Sunday 16 April 2023

Film Synths

Notable synthesizers in electronic horror soundtracks (translated from HERE). Not only should you spend some time looking at all the awesome synth studios some of these people have, please also check out the gear-lists below for some truly sublime vintage synthery. Then what I'm going to need you to do is actually listen to these soundtracks by googling them - most of them, even the most obscure ones, have youtube videos of the OSTs in question. DO IT NOW!!



GOBLIN



Profondo Rosso (1975)

Moog synthesizers (Minimoog and System 55), Mellotron (presets: 3-violins, church organ and 8-choir), Elka X-55 organ, Logan String Melody, celesta, Fender Rhodes electric piano, acoustic grand piano, harpsichord, Hammond B3 , 3-manual 50-stop Vincenzo Mascioni church pipe-organ.

Synthesizer: Claudio Simonetti



Suspiria (1977)

Mellotron (presets: 3-violins, church organ and 8-choir), Elka X-55 organ, Logan String Melody, celesta, Fender Rhodes electric piano, acoustic piano, Minimoog, Moog Modular Synthesizer System 55 (programmed by Felice Fugazza).

Synthesizers: Claudio Simonetti, Maurizio Guarini (uncredited)



Dawn Of The Dead (1978)

Minimoog, Mellotron, ARP Omni, Logan String Melody, Roland System 100 (for the sequences), Hammond B3, Fender Rhodes electric piano, Steinway grand piano.

Synthesizer: Claudio Simonetti



Patrick (1979) & Buio Omega (1979)

Yamaha CS-80, ARP 2600 w/sequencer,
some Moog synth (possibly a Moog satellite), Korg VC-10 vocoder,
Fender Rhodes electric piano, grand piano.

Synthesizer: Maurizio Guarini



Contamination (1980)

Yamaha CS-80, ARP 2600 w/sequencer,
some Moog synth (possibly a Moog satellite), Korg VC-10 vocoder,
Fender Rhodes electric piano, acoustic grand piano.
+ Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 2, Mellotron (choir), Hammond B3.

Synthesizer: Maurizio Guarini



Tenebre (1982)

Roland Jupiter-8, Roland VP-330 vocoder, Minimoog, grand piano, electric piano, Oberheim DMX drum machine, Roland TR-808 drum machine, Roland MC-4 micro computer, 3-manual 50-stop Vincenzo Mascioni church pipe-organ .

Synthesizer: Claudio Simonetti



Non Ho Sonno (2001)

Roland XP-50, Logic Audio plug-ins.

Synthesizer: Claudio Simonetti





CLAUDIO SIMONETTI



I Nuovi Barbari (1983)

Roland Jupiter-8, Roland VP-330 vocoder, Minimoog, Steinway grand piano, electric piano, Oberheim DMX drum machine, Roland TR-808 drum machine, Roland MC-4 micro computer, Mellotron (church organ tapes).



Demoni (1985), Phenomena (1985) & Cut And Run (1985)

PPG Wave 2.3 w/waveterm, Yamaha DX7, E-MU Emulator II sampler, Minimoog, Roland VP-330, Linn 9000 drum machine, Rhodes electric piano.



Simonetti Horror Project (1990) & Days Of Confusion (1991) studio albums

E-MU Emax II sampler, E-MU Proteus 1 & 2, Korg M1, Roland JD-800, Roland D-10, Roland D-550, Roland P300, Roland R8, Roland RD-1000 piano digital, Roland System-100 , Roland TR 808 & 909 drum machine, Yamaha TG77, Yamaha SY22, Yamaha QY10 sequencer, Kurzweil 1000, Oberheim Matrix-1000 & DPX-1, PPG Wave 2.3 w/waveterm, Orla master keyboard, Minimoog, Mellotron, Hammond B3, Viscount pipe organ, acoustic & electric piano.



Il Cartaio (2003)

Logic Audio plug-ins, Arturia Modular V, Kawai Piano ES-1, Kawai MP9000, KORG 01/WFD, KORG 03R/W, KORG Karma, KORG TR-Rack, E-MU II, E-MU III, E-MU Proteus 1 XR, Proteus 2, E-MU Xtreme Lead-1, Hammond B3, Minimoog, Oberheim Matrix-1000, PPG Wave 2.3 w/waveterm, Yamaha (DX7, AN1x, CS1x, CS2x), Roland (A30, D-10 , JD-800, R8, RD-1000 digital piano, System-100, Super JV 1080, XP-50), Linn 9000 drum machine.

Note: Listing from the booklet from the 2004 soundtrack release. Personally, I have a suspicion that this is rather a list of all the musical equipment from Claudio Simonetti's studio at that time :)





KEITH EMERSON



Inferno (1980)

Korg PS-3300 & PS-3100, Minimoog, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 2.



Murderock - Uccide A Passo Di Danza (1984)

Yamaha GX 1, Korg synths, Steinway grand piano.





FABIO FRIZZI



Zombie 2 (1979)

Yamaha CS-80, ARP 2600, Mellotron (male voice tapes), Korg VC-10 vocoder, Rhodes electric piano, Yamaha CP-70 (or CP-80) electric grand piano.

Synthesizers: Maurizio Guarini, Fabio Frizzi



Paura Nella Città Dei Morti Viventi (1980) & ...E Tu Vivrai Nel Terrore! L'Aldila (1981)

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 2, Yamaha CS-80, ARP 2600, Mellotron, Korg VC-10 vocoder, Rhodes electric piano, Yamaha CP-70 (or CP-80) electric grand piano. Synthesizers: Maurizio Guarini, Fabio Frizzi



Manhattan Baby (1982)

Elka Synthex

Synthesizer: Gianni Mazza



Un Gatto Nel Cervello (1990)

E-MU Emulator II sampler

Synthesizer: Fabio Frizzi





BIXIO-FRIZZI-TEMPERA



Sette Note In Nero (1977)

Mellotron, ARP Odyssey, Hohner Clavinet D6, Roland TR-77 drum machine.





LIBRA



Shock (1977)

Minimoog, ARP Omni, Mellotron.

Synthesizers: Sandro Centofanti, Maurizio Guarini





FRANCO MICALIZZI



Chi Sei? (1974), Albert E L'Uomo Nero (1976) & Stridulum (1979)

Minimoog





STELVIO CIPRIANI



Solamente Nero (1978)

Minimoog, Roland System 100 (for the sequences), Logan String Melody II, ARP Omni, Steinway grand piano.

Synthesizer: Claudio Simonetti





ROBERTO DONATI



Eaten Alive! (1980), Cannibal Ferox (1981)

Minimoog, Polymoog, Mellotron, Logan and Solina string ensemble.

Synthesizer: Carlo Maria Cordio





CARLO MARIA CORDIO



Rosso Sangue aka Absurd (Antropophagus 2) (1981)

Minimoog, Polymoog (strings, pads and pipe organ).



Aenigma (1987) & Zombie 5: Killing Birds - Uccelli Assassini (1987)

Roland D-50 (lots of famous sounds). You can try to identify the rest of the synths by ear. There is no list, but most likely the same instruments as on Troll 2 (1990), with the exception of models not yet released for 1987.



Troll 2 (1990)

E-MU Emulator III sampler, Kurzweil K250, Kurzweil RMX250, Minimoog, Roland D-50, Roland D-550, Korg M1, Ensoniq SQ-80, MOTU Digital Performer software sequencer.





STEFANO MAINETTI



Zombi 3 (1988) & Quella Villa In Fondo Al Parco (1988)

Yamaha DX7, Roland D-50, E-MU Emulator II sampler.





GIANNI (JOHN) SPOSITO



Riflessi Di Luce (1988) & Non Avere Paura Della Zia Marta (1988)

Roland JX-10 (Super JX), Yamaha DX7, Yamaha CS30L, E-MU Emax II sampler, Roland TR-808 drum machine.





DANIELE PATUCCHI



Dimensione Violenza (1984)

Fairlight CMI, Minimoog, Polymoog, Oberheim OB-Xa, Fender Rhodes 88, Steinway grand piano, Yamaha CP-80 electric piano, Linn II Drum Computer.





DETTO MARIANO



Il Giustiziere Della Strada (1983)

Fairlight CMI, Linn 9000 drum machine.





MARCELLO GIOMBINI



Antropophagus (1980) & Le Notti Erotiche Dei Morti Viventi (1980)

ARP 2600 (x2) ARP sequencer RMI Keyboard Computer Eminent 310U organ soundtracks and such an evil massive sound is typical for a real church instrument, but there is a version that the sound of the organ was made on the RMI Keyboard Computer).





JEAN-MICHEL JARRE



Les Granges Brûlées (1973)

EMS VCS3, EMS AKS, Farfisa organ.





JOHN CARPENTER



Dark Star (1974)

EMS VCS3



Assault On Precinct 13 (1976)

Moog Modular Synthesizer IIIP (Moog 55) with 5 box units, Moog 960 double sequencer, Fender Rhodes electric piano.

Synthesizers: Dan Wyman, John Carpenter



Halloween (1978)

Moog Modular Synthesizer IIIP (Moog 55) with 5 box units, Moog 960 double sequencer, acoustic grand piano.

Synthesizers: Dan Wyman, John Carpenter



The Fog (1980)

Moog Modular Synthesizer IIIP (Moog 55) with 5 box units, Moog 960 double sequencer.

Synth Artist: Dan Wyman, John Carpenter, Frank Serafine (for SFX on Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 2)



Escape From New York (1981)

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 2, ARP Quadra, ARP Avatar (x2), ARP sequencer, Roland CSQ-600 Sequencer, Sequential Circuits Model 700 Programmer, Roland SVC-350 Vocoder, Linn LM-1 Drum Computer.

Synthesizers: Alan Howarth, John Carpenter



Halloween II (1981)

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 2, Sequential Circuits Prophet 10, ARP Quadra, ARP Avatar (x2), ARP Sequencer, Roland CSQ-600 Sequencer, Sequential Circuits Model 700 Programmer, Linn LM-1 Drum Computer.

Synthesizers: Alan Howarth, John Carpenter



Halloween III: Season Of The Witch (1982)

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 3 (with poly sequencer), Sequential Circuits Prophet 10 (with poly sequencer), ARP Avatar (x2), ARP Sequencer, Roland CSQ-600 Sequencer, Sequential Circuits Model 700 Programmer, Moog Vocoder, Linn LM-1 drum computer.

Synthesizers: Alan Howarth, John Carpenter



Christine (1983)

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 3 (with poly sequencer), Sequential Circuits Prophet 10 (with poly sequencer), ARP Avatar (x2), ARP Sequencer, Roland CSQ-600 Sequencer, Sequential Circuits Model 700 Programmer, Moog Vocoder, Linn LM-1 drum computer + E-MU Emulator sampler

Synthesizers: Alan Howarth, John Carpenter



Big Trouble In Little China (1986

MOTU Digital Performer software sequencer (on Apple Macintosh Plus Computer), E-MU Emulator I & II sampler, Kurzweil K250 sampler, Sequential Circuits Prophet 2002 sampler, Sequential Circuits Prophet VS-2400 Vector Synthesis, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 3 (with poly sequencer), Sequential Circuits Prophet 10 (with poly sequencer), Oberheim SEM 4-voice (MIDIed), ARP Avatar (x2), ARP Sequencer, E-MU SP12 Drumulator, Linn LM-2 Drum Computer.

Synthesizers: Alan Howarth, John Carpenter



Prince Of Darkness (1987)

MOTU Digital Performer software sequencer (on Apple Macintosh Plus Computer), E-MU Emulator I & II sampler, Kurzweil K250 sampler (with 50K sampling), Sequential Circuits Prophet 2002 sampler, Sequential Circuits Prophet VS-2400 Vector Synthesis, Sequential Circuits Prophet 10 , Oberheim SEM 4-voice (MIDIed), ARP Avatar, Korg DVP-1 Vocorder, Moog Vocorder.

Synthesizers: Alan Howarth, John Carpenter



They Live (1988)

MOTU Digital Performer software sequencer (on Apple Macintosh Plus Computer), New England Digital Synclavier, E-MU Emulator II sampler, Kurzweil K250 sampler, Yamaha DX7, Sequential Circuits Prophet 10, Sequential Circuits VS-2400 Vector Synthesis, Sequential Circuits Prophet 2002 sampler , Ensoniq EPS sampler, Ensoniq SQ-80, Oberheim SEM 4-voice (MIDIed), Korg DVP-1 Vocorder, Moog Vocorder, Linn LM-2 Drum Computer.

Synthesizers: Alan Howarth, John Carpenter



Body Bags (1993) & In The Mouth Of Madness (1994)

MOTU Digital Performer software sequencer, E-MU Emulator IIIXP sampler (Emulator IVX on "In The Mouth Of Madness"), Forat F16 Digital Sampler Electronic Drum Module, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer electric piano, Micromoog, Roland MKS-80, Roland D550, Sequential Circuits Prophet VS, Yamaha DX & TX series, E-MU Proteus 1 & 2, Korg M1r & M1rex, Akai S612 sampler.

Synthesizers: Jim Lang, John Carpenter





ALAN HOWARTH



The Lost Empire (1984)

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 3 (with poly sequencer), Sequential Circuits Prophet 10 (with poly sequencer), E-MU Emulator sampler (with 8 voices), ARP Avatar (x2), ARP Sequencer, Roland CSQ-600 Sequencer, Sequential Circuits Model 700 Programmer, Linn LM-1 Drum Computer.



Retribution (1987)

MOTU Digital Performer software sequencer (on Apple Macintosh Plus Computer), E-MU Emulator I & II sampler, Kurzweil K250 sampler, Sequential Circuits Prophet 2002 sampler, Sequential Circuits Prophet VS-2400 Vector Synthesis, Oberheim SEM 4-voice (MIDIed), ARP Avatar (x2), ARP Sequencer, Linn LM-2 Drum Computer.



Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers (1988)

MOTU Digital Performer software sequencer (on Apple Macintosh Plus Computer), New England Digital Synclavier, E-MU Emulator II sampler, Yamaha DX7, Sequential Circuits Prophet 10 & VS-2400 Vector Synthesis, Sequential Circuits Prophet 2002 sampler, Ensoniq EPS & SQ- 80, Oberheim SEM 4-voice (MIDIed), Korg DVP-1 Vocorder, Moog Vocorder.



Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers (1989)

MOTU Digital Performer software sequencer (on Apple Macintosh Plus Computer), New England Digital Synclavier 9600 Digital Audio System, E-MU Emulator I, II, III sampler, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 3 (with poly sequencer), Prophet 10 (with poly sequencer), Sequential Circuits Prophet VS-2400 Vector Synthesis, Sequential Circuits Prophet 2002 sampler, Kurzweil K250 sampler, Oberheim SEM 4-voice (MIDIed), Yamaha DX7, KTI G2 1000 Midi Controller, Linn LM-2 Drum Computer.



Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers (1995)

New England Digital Synclavier 9600 Digital Audio System, Korg 01/WFD, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 & 10, Sequential Circuits Prophet VS-2400 Vector Synthesis, E-MU Emulator II sampler.





TIM KROG



The Boogeyman (1980)

Oberheim 8 Voice modular synthesizer, Minimoog, Crumar Multiman-S string synthesizer, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, Delta Lab DL-2 Acousticomputer, Symmetrics Dual Signal Gate, Lexicon Prime Time digital delay, DBX noise reduction.





RICK WAKEMAN



The Burning (1981)

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 ( The Wakeman Variations only ) & Prophet 10, Yamaha CS-80, Minimoog, ARP Omni, Yamaha grand piano, Korg synths (The Wakeman Variations only ), Hammond organ ( The Wakeman Variations only ), Hohner Clarinet (only in The Wakeman Variations ).





JOHN HARRISON



creepshow (1982)

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, Steinway and Weber grand pianos.



Day Of The Dead (1985)

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, Kurzweil K250 sampler (for piano and strings), Yamaha DX7, Rhodes Chroma, E-MU Emulator sampler, Fairlight CMI, LinnDrum, Simmons percussion.





JOHN SCOTT



Inseminoid (1981)

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, Polymoog, Roland Vocoder, Roland CR-78 CompuRhythm drum machine.





SUSAN JUSTIN



Forbidden World (1982)

Roland Jupiter-8, Serge synth, Hohner Clavinet, acoustic piano.

Synthesizers: Craig Hundley, Susan Justin





WENDY CARLOS



The Shining (1980)

Moog Modular Synthesizer, Polymoog (x2), custom The Circon Circular Controller (like Theremin without keys) drives the Moog synth.





COLIN TOWNS



Full Circle aka The Haunting Of Julia (1977)

ARP 2600, ARP Solina string ensemble, Fender Rhodes electric piano, acoustic grand piano.





JOSEPH LoDUCA



Evil Dead (1981)

Sequential Circuit Prophet 5.





FRED MYROW & MALCOLM SEAGRAVE



Phantasm (1979)

Minimoog, ARP Odyssey, Yamaha YC-30 & YC-45 portable organs, Mellotron (voice and flute tapes), Hohner Clavinet, Rhodes electric piano, acoustic old upright piano.





FRED MYROW & CHRISTOPHER L. STONE



Phantasm II (1988)

WaveFrame The Audioframe 1000 computer sampler workstation, E-MU Emulator II sampler, Roland D-50, Yamaha DX-1.





CHARLES BERNSTEIN



A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)

Yamaha DX7 (used a lot for the bell-like melody textures),
Oberheim OB-SX (used for the low pad on the Main Title etc.),
Sequential Circuits Pro-One,
Roland Juno-106,
ARP 2600 (mk I - 1971/72 model),
Very small Casio keyboard (used for the electronic violin sound in the Main title etc.),
Roland drum machine (Charles does not remember what model it was),
Boss guitar pedals to process his voice,
Acoustic piano.





ANGELO BADALAMENTI



A Nightmare On Elm Street 3 (1987)

New England Digital Synclavier II



Twin Peaks (1990)

Yamaha DX7 and TX7 (for electric piano sounds), combo of Roland MKS-70 and D-550 (for strings), Akai S1000 sampler, Linn 9000 (as sequencer and drum machine), E-MU Emulator II sampler (for the guitar and many other samples).

Synthesizer: Kinny Landrum





HOWARD SHORE



Scanners (1981)

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5



Videodrome (1983)

New England Digital Synclavier II

Synthesizer: Tom Coppola





MAURICE JARRE

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Dreamscape (1984)

Roland Jupiter-8, Serge Modular System synth, New England Digital Synclavier II, LinnDrum, Yamaha GS-1, Steinway grand piano.

Synthesizer: Craig Huxley





BRAD FIEDEL



Terminator (1984)

Sequential Circuits Prophet 10 (for metallic heartbeat sounds), Oberheim OB-Xa, Oberheim DMX, Oberheim DSX, E-MU Emulator sampler, Kawai Grand Piano, electric violin, iron frying pan hit with a hammer.



Fright Night (1985)

Yamaha DX7, E-MU Emulator II sampler, Electric violin.



The Serpent And The Rainbow (1988)

Yamaha DX7, E-MU Emulator II sampler, Fairlight CMI





RALPH JONES



The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

Casio Casiotone MT-30





JONATHAN NEWTON



Unhinged (1982)

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, Minimoog, ARP 2600, Oberheim 8 Voice, Oberheim DMX drum machine, Oberheim DS-2 and SCI model 700 digital sequencers.

Synthesizers: Paul Nelson, Jim Fischer





JOE DELIA



The Driller Killer (1979)

ARP Odyssey, ARP Solina string ensemble.



Ms. 45 (1981)

ARP Odyssey, ARP Solina string ensemble, Minimoog, Fender Rhodes electric piano, acoustic grand piano.





JAY CHATTAWAY



Manic (1980)

Minimoog, custom Oberheim 6 Voice, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 2, Mellotron, Fender Rhodes electric piano, acoustic piano.

Synthesizer: Peter Levin





ROBERT McNAUGHTON, KEN HALE, STEVEN A. JONES



Henry - Portrait Of A Serial Killer (1986)

Roland Juno-106, Korg Polysix, Ensoniq Mirage sampler.





SLAVA TSUKERMAN and others



Liquid Sky (1982)

Fairlight CMI





JON McCALLUM



Surf Nazis Must Die (1987)

Sequential Circuits Pro-One, Casio CZ-5000.





RICK ULFIK



Street Trash (1987)

New England Digital Synclavier II (16 voice FM).





MARTIN COOPER & DAVID A. HUGHES



CHUD (1984)

E-MU Emulator sampler, Roland SH1, LinnDrum, Steinway grand piano.





KEN HIGGINS & JAMES CALABRESE



Spookies (1986)

Yamaha DX7, E-MU Emulator sampler





CHUCK CIRINO



Chopping Mall (1986) & Deathstalker II (1987)

Yamaha DX7, Sequential Circuits Prophet 2000 sampler, Ensoniq Mirage sampler, 360 Systems MIDI Bass, Siel DK-600 Polysynth, LinnDrum sequencer.



Not Of This Earth (1988)

Casio CZ101 (for theremin sound and bass strings), Sequential Circuits Prophet 2000 sampler (for bass), Roland D-50 (for space sounds), Yamaha QX5 sequencer.



Transylvania Twist (1989)

Ensoniq Mirage sampler (for strings, drums and to sample voices), Yamaha TX81Z (for arpeggiating harp sound), Yamaha QX5 sequencer.



The Return of Swamp Thing (1989)

Roland D-50, Sequential Circuits Prophet 2000 sampler, Yamaha TX81Z, 360 Systems MIDI Bass, Roland TR-808 drum machine, Yamaha QX5 MIDI sequencer.





JOHN MASSARI



Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)

Yamaha DX7, Yamaha TX816 module, Fairlight CMI, Kurzweil K250 sampler.





DENNIS MICHAEL TENNEY



Night Of The Demons (1988)

Yamaha DX7, Yamaha TX-81Z modules (x3), Yamaha QX-1 sequencer, Yamaha RX-11 drum machine.





PAUL McCOLLOUGH



Night Of The Living Dead (1990)

Yamaha TG33 module (of Yamaha SY22 synth), Kurzweil (K2000?) sampler.





DANIEL FIEBIGER



The Courier Of Death (1984)

Minimoog, ARP 2600, Oberheim 8 Voice, Roland Opus (maybe it's Moog Opus?), Oberheim DS2 as well as Roland and Sequential sequencers.





ANDREW THOMAS WILSON



The Chain Reaction (1980)

Moog Modular Synthesizer, Oberheim 4 Voice, Roland System 700, Roland System 100M, Moog Vocoder, Hohner Clavinet, Mellotron, Bosendorfer Grand Piano.





PETER MILLER



Spirits Of The Air, Gremlins Of The Clouds (1989)

Roland S-10 sampler





RICHARD EINHORN



Shock Waves (1977)

Korg Maxi-Korg 800DV, Korg MiniKorg-700S.





DENNY ZEITLIN



Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)

Sequential Circuits Prophet 10 Rev 1, ARP Odyssey, Micromoog, prepared acoustic Steinway grand piano.





BARRY SCHRADER



Galaxy Of Terror (1981)

Buchla 200 System modular synth





MARK SNOW



The X-Files (1993-2002)

Korg Wavestation SR, Korg M1, E-MU Proteus 1, 2 & 3, E-MU Morpheus,
New England Digital Synclavier.





DICK MAAS



De Lift (1983)

Roland Jupiter-8, Roland Juno-60.





KLAUS SCHULZE



Angst (1983)

Fairlight CMI, LinnDrum, PPG Wave (?).





KLAUS DOLDINGER



Das Boot (1981)

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 1, Minimoog, Fairlight CMI.





JEAN RICHARD & PATRICK GIORDANO



Mad Mutilator (1983)

Korg PS-3200





PHILIPPE D'ARAM



La Morte Vivante (1982)

Korg MiniKorg-700S, Yamaha CE20 (pre-Yamaha DX7 FM synth: for music box and bell-like sounds).
It turns out that this is one of the very first films with FM synthesis sounds.



Perdues Dans New York (1989)

Roland D-50





JERRY GOLDSMITH



The Reincarnation Of Peter Proud (1975)

ARP 2500 & 2600



Logan's Run (1976)

ARP 2500 & 2600



Damnation Alley (1977)

ARP 2500 & 2600 Minimoog



Damien: Omen II (1978)

It is not known exactly, but presumably it could be ARP 2500 and 2600, or Roland System 100, which were in the studio of Jerry Goldsmith in the second half of the 70s.



Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)

Yamaha GS-1



Under Fire (1983)

Yamaha GS-1, Rhodes Chroma, Minimoog, Oberheim OB-8.



Gremlins (1984)

Yamaha DX7, Yamaha GS-1, Roland Jupiter-8, Roland MKB-1000 MIDI keyboard controller, Roland MSQ-700 sequencer, Rhodes Chroma, Minimoog, Memorymoog, Oberheim system (OB-8, DMX & DSX), Sequential Circuits Prophet T8 , acoustic grand piano.



Runaway (1984)

Yamaha DX7, Yamaha GS-1, E-MU Emulator sampler (for percussion/effects sounds), Roland Jupiter-8, Roland MKB-1000 MIDI keyboard controller, Roland MSQ-700 sequencer, Rhodes Chroma, Minimoog, Memorymoog, Oberheim system ( OB-8, DMX & DSX), Sequential Circuits Prophet T8, acoustic grand piano.



Legend (1985)

Yamaha DX7, Roland Jupiter-8, Memorymoog, Oberheim system (OB-8, DMX & DSX), Sequential Circuits Prophet T8.



Link (1986)

Yamaha DX7 (x3), Simmons drums.



Warlock (1989)

Roland D-50, Roland JX-10, Roland S-550 sampler, Roland MKS-20 Digital Piano Sound Module, Roland MKS-80 Super Jupiter, Sequential Circuits Prophet VS, E-MU Emulator II sampler, Yamaha DX7 II FD (? ).





CARTER BURWELL



Psycho III (1986)

New England Digital Synclavier





GIORGIO MORODER



Midnight Express (1978)

Minimoog (most of the bass sounds), Moog 960 sequencer, ARP Solina string ensemble, Roland SH-1000, Rhodes electric piano, Hohner Clavinet, Moog Modular Synthesizer w/sequencers (only on film version), ARP 2600 (only on film version) ), Polymoog (only on film version).

Synthesizer: Harold Faltermeyer & Dan Wyman , Greg Mathieson (album version)



Cat People (1982)

Roland Jupiter-8, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, Minimoog, Polymoog, New England Digital Synclavier II, Linn LM-1 Drum Computer, Wurlitzer electric piano, Fender Rhodes electric piano.





BERNARD HERRMANN



The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

Theremin (bass and treble models)



Endless Night (1972), Sisters (1973), It's Alive (1974), It's Alive 2: It Lives Again (1978)

Minimoog





LES BAXTER



The Dunwich Horror (1970)

Moog Modular Synthesizer, Novachord, Baldwin Electric Harpsichord, Hammond organ, Theremin.





JACK NITZSCHE



Starman (1984)

New England Digital Synclavier II

Synthesizers: Brian Banks, Anthony Marinelli





CRAIG SAFAN



Fade To Black (1980)

Moog Modular Synthesizer, Minimoog (modified), ARP 2600 (hooked up to an Oberheim SEM module), custom Oberheim 6 Voice, Polymoog, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 1, Yamaha CS-80, Bode vocoder.



Warning Sign (1985)

New England Digital Synclavier II



A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

New England Digital Synclavier II





MICHAEL HOENIG



The Wraith (1986)

New England Digital Synclavier II



The Blob (1988)

New England Digital Synclavier II , Oberheim DPX-1 Digital Sample Player, Oberheim 4 Voice, Oberheim Matrix-12, Minimoog, Yamaha DX7 (modified), Sequential Circuits Prophet VS.



I, Madman (1989)

New England Digital Synclavier II





JONATHAN ELIAS



Children Of The Corn (1984)

New England Digital Synclavier II (with sampling), Fairlight CMI Serie II, Voyetra-8, Roland Jupiter-8, ARP 2600, Korg PS-3100, Korg MS-20, Oberheim OB-Xa, Yamaha DX7, 360 Systems MIDI Bass, Linn & Simmons drum machines.





RICHARD BAND



Laserblast (1978) with Joel Goldsmith

Yamaha CS-80, Yamaha CS-60, ARP 2600, Crumar Orchestrator.



Terror Vision (1986)

Yamaha CS-70M, ARP 2600 (x2), Minimoog, Yamaha DX5, Yamaha DX7.



Prison (1988) with Christopher L. Stone

WaveFrame The Audioframe 1000 computer sampler workstation



The Pit And The Pendulum (1991)

New England Digital Synclavier II





ROB (ROBIN COUDERT)



Manic (2012)

Oberheim OB-X, Korg MS-20, Korg VC-10 vocoder, Korg PS-3100, Roland Juno-6, Yamaha CS-60, Yamaha CP-35, Siel string machine, Mellotron (voices tape samples), Korg SQ- 10 analog sequencer, Roland CR-8000 CompyRhythm drum machine, acoustic piano.





DAN WYMAN



Without Warning (1980)

Sequential Circuits Prophet 10 Rev 1, Moog Modular Synthesizer.



Hell Night (1981)

Sequential Circuits Prophet 10 Rev 1, Moog Modular Synthesizer.





WALTER SEAR



Let's Scare Jessica To Death (1971)

Moog Modular Synthesizer





HAROLD FALTERMYER



The Running Man (1987)

New England Digital Synclavier II (for sampled sounds), Yamaha TX816, Yamaha DX7, Roland Jupiter-8, Roland JX-8P, Roland System 700 & 100M, Moog Model 15 modular synth, Linn LM-1 & LinnDrum (modified), Roland TR-808 drum machine.





MÁSIK JÁNOS & SZEMZŐ TIBOR



Meteo (1990)

Korg M1





HANS ZIMMER



Paperhouse (1988)

Fairlight CMI Serie III, Moog Modular Synthesizer System 55, Yamaha DX1, Yamaha TX816, E-MU Modular System, Oberheim Xpander, Roland MKS-80 Super Jupiter.





ALAN SILVESTRI



Cat's Eye (1985)

New England Digital Synclavier II, Yamaha DX7.





JOE RENZETTI



The Exterminator (1980)

Oberheim OB-X



Basket Case 2 (1990) & Frankenhooker (1990)

Roland System 700, Oberheim OB-8, Yamaha DX7, Apple Computer (as sequencer).





PAUL ZAZA



The Brain (1988)

Yamaha DX7, E-MU Emulator III sampler, E-MU SP-12 drum machine.





ANTHONY MARINELLI & BRIAN BANKS



Graveyard Shift (1990)

New England Digital Synclavier





GARY WRIGHT



Endangered Species (1982)

Moog Modular Model 55 + Model 15, Oberheim 4-voice, Oberheim 8-voice, E-MU Modular,
Polymoog, E-MU Emulator 1 sampler, Moog vocoder, Oberheim DMX, Roland drum machine. All of them were in sync.

Synthesizers: Gary Wright, Casey Young





JOHN BEAL



Killer Party (1986)

Yamaha DX7, Fairlight CMI, Mellotron.





MICHAEL CONVERTINO



The Hidden (1987)

New England Digital Synclavier

Synthesizer: Steve Croes





RANDY EDELMAN



Ghostbusters II (1989)

Roland D-50 (identified by ear, as well-known factory presets were often used)





GRAEME REVELL



Dead Calm (1989)

Roland D-50 (identified by ear, as well-known factory presets were often used)





VLADIMIR HORUNZHY



The Langoliers (1995)

Ensoniq SD1 (so far the only one identified)



8 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for posting! I will go through the list trying to find all this stuff and have a listen. I just love this kind of stuff since I heard the “Escape from New York“ and „Apocalypse Now“ Soundtracks.

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    1. Cool - I updated the post with some pics..

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    2. That‘s nice!

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  2. This is indeed a nice list. Another never ending source is the facebook group „Obscure Electronic Music From The Past“ by Piero Papini. Only he is allowed to post information - that makes the site a high quality source. One of his latest posts for example is:
    #italiansweremasters

    PEYMONT "Cibernetica" LP
    Anguished atmosphere, obsessive mechanical patterns, dark disturbing music: in short, this is what we call a Masterpiece! "Back in 1971, when this real gem of electronic experimentation was released, the term “cybernetic” was used to refer to the future. Or, at least, to an obscure science in the hands of a few experts, conducting experiments in rooms filled with huge electronic calculators. Automated controls, auto-regulation, information theory… those were abstract, uncommon and rarely used concepts which would change the world in a few years – and, in our case, deeply influenced an album which, almost half a century later, remains a mystery.
    The greek origin of the word used as a title (kybernetes, which indicates the pilot of a ship) is not very helpful and we still don’t know who is hiding under the Peymont alias. For many years it was commonly believed that Peymont was Piero Umiliani in disguise, but some of the most respected theories explain that the nickname was used to hide the identity of Luigi Malatesta – composer of film scores, music libraries and, oddly enough, the hymn of the italian political party Democrazia Cristiana – or the world famous Egisto Macchi (a more fascinating and plausible thesis).***[Peymont is Antonino Riccardo Luciani brother of Maria Teresa Luciani]
    The 13 tracks featured on Cibernetica, indeed, bring to the mind the most abstract and experimental compositions of Macchi; but if we fell into the pitfall of living this listening experience as it was a treasure hunt, we’d make a huge mistake.
    Indeed, this music is constantly a means to research and explore: we can almost see the author and the musicians – whoever they are – locked in a research lab (“Laboratorio di ricerche”) while assembling thermoionic valves (“Valvole termoioniche”) and artificial kidneys (“Reni artificiali”), using an oscilloscope (“Oscilloscopio”) or an electronic calculator (“Calcolatore elettronico”), discussing about analysis and distillation (“Analisi e distillazione”), electronic impulses (“Impulsi elettronici”) and automatism (“Automatismo”). If you are careful – and we’re certain you do – you can also listen to the noise of a teletypewriter printing these notes, in a future perfect time."

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  3. Great! Thanks I will check out the FB page

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    1. Piero has also worked out a playlist of his posts:
      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ngvH9SMVuqg&list=PL_4kns9SH5FdY7tpYe6uIiJ9fYsbj4a_5&pp=iAQB

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