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Claudio Simonetti (Goblin) Interview

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Goblin Claudio Simonetti Interview

If you have ever watched a seminal 1980s horror film then the chances are that you have heard the work of Claudio Simonetti, most probably as part of the band Goblin.

If you are a real horror-geek, then there is a very good chance that you have bought or at least listened to a Goblin soundtrack.

Goblin were an Italian progressive rock band who basically defined the horror soundtrack in Europe for the late 70s and 80s using progressive rock and experimental synthesizer techniques. They became famous for working with director Dario Argento and composed the classic and influential soundtrack for Profondo Rosso (1975) and Susperia (1977).

Their success led them to work with George A. Romero and Goblin composed the soundtrack to ‘Dawn of the Dead‘ (1978)

Simonetti was born in Brazil and joined Goblin as the keyboard player when they were performing under the name ‘Cherry Five’. He stayed with the band until they disbanded (for the first time, they would later reunite for film scores or gigs) in 1979. After Goblin split, Simonetti continued to score films and also became involved in wide ranging projects from producing disco tracks to setting up a heavy metal band.

The interview below is taken from a Red Bull music academy session where Claudio Simonetti is interviewed for nearly 2 hours (!) on his career, his horror soundtracks, his disco career and much more.

The discussion also involves Claudio Simonetti playing some of his most famous compositions, as well as some of the more obscure tracks.

Simonetti gives insights on how certain soundtracks were composed and what instruments were used to create the sounds and effects – for example, he reveals that in order to create the famous synth sounds in Susperia the Moog that they needed was so big it had to be hired. He also talks about how a mellotron and bouzouki were used on the Susperia score.

“Dario asked us to write the music so the audience always feels like the witches are there, even if there are no witches on screen.” – Claudio Simonetti.

“I think that Susperia is Goblin’s masterpiece” – Claudio Simonetti.

He also talks about his background growing up in Brazil, and reveals many anecdotes about his career, including how he ended up working with George Romero, and how he got into disco and became a disco producer.

This is will satisfy enthusiasts and newcomers alike, and Simoncetti discusses how many of the sounds were made, especially in an era where samplers were not an option.

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