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Postby hinotori » Wed Dec 05, 2007 2:31 am

Micke wrote:
mpa1104 wrote:...I would have plumped for:
Tristram Cary's all-electronic work for The Daleks and The Mutants as well as Malcolm Clarke's work for The Sea Devils (lots of EMS there!)


IIRC The Sea Devils (1972) was mostly done on the Synthi 100 "Delaware".


any idea what other available recordings the Synthi 100 is featured on ?
if only i had a spare house to sell to buy one of those ;)
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Postby mpa1104 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 3:13 am

Micke wrote:IIRC The Sea Devils (1972) was mostly done on the Synthi 100 "Delaware".


I concur - at least that's what I'd read as well. Tristram also used the Delaware (although I don't think exclusively) for The Mutants. And I also vaguely seem to recall him saying he didn't like using it as much as he did the VCS3 (we certainly know Delia didn't enjoy being forced to re-do the Dr. Who theme with the Synthi 100). The Daleks was mostly tape, and VCS3 I think (and a smattering of orchestral instruments for a couple of takes, but even they underwent tape and VCS3 treatment). Anyone heard the Devil's Planets disc? Excellent archive of these soundtracks - it's actually where I got this info from.

hinotori, the Delaware can apparently be heard on Music Beat Manifesto's album R.U.O.K?.
Elizabeth Parker (later of the Beeb Radiophonic Workshop) used it a fair bit on her stuff.
I also seem to recall (vaguely once again, that's how I recall most things :) ) that Stockhausen used it in some of his shi ... er, stuff.
There was - I think - an album titled Metamorphosis by a Russian whose name escapes me, which is supposed to have a fair bit of Synthi 100 on it too.

That's all off the top of my brain at the moment - I'm sure Micke can chase up the finer, more accurate details. :D
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Postby Micke » Wed Dec 05, 2007 11:04 pm

mpa1104 wrote:The Daleks was mostly tape, and VCS3 I think (and a smattering of orchestral instruments for a couple of takes, but even they underwent tape and VCS3 treatment). Anyone heard the Devil's Planets disc? Excellent archive of these soundtracks - it's actually where I got this info from.


Are you really sure that Tristram used a VCS3 on The Daleks?

I ask because afaik those episodes were produced from 1963 to 1966, i.e.
several years before the VCS3 even existed.

According to the sleeve notes for the Lp "BBC Radiophonic workshop - 21", the cue "Minds Of Evil"** is one of the first pieces of incidental music for Doctor Who to be realized on a synthesizer (presumably the VCS3). It was composed and realised by Dudley Simpson and Brian Hodgson for the season 8 episodes "THE MIND OF EVIL", which aired between Jan and March 1971.

The aforementioned Lp also features a nice piece by Malcolm Clarke called "Hurdy Gurdy" that was largely done on the synthi 100.

** this is the same track as "Keller Machine Theme" available on the CD Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop - Volume Two - New Beginnings (1970-1980)



hinotori, the Delaware can apparently be heard on Music Beat Manifesto's album R.U.O.K?.
Elizabeth Parker (later of the Beeb Radiophonic Workshop) used it a fair bit on her stuff.
I also seem to recall (vaguely once again, that's how I recall most things :) ) that Stockhausen used it in some of his shi ... er, stuff.
There was - I think - an album titled Metamorphosis by a Russian whose name escapes me, which is supposed to have a fair bit of Synthi 100 on it too.



The name of the Russian composer is Edward Artemyev. He did indeed use an EMS Synthi 100 in the making of "Metamorphoses" (1980).
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Postby mpa1104 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 11:24 pm

Ah, that's a fair point so my brain's obviously confused (not uncommon these days). I definitely recall Tristram telling me that he primarily used tape for The Daleks but that there were also electronics (filters/oscillators) involved - possibly one of his own prototypes? If I can ever get back in touch with him, I'll check.

Speaking of prototypes, Tristram still has his early model of the VCS3 which is a magnificent looking thing in its crudeness: no aluminium finishing, no white noise module, and handwriting :) on the panels by each knob and switch and all around the matrix - wonderful!
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Postby hinotori » Thu Dec 06, 2007 3:18 am

thankyou both for the info on the synthi 100 . :)
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Postby ygg » Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:20 pm

Great thread!

Lovely collection, especially Micke did a fabulous job!
Tons of new movies to investigate and old goodies to see again.
All I could think of that's not mentioned yet, favorite films of mine:

Brain Damage (1988),

Great B-horror/comedy. Wish I could find the lovely music to it. We used to use a ton of samples from it. Aylmer says some seriously funny stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEEulBnnW04

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXxlE761MCM



Requiem for a dream (2000)

Another all-time favorite and a MUST see, one of the darkest most emotionall and best film I ever saw with great music. My ex couldn't talk for 15 minutes after seeing it in a theatre 2000! Stole a bunch of samples here too. Gives me creepy chills just thinking about this film.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKJpWfSH ... re=related



Both have kind of the same serious message in them too ;)

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Postby Micke » Fri Dec 07, 2007 7:32 pm

ygg:
The soundtrack to Brain Damage seems pretty cool indeed, thanks for the link. I must confess though I hadn't heard of this movie before.

The score --composed and performed by Clutch Reiser & Gus Russo -- has to the best of my knowledge not been released on CD, but it is (was?) available on a DVD as an isolated score.
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Postby Micke » Sat Dec 08, 2007 11:14 pm

And here we have some more movies that feature electronic soundtracks
by Tangerine Dream:

Tatort - Das Madchen Auf Der Treppe (1982)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8JOYdYhoXk

Codename: The Soldier (1982)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UuWv_4RrRU

Firestarter (1984)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6LtbBF5 ... re=related

Street Hawk (1985)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C58TazP1m0
Afaik, this version is not available as such on CD :( The version on
Le Parc has a slightly different arrangement.


Legend (1985)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMTypJbwg1w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3lY3JM2KUU

The Park Is Mine (Tangerine Dream, 1985)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSfLCAJwl-M

Near Dark (Tangerine Dream, 1987)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO36we29 ... re=related
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Postby Micke » Sun Jan 06, 2008 10:42 pm

I found some more cool stuff to add to the list...

The Illustrated Man (Jerry Goldsmith, 1969)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgNYE7jc ... re=related

On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Title Credits (John Barry, 1969]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKaejwzI6_0

Medical Center (Lalo Schifrin, 1970)
(I couldn't find any video clip from this TV-series)

The Persuaders opening/ending (John Barry, 1971)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAxvfmGUjuQ

Enter the dragon (Lalo Schifrin, 1973)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbJAMa1BPps

Rockford Files (Mike Post, 1974)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5pYtG_jo3o

Guess the synths?

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Postby cornutt » Mon Jan 07, 2008 2:16 am

Micke wrote:Nighthawks (starring Sylvester Stallone & Rutger Hauer, 1981)


Nighthawks is a great flick. Stallone could really act when he wanted to. I recall that when this film was in first run, some of the TV ads specifically mentioned "Soundtrack by Keith Emerson".
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Postby Micke » Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:48 pm

Micke wrote:
The Illustrated Man (Jerry Goldsmith, 1969)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgNYE7jc ... re=related

On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Title Credits (John Barry, 1969]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKaejwzI6_0

Medical Center (Lalo Schifrin, 1970)
(I couldn't find any video clip from this TV-series)

The Persuaders opening/ending (John Barry, 1971)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAxvfmGUjuQ



Not surprisingly, all the synthesizer parts featured in the scores listed above were done on Moog modulars. Electronic pioneer Paul Beaver programmed the Moog in both Goldsmith's "The Illustrated Man" and Lalo Schifrin's "Medical center".
As for John Barry, I'm not sure who programmed the synth in those scores but am suspecting it was Walter E. Sear since he did some synth-work on "Midnight Cowboy" from the same year (1969).



Enter the dragon (Lalo Schifrin, 1973)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbJAMa1BPps

Rockford Files (Mike Post, 1974)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5pYtG_jo3o


I bet the synth riffs in both of these were performed on the Minimoog, especially "Rockford files". I was told by composer Stu Phillips I that Mike Post used the Minimoog on most of the scores he did in the mid 70s and early 80s. He used to set it up next to the conductor's podium and play it himself. He was a "one fingered" keyboard player according to Stu.


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Postby tim gueguen » Wed Jan 09, 2008 2:43 am

Its been a long time since i've seen the series, but I'm pretty sure the Rockford Files theme was recorded at least a couple of times, with later episodes having a slightly different arrangement, although still with a prominent synth lead.
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Postby Micke » Thu Jan 24, 2008 10:20 pm

Thought I'd add the following two scores by Alan Silvestri to the list of soundtracks that feature synths (in this case the NED Synclavier digital system):

Flight of the Navigator (Alan Silvestri, 1986):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4Fy_bk4WjA (theme)

The Delta Force (Alan Silvestri, 1986):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U0G9OT_yq4 (trailer)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vmlQB_jzMs (theme)
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Postby Suburban Bather » Fri Jan 25, 2008 2:13 am

Don't know if anyone has mentioned it yet but how about the movie "Street Trash" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jYpiGgqT5Q

This trailer has some cool synth sounds in it, but during some parts of the actual movie there is a killer industrial sountrack going.
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Postby tim gueguen » Fri Jan 25, 2008 8:04 am

Slightly off topic but close enough is this animated logo for the Screen Gems television production company.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6j8EhsJrIA
Given that this apparently first appeared in 1965 I'd guess the sound comes from an organ or something like a clavioline. Apparently some folks found this logo scary as children, hence it sometimes being refered to as "the S from h**l."
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