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Postby WDW » Fri Nov 30, 2007 4:27 am

Darn it, Micke, you just reminded me of a good dozen film scores about which I had forgotten and now I lust after! :D

Excellent info, as always. Thanks!

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Postby Zamise » Fri Nov 30, 2007 4:29 am

The Keep (Tangerine Dream I believe)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofoomtxxzAE




Micki, happen to know who did sound track or score to Night Flyers (1987)?

edit: Never mind its Doug Timm...
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Postby rjd2 » Fri Nov 30, 2007 5:17 am

so today, i added every one of the movies micke listed to my netflix cue(save for the 2 they dont haave), played an hour of cs80, some poly61, and a little pro-soloist.....i think im pretty lucky...
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Great List !

Postby mavertron » Fri Nov 30, 2007 10:20 am

Wow, Micke,
great list, you missed one !
Tangerine dream - miracle mile - one of my fave movie / soundtracks ever..

link..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-85xB8kpW6Y

thanks for taking the time as always micke,

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Two more...

Postby gredmond » Fri Nov 30, 2007 11:51 am

I believe Jack Nitzsche's soundtrack for "Performance" (1968) was the first use of the Moog modular in a movie. It also appears in the film (Mick Jagger plays with it briefly).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyP0dgNSqok

Also there is also Gil Melle's soundtrack to "Andromeda Strain" (1971), which is pretty cool.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiXZNF6tA0A
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Re: Video clips from "classic" movies featuring el

Postby manticore101 » Fri Nov 30, 2007 12:16 pm

Maybe I have overlooked something here, but you seem to have forgot the most obvious connection between motion picture and synthesizer; Steven Spielbergs classic "Close encounter of the third kind" (1977)starring an ARP 2500 system as audio interface between human and aliens.
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Postby gredmond » Fri Nov 30, 2007 12:40 pm

...and John Carpenter's soundtrack to his first film, "Dark Star" (1974):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxLkceqYYuY
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Re: Video clips from "classic" movies featuring el

Postby Micke » Fri Nov 30, 2007 2:54 pm

manticore101 wrote:Maybe I have overlooked something here, but you seem to have forgot the most obvious connection between motion picture and synthesizer; Steven Spielbergs classic "Close encounter of the third kind" (1977)starring an ARP 2500 system as audio interface between human and aliens.



Yes but neither the TONTO (Phantom of the paradise) nor the Arp 2500 (Close encounters...) were actually used in the making of the soundtracks for those films.

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Postby Micke » Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:05 pm

gredmond wrote:...and John Carpenter's soundtrack to his first film, "Dark Star" (1974):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxLkceqYYuY



John Carpenter recorded the soundtrack to Dark Star back in 1973 at some guy's home using an EMS VCS3.
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Re: Two more...

Postby Micke » Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:21 pm

gredmond wrote:I believe Jack Nitzsche's soundtrack for "Performance" (1968) was the first use of the Moog modular in a movie. It also appears in the film (Mick Jagger plays with it briefly).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyP0dgNSqok

Also there is also Gil Melle's soundtrack to "Andromeda Strain" (1971), which is pretty cool.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiXZNF6tA0A



Thanks for posting those

Electronic pioneer Paul Beaver used a Moog modular in numerous movies
back in the '60s and early '70's. Some early examples are The Illustrated man (Jerry Goldsmith, 1968), Rosemary's Baby (Krzysztof Komeda, 1968) and The Name of the Game is Kill (Stu Philips, 1969).
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Postby hinotori » Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:59 pm

great work .
thanks for the ever growing list everyone . . . and thanks as always to micke :)
a couple of questions to those in the deep know .

---was dark star all done on an EMS ?

---what technology were they using on forbidden planet ? (other than the theremin as this soundtrack is REAL old!!! predating lots of commercially available synthesizers i imagine)

also id like to second the "miracle mile" respect . great PPG as i think i had discussed with Micke before (probably deleted old post) . . . "RISKY BUSINESS" probably needs no mention here too . "LOVE ON A REAL TRAIN" !!!!!!!!!!! :0

oh and dont forget "MANHUNTER", the Michael Mann movie .
Includes some great synth and synth pop/rock sounds though it is not really composed by an individual . the reds / red 7 / rubini etc (Iron Butterfly, Klaus Schulze). Mann has a good taste in soundtracks IMHO.

oh . . "ANGST" by Klaus Schulze uses the same track "Freez" (?) as is used in Manhunter though it is omitted from the official Manhunter soundtrack. If youre lucky enough to get a copy of that .

Howarth and Carpenter are the Kings of the synth soundtrack .
the fog / big trouble / christine / the thing (with Morricone) etc . .enough said ;)

WHAT ABOUT MORE RECENT SYNTH MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS ?
i must say i was impressed by the soundtrack and sound design to the silent hill movie .

It is worth noting here that lots of innovative people in the world of film art / video art / animation were pioneering synth music and computer music outside of hollywood .
some names to check would include :

Michael Snow
The Vasulkas
John & James Whitney
Tony Conrad
Harry Smith
Len Lye (now available on CD)
Norman Mclaren

the list is huge . but they are good names to check if youve not before . not exactly all synthesizer soundtracks but lots of interest to anyone interested in electronic music history or computer music history.

(apologies to patronize anyone who knew all the above, just sharing the love ;) and apologies for the caps )


oh...and that synclavier breaking scene in BEAT STREET always stops my heart .
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Postby hinotori » Fri Nov 30, 2007 4:07 pm

ooops sorry .
took me a while to write that one .
scrub the EMS question :)
thanks
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Postby Micke » Fri Nov 30, 2007 4:56 pm

Solaris (Edward Artemyev, 1972)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNsXg86gFSg

Artemyev's eerie sounding electro-acoustic score was recorded on the ancient ANS photoelectric synthesizer:
http://theremin.ru/archive/ans.htm
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Postby hinotori » Fri Nov 30, 2007 5:57 pm

Coil also did a great 3CD release composed using the ANS
though this is off topic . ;)

a wonderful suitcase looking synth if ever i saw one .
more wood than electronics maybe?
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Postby Micke » Fri Nov 30, 2007 8:13 pm

I wasn't aware of that, cool!

Here's a pic of the ANS (built in 1960 or 1961):

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