Pro­fondo Rosso Live Score

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21 Fe­bru­ary, Bar­bican Hall, Lon­don Clau­dio Si­mon­etti’s Goblin are com­ing back to the UK to per­form their clas­sic sound­tracks

Acore mem­ber of Ital­ian prog band Goblin, key­boardist Clau­dio Si­mon­etti worked with hor­ror direc­tor Dario Ar­gento on many sound­tracks – most fa­mously op­er­atic shocker Sus­piria. Re­cently, live- score screen­ings around Bri­tain treated au­di­ences to the sight of Si­mon­etti recre­at­ing the score’s weird, gut­tural “witch” vo­cals. “I break my throat!” Si­mon­etti laughs. “It’s not easy to be a witch!” Strep­sils won’t be re­quired on the rider when Si­mon­etti’s band re­turn though; this time they’ll be play­ing along to Ar­gento’s 1975 thriller Pro­fondo Rosso ( aka Deep Red). As his first sound­track, it holds a spe­cial place in the mu­si­cian’s heart.

“Dario [ wanted] a rock sound,” he ex­plains. “He asked the pro­ducer, ‘ I’d like to call Deep Pur­ple, Pink Floyd, ELP…,’ but he said, ‘ Be­fore you go there I’d like you to meet th­ese young guys I’m pro­duc­ing ’. So we were very lucky.”

Goblin fans can ex­pect a faith­ful recre­ation. But don’t ex­pect ex­actly the same in­stru­men­ta­tion – it’d be tricky to trans­port…

“I used a real church or­gan with 15,000 pipes. We recorded the sound­track in one of the big­gest stu­dios in Rome [ Or­to­phonic]. It’s un­der this big church, so they had the chance to record the or­gan from the church to the stu­dio. When I learned this I said, ‘ Wow, we have to use it!’”

The re­sults were phe­nom­e­nally suc­cess­ful. “We sold a mil­lion al­bums in 10 months, and were top of the chart for 15 weeks. We couldn’t be­lieve it, cos though we had a lot of prog bands in Italy, it was un­der­ground.”

That was four decades ago now, and in the in­ter­ven­ing years, Goblin’s renown has grown and grown. “If you’d told me in 1975 that in 40 years it’d be more fa­mous than now I’d have laughed! It’s in­cred­i­ble.” http:// bit. ly/ Bar­bicanGoblin 15 March

Game Of Thrones, Red Dwarf, At­lantis and Doc­tor Who are among the shows rep­re­sented at the Not­ting­ham con.

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