Plugged-In Film Scores

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

The sound and images that comprise a film are powered by electricity, so even symphonic film scores are electronic music, in that they reach our ears in the form of a recording. These days, many film scores rely on an unprecedented way on the sonic blend of acoustic and electronic instruments. And for some films, the desired mood is best achieved with music made exclusively with electronic instruments. Host David Garland presents highlights from some particularly effective examples of plugged-in film music, from Forbidden Planet of 1956, to the new Tron: Legacy.


Wendy Carlos - Clockwork Orange - Theme from A Clockwork Orange (Beethoviana), William Tell Overture (Abridged) - East Side Digital

Vangelis - Blade Runner - Empty Streets - Universal

Louis and Bebe Barron - Forbidden Planet - suite - Small Planet

Gabriel Yared - Sauve qui peut (la vie) - De l'Enfer A l'Au-Dela - Volcano

John Carpenter, Alan Howarth - Escape from New York - The President Is Gone - Silva America

Jerry Goldsmith - Runaway - Alley Flight - Varese Sarabande

Tsukerman, Hutchinson, Smith - Liquid Sky - Noon - Varese Sarabande

Carmine & Francis Ford Coppola - Apocalypse Now - Finale - Nonesuch

Wendy Carlos - Tron - Tron Scherzo, The Light Sailer - Walt Disney Records

Daft Punk - Tron - Encom Part II, Recognizer - Walt Disney Records

Brad Fiedel - Terminator 2 - Main Title (Terminator 2 Theme) - Silva Screen Records

Gil Melle - The Andromeda Strain - The Piedmont Elegy - Intrada

Ennio Morricone - The Humanoid - Trasmissione Difettosa, Rotazione E Rivoluzione - RCA

Music from Forbidden Planet:

The original Tron Trailer:

Comments [6]



I listen to your program every Saturday evening. My coworkers and I enjoy the music, and your set-ups(?) spark lively debate.
Vangelis is my favorite composer. He scored Blade Runner, Cosmos and Chariots of Fire. I hope you'll consider devoting some time to him, on future programs (and then I'll win the bet, too.)


Jan. 26 2011 01:34 PM
william pagenkopf from flushing, ny

In my teens while studying piano I saw the film Laura. I wrote to D. Raksin to get a
copy of the theme. He said it had not been published but sent me a copy, photostat?
Unfortunately it got lost during the years or is somewhere among my music scores.
I have 2 or 3 different editions of pieces I
studied and/or performed. Might be somewhere among all the scores.

Jan. 19 2011 11:34 PM
Richard Clark from New Windsor, New York

....It's GREAT having the show back on line...
.....I missed it!.......

Thank You!.............

Jan. 07 2011 12:01 PM
Marisol from Sacramento, California

Will this episode be archived for listening online?

Dec. 28 2010 03:55 PM

David, fantastic show tonight. I'm an electronic musician with a great love of film scores so tonight's theme was entirely up my alley. Thought I knew Blade Runner music backwards and forwards but have never heard the piece you played, and that Morricone track was delightful. Thank you!

Dec. 18 2010 10:06 PM
lizpenn from Brooklyn

David, I've said it before, I'll say it again: I love this show. I always learn something and enjoy myself immensely. And the blog page is full of little treats--the original Tron trailer! That great publicity photo for Forbidden Planet! Glad to see the archive is back in working order. Would hate to miss an episode of Movies on the Radio.

Dec. 18 2010 09:51 PM

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