Psycho

Lee Hangjun is a film artist from Seoul, Korea. He collects film footage and applies chemicals to oxidize emulsion on the film surface. Hangjun also does contact printing work by copying film into blank film to make distorted images. His performances are realised by utilising multiple projection with at least two 16mm analogue projectors in various spaces around the gallery/theatre. His works (with music by Hong Chulki) Cracked Share and Metaphysics of Sound are distributed by Lightcone, an experimental distributor in France. He has been performing After Psycho Shower with Hong Chulki and Choi Joonyong since 2010. Visit hangjunlee.com

Lee Hangjun, Hong Chulki and Choi Joonyong @ Sound of Fear
After Psycho Shower
Three of South Korea’s most exciting young contemporary artists present “After Psycho Shower” - A deeply immersive and stunningly beautiful deconstruction of one of the most enduring and iconic movie scene’s,
Hitchcock’s Psycho shower scene. Hangjun utilises 16mm multi-projection as Joonyong and Chulki distort Bernard Hermann’s original score through processed electronics to conjure multiple layers of sound and image delay that dissolve colour, time and space.

Alan Howarth (US)

Alan Howarth

From scores to special sound effects, from Halloween stalkers to Star Trek, Alan Howarth's electronic imagination has contributed to some of the biggest genre films of the '80s. Alternately wearing the hats of both composer and sound effects man, Howarth has collaborated with John Carpenter on the music from nearly all of his movies starting with Escape from New York; he's provided sound design and effects for Poltergeist, Raiders of the Lost Ark, all the Star Trek movies, The Hunt for Red October, Coppola's Dracula, Total Recall, and Stargate, among others. As a composer, he's scored all or part of all the Halloween films, composed music for Retribution, The Dentist, and others. Visit alanhowarth.com

Alan Howarth @ Sound of Fear
Epic soundtrack set from Director, John Carpenter’s closest musical collaborator Alan Howarth, performing selections from the soundtracks of Escape From New York, They Live, The Fog, Assault on Precinct 13, The Thing and Halloween (including the much maligned Halloween 3: Season of The Witch.) Howarth’s live performance will be accompanied artist Jade Boyd's visual montage of these Carpenter classics.

zeitkratzer (GER)


zeitkratzer was founded in 1999. Its concept of a European soloists ensemble is unique worldwide. The nine musicians, the light and the sound engineer live in different European cities from Vienna via Amsterdam to London and meet for working phases at Berlin. Here, new projects are developed ‐ in recent years as a steady guest of the Volksbuehne Berlin.

zeitkratzer finances itself through free projects and international concerts and thus is independent of institutional investors. This freedom allowed idiosyncratic and pathbreaking programs that made zeitkratzer internationally recognized. The repertoire comprises works and projects, by and with, such different musicians as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Lou Reed, Carsten Nicolai, John Cage, Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke, James Tenney, Helmut Oehring, La Monte Young, Merzbow, Alvin Lucier as well as many interdisciplinary cooperations.

Directed by Reinhold Friedl
Frank Gratkowski (Köln) - clarinets
Hild Sofie Tafjord (Oslo) - French horn
Hilary Jeffery (Amsterdam) - trombone
Reinhold Friedl (Berlin) - piano
Marcus Weiser (Berlin) - electronics, guitar
Maurice de Martin (Berlin) - percussion
Burkhard Schlothauer (Berlin) - violin
Anton Lukoszevieze (London) - cello
Ulrich Phillipp (Wiesbaden) - double bass
Ralf Meinz (Stuttgart) - sound
Andreas Harder (Berlin) - light design

zeitkratzer @ Sound of Fear
A Musical Compendium of Horror

A new arrangement produced exclusively for Sound of Fear by acclaimed international ensemble of soloists “zeitkratzer”. By incorporating the entire musical gamut of horror film score techniques, interweaving slices of sound from iconic horror films (The Exorcist, The Curse of the Werewolf, The Shining etc) and combining carefully crafted theatrical lighting and sound design, zeitkratzer will plunge the audience into a chilling sound world of tension, fear and unease.

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