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Film & TV scores that used the Synclavier

Post by Micke » Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:02 pm

For the Synclavier & soundtrack lovers out there....
I just put together the following list of film & TV soundtracks that I know used the Synclavier, either on its own (using FM and/or sampling) or together with other synths and/or live orchestra.

Memoirs of a Survivor (1981) - Mike Thorne
(Mike's first Synclavier was #6, delivered summer 1979, and the first in a commercial music environment - it made its debut on Urban Verbs' first album).

The Plague Dogs (1982) - Patrick Gleeson (there's definitely no Synclavier on Apocalypse Now though, Wikipedia is wrong).

Megaforce (1982) - Jerold Immel

The Tripods (TV series 1984-1985) - Ken Freeman

Starman (1984) - Jack Nitzsche

Children of the Corn (1984) and possibly on Vamp (1986) as well - Jonathan Elias

No Retreat No Surrender (1985) - Frank Harris (original international cut)

Cobra Verde (1987) - Florian Fricke (of Popol Vuh)

Cat People (1982) - Giorgio Moroder (I believe Moroder's scores to "Scarface" (1983) and "Metropolis" (1984) also use the Synclavier (FM only) to some extent).

Beverly Hills Cop 2 (1987), The Running Man (1987) & Tango & Cash (1989) - Harold Faltermeyer

Navy Seals (1990) - Sylvester Levay

Falcon and the snowman (1985) - Pat Metheny band

Halloween IV (1988), Halloween V (1989), Halloween VI (1995), Backstabbed (1996), The Dentist (1996) etc, - Alan Howarth

They Live (1988) - John Carpenter & Alan Howarth

Blue Thunder (1983), WarGames (1983) - Arthur B. Rubinstein

Videodrome (1983) - Howard Shore

Warning sign (1985), A Nightmare on Elm street 4 (1988) - Craig Safan

Young Guns (1988) - Brian Banks & Anthony Marinelli

A Nightmare on Elm street 3 (1987), Wild at heart (1990) - Angelo Badalamenti

"Jönsson League" movies - Ragnar Grippe - famous Swedish electronic artist/musician who started using the Synclavier II in 1981 and used it prominently on several solo albums as well as on the Jönsson league scores.

Codename Coq Rouge (1989) - Ulf Dageby

The Dark Crystal (1982), Runaway Train (1985), Labyrinth (1986) Angel Heart (1987), Mississipi Burning (1988) - Trevor Jones

Children of a lesser god (1986), The Hidden (1987) - Michael Convertino

The Delta Force (1986), Clan of the Cave Bear (1986) , Flight of the navigator (1986), Cat's Eye (1985), Predator (1987), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988),
No Mercy (1986), Volcano (1997)
etc. - Alan Silvestri

2010 (1984) - David Shire

Dreamscape (1984) - Maurice Jarre

The Blob (1988), The Wraith (1986), I, Madman (1989)- Michael Hoenig

Street Trash (1987) - Rick Ulfik

St. Elmo's Fire (1985), The Secret Of My Success (1987) and Stealing Home (1988) - David Foster

The Hunger (1983) & Manhunter (1986) theme only - Michel Rubini

X-files (TV-series, 1993 on) - Mark Snow

Dead Bang (1989), Next of Kin (1989). Miami Blues (1990) Death Warrant (1990), Shock to the system (1990). Under Siege (1992), Sniper (1993) - Gary Chang

The Princess Bride (1987), Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989) - Mark Knopfler

Gate II: Return to the Nightmare (1990) - George Blondheim

The Big Picture (1989)- David Nichtern

Raw Deal (1986) - Tom Bahler, Albhy Galuten, Chris Boardman etc.

And not to forget Tangerine Dream; they too used the Synclavier in several movie scores from 1982 to about 1986 - I'm just not sure which ones though.


I'm sure there are many others but those are the ones I could think of.

Feel free to add other movies/scores that you know feature the Synclavier.

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Re: Film & TV scores that used the Synclavier

Post by Virgule » Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:18 pm

IMDB has an entry for Synclavier. It lists these:

Gate II: Return to the Nightmare (1990) ... Music Score Performed On (as The Synclavier Digital Music System)

The Big Picture (1989) ... Music Created On (as Synclavier® Digital Audio System)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) ... Music Recording (Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody)

The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986) ... All Music Written And Performed On (as the Synclavier Digital Music System)

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Re: Film & TV scores that used the Synclavier

Post by D-Collector » Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:38 pm

Great list! I remember hearing many of the same sounds in both "Under Siege" and "Sniper", maybe Gary Chang used the Synclavier for that score too?

Which score is your favourite Micke?

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Re: Film & TV scores that used the Synclavier

Post by Micke » Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:06 pm

Yes, it's very likely that Gary Chang used it in Sniper as well. I'll add that one, the ones listed by Virgule and Ulf Dageby's score to the Swedish spy/thriller Codename Coq Rouge (1989).

I really don't know which is my favorite Synclavier score, I do like many of the scores in the list though (note that far from every score listed
was entirely done with a Synclavier but I'm sure you knew that already). My all-time favorite film composer is Ennio Morricone.
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Post by synthroom » Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:21 pm

Great list!

If you've got the info, I'd like to see one with with Fairlight soundtracks sometime. Gary Chang used to be a rep for Fairlight USA.
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Re: Film & TV scores that used the Synclavier

Post by D-Collector » Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:13 am

Micke wrote:Yes, it's very likely that Gary Chang used it in Sniper as well. I'll add that one, the ones listed by Virgule and Ulf Dageby's score to the Swedish spy/thriller Codename Coq Rouge (1989).

I really don't know which is my favorite Synclavier score, I do like many of the scores in the list though (note that far from every score listed
was entirely done with a Synclavier but I'm sure you knew that already). My all-time favorite film composer is Ennio Morricone.
Great! I really like the "Coq Rouge" score! And the movie too.

Good choice on Ennio, he has many nice ones. ;)

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Re: Film & TV scores that used the Synclavier

Post by Micke » Tue Jun 04, 2013 3:36 pm

@D-collector: Yes, Dageby's score to Coq Rouge is very nice indeed. The melancholy main theme is available on this compilation album:
http://se.7digital.com/artist/ulf-dageb ... eon-forest

And you were right about Sniper, Mr. Chang did use the Synclavier on that score as well as on Miami Blues (1990) and
Next of Kin (1989). I'll add them to the list.

@synthroom: I'll try to put together a list of Film & TV soundtracks that use the Fairlight when I have time. In the meantime, maybe someone else
would like to chime in on that.
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Post by StepLogik » Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:43 pm

Out of the Body (1989) - has a credit for the Fairlight

David Moss .... Fairlight operator

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Re: Film & TV scores that used the Synclavier

Post by D-Collector » Tue Jun 04, 2013 5:26 pm

Micke wrote:@D-collector: Yes, Dageby's score to Coq Rouge is very nice indeed. The melancholy main theme is available on this compilation album:
http://se.7digital.com/artist/ulf-dageb ... eon-forest
Thanks a lot for that link, I've been searching for that end theme a long time. :D

Speaking of Gary Chang, I love his composition style and sounds. Especially in the scores you have listed. I feel his scores bring a lot of class to the movies.

Movie scores that come to mind utilizing a Fairlight CMI:

-Terminator II
-Das Boot
-The Killing Fields
-Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
-The Living Daylights (I'm convinced there is a lot of Fairlight on this score. Not only from listening, but also because it was an important tool for Martyn Phillips who worked with Barry on TLD.)
-Rain Man (according to wikipedia Zimmer used the CMI on this score)

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Post by CZ Rider » Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:50 am

Another one to add:
Street Trash (1987) Rick Ulfik used a 16 voice FM Synclavier II

I have that same Sync II along with some of the sequence disks from that project.

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Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:45 am

I don´t know whether it has been mentioned yet (don´t know the original title of the film) but there was that John Travolta flick where he played a sound designer who captured a murder when doing field recordings at night (using a Nagra III). He works in a studio which clearly shows an original Synclavier 2 in one shot. No idea whether it was actually used for the soundtrack though.

Anything Michael Hoenig was involved in while located in LA is Synclavier territory. "Dark Skies" comes to mind, and most probably "Max Headroom" as well.

TD had a Synclavier 2 FM machine which was used on albums like "Exit" or "White Eagle" so it seems safe to assume they also used it for film scores around that time. The Synclavier superceded the Crumar GDS they had previously used on "Thief".

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Post by synthroom » Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:28 pm

ppg_wavecomputer wrote:I don´t know whether it has been mentioned yet (don´t know the original title of the film) but there was that John Travolta flick where he played a sound designer who captured a murder when doing field recordings at night (using a Nagra III). He works in a studio which clearly shows an original Synclavier 2 in one shot. No idea whether it was actually used for the soundtrack though.
Blow Out (1981)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082085/

This kind of brings up which movies Synclaviers and Fairlights were used for SFX/folley work. I've read that Fairlights were used for Tron and Star Trek: Next Gen sound work. I'm certain that Synclaviers were used for that use as well.
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Re: Film & TV scores that used the Synclavier

Post by Micke » Thu Jun 06, 2013 7:43 pm

CZ Rider wrote:Another one to add:
Street Trash (1987) Rick Ulfik used a 16 voice FM Synclavier II

I have that same Sync II along with some of the sequence disks from that project.

That's cool! I've added Street Trash (1987) to the list.
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Re: Film & TV scores that used the Synclavier

Post by Micke » Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:59 pm

A few more additions to the list:

The Wraith (1986) & I, Madman (1989) - Michael Hoenig

Out of the Body (1989) - Peter Westheimer

Raw Deal (1986) - Tom Bahler, Albhy Galuten, Chris Boardman etc.
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Re: Film & TV scores that used the Synclavier

Post by CS_TBL » Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:04 pm

If Levay is credited for Navy Seals, then what are the odds he used a Sync on Airwolf? The pilot episode was probably performed by a real orchestra, but the rest of the episodes sounds kinda samples-based.

I mean, check the French horns on this one:
Sounds like "we're gonna need more sample RAM" to me.. trumpets may be real though, dunno.
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