Lito Velasco and Primitivo Productions have produced a score CD for Nathan Thomas Milliner’s short film The Confession of Fred Krueger, which stars Kevin Roach as the title character and premiered at HorrorHound Weekend in Indianapolis on Friday, September 11th. Titled KILLING INNOCENCE: THE BIRTH OF A MONSTER, the 45-minute CD is available ONLY as a Limited Release through the composer’s page: https://www.facebook.com/HollywoodLito
An actor, producer, writer, and composer known for his work on projects affiliated with the horror genre, Velasco has helped create documentaries on the original Scream, Return of the Living Dead, and co-starred in the upcoming slasher, All Through the House. But it’s contribution to endeavors affiliated with the Elm Street franchise that he is most recognized for: he co-produced the award-winning documentary, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, and edited the definitive book on the film by author Thommy Hutson, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy – The Making of Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street.
As a composer, Lito’s previous works include composing the Main Titles for More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead as well as the score for the Hellraiser-themed documentary, Leviathan- The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II, which can currently be ordered on CD from www.darkdelicacies.com and as Digital Download from CDBaby.com and iTunes. His upcoming projects include scoring Mark Patton’s documentary, Scream, Queen: My Nightmare on Elm Street, as well as writing music for Gary Smart’s forthcoming You’re So Cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night.
For a sample of the Confession score, go to the official Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheConfessionofFredKrueger) or find the sample video on Lito’s page (http://www.Facebook.com/HollywoodLito). The music is a labor of love and aspiration that Lito, a lifelong Nightmare fan, dreamt of fulfilling for nearly his whole life.
After approaching composer Charles Bernstein to explain his vision for the score and receiving his blessing to proceed, Lito made it his mission to create a score that would pay homage but break new ground as something both familiar and new: one that would deconstruct the music Nightmare fans adored in the original film and piece it together again into something that was evolving, as the title character does, into something monstrous…and nightmarish.
Of his approach, Velasco says, “I wanted to do for Krueger what David Arnold did for Bond in Casino Royale.” Lito continues with a laugh, “Don’t get me wrong: I don’t think my score is nearly as sublime as Arnold’s. But I think the intention to approach the classic Nightmare theme and harmonies is very much in the same vein as what David did: I’ve used hints of Charles’ technique, similar sounds, and tried to capture the spirit of his original and classic work.”
Substituting the classic “Ring Around the Rosie” motif for the Bernstein-penned Nightmare nursery rhyme as well as creating various new leitmotifs for characters and situations within the film, Velasco’s score also features a new theme that will elicit the feeling of the theme he sought to deconstruct.
“By basing the score in the key of d-minor and utilizing many ‘neighbor tones’ as well as the core of the minor triad as Charles did, it’s my hope that I’ve fashioned something that will strike listeners as recognizable even though it’s all new material: the flavor of Bernstein with the hallmarks of my own compositional approach.“
The end result is Charles Bernstein-inspired but completely original music for Nightmare fans. Those interested in acquiring a copy of the CD can contact Lito directly via Facebook or Twitter (http://www.Twitter.com/HollywoodLito): CD’s are $10 + $4.50 shipping (Tracked 1st Class Mail) and will be mailed on approximately September 16th.
Lito simply hopes that his work on Confession did what he wanted it to: “My job as composer is to support the work of the director, cast, and crew without drawing too much attention to itself. To help them tell their story while also affecting the viewer subconsciously. My goal was to do those things while also paying homage and respect to the legacy of Wes, Charles, Robert, Heather, and everyone who helped make this eternally-classic film. Without those people, I wouldn’t be doing what I do for a living. I owe them so much…I hope that this musical love letter conveys that sentiment.
“Sweet dreams, everyone.”