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Re: Video clips from "classic" movies featuring electr

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 1:24 am
by iProg
Micke wrote:So is there anyone here who's able to identify the analog polyphonic synth used on Fabio Frizzi's
Manhattan Baby soundtrack (1982)?
A PPG or Polymoog. Worst guesses ever.

Re: Video clips from "classic" movies featuring electr

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:42 pm
by Micke
No, it's neither PPG nor Polymoog.

The synth in question was used by some very famous acts but not until a few years later. Considering that the
soundtrack to "Manhattan Baby" was recorded in the summer of 1982 it's gotta be one of the very first recordings
to feature this synth. This is a great synth but it never became successful for some reason.

Keep 'em coming!

Re: Video clips from "classic" movies featuring electr

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:40 pm
by balma
Just a question man.

How did you get so knowledged about wich synth was using for x movie? Each time I hear a synth on a movie and I wonder wich one is, I think.... Micke.... Micke.....

Re: Video clips from "classic" movies featuring electr

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:32 pm
by Micke
My knowledge of this comes from interviews & articles on film composers and session musiicians, and conversations
I have had through the years with hundreds of more or less famous musicians. Moreover, I have a large collection of
movie soundtracks on LP & CD and in many cases the synths and gear used on a specific score are listed on the LP
sleeve or in the CD liner notes.

Re: Video clips from "classic" movies featuring electr

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:29 pm
by iProg
Micke wrote:No, it's neither PPG nor Polymoog.

The synth in question was used by some very famous acts but not until a few years later. Considering that the
soundtrack to "Manhattan Baby" was recorded in the summer of 1982 it's gotta be one of the very first recordings
to feature this synth. This is a great synth but it never became successful for some reason.

Keep 'em coming!
Could it be a Gleeman Pentaphonic then, based on your statements?

Re: Video clips from "classic" movies featuring electr

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:58 pm
by Micke
Nope. It's a much more (in)famous synth. As I said previously it's a great sounding and powerful poly-synth but
for various reason it never became succesfull.

Re: Video clips from "classic" movies featuring electr

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:17 pm
by Micke
Afaik this synth wasn't in full production until the latter half of 1982 or thereabouts (the actual synth used on the
Manhattan Baby OST was a prototype).

Re: Video clips from "classic" movies featuring electr

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:56 am
by iProg
Micke wrote:Nope. It's a much more (in)famous synth. As I said previously it's a great sounding and powerful poly-synth but
for various reason it never became succesfull.
Elka Synthex?

Re: Video clips from "classic" movies featuring electr

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:40 pm
by Micke
Yessss...:thumbsup: Elka synthex is correct!

Here's a photo of the actual synth used on the score:
http://www.synthorama.com/search?q=elka ... ce=message

It was built by Mario Maggi for film composer/keyboardist Gianni Mazza, who played the synth on the recording
sessions. Maurizio Guarini (of Goblin) usually played the synths on Frizzi's scores but in this particular case he was
busy with another project.

I recently bought the remastered and expanded CD's of Fabio Frizzi's scores to "The Beyond" and "Manhattan Baby"
and I love 'em.

Re: Video clips from "classic" movies featuring electr

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:08 pm
by themilford
what a beast of a synth.

here's a neat vid:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid ... 9570281770

Re: Video clips from "classic" movies featuring electr

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:39 pm
by MrFrodo
themilford wrote:what a beast of a synth.

here's a neat vid:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid ... 9570281770
Okay, that is one of the greatest synth videos I've seen in a while, and it's due equally to Paul Wiffen's demonstration AND his remarks.

Re: Video clips from "classic" movies featuring electr

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:58 am
by iProg
Micke wrote:Yessss...:thumbsup: Elka synthex is correct!

Here's a photo of the actual synth used on the score:
http://www.synthorama.com/search?q=elka ... ce=message

It was built by Mario Maggi for film composer/keyboardist Gianni Mazza, who played the synth on the recording
sessions. Maurizio Guarini (of Goblin) usually played the synths on Frizzi's scores but in this particular case he was
busy with another project.

I recently bought the remastered and expanded CD's of Fabio Frizzi's scores to "The Beyond" and "Manhattan Baby"
and I love 'em.
It sounds so digustingly good! Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran bought one before the production of "All you need is now", along with a new Moog Voyager and ARP Quadra, but I don't now where or if he used it.

Paul's video is truly fantastic.

Re: Video clips from "classic" movies featuring electr

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:34 am
by tomorrowstops
Just watched Flash Gordon (1980) today for the first time. Queen sounds great on this, as do the orchestral cues from Howard Blake. Am I hearing Prophet 5 all over this or an Oberheim?

Any anecdotes on this one, Micke?

I haven't really investigated yet, but did anyone release the score in its entirety (both Queen's cues and Blake's)? I see a set of just Queen's cues on itunes....

Re: Video clips from "classic" movies featuring electr

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 3:38 am
by MrFrodo
tomorrowstops wrote:Just watched Flash Gordon (1980) today for the first time. Queen sounds great on this, as do the orchestral cues from Howard Blake. Am I hearing Prophet 5 all over this or an Oberheim?

Any anecdotes on this one, Micke?
Well, they definitely used Oberheim. I know I'm not Micke, but I recall reading that the OB-Xa was one synthesizer in their arsenal. Don't know about any other models.

Re: Video clips from "classic" movies featuring electr

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:55 am
by Virgule
tomorrowstops wrote: I haven't really investigated yet, but did anyone release the score in its entirety (both Queen's cues and Blake's)? I see a set of just Queen's cues on itunes....
I found cases of cassette tapes on the side of the road last fall and it was one of the few I kept. It's pretty good even without the movie. The track list is the same as on here:

http://www.discogs.com/Queen-Flash-Gord ... ase/456643