I'm going to get back to my top 11 film list, but I'm interrupting it for the standout music of 2012, which was really a bunch of reissues of stuff that wasn't so readily available before (and because most of these reissues are limited, the music will continue to be not readily available in a few years).
Andrzej Korzyński - Possession (Finders Keepers)
The recent interest in the cinema of Andrzej Żuławski is a joke, but as far as it goes, Possession
is probably this halfwit auteur's pretentious masterpiece, a risible prime example of Eurotrash art horror. Although the film oeuvre deserves to stay forgotten, Korzyński's electo-orchestral score is brilliant, and certainly the best argument for the director's faddish resurgence.
One of the top 5 horror scores of all time. It doesn't get any better than the choral cues on this record.
John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Halloween III: Season of the Witch (Death Waltz)
Forget how shitty the movie is and how disappointed you were upon first seeing it; this is the best score Carpenter ever did. With Howarth as his co-composer this time around.
Pierre Schaeffer - Le Trièdre fertile (Mego - Recollection GRM)
Really, the whole line of GRM electronic reissues should be on here, but my favorite so far is Schaeffer's first and only fully synthesized album. At a proper volume, his tones will turn your skeletal structure to warm honey. The sound quality of these LPs is as good as you'll ever hear.
Tod Dockstader - Electronic, Vol. 1 (Mordant Music)
Dockstader's never made a bad album. He's one of the best electronic composers, always creating a full aural environment. Here he proves himself to be one the best composers of library music, too.