The soundtrack to the movie that launched John Carpenter’s career gets a deluxe reissue.

Dark Star started life as a film school project, and with the help of classmate and co-screenwriter Dan O’Bannon, Carpenter was able to expand his black comedy sci-fi for a feature-length release in 1974, launching his dual careers in filmmaking and composition. Some 40 years on, the cult soundtrack to Dark Star has been remastered for reissue by the gloriously named We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want.

Incidental music, sound effects, John Carpenter’s synth experimentations, dialogue excerpts, and vintage interferences extracted directly from the film roll are split into two tracks, one on each side of 12″, as per the original release. The package also features a beach-ball alien 7″ (red with a yellow label circled in black) pressed with three additional tracks, endless loops of sound effects from the movie, and a hidden bonus track.

Housed within “slick thermosteller striggering packaging with a brand new artwork and invisible hyperdrive electronics”, the record is limited to 500 copies.

Watch the film’s trailer below. Carpenter is currently working on four TV shows and is set to make his live debut at ATP Iceland in 2016. [via The Vinyl Factory]

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A – Music, Sound Effects And Dialogue Excerpts Part 1 (Remastered) 25:10
B – Music, Sound Effects And Dialogue Excerpts Part 2 (Remastered) 25:51

A1 – Martin Segundo And The Scintilla Strings “When Twilight Falls On NGC 891”
A2 – Alan Howarth – Doolittle’s Solo (Remake)
A3 – Loop #1
A4 – Loop #2
B1 – Dominik Hauser – Benson Arizona (Remake)
B2 – Very Secret Hidden Bonus Track
B3 – Loop #3
B3 – Loop #4



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