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Original Motion Picture Soundtrack / Music By Michael Hoenig

The Blob

- Soundtrack, released 1988 -

Covers


CD release USA 1988
Design: Marlene Bergman

CD release USA 2011


Tracks

[a]
1. Main Title3:21
2. It Fell From The Sky4:46
3. Brian's Chase1:39
4. In The Hospital2:35
5. The Reverend2:14
6. Elkins Grove1:55
7. Blob In Theatre2:27
8. The Town Has Changed1:01
9. Into The Sewer1:26
10. Chase In Sewer3:20
11. Close The Manhole0:43
12. The Standoff2:34
13. Blob On Mainstreet2:05
14. Mayhem In Townhall1:19
15. The Rescue2:54
16. Snowfall1:42
17. When The Lord Gives Me A Sign3:05
Total running time39:06
[b]
1. Main Title3:17
2. Brian Jumps Bridge0:59
3. Arrival2:42
4. The Axe2:46
5. They'll Fix You Up3:39
6. Taylor Was A Good Kid2:54
7. Sleeping Pill2:22
8. Dinner Chat1:33
9. Blob Grabs George3:52
10. Killing The Jam2:32
11. Elkins Grove1:58
12. Killing Projectionist1:52
13. Blob In Theatre7:14
14. Standoff2:35
15. Command Post5:26
16. Close The Manhole1:46
17. Escape To Town Hall6:16
18. Snowfall1:50
Total running time55:33


Details

Recording dateJune - July 1988
Recording site(s)The Complex (Los Angeles), Metasound (Los Angeles)
Recording engineer(s)Pamela Neal
Composer(s)Michael Hoenig
Musician(s)Michael Hoenig, Steven Becknell (French horn), Mark L. Adams (French horn), Nathan Campbell (French horn), Chris van Steenbergen (French horn), Charles Movillas (trombone), Bruce Wagner (trombone), George Thatcher (trombone), Mark Zimoski (percussions), Kathryn Ann Dayak (percussions)
Producer(s)Michael Hoenig


Notes

The Blob is a 1988 US horror film Michael Hoenig wrote the music for. A soundtrack album was released in the same year.

 


More information about this movie is available at The Internet Movie Database.

 


The soundtrack album has been re-released in 2011 as a limited edition, now featuring about 15 minutes more music material. Given the partial different track titles, at time of writing it is unknown whether the complete material of the older version is present on the new release as well.

 


The re-release comes with a 16-page booklet, featuring ten stills from the movie and extensive liner notes by Brian Satterwhite about both the movie and the score. It contains numerous quotes from Michael Hoenig; some excerpts as follows:

 


"I came from the music world into the film world through Koyaanisqatsi. I totally fell in love with filmmaking. I thought music for films gave me incredible freedom to do what I loved to do. It was a time when people wanted to hear something different and were truly genuine about it. [...] I was incredibly busy during that time. I worked continuously going from one project to the other while sometimes doing two at the same time. [...] Because it was a genre horror film, I thought maybe this time I should play into the characters, but there was really not much character development in the script! The people that you like die off pretty quickly. The Blob goes through more change than the Kevin Dillon character, which presented an interesting conundrum that left the Blob itself as the main musical motive. [...] The Blob is really the only character in the film in terms of a thematic content. It had a clearly evolving motive... a deep, 'breath-like' sound. It started with layered custom samples that were transposed down, evolved over time, and later mutated into huge multilayered brass sounds. I remember I wasn't sure if I should play it campy or highlight all the tongue-in-cheek jokes. The trivial things seemed the most difficult. [...] The thing that made it all possible was the Synclavier. It was an incredible composition tool, that also served as a sound generator as well as a sampling powerhouse. Through its MIDI interface it also controlled all other synthesizers and keyboards in the studio. Polyphonic sampling was available, but there were no sample libraries like there are today. You had to record everything from scratch and work exclusively with custom samples. [...] When I saw the film, I knew there had to be brass in those chase sequences. There were no sample libraries. It was all very limited in those days. [...] The brass and percussion were live recordings. I think we used a twelve piece brass section and two percussionists. The mixture of electronics and live instruments, rarely done in those days, gave the score a unique energy. [...] I was able to try something I had never tried before. I came totally from the electronic side and worked myself into hybrid electronic-orchestral textures. It was wonderful!"


Releases

USA
1988: Filmtrax
CD [a]: FUSD 103
2011: La-La Land
CD [b]: LLLCD 1166; Limited edition of 2,000 copies
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