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Soundtrack review: Warning Sign (Craig Safan – 1985,2014)

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Soundtrack review: Warning Sign (Craig Safan – 1985,2014)

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“Warning sign” was one of the first all-electronic scores, recorded in 1983, for a movie involving a man-made virus which accidentally turns all lab workers into zombies. Invada Records remastered it and we will get the chance to listen to this gem written by Craig Safan, with 20 minutes of bonus music included.

One of the first all-electronic scores means a must listen for me. I am a huge fan of 80’s synth scores, I love this sound, I know this sound and here I am listening to something that sounds like the first Terminator score. It has that unmistakable pounding sound, that empty and metallic atmosphere and it echoes deep in my memories. I am listening to this and thinking about what followed, about my favorite electronic scores, about Brad Fiedel, about what Hans Zimmer did with the synth and about the marvelous scores from the 80s.

It’s pointless to talk about highlights or minutes of excellence here. You either like this Terminator sound or you don’t.

This score is all about the sound and atmosphere.
This release sounds excellent and does the music justice. I don’t get bored with this sound and “Warning sign” is a terrific listening experience for me. It’s an origin story; it’s going back in time.

“The final battle” is the cue that has time to develop and actually tell a story, and it’s my favorite from the original score. The whole ending is actually quite melodic and beautiful. “All is well” and “End titles” complete this dreamy section of the score. I am teleported almost 25 years ago when I first heard Jean Michel Jarre’s hypnotic compositions. I remember my birthday in 1991, when a very good friend brought me “Waiting for Cousteau” and my mind was blown. This is where “Warning sign” takes me and any score that does that gets a lot of nostalgia points from me.

Cue rating: 71 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 23 / 55

Album excellence: 42%

 

Highlights:

Joanie Electrocuted

The Final Battle

All Is Well

Warning Sign End Title

Bug Accident

Fairchild Comes

Bob Moves Into Action

You’re Turning Into One

The Serum Gun

Transition

 

 

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Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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