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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by Romannis1972 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:01 pm

Micke wrote:Yeah I noticed that too. The one seen in the film looks somewhat different though.
Seems its missing the 6 patchpoints on the right like this one:
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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:22 pm

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Micke wrote:Yeah I noticed that too. The one seen in the film looks somewhat different though.
Seems its missing the 6 patchpoints on the right like this one:
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These are modifications for individual audio outputs. Mine has them on the back, along with six individual trigger outputs (Simmons SDS-6, anybody?). The one shown in the film is the second incarnation of the EKO Compute Rhythm, built between 1973 and 1975 (the same model was used by Jean Michel Jarre and Manuel Göttsching -- who had originally purchased it from Chris Franke of TD). The one pictured above is the final production model from ca. 1977. This one has an altered enclosure.

Has Howard Shore´s score to David Cronenberg´s "Scanners" been mentioned already? Sounds like there´s a lot of EMS and other analogue goodness on it. And how about Craig Safan´s "The Warning Sign" which sounds like a demo album for a Synclavier 2 to me.

Oh, Michael Hoenig´s "The Blob" score from 1988 is full of Synclavier, too.

How about the German rendition of "Captain Future"?

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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by Romannis1972 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:21 pm

Thanks for the info Stephen! I'd love to get my hands on one!!
I love the way MG used it on both New Age Of Earth and Blackouts. So tasteful!!
Is it an easy piece to use?

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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:59 pm

Romannis1972 wrote:Thanks for the info Stephen! I'd love to get my hands on one!!
I love the way MG used it on both New Age Of Earth and Blackouts. So tasteful!!
Is it an easy piece to use?
Yes, very. Just push some buttons and listen to the rhythm it produces :). To make things even weirder, you can alter the number of steps used on the fly to produce extremely odd time signatures. Sometimes it will even play itself...

You can also program some very straightforward rhythm into it, e. g. "E2-E4" by Manuel Göttsching or "Equinoxe 4" by Jarre. The weirdest track it was used on certainly was "I bin a Domina" by, erm, Die Dominas...

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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by Micke » Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:10 am

ppg_wavecomputer wrote:
Has Howard Shore´s score to David Cronenberg´s "Scanners" been mentioned already? Sounds like there´s a lot of EMS and other analogue goodness on it. Stephen
Howard told me some years ago that "Scanners" was mostly Prophet 5 as far as he could remember.
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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:56 am

Micke wrote:
ppg_wavecomputer wrote:
Has Howard Shore´s score to David Cronenberg´s "Scanners" been mentioned already? Sounds like there´s a lot of EMS and other analogue goodness on it. Stephen
Howard told me some years ago that "Scanners" was mostly Prophet 5 as far as he could remember.
Really? Wow! The last instrument I would have thought of when listening to the abstract, "weird" stuff.

Should keep the Prophet and sell the EMS to raise funds for a Serge I guess ;).

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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by Micke » Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:02 pm

ppg_wavecomputer wrote:
Oh, Michael Hoenig´s "The Blob" score from 1988 is full of Synclavier, too.


Stephen
Yes, Hoenig's score is full of Synclavier and lots of other synths, too.

Here's an excerpt from the CD liner notes:
"The score to The Blob featured the absolute latest in synthesis and sampling technology at the time. "The thing that made it all possible, "Michael reveals, "was the Synclavier.
It was an incredible composition tool, that also served as a sound generator as well as a sampling powerhouse. Though it's MIDI interface it also controlled all the other synthesizers
and keyboards in the studio. Poly sampling was available, but there were no sample libraries like there are today. You had to record everything from scratch and work exclusively
with custom samples. Along with the Synclavier, I used a whole array of customized synthesizers, an Oberheim DPX-1, an Oberheim Four Voice, a Matrix-12, a Minimoog, heavily
modified DX-7's, a Prophet VS and pretty much every toy I had available at the time."





http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m2wt4 ... 1_1280.png
Michael Hoenig in his studio, circa 1987.
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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by Micke » Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:15 pm

ppg_wavecomputer wrote:
Micke wrote:
ppg_wavecomputer wrote:
Has Howard Shore´s score to David Cronenberg´s "Scanners" been mentioned already? Sounds like there´s a lot of EMS and other analogue goodness on it. Stephen
Howard told me some years ago that "Scanners" was mostly Prophet 5 as far as he could remember.
Really? Wow! The last instrument I would have thought of when listening to the abstract, "weird" stuff.

Should keep the Prophet and sell the EMS to raise funds for a Serge I guess ;).

Stephen
Yep, but I just found an old post on Analogue Heaven where some guy says he read somewhere that the synths used on "Scanners" included
a Prophet 5 and ARP 2600. That could very well be true, don't you think?
Maybe Mr. Shore just forgot about the 2600 when I asked him about it.

Someone has posted the complete score on youtube:
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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by Romannis1972 » Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:41 pm

Micke wrote:
Yep, but I just found an old post on Analogue Heaven where some guy says he's read somewhere that the synths used on "Scanners" included
a Prophet 5 and ARP 2600. That could very well be true, don't you think?
Maybe Mr. Shore just forgot about the 2600 when I asked him about it.

Someone has posted the complete score on youtube:
Pretty awesome the dl link for mediafire is in the description 8-) :roll:

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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by forcedopinion » Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:00 am

Any idea what a "heavily modified DX7" would consist of?

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Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:50 pm

Has Klaus Doldinger´s score to "Das Boot" been mentioned already?

Fairlight CMI II, Prophet 5, Mini Moog, Emu 1...

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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by Micke » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:48 pm

Oh yeah, that's a great score. I already mentioned it on the very first page of this thread but that was back in 2007, how time flies :shock:

Here's the single version of the main theme:



Not sure if there's any Emulator 1 on there but Klaus confirmed to me years ago that he used the other ones you mention on this score.

I also very much like the stuff Doldinger did with Passport as well as his solo album "Constellation" (1983).
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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by tim gueguen » Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:54 am

Some more from the TV side of things, the opening and closing themes to the first season of the 1988 TV series War of the Worlds. The series was a sequel to the 1953 George Pal movie.




These were composed by Billy Thorpe. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Thorpe

Unfortunately I can't find a listenable copy of the season 2 opening and closing themes. Like Space: 1999 more than a decade earlier the series had large, and pretty much entirely unexplained, changes for the second season, and had a new theme, written by Canadian musician Fred Mollin.
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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by Carey M » Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:42 am

ppg_wavecomputer wrote:Klaus Doldinger
Being well aware of his other achievements, but still.. everytime I hear his name... all I can think of... is Josef Matula getting his a*s kicked and this brilliant little theme:



If anyone has this on a 7", I want it. Also, Josef Matula RIP.

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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by severen » Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:25 am

Micke wrote:Oh yeah, that's a great score. I already mentioned it on the very first page of this thread but that was back in 2007, how time flies :shock:

Here's the single version of the main theme:



Not sure if there's any Emulator 1 on there but Klaus confirmed to me years ago that he used the other ones you mention on this score.

I also very much like the stuff Doldinger did with Passport as well as his solo album "Constellation" (1983).

great watery sound
That flanged(phase?) percurssion is very impressive
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