Micke wrote:I've been listening a lot to Rick Wakeman's synthesizer score for the 1981 horror flick The Burning lately and I really
dig it. From what I understand the A-side of the original LP contains variations of the music heard in the film while the
B-side contains the actual underscore. I haven't seen the film but I have the feeling Wakeman recorded more music
than what's available on the soundtrack album.
I was recently told by Wakeman that almost the entire score was done with the Prophet 10. However, the A-side of
the LP ("The Wakeman variations") features "Korg synthesizers" along with Prophet 5 and Prophet 10. Rick wanted
to replace a lot of his older instruments for the 1981 world tour, so he ordered a lot of new stuff from Korg including
two Sigma's, two Lambda's, two LP-10 electronic pianos, a PS-3200, Trident and a BX-3 organ. I guess some of that
stuff made it to the A-side of The Burning soundtrack album.
I finally saw this movie, in its entirety, a few days ago.. It reminded me a lot of Madman from 1982. Upon researching the both of them more, I discovered that Madman was intended to be based on the New York Cropsey legend, as well. Due to the creators of Madman, discovering The Burning's existence, they modified their story, and script, into the Madman Marz legend. The Madman Marz legend is actually a variant of the New York Cropsey legend, in which Cropsey goes mad, then kills his wife and children with an axe. Then there was a 2009 documentary style film, titled Cropsey, which delves into the story of an old insane asylum located in New York.
Did you ever make a post detailing what synths were used for the Madman Soundtrack?