We were all captivated by the soundtrack of the film Blade Runner (1982), Vangelis creation that raised to a cult work inspired by Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
That dystopian sound came from the Yamaha CS-80 synthesizer of 1976, a legendary instrument due to of its sound, timbre molding versatility and its personality; mostly used by important music stars. Only 200 units were manufactured.
Now, a unofficial clone of the iconic synthesizer has been made: the Deckard’s Dream. The synth can be pre-ordered for $ 3,749. The piece has received good reviews for its look and amazing sound, justifying its high price, even if it’s considerably lower than the original CS-80 that reaches $ 15,000.
16 VCOs – 8-voice polyphony with two independent synthesizer layers per voice, discrete waveshapers help to reproduce the oddness of the original waveforms. Autotune keeps all 16 VCOs tracking perfectly, with detune settings for a vintage feel.
Polyphonic aftertouch and MPE – MIDI polyphonic aftertouch gives deckard’s dream expression that has only been possible on a very small number of synthesizers. MPE technology (using controllers by ROLI, LinnStrument, Haken) takes this even further with the addition of poly pitch bend.
DIY Version Available – DIY kits with all digital SMT parts preinstalled. A very detailed building manual, large thru-hole components and a simple calibration procedure will allow even beginners to build this kit.
MIDI, USB, VST/AU editor – With the addition of MIDI implementation, 256 presets and a software editor provided by Spektro Audio, this vintage inspired poly synth is at home in any modern studio.
Analogue effects and CV inputs – 1U rackmount expander is coming later this summer: 16 assignable CV inputs, analogue ring-modulator and chorus, missing Sustain I/II controls. may be used as a standalone effects box and a cv-2-midi convertor.
Today, for all big fans of Alien franchise, we are celebrating Alien Day. The saga that began in 1979 has an unquestionable reach in the science fiction world, for that reason, we are happy to pay tribute to this nasty creature and to all its universe, this date 26th April.
Why do we celebrate Alien Day today? Do you remember the planetoid where Nostromo guys find eggs of the xenomorphs? Well, that planet is called LV-426 the place where everything begins, and that is why the date coincides perfectly with the genesis of this whole horror films world.
Mondo label pays tribute to this special day. The original soundtrack composed by Jerry Goldsmith will be released in a 4xLP vinyl color 180g Special Edition. The sleeves of each record, were created by Tyler Stout, with different illustrations, ranging from egg to its final Xenomorph form.
Also be released a 2xLP on vinyl 180g black or color, with Kilian Eng illustrations.
It is worth mentioning, that according to information from The Vinyl Factory magazine, last year Mondo celebrated Alien Day with a vinyl release filled with liquid, limited to only 75 copies.
Those who have immersed themselves in cyberpunk’s works and dystopian territories have not indifferent to the aesthetics or music of these worlds. Such is the case of Ghost in the Shell from 1995, directed by Mamoru Oshiil, based on the homonymous work of Masamune Shirow that inspired successful proposals like The Matrix.
Kenji Kawai is responsible for the disturbing music of Ghost in The Shell. One track that was etched in the minds of many is “Making The Cyborg”, a composition where female choirs evoke perfectly the dystopia of Shirow’s world in those scenes where we could appreciate how Major is create, showing us the scope of the technology, a beautiful landscape as disturbing.
For its iconic main theme “Making of Cyborg”, Kawai had a choir chant a wedding song in ancient Japanese following Bulgarian folk harmonies, setting the standard for timeless and unparalleled soundtrack that admirably echoes the film’s musings on the nature of humanity in a Technologically advanced world.”
For all fans of this anime, and taking advantage of the arrival of the film starring by Scarlett Johansson, will be released the original full Ghost In The Shell Soundtrack on vinyl through We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records.
The release is scheduled for next June this year, a special edition and standard LP version. The special edition includes an additional LP + 7 “+ OBI + Silver Foil + Extensive 24-page liner notes.
Price: Regular Edition €25 / Limited Edition €40.
Listen original soundtrack below.
A1 謡I – Making Of Cyborg
A4 Virtual Crime
A5 謡II – Ghost City
B3 Floating Museum
B5 謡III – Reincarnation
Bonus 7” (limited edition only) :
A1 挿入歌 毎天見一見! (See You Everyday)
The original Netflix series, Stranger Things already has a special place among musicians and lovers of the futuristic aesthetics of the 80s.
His soundtrack penetrated the audience, thanks to his character and deepness; an example was many versions of producers and enthusiasts who risked to create the Stranger Things’s cool sound.
If you feel curious about the machines used in the main theme of the popular series, Reverb.com shows a video with details about all sound sources used in the creation of this soundtrack in its second season, that we can watch this year.
Stranger Things’ retro music was written by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, brains of S U R V I V E. They took advantage of a selection of classic and modern machines and synthesizers as well drum machines, to reach that classic sound like John Carpenter’s stuff.
In the video, S U R V I V E members explore four vintage synthesizers: Sequential Circuits Prophet-5, Roland Juno-6, Korg Mono / Poly and the Roland TR-707 drum machine. Other than the well-known machines used by Dixon and Stein, include Moog Minimoog Model D, DigiTech Whammy II and Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man.
Here’s what the authors of the famous Stranger Things theme have to say.
We’re already getting a little bored of trying to be funny and cynical about the new Zac Efron starring EDM movie We Are Your Friends. It’s a bit like taking shots at Jeremy Clarkson, or Sting – it’s so obvious why the whole thing is ridiculous and annoying, the jokes are too easy. So instead of being grumpy fuckers about the whole thing, we thought we’d introduce you to some other electronic music films that are getting a release this year, films that are really worth getting excited about.
Dance music has a bit of a checkered past with cinema. For every on-the-nose offering like Human Traffic, there is aBeat Girl, doing about as good a job of capturing club culture as In The Night Garden does capturing deprived inner-city communities. This year, however, things might be looking up. Efron’s pulse racing BPMs aside, there are a slew of genuinely intriguing movies on the way, each of which has the critical and crew credentials to suggest some genuine promise, and crucially, authenticity. Check out our five suggestions below.
Director: Alex Dunn What’s the Story?: The first in a few star-stuffed documentaries on our list, 808 is all about the low-frequency drum-machine that has been powering sultry electronica and bumpin’ hip-hop since the early 1980s. It’s one of many industry focussed, all star cast affairs, featuring interviews with the likes of Rick Rubin, David Guetta, Norman Cook, Damon Albarn, Diplo, and of course, 808 State. The drum machine played a pivotal role in a transformative period in dance and electronic music, so while the documentary might sound like one for the heads, it should actually be a pretty all encompassing slice of musical history. Expect: 808’s and hot takes. Released: The movie just premiered at Sheffield’s Doc Fest, so hopefully we can expect a wider UK release soon. Find out more here.
is the movie on our list closest to We Are Your Friends, yet rather than opting for a straight up rise to the top story, it heads in the more realistic (albeit probably depressing) direction of a wannabe DJ floating on the peripheries of Paris’ 1990s rave scene. The story loosely follows the real-life story of the director’s brother Sven, named Paul in the film, who attempts to enter the scene as a DJ. From the looks of things, it appears to be a parallel to Daft Punk’s story, with more emphasis on the “Instant Crush” than the “Get Lucky”. Expect: Frances Ha meets Tron. Released: 24th July.
I Dream of Wires
Directed by: Robert Fantinatto and Jason Amm What’s the Story?: Further back than the 808, looking to the arrival of the modular synth. We’ve spoken to a lot of producers recently who seem to be returning to the tactile experience of the modular synthesiser, and this documentary should demonstrate why that is happening. Arriving in the 1960s the synthesiser tore a hole in popular music, and changed a landscape defined by guitars into something far more cosmic, a “tearing the fabric of the universe sound”. Featuring interviews from everyone from Trent Reznor to Legowelt, this should be a truly enveloping origin story. Expect: The dawn of electronic music. Released:The film get its premiere in Berlin on the 28th of July. Find out more here.