The iconic John Williams Star Wars Main Title gets the ‘switched on’ treatment, in this synth cover by Kurtz Mindfields & Roman Perreton.
Their cover features the Moog Sub 37, with 54 tracks, arranged in a classitronica orchestration. Mindfields & Perreton credit Wendy Carlos‘ early work as an inspiration.
14 thoughts on “‘Switched On’ Star Wars”
Great work, some parts kinda sound like sequenced tho? All part gotta be played by hands!
somes parts are sequenced yes, others ah been played! 🙂
Anyone else find some parts horribly out of tune?
Yep, that’s the magic of analog. I don’t know about the tracking on the Sub 37, but I could imagine that if you mix lots of tracks with different ranges, you run into trouble from imperfect tracking of the oscillators or the CV generation. Tracking is such a pain in the neck if you want to to multitrack recordings.
Exactly! tHAT4S WHAT HAPPENED! BUT I LOVED IT! /°
The original score has some tensions harmonies two… but i tuned all mono sounds a little differently to be in the mood of symphonic approach … yes sometimes it was a little strange but exiting! For example I phased the Harp section, and the flutes moog’s sound I made is fluctuant … but I assume
I’m already sick of Star Wars, and the new movie hasn’t even been released nationwide yet.
To many colors equal brown.. And sonically un interesting IMHO.
Star Wars from Obama’s America. Might see it on DVD. I heard Obama even does a cameo in it. Lol!
Finally some well-informed, insightful political commentary that is sadly absent, most certainly welcome and not at all out of place in a discussion about synthesizers.
Keeps it fun dun it?
This work of Jean-Luc IS great. I love the reference to Walter Carlos, and the sonic diversity
This cash-in budget LP came out shortly after “Star Wars” was originally released. It has some entertaining moments!
The problem is that it makes Star Wars sound like a horribly cheesy b-grade low-budget movie from the 1970s, with washed-up has-been actors or maybe former porn stars trying to make it mainstream. The sort that (in those days) goes straight to videotape. I love electronic music and synths (why else would I be on this site), but they don’t lend themselves well to music that should be played by a full orchestra. Having just come home from seeing ‘The Force Awakens’ and listened to the soundtrack this morning, I’m very glad John Williams did such a fine job with an orchestra. Only Isao Tomita seems to be able to do ‘synth-classical’ music well.