Steven Soderbergh’s new series on Cinemax, The Knick, is a period drama about the staff of a New York hospital in the early 20th century. But, unlike most historical dramas, it features a modern electronic score, by Cliff Martinez.
“As usual, Steven and I rarely spoke and instead communicated via mental telepathy,” said Martinez. “In so many words he told me: ‘We’re all going to recreate early 1900s New York as authentically as possible…except for you. I want the music to be modern and electronic.’” Continue reading
Tangerine Dream has been hugely influential in the world of film soundtracks, and, more recently, in the world of video game soundtracks. The group has scored over 50 films, including indie films, ‘b’ movies and mainstream Hollywood films.
While it was not their first soundtrack, their score for the 1977 William Friedkin flim, Sorceror, kicked off a 15-year period of intense soundtrack work.
The film was a bomb when it was released. It followed Friedkin’s critically acclaimed and wildly successful The Exorcist. Viewers may have expected another supernatural-themed story, based on the film’s title, or may have been put off by the film’s non-English sections.
Since then, though, Sorcerer has gained respect as an intense, existential thriller – and Tangerine Dream’s music has become one of their most well-respected soundtracks.
Chroma is the debut album of Norwegian electronic trio Three Winters.
According to the band, Three Winters – made up of Kim Sølve, Anders B. & Lars Fredrik Frøislie – takes inspiration from the vintage sounds on the ‘fifth generation VHS movies’ that defined their generation.
The 11 tracks on Chroma sound like a soundtrack from a lost 80’s sci-fi or horror film. They features the classic sounds of driving analog sequences, deep synth bass, Mellotron, electric guitar and vocoders. Continue reading
French soft synth developer XILS-lab recently released XILS 4, a software emulation of the legendary EMS VCS4, for Mac & Windows.
In this video, author Jim Aikin takes a look at XILS 4 and offers his firs impressions of the new software synth. Continue reading
Reader Luke Teaford let us know about TANGUY – a browser-based synthesizer.
You play it with the QWERTY keyboard. – and + shift octaves up and down. OSC 2’s FM comes from the sine wave of OSC 1 (so it has to be up to hear FM on OSC2). Continue reading
Audio Fidelity has released a limited edition virgin vinyl release of the Wendy Carlos soundtrack to the 1982 sci fi film Tron.
Carlos’s score combined electronic elements, played on Moog and GDS synthesizers, with orchestral elements, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the UCLA Chorus. The fusion of elements worked well with the film, which paired live action with early computer animation.
Audio Fidelity specializes in audiophile releases, and they give Tron the deluxe treatment, delivering just about everything that soundtrack fans might want. Continue reading
A new sample source, 808 Kicks – The Boom Boutique, has launched and is giving away a free sample library to introduce their work.
Here’s what they have to say about the 808 Kicks:
The Boom Boutique pays tribute to the original boom box – the legendary TR-808. We offer the highest-quality drum sounds and kits, either sampled directly from the 808, refined using analog or digital effects, or inspired sound emulations with even more bang for your buck.
This video takes a hands-on look at the new Akai MPX16 sampler.
The MPX16 is a sample player with onboard sound recording. Samples are saved to an SD card, and can be played back using either the unit’s MPC-style pads or via external MIDI device, via USB-MIDI and 3.5mm (1/4-inch) MIDI inputs. Continue reading