Lakeshore Records is set to release the soundtrack for The Stairs, the independent horror film released by Cinedigm. The score by BC Smith (Smoke Signals, Skins), utilizes both acoustic and electronic instrumentation that subtly adds to the different characters and events in the film—a range that spans from idyllic to horrific. The album will be available digitally August 13. Cinedigm and Fathom Events will screen the film in theaters for one night only on August 12.
A frightening tale about a group of hikers hunted by a sinister presence in the woods. Twenty years after the mysterious disappearance of an 11-year-old boy and his grandfather, a group of friends find themselves along the same trail, unaware of a long-forgotten evil lurking just beyond the tree line. What started as a week-long adventure with friends, quickly turns into a terrifying fight for survival as they come face to face with the thing that nightmares are made of.
Directed by Peter "Drago" Tiemann, The Stairs blends the sweeping natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest with the stomach-churning gore of Hollywood, in this modern-day monster movie. Written by Tiemann and Jason L Lowe, both men took on additional roles for the film; Tiemann Producing and Lowe working as an Executive Producer. Also Produced by Amanda Rae Jones, with additional Executive Producers Andrew Nevils, Christopher Hill & Amy Bovenkamp, John Kritsonis, Karl Lindor, Thomas Lowe, Wesley Barker and Scott Riefler.
Says Smith: “Scoring The Stairs was a creative joy. There is nothing normal or ordinary about what the characters encounter which proved fabulous inspiration for the music. The characters struggle to comprehend what they’re seeing and the music helps to subliminally enhance that uncertainty, absurdity and terror.
The Stairs represent a malignant evil, incongruous to the serenity of the forest. The score adopts that metaphor by using sounds that don’t normally go together like acoustic guitars and modular synthesizers, or sounds that seem familiar but actually something else entirely.”
ABOUT BC SMITH... From his first film score, Chris Eyre and Sherman Alexie’s SMOKE SIGNALS (Sundance Film Festival Audience Award & Filmmaker Trophy winner), to horror master Tobe Hooper’s final film DJINN, to Steven Cantor’s Hulu documentary BALLET NOW, composer BC Smith’s unique talent as a musical storyteller has enhanced an incredibly diverse and eclectic collection of films.
Whether working with modular synthesizers, orchestras, multifarious ensembles, peyote singers, or bespoke electronics, BC is one of those rare composers not bound by genre or convention. He approaches each movie from its own unique perspective to create an original sonic pallet and score that is truly born from the film’s characters and story.
Notable projects include Chris Eyre’s award-winning films, SKINS, EDGE OF AMERICA and the Robert Redford produced Tony Hillerman detective series (THIEF OF TIME, SKINWALKERS, and COYOTE WAITS), MGM’s MOD SQUAD, the John Cusack and Emma Roberts starred ADULT WORLD, AMANDA AND JACK GO GLAMPING staring Amy Acker and David Arquette, and Netflix’s Ryan Koo drama AMATEUR.
His love of pushing boundaries has led to his ongoing collaboration with Nine Inch Nails / How To Destroy Angels multi-instrumentalist Alessandro Cortini under the nom de guerre ACBC. Winners of a bronze Clio and silver Eurobest Cannes Lion for their music, their international projects include Gus Van Sant and Martin Werner directed campaigns for BMW, the award-winning 8-part Woodkid directed films for Rihanna’s album ANTI and the firefighting documentary BURN, winner of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Audience Award.
Recent projects include scores for director Cornelia Duryée’s autism drama LANGUAGE ARTS and 2020 SXSW premiere HOOD RIVER for director Steven Cantor and producer Robert Rodriquez and sci-fi thriller THE STAIRS for director Peter “Drago” Tiemann.
BC is also an accomplished amateur magician, specializing in close up magic with purportedly haunted artifacts. (Come for the card tricks…stay for the demon summoning). He is a member of the Academy of Magical Arts world-famous Magic Castle and the co-creator of Two Headed Dreams, a streaming magic experience that premiered Sept 2020 and featured some of the world's best magicians including Zabrecky, Penn & Teller and Michael Carbonaro.
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