John Carpenter's soundtrack for his 1981 movie Escape From New York—in which all of Manhattan has become one big prison, and Kurt Russell has to rescue the President—was a crucial early document of the power and flexibility of the synthesizer. Hudson Mohawke recently paid tribute to the film's main theme for the LuckyMe Advent Calendar, which offers a free download every day from December 27 to January 6. Mohawke sticks pretty closely to the original, even tuning his synths so that they sound properly old-fashioned. But he can't help thickening some parts and adding pounding drums: this is a producer who like to flex his muscles.
December 29, 2015