Alan Howarth is a film composer and sound-designer. He’s created the soundtracks for many science-fiction and horror films and TV shows and might be best known, at least in some circles, for a long-running set of collaborations with John Carpenter, sometimes assisting Carpenter in creating scores and sometimes (as with Halloween III) taking over the main composing role. He’s also been called on to create special effects and sound design for dozens of shows and movies.
He recently showcased much of that material in a great live album and has regularly performed solo shows demonstrating the famous soundtrack cues from his vast musical CV.
Here he creates a different sort of soundtrack, calling on many of his same skills of course. Indigo RA is a guided meditation – the narration is led by Darlene Diane. Across the album’s opening few tracks you’ll be told to shake your chakras, let the third eye receive a penetrating light and to relax down deep into letting go the stresses of the day. I’m not making light of it – I’ve sat with it and used it and I like it. But I feel like meditation practices are not for me to review – and it’s also not what drew me to this album.
So, for the first 15 minutes you are guided through the meditation with Howarth’s music a background, supporting player.
Then you are handed over to the music as deeper meditation guide, a 40 minute display of pianos and deep synths to envelop you. If you’re a fan of horror score, or Howarth’s contribution to music in general, and you’re not in for the whole guided meditation caper, you can skip through to the title track, the sixth piece on the album and let it waft over you from there.
It’s a gorgeous and calming set of mood-sounds. There are some calm-beore-storm moments (Tibetan Crystal) that could be taken direct from a movie score, but nothing is ever abrasive. This is music to drift off to, if you’re a troubled sleeper or – like me – you just like having music to take you off on that journey, I’d thoroughly recommend this warm and relaxing sonic ride.