Wendy Carlos: Tron Original Soundtrack
Released: 1982 (CBS Records)
Wendy Carlos is a notorious name in the world of Moog synthesizers. Her first record, Switched on Bach, released in 1968, demonstrates the possibilities of the new musical technology, questioning the criticisms by musical purists. Decades later the Moog is still a revered instrument and Carlos’ compositions and renditions of classical favorites (such as the 1972 soundtrack for A Clockwork Orange) are still viable today. The Tron soundtrack, featuring Carlos’ original score and a track by arena rockers Journey, is a great piece of analog synthesizer music. This version is from the original 1982 LP.
Wendy Carlos: Tron
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Fabio Frizzi: Zombi II Original Soundtrack
Released: 1979 (Blackest Heart Media)
Lucio Fulci was notorious for directing misogynistic, violent horror films and Zombi II (called Zombie stateside) is one of them. The score, composed and played by Fabio Frizzi, is an excellent example of analog synthesizer music; it’s also kind of creepy at times. Even though Zombi II is sexist and excessively violent it’s a fun film; it also features has a shark versus zombie scene.
Here is the main theme from Zombi II:
Fabio Frizzi: Zombi II Soundtrack
Night of the Living Dead Soundtrack
Released: 1982 (Varese Sarabande Records)
**I didn’t post yesterday but it was a hectic day. Apologies all around.**
The score for George A. Romero’s 1968 genre changing classic Night of the Living Dead consists of public domain library tracks – an act Romero has done on numerous occasions. In 1982 Varese Sarabande compiled all of Romero’s selections and put it on vinyl. It hasn’t been repressed since. While much of NOTLD’s score is associated with this paradigm changing zombie film you can hear it playing in countless other films from the 1950’s and ‘60s (I heard it recently in The Brain That Wouldn’t Die).
Here is Night of the Living Dead in its entirety (the film is in the public domain):
Night of the Living Dead Soundtrack
Riz Ortolani: Cannibal Holocaust Original Soundtrack
Released: 1995 (Lucertola Media)
Although Cannibal Holcaust was released in 1980, even though the murder charges again director Ruggero Deodato were dropped in 1984, this version of the soundtrack was released 16 years ago. There are songs on this soundtrack which sound like snuff film music but there are others, like the film’s theme, which is actually pretty.
Here is Cannibal Holocaust’s main theme:
Here is Cannibal Holocaust in full:
Riz Ortolani: Cannibal Holocaust
Basil Poledouris: Robocop Original Soundtrack
Released: 1987 (Varese Sarabande Records)
Almost everybody agrees the sequels (and the subsequent television series) are fucking terrible but Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 film Robocop is one of the best science fiction films of all time. For his first American film Verhoeven stabbed aggressively at Reaganism and America’s excess in the ‘80s. It’s also extremely violent and funny and the soundtrack is excellent.
Here is the main theme from Robocop:
Here is a commercial for the fictitious board game Nukem:
Basil Poledouris: Robocop
John Carpenter: Assault on Precinct 13 Original Soundtrack (bootleg version)
Released: Who knows? After all, it’s a bootleg; 2003 (Record Makers)
On the back cover of the Record Makers version of the Assault on Precinct 13 soundtrack director/writer/composer John Carpenter claims he got the idea for the film’s title track from a Led Zeppelin song. Wherever he got it doesn’t matter – it’s an infectious track that’ll get stuck in your head for days. The film itself is pretty good low-budget fare and demonstrates that Carpenter can make something great with very little money. The film also features a child being gunned down by gang members.
Here is the opening theme from Assault on Precinct 13
John Carpenter: Assault on Precinct 13
Bebe and Louis Barron: Forbidden Planet Original Soundtrack
Released: 1956 (GNP Cresendo Records)
Bebe and Louis Barron actually made their own circuits for the Forbidden Planet score. From what I understand, each circuit emitted a particular sound and after making a bunch of these the two could write a score by activating each individually and in a specific sequence. In short, it’s the precursor to the analog synthesizer (from what I can tell). Here is a picture of the CD re-issue insert discussing the process:
If you’re not familiar with Forbidden Planet it’s a ‘50s science fiction film where the guy from The Naked Gun movies is a starship captain and lands on a remote planet inhabited by Dr. Mobius (Walter Pidgeon), his daughter (Anne Francis), and Robby the Robot. There are animation sequences by Disney and a drunk ship’s cook. It’s a fun flick.
Here is a montage of scenes from Forbidden Planet highlighting the score
Louis and Bebe Barron: Forbidden Planet