The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by Micke » Sat Jul 20, 2013 9:30 pm

We who are into synth heavy movie soundtracks have quite some interesting stuff to look forward too!

As far as I know the following scores will be released in remastered/expanded form within the next 4 months or so:

THE LOST EMPIRE (1983) - Alan Howarth
DAY OF THE DEAD (1985) - John Harrison
THE WARRIORS (1979) - Barry De Vorzon
THE BOOGEY MAN (1980) - Tim Krog/Synthe-sound-trax
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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by MrFrodo » Thu Jul 25, 2013 6:08 am

I can guess that at least a couple of you have watched The Avengers. While Alan Silvestri depended on traditional film orchestration during this film, there were two instances in particular where he made diversions. One was during the fourth scene when Natasha Romanov (Scarlet Johansen) recruits Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo). In the background at the start of the scene is an unmistakable percussion loop. The other was during the credits when the cast and crew are first mentioned by name and another drum loop is playing along with the orchestra.

Does anyone know what equipment/software Mr. Silvestri used for those segments of the film?
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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by tim gueguen » Fri Jul 26, 2013 3:26 am

Stumbled across Edgar Froese's soundtrack to the film Kamikaze 89. Some nice pieces on this one.
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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by Cybercardinal » Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:35 am

tim gueguen wrote:Stumbled across Edgar Froese's soundtrack to the film Kamikaze 89. Some nice pieces on this one.
I love that record! It is packed with PPG Wave 2.

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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by Micke » Fri Jul 26, 2013 3:48 pm

Here you can watch The Warriors Main title sequence in good quality:
http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/the-warriors/

The expanded/remastered CD will be released next Tuesday! can't wait to get my hands on it.

More good news; Alan Howarth's The Lost Empire (1983) appears to have been released already on a 2CD!

...and his complete score to Retribution (1986) will follow soon!

The complete score to Day of the Dead (John Harrison, 1985) is scheduled for release in october.


Finally, in november we'll hopefully get the soundtrack to The Boogeyman (1980):
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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by Micke » Thu Aug 01, 2013 6:40 pm

I recently discovered Tony Riparetti & James Saad's unused synth score to the Jean-Claude Van Damme movie CYBORG (1988) and
I think it's awesome, I actually prefer it over the score (by Kevin Bassinson) that was finally used in the movie.







According to an interview with Riparetti they only used three synths on this score; a DX-7, Casio FZ-1 and a Korg (which he couldn't recall the
model) for the synth bass sounds.
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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by Micke » Tue Aug 06, 2013 3:46 pm

Micke wrote:Here you can watch The Warriors Main title sequence in good quality:
http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/the-warriors/

The expanded/remastered CD will be released next Tuesday! can't wait to get my hands on it.
I received the new Warriors CD the other day and I'm very satisfied with it. It's great to finally have
DeVorzon's original score as heard in the film and the unused stuff is very good as well.

Highly recommended!
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Post by MrFrodo » Wed Aug 07, 2013 3:19 am

Doesn't anybody have an answer to my inquiry about the Avengers score by Alan Silvestri?
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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by Kenneth » Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:37 am

MrFrodo wrote:Doesn't anybody have an answer to my inquiry about the Avengers score by Alan Silvestri?
Hey man, cool, I'll listen for it if I end up watching it. FYI apparently no one on this forum cares about music that happened after 1989. Seems weird, but I've posted stuff in this thread, all contemporary synthesized soundtracks, and no one gave a s**t. Take heart, friend, it's not just you. :roll:
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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by MrFrodo » Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:06 am

Kenneth wrote:
MrFrodo wrote:Doesn't anybody have an answer to my inquiry about the Avengers score by Alan Silvestri?
Hey man, cool, I'll listen for it if I end up watching it. FYI apparently no one on this forum cares about music that happened after 1989. Seems weird, but I've posted stuff in this thread, all contemporary synthesized soundtracks, and no one gave a s**t. Take heart, friend, it's not just you. :roll:
Thank you Kenneth. The two specific scenes with exceptions to Silvestri's hitherto traditional score include scene four which takes place in India (features an odd percussion loop in the background) and the first credit reel which includes (what sounds like) a loop with Linn drum sounds underpinning the orchestration.
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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by Kenneth » Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:33 am

MrFrodo wrote:
Kenneth wrote:
MrFrodo wrote:Doesn't anybody have an answer to my inquiry about the Avengers score by Alan Silvestri?
Hey man, cool, I'll listen for it if I end up watching it. FYI apparently no one on this forum cares about music that happened after 1989. Seems weird, but I've posted stuff in this thread, all contemporary synthesized soundtracks, and no one gave a s**t. Take heart, friend, it's not just you. :roll:
Thank you Kenneth. The two specific scenes with exceptions to Silvestri's hitherto traditional score include scene four which takes place in India (features an odd percussion loop in the background) and the first credit reel which includes (what sounds like) a loop with Linn drum sounds underpinning the orchestration.
Silvestri... I knew the name sounded familiar. He's the guy who has scored almost all of Robert Zemeckis' films, including Cast Away, which is one of my all time favorite films, and has a gorgeous soundtrack. Really talented guy :]
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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by MrFrodo » Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:57 am

Kenneth wrote: Hey man, cool, I'll listen for it if I end up watching it. FYI apparently no one on this forum cares about music that happened after 1989. Seems weird, but I've posted stuff in this thread, all contemporary synthesized soundtracks, and no one gave a s**t. Take heart, friend, it's not just you. :roll:
Thank you Kenneth. The two specific scenes with exceptions to Silvestri's hitherto traditional score include scene four which takes place in India (features an odd percussion loop in the background) and the first credit reel which includes (what sounds like) a loop with Linn drum sounds underpinning the orchestration.[/quote]
Silvestri... I knew the name sounded familiar. He's the guy who has scored almost all of Robert Zemeckis' films, including Cast Away, which is one of my all time favorite films, and has a gorgeous soundtrack. Really talented guy :][/quote]

Absolutely! Definitely one of the most powerful and gifted composers from the 80s to the present. (Last year, Zemeckis hired Silvestri again during the production of Flight.
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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by forcedopinion » Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:24 pm

Maybe this was mentioned on pages past but I recently saw the Burt Reynold's movie Stick (1985) and it sounded like a fully synthesized score. The end credits have a "Fairlight CMI programming by" credit. Unfortunately I cannot find any sound examples online and it appears it was never released separately.

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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by Micke » Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:29 pm

That's correct. Barry Devorzon & Joseph Conlan's score to STICK has never been released om LP or CD.

The opening music, a bit in the vein of Tangerine Dream, is pretty cool:



I bet they additionally used a DX-7 on this score, it sure sounds like it.
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Re: The great thread of electronic/synthesizer soundtracks

Post by forcedopinion » Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:07 pm

Yep, I recognized the Electric Piano and FM Bass. Really dug the score (and the film).

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