March of the Panthers (take 1) by tapewolf

March of the Panthers (take 1)

March of the Panthers (take 1)


6 May 2021 at 18:22:02 MDT

While I still need to finish recording and mixing the final song in the Xerian hexology, I've had a bit of a creative block in writing new music. So when this idea came along I was determined to see it through.

Here is an instrumental theme for the robot panther guards that turn up a lot in my comics. It reminds me a lot of some of the earliest music I did when I had just the M-VS1 and JV1010, so there's a nostalgia kick to this that goes beyond the vintage synths from the 80s that I put to use. I was originally going to do the entire thing on synthesizers but ended up adding a little bit of electric bass too at the last minute.
This is the first time I've recorded bass directly to 2" instead of going through the TSR-8 first - since it was just a short section and not the entire song it didn't really need the automatic punch-in which the TASCAM brings to the table.

Artwork by keetahspacecat

Equipment used:
Yamaha TX7 (desktop DX7) - the main bassline is using one of the classic DX7 patches.
Roland MVS-1, JV1010 and D550 (rackmount D50)
Sequential OB6, Korg M1R, Cheetah MS6, Waldorf Streichfett, Moog Voyager, Alesis DM10, Steinberger XT2d bass, Strymon Deco and Bluesky

Recording was done on an Otari MX80 24-track recorder and mixing was done to a Studer A807.

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Multimedia / Original Music


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    I like it! Different bits of it remind me of the Knight Rider theme, Blade Runner, and the 1970s Dr. Who theme (mostly the bassline on that one).

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      Thanks! I think the actual inspiration for the bassline was from the opening track on Ayreon's recent "Transitus" album, which I was listening to a lot recently, though as you say that kind of thing has been done a lot elsewhere. I can't actually remember what the Knight Rider theme sounds like now...

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        I can't actually remember what the Knight Rider theme sounds like now...

        I can't actually forget, having watched it during the first run in glorious 480i, originally on a set that had more than one tube. :) It's from that window of time in the early 80s where you would get the crisp digital synth and fat analog synth sounds on the same track.

        Try (show intro with voice-over) or (music only) , modulo copyright and region coding.