MATRIXSYNTH: Fantasy Soundtracks Ep:5 'Fresh Meat'

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Fantasy Soundtracks Ep:5 'Fresh Meat'


"5th in a series of simple live jams inspired by some of my favourite vintage sci-fi and horror from the cinema and TV. I thought it'd be a fun idea to see what I can do with a simple setup, perhaps ony 2 analog monophonic synth voices, and modest digital effects. The synthesizer soundtracks of the 70's and early 80's were often very simple, spartan compositions, using few instruments and often on a shoestring budget, which is what made them special I think.

In this instance I'm using my AJH Eurorack modular synth to generate two voices: The first is the square waves from 2 VCO's going into the Entropic Doom's ring modulator, then the Gemini dual filter to create the phaser-like effect. See this video for a more detailed explanation of this patch:
The second sound involves a sawtooth from a third VCO, modulated by the Sample & Hold with slew, passing through the Wave Swarm, and then the ladder Filter. The notes are played manually using a Keystep controller, and the Precision Voltages module is used to shift the pitch of the second sound. Reverb from EOS2.

The movie 'Death Line' (UK title), or 'Raw Meat' (US title) is a little known gem, which is essentially a cannibal movie, taking place below the London subway. It captured my imagination as a teenager partly due to it's setting/location (which I was very familiar with), but also because it wasn't completely silly like most of the horror, and particularly zombie movies that I was collecting in my youth. It had the kind of atmosphere I was looking for in such movies, but rarely found. I made an earlier soundtrack to this clip in the first part of the following video: [posted here]

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