Alan Howarth is an American composer and sound designer who is best known for his work on film scores, particularly those of John Carpenter. He was born on August 6, 1948, in Greenwich, Connecticut, United States.
Howarth started his career in music in the 1970s, working as a synthesizer player and sound engineer for various rock bands, including Pink Floyd and The Doors. He met John Carpenter in 1976 and began working with him on the film "Halloween" in 1978. Howarth worked on the sound effects and music for the film, and went on to collaborate with Carpenter on several other films, including "Escape from New York" and "Big Trouble in Little China".
In addition to his work with Carpenter, Howarth has composed music for other films, including "Ghoulies", "Prince of Darkness", and "Retribution". He has also released several albums of his own music, including "Battlesynth" and "The Lost Empire".
Howarth is known for his use of synthesizers and electronic music in his compositions, and has been influential in the development of the genre of electronic music in film scores. He has won several awards for his work, including a Saturn Award for Best Music for "Escape from New York" in 1982.
Today, Howarth continues to work on film scores and is also involved in the video game industry, creating sound effects and music for games such as "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" and "The Thing".