Josh Stockinger of DailyHerald.com recently spoke to ROB ZOMBIE/ex-MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5 about the songwriting process for the score for Zombie‘s latest horror film, “The Lords Of Salem”.
“Rob would give me direction, like, ‘I want it to sound like this, or I want it to sound like that,'” John, whose real name is John Lowery, said. “It’s very primitive, not your everyday-sounding instruments. I would use a violin bow across an acoustic guitar or clank on things or use other odd musical instruments. Then, of course, you have your bassoons and french horns and everything under the sun for other parts of the score. It’s very unorthodox, if you will, but it really was a lot of fun. It was a lot of work and it was a big challenge. It turned out amazing, though. I’m very proud of it; that’s for sure.”
He added, “I wanted the theme of this movie to be very simple, like ‘Jaws’ or ‘Halloween’ — something that’s so easy to remember. When you see the movie, you’ll understand what I’m talking about. I really wanted to concentrate on the simple things that ring in your head. I wanted to do something easy in that sense so people could remember it and hopefully have fun with it.”
Asked if he had a lot of visual elements to work with, the guitarist said, “We [John 5 and producer Griffin Boice] would get visuals, or we would get a scene or two and just go off of it from there. It’s really amazing when you see a shot with nothing there and then create this sound. It’s pretty incredible to see how it all comes to life.
“It’s funny, the power of music. I was watching ‘Dracula’, the 1931 version with Bela Lugosi, and the only music you hear is at the very beginning of the credits. There’s not one other piece of music; it’s all silent. It’s unbelievable and it’s very effective, too.”
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