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Escape from New York

John Carpenter / US, 1981 / 99 min.

1980s classic starring Kurt Russell as a maverick hero tasked with rescuing the President of the United States from a criminal gang in a destroyed, dystopian New York of the future. Director John Carpenter famously composed and produced the dark pulsing soundtrack himself.

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Tales of the Future

What would remain of Blade Runner if you take away Vangelis’ synthesizers? Or try to imagine Tarkovsky’s SF classic Solaris without the electronic score. With Tales of the Future, Eye focuses on the impact of the synthesizer on film music and sound design.

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