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The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Postby Micke » Thu Nov 29, 2007 8:06 pm

Enjoy :)

The video clips are listed in chronological order:

Movie/Composer/production year

Logan's Run (Jerry Goldsmith, 1976)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0Amt30_QVQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WUUnc1M0TA

Assault on precinct 13 (John Carpenter, 1976)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Q4y1tnp8gUk
Killer synth score!

The Sorcerer (Tangerine dream, 1977)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=CKm6E2ypYFg

Suspiria (Goblin, 1977)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVZLoWb6nJs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXpb3uUt ... re=related

The Blood Stained Shadow aka Solamente Nero (Goblin, 1977)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoc3_gxqYy0

Halloween slide show ( featuring John Carpenter's original 1978 theme)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=MMWt7CkF98s

Dawn of the dead aka Zombi (Goblin, 1978)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=gZB7JLgpHoI

Midnight Express (Giorgio Moroder, 1978)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDFksEN5 ... re=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmNH1e8yqdY

Invasion of the body snatchers (Danny Zeitlin, 1978)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=mTSR6bu0Nq0
Interesting interview with composer Denny Zeitlin:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=VNUW95kKKs8&feature=related

Phantasm (Fred Myrow, 1979)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxBx6cv- ... re=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euwt7unaXjw

The Fog (John Carpenter, 1979)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=vkqN1Yq6XCc
http://youtube.com/watch?v=ayaY8fB0cR8
(the sound effect that's heard when the priest's soul leaves
his body was done by Frank Serafine on a Prophet 5 rev 2).

The Warriors (Barry De Vorzon, 1979)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpHBQbaDHkk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEpPnh5UHeE

Star trek: the motion picture - Trailer (1979):
http://youtube.com/watch?v=dwivz3gECus
the sound effects heard throughout this trailer were done by Alan Howarth
using a Prophet 5 rev 2 (on four tracks) plus an Arp Avatar.

The Shining (Wendy Carlos, 1978-80)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=EoHm6UywRTw

City Of the living dead (Fabio Frizzi, 1980)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=gZcz8sDNJ04

Doctor Who - Meglos soundtrack (Peter Howell & Paddy Kingsland, 1980)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sadjKenE0jk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eICSJf4Z2YI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XdafOKPUdc

The Boogeyman (Synthe-Sound-Trax, 1980):
http://youtube.com/watch?v=A9tBxVqQnIo
http://youtube.com/watch?v=_Be4rdeVnn8&feature=related

Maniac (Jay Chattaway, 1980):
http://youtube.com/watch?v=NcZew9lFAgY

Contamination (Goblin, 1980)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=RLy4ciYLGHI

h**l Night (Dan Wyman, 1981)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=WK89XlOUWms

Escape from New York (John Carpenter & Alan Howarth, 1981)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=WQF1EdHl0JA (opening theme)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=ckvDo2JHB7o

Inseminoid (John Scott, 1981)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=pVnG15foHUM
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Yo0RIqtETp0

Tenebrae (Claudio Simonetti/Goblin, 1982)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=R5wKppxpwK0

The Thing (Ennio Morricone % John Carpenter, 1982)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=NlK2Y6vN5Ow

Bladerunner (Vangelis, 1982)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJrOVLEUBgw

Knight Rider (Stu Philips, 1982)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZffqanrFE8Q&feature=related

Creepshow (John Harrison, 1982)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGEj7UUZ ... re=related

1990: The Bronx Warriors (Walter Rizzati, 1982)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuYmMLVkTSw

Halloween III intro & montage (John Carpenter & Alan Howarth, 1982):
http://youtube.com/watch?v=qc-BQfvn6BM
http://youtube.com/watch?v=XBP4VsWVpzg

Airwolf (Sylvester Levay, 1983)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=ijQ7kHfrRt0

Exterminator II (David Spear, 1984)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=AEjSBGKgyc0
(this is the only soundtrack that I know of that was entirely done on a DX-7 and a drum machine)

Phenomena aka Creepers (Claudio Simonetti, 1985)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=4Mk6EjlATp4

Retribution (Alan Howarth, 1986)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=wFUEO9XL6hU

Prince Of Darkness (John Carpenter & Alan Howarth, 1987)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=D5I3Lt8PwyQ
Last edited by Micke on Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:12 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Postby xpander » Thu Nov 29, 2007 8:49 pm

nice! i would also add some of the stellar electronics in Donnie Darko, and stray to television for the evil, eerie warmth that is the opening to the 1980's Tales from the Darkside series, i think that was John Harrison, too. and also, the entire Wendy Carlos soundtrack to A Clockwork Orange, maybe that's too obvious for the list.
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Postby PolarAC » Thu Nov 29, 2007 8:55 pm

xpander wrote: and stray to television for the evil, eerie warmth that is the opening to the 1980's Tales from the Darkside series,


That whole opening intro/theme use to freak me out when I was a kid. Very effective till this day.
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Postby Micke » Thu Nov 29, 2007 9:00 pm

xpander wrote:nice! i would also add some of the stellar electronics in Donnie Darko, and stray to television for the evil, eerie warmth that is the opening to the 1980's Tales from the Darkside series, i think that was John Harrison, too. and also, the entire Wendy Carlos soundtrack to A Clockwork Orange, maybe that's too obvious for the list.


Yep, "Tales..." was John Harrison too.

It was my intention to include Clockwork orange as the first video clip but alas I didn't find any clip featuring Wendy's synth score.

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Postby Micke » Thu Nov 29, 2007 9:12 pm

Darn

I forgot these...

The Terminator (Brad Fiedel, 1984)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=NJpqiDKqyWI

The Hitcher (Mark Isham, 1986)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=0psb2oKEfUc

Also worthy of mention are Apocalypse Now (C.Coppola, 1979), The Burning (Rick Wakeman, 1981), Cat People (Giorgio Moroder, 1982) and Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Giorgio Moroder, 1983), Thief (Tangerine Dream, 1980).
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Postby SubliminalEffect » Thu Nov 29, 2007 9:30 pm

off the top of my head, two favorites from the early eighties that come to mind are:

Thief (1981) - Tangerine Dream
i think this was a landmark for their soundtracks. the first one with a more modern, cutting sound. yeah, there's a lot guitar on it but The Beach Theme makes up for it. director Michael Mann has used a lot of great music in his work since, as well.

The Hunger (1983) - Michael Rubini
a movie renowned for its stylishness with a soundtrack to match that opens with Bauhaus' Bela Lugosi's Dead and Peter Murphy penned in a cage then mixes in a combination of Schubert and some prominently abstract electronic cues. this was directed by Tony Scott (brother of Ridley whose movies should require no enumeration to fans of good soundtracks). composer Rubini also went on to create the soundtrack for Michael Mann's Manhunter (the Hannibal Lecter debut) a few years later.
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Postby Tardis » Thu Nov 29, 2007 9:58 pm

Three O'Clock High(Tangerine Dream, 1987)
Firestarter, (Tangerine Dream, 1984)
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Postby xpander » Thu Nov 29, 2007 10:06 pm

PolarAC wrote:
xpander wrote: and stray to television for the evil, eerie warmth that is the opening to the 1980's Tales from the Darkside series,


That whole opening intro/theme use to freak me out when I was a kid. Very effective till this day.


yep- the opening credits are a masterpiece in horror. my inclination is to go on for pages about those credits, that's my film schooling peaking through...
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Postby Synthprophet » Thu Nov 29, 2007 10:24 pm

I really liked the clip with Giorgio Moroder from a German TV interview, thanks for the links 8)
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Postby kk994 » Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:07 pm

Wow Micke.... thats unbelievable... keep me busy for hours :)

I've been trying to think of the film that has the Tonto in it.... maybe my brain is fried but I remember phantom of the opera and the tonto... maybe I'm wrong.
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Postby rjd2 » Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:29 pm

dude, this is seriously badass and also VERY PSYCHIC of you...

ever since i watched logan's run for the 8th time about amonth ago, i have been meaning to start a thread about electronic music movie soundtracks for the purpose of catalogging them for ppl to reference. you basically completed the whole shebang single-handedly. awesome, there are a few goblin flicks i wasnt aware of in there. im on it!
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Postby Micke » Fri Nov 30, 2007 12:24 am

You're welcome guys :)

Here's more cool stuff from back in the day...

Zombi 2 aka Zombi Flesh Eaters (Fabio Frizzi, 1979)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=achZa4nJQIg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3thbT3wq7JE

Scanners (Howard Shore, 1980)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHSgXkBPrmg

Flash Gordon (Queen, 1980)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh8KVG8j68I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcw0uwisXe0

Cannibal Ferox (Budy - Maglione, 1981)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zKjV8btSwE

Das Boot (Klaus Doldinger, 1981)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ9d7hVo3Ro

Antarctica (Vangelis, 1983) - opening
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w0Xy_6WIY0

Scarface (Giorgio Moroder, 1983)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLMy1Iaaorg

Merry christmas Mr. Lawrence (Ryuichi Sakamoto, 1983)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrPJLqcW2XA

Nightmare on Elm Street (Charles Bernstein, 1984)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Adgp0v_mfTk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lFnw1ZYbDE

Buckaroo Banzai (Michael Boddicker, 1984)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WzB1Rtr7Q0

Runaway (Jerry Goldsmith, 1984) - Trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCZY9Z6WvSY

Day Of The Dead (John Harrison, 1985)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sojbsiWp ... re=related

They Live (John Carpenter & Alan Howarth, 1988)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERpnshyq ... re=related
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Postby RobotHeroes » Fri Nov 30, 2007 12:37 am

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Postby Johnny Lenin » Fri Nov 30, 2007 1:08 am

and the very first all-electronic movie score...

Forbidden Planet
http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZIuc1_Qg4A8
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Postby Micke » Fri Nov 30, 2007 1:19 am

kk994 wrote:Wow Micke.... thats unbelievable... keep me busy for hours :)

I've been trying to think of the film that has the Tonto in it.... maybe my brain is fried but I remember phantom of the opera and the tonto... maybe I'm wrong.


The title of the film you're thinking of is Phantom Of The Paradise (1974)

Here's a clip showing the main character "playing" the Tonto:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxBZmr9DlZU
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