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Synth music in old B movies

Post by WaveRider » Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:16 am

For those who like me enjoy watching a B movie once in a while...
Some have fantastic synth based soundtracks.

Let's build a list! The movie does not have to be good, only the synth parts..

Here is one....


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Post by drift » Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:25 pm

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Nightmare at Shadow Woods was the version with most of the gore deleted.

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Post by chilllwinston » Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:54 pm

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Re: Synth music in old B movies

Post by thetwlo » Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:25 am

WaveRider wrote:For those who like me enjoy watching a B movie once in a while...
Some have fantastic synth based soundtracks.

Let's build a list! The movie does not have to be good, only the synth parts..

Here is one....

nice!!! :tu:

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Post by Hainbach » Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:27 am

My favorite, though not "pure" synth music:
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I made my own horror soundtrack inspired by this and other B-Movie music for the YouTube Audio Library:

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Post by phineas » Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:21 am

Nice. This list is a cool idea!
Have to check out the first listings.

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Post by Reter187 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:40 am

Not exactly what you are looking for, but I have to mention John Carpenter.
Halloween, The Thing, and Escape from New York are all fantastic synth heavy scores.

And I guess you could call They Live a B movie.

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Post by WaveRider » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:11 am

Reter187 wrote:Not exactly what you are looking for, but I have to mention John Carpenter.
Halloween, The Thing, and Escape from New York are all fantastic synth heavy scores.

And I guess you could call They Live a B movie.

OH yes, he is pretty much the king of that stuff!
listen to some of it here: https://johncarpentermusic.bandcamp.com/

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Re: Synth music in old B movies

Post by WaveRider » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:12 am

thetwlo wrote:
WaveRider wrote:For those who like me enjoy watching a B movie once in a while...
Some have fantastic synth based soundtracks.

Let's build a list! The movie does not have to be good, only the synth parts..

Here is one....

nice!!! :tu:
yeah it sounds like he was using a modular synth in this.... pretty weird music.... 1978 movie... I was impressed :)
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Post by WaveRider » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:18 am

chilllwinston wrote:anthropophagus
wow, over the top synth sequences again :hihi:

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Post by chilllwinston » Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:51 pm

WaveRider wrote:
chilllwinston wrote:anthropophagus
wow, over the top synth sequences again :hihi:
:nana: Yah It's a personal fav. The whole movie (NSFW) is on youtube, coincidentally:

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Post by commodorejohn » Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:31 pm

Overdrawn at the Memory Bank was an '80s PBS TV movie, so it's got that same kind of "proto-synthwave newscast" vibe as, say, The Computer Chronicles:
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Post by Addam » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:48 am

Some great stuff here!

It's a shame there isn't an alternate cut of Mad Max with music by whoever did this instead of the standard orchestral stuff in the actual movie

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Post by Addam » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:59 am

this is a bit more subdued than a lot of his other stuff but here's my fav John Carpenter. Also, if you get the chance to see him live, do yourself that favor. Serious chills when they came out doing Escape From New York and a projection of the map of Manhattan comes up :hail:

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Post by boberbre » Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:20 pm

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^unhinged ost^
Anthropophagus rules. We need more garbling vocoder in horror soundtracks

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Post by authorless » Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:41 pm

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Post by WaveRider » Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:37 pm

Addam wrote:Some great stuff here!

It's a shame there isn't an alternate cut of Mad Max with music by whoever did this instead of the standard orchestral stuff in the actual movie
yeah juicy synth stuff...



another good old one, 1971:



has some modular sequences buried in it

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Post by Reese P. Dubin » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:12 pm

Essentially every less than studio budget horror and sci fi of the 70s-80s has all sorts of synth goodies smeared all over it. I watch a LOT of this stuff and will try and post any new ones I see here.

However what is more rare and interesting for me would be ones that feature more tape/concrete type sounds. Amando Ossorio's blind dead films all have extremely dreary primitive soundtracks.

Didnt see Lustig's MANIAC listed here yet so I would throw that out as one of the top synth scores.

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Post by Broadwave » Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:10 am

Although it's not exactly a "B" movie, David Hentschel's synth work on Operation Daybreak is pretty good. Mostly made with an ARP 2500 and an unidentified string synth (It maybe a Roland VP330, which he used on Educating Rita)

Strange choice of soundtrack for a war film though. Shame it was never released :sad:

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Post by Licudi » Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:04 am

Labelling Sorcerer and Suspiria as b-movies is a bit of a stretch. Particularly in Sorcerer's case as it was a very high-budget film (and notorious box office flop) at the time.

Supposedly, the earliest all-synth OST - b-move or blockbuster - is Mort Garson's Didn't You Hear? from 1970. As hardly anyone has seen it, I'm not sure if it counts...

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Post by Dcramer » Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:49 am

chilllwinston wrote:
WaveRider wrote:
chilllwinston wrote:anthropophagus
wow, over the top synth sequences again :hihi:
:nana: Yah It's a personal fav. The whole movie (NSFW) is on youtube, coincidentally:

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It’s all fun and games until young mr studly’s head gets crushed under the weight of his gigantic, self amplifying headphones :zombie:

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Post by Buckage » Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:21 am

I really dig this one...

Shock Waves score by Richard Einhorn


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