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Synth music in old B movies
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WaveRider
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....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0i0wolkMss
drift


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

soundtrack by Richard Einhorn
chilllwinston




thetwlo
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....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0i0wolkMss


nice!!! thumbs up
Hainbach
My favorite, though not "pure" synth music:


I made my own horror soundtrack inspired by this and other B-Movie music for the YouTube Audio Library:

phineas
Nice. This list is a cool idea!
Have to check out the first listings.
Reter187
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.
Zube
Prince of Darkness
Sorcerer
Anything Goblin
WaveRider
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/
WaveRider
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....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0i0wolkMss


nice!!! thumbs up


yeah it sounds like he was using a modular synth in this.... pretty weird music.... 1978 movie... I was impressed smile
WaveRider
chilllwinston wrote:
anthropophagus


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


wow, over the top synth sequences again hihi


nanners Yah It's a personal fav. The whole movie (NSFW) is on youtube, coincidentally:

commodorejohn
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVo0dyjnWYo&t=8m18s
Addam
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

Addam
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 we're not worthy

boberbre

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

hru
pls delete me
authorless
WaveRider
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:

https://youtu.be/QJEwgFl2_Ks?t=37m14s

has some modular sequences buried in it
Reese P. Dubin
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.
Broadwave
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
Licudi
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...
Dcramer
chilllwinston wrote:
WaveRider wrote:
chilllwinston wrote:
anthropophagus


wow, over the top synth sequences again hihi


nanners Yah It's a personal fav. The whole movie (NSFW) is on youtube, coincidentally:




It’s all fun and games until young mr studly’s head gets crushed under the weight of his gigantic, self amplifying headphones zombie
Buckage
I really dig this one...

Shock Waves score by Richard Einhorn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fv5rPXCmuhI
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