Daniel Licht – composer

Daniel James Licht (March 13, 1957 – August 2, 2017) was an American soundtrack composer and musician, best known for writing the score of Showtime TV series Dexter. Daniel Licht grew up in Detroit and …

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Pino Donaggio – film composer

Giuseppe “Pino” Donaggio (born 24 November 1941) is an Italian musician and film composer. A classically-trained violinist, Donaggio is best known for his collaborations with American director Brian De Palma, scoring films such as Carrie, Dressed to Kill, Body Double, and Raising …

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Stelvio Cipriani – composer

Stelvio Cipriani – born 20 August 1937, in Rome, died 1 October 2018 – was an Italian composer, mostly of movie soundtracks, many of which were for genre films, including, horror, giallo …

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Robert le Diable – opera

Robert le Diable (translation: “Robert the Devil”) is an 1831 opera in five acts composed by Giacomo Meyerbeer from a libretto written by Eugène Scribe and Germain Delavigne. Robert le …

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Balzac – rock band

Balzac (typeset as BALZAC) is a Japanese punk band formed in 1992 in Kyoto. The band was founded by singer and songwriter Hirosuke Nishiyama, who has remained the only constant …

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Stalaggh, Gulaggh – rock band

Stalaggh, later to be re-named Gulaggh, are a musical collective with their foundations in the metal scene but which soon evolved to be a far more avant-garde unit incorporating disturbing …

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Misfits – rock band

The Misfits are an American rock band often recognised as the progenitors of the horror punk sub-genre, blending punk rock and other musical influences with horror film themes and imagery. …

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Brian May – composer

Brian May (28 July 1934 – 25 April 1997) was an Australian film composer. His best known scores are those for Mad Max and Mad Max 2, though he composed …

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Jack the Ripper – song

Jack the Ripper is a song written by Clarence Stacy, his brother Charles Stacy, Walter Haggin and Joe Simmons. It was first recorded by Clarence Stacy in 1961, arranged by Lor …

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Les Baxter – composer

Les Baxter (March 14, 1922 – January 15, 1996) was an American musician and composer. Although he is best known as a practitioner of exotica music, he also scored several …

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Elisabeth Lutyens – composer

(Agnes) Elisabeth Lutyens (9 July 1906 – 14 April 1983) was an English composer of classical music but is best known for her contribution for scores to horror films throughout the 1960’s. Born …

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Riz Ortolani – film composer

Riziero “Riz” Ortolani was an Italian film composer. Born on 25 March 1926, he died in Rome, on 23 January 2014. In the early 1950s, Ortolani began his musical career as a founder …

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Fabio Frizzi – musician and composer

Fabio Frizzi is an Italian musician and composer. Born in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, on July 2, 1951, Frizzi is best known for his film scores and work for television. A frequent collaborator with the director Lucio Fulci, his horror …

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Theremin – musical instrument

The theremin is an early electronic musical instrument, controlled without physical contact from the player. It was originally also known as the ætherphone, etherphone, thereminophone, termenvox or thereminvox, In the 1950s, the emergence of science fiction movies as mass …

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Armando Trovajoli – composer

Armando Trovajoli composed over three hundred film scores from the early 1950s up until as recently as 2010. Amongst his most famous works are Marriage, Italian Style (one of several …

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Goblin – rock band

Goblin is an Italian progressive rock band formed from the ashes of two bands, Oliver and Cherry Five, by keyboardist Claudio Simonetti (born in 1952 in São Paulo), guitarist Massimo Morante (born in 1952 in Rome), …

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Basil Kirchin – composer

In England, jazz drummer Basil Kirchin had established himself as a reliable hand to bandleaders such as Ted Heath, belting out resolutely British jazz stylings to 1950s ‘cats’. Although his …

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