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.
This excellent three-video series features composer Nathan Johnson discussing the field recordings he and his team used to create the musical fabric for director Rian Johnson’s film Looper. The cue Time Machine from the score is featured.
Johnson took a unique approach to the score, using a field recorder to gather material and then using the found sound as the basis for loops, sample-based instruments and a virtual orchestral.
The soundtrack for Everardo Valerio Gout’s Spanish-language thriller Days Of Grace looks interesting – with contributions from Nick Cave, Atticus Ross (The Social Network) and Shigeru Umebayashi (House of Flying Daggers).
The CD isn’t due out until May 8th, but an unusual track from the soundtrack has already leaked out.
The track, a cover of George Gershwin’s Summertime, pairs Scarlett Johansson with 3D (Robert Del Naja) of Massive Attack.
Johansson’s vocal career hasn’t gotten a lot of traction yet and her albums have even been dismissed by some as vanity projects. But this collaboration actually works pretty well, taking both Johansson and Gershwin into new territory.
Check out Scarlett Johansson + 3D’s Summertime and let us know what you think:
Simon Reynolds talks in this video interview with horror master John Carpenter about his soundtracks and the music that inspired them:
Carpenter’s music for horror classics such as Halloween (1978) and The Fog (1980) were startlingly effective in their simplicity, and brought a new sonic palette to film scoring with their focus on synthesizers. The Carpenter sound has recently been revived by a wave of underground artists inspired by its otherworldly menace.
Carpenter talks about his love of early electronic soundtracks by Lois and Bebe Barron (Forbidden Planet), how he got interested in synthesizers and some of his more well-known soundtracks.
Open Mic: Readers Mark Mosher and Bob Tarmac responded to a recent post about the sound design of Forbidden Planet, noting that they had been obsessed and inspired by the soundtrack. And since the 50’s, there’s been a growing body of interesting and exciting electronic music that, for whatever reason, flips a switch in people’s brains, making you think “I want to do that, too”.
I know many readers were inspired by Wendy Carlos’s Switched On Bach and her music for Clockwork Orange; others by the over-the-top shredding of Keith Emerson on classics like Lucky Man; others by the Vangelis soundtrack to Blade Runner or Moroder’s 1978 (!) soundtrack to Midnight Express.
Was there a track that blew your mind when you first heard it or that flipped that switch and made you think that you needed to do electronic music, too?
Let us know what electronic music track changed your life and why – and you may introduce some readers to some great music that they don’t know about.!