'MIND OF THE MACHINE' Theme MP3 "Airwolf" Teaser

(8 Apr 2012)

The 'MIND OF THE MACHINE' score performed by Mark J.Cairns from the Airwolf Extended Themes soundtrack
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Below is a teaser for CD2 from Sylvester Levay's 1st Season Airwolf episode.


Airwolf 1st Season episode 'MIND OF THE MACHINE' with Dr Winchester's Theme and fan-favourite Airwolf episode showing off the Airwolf simulator
Airwolf 1st Season episode 'MIND OF THE MACHINE' with Dr Winchester and the Airwolf simulator
The ‘MIND OF THE MACHINE’ theme is a medley of three different scenes from this Airwolf 1st Season episode, with the first scene of Hawke and Dom testing Dr Winchester's Airwolf simulator in the computer canyons leading onto the extended scene between him and Diana when they realise the Airwolf helicopter holds on-board plans and specifications in its computer memory as well as a video record of every mission the Lady and her team have ever been on, all culminating in the final, poignant, orchestral-backed aerial of the dying Winchester's last wish to finally take control of the real Airwolf.

AIRWOLF 1st Season episode 'MIND OF THE MACHINE' guest-starring the late David Carradine and Sondra Currie
Dr Winchester and Diana realise Airwolf has a secret
What's really interesting about this fan-favourite 1st Season episode is the fact that it's the only other track that we're pretty much re-visiting completely from the original Airwolf Themes 2CD Soundtrack, the other being the "Try & Cut 'Em Off Theme" at the end of the new 'KINGDOM COME' track.

This episode's music was originally included on Sylvester Levay's final "1st Season Medley" track on his original CD2 from Airwolf Themes but many fans felt whilst they loved it in its own right, it was just too short and not accurate enough of a recreation to fully satisfy them to be a complete composition of this amazing episode's iconic and memorable "Winchester's Theme". Well, I've decided that we need to have another go at it again (with the added help of John Rogers' brilliantly accurate transcription of the distinctive bass-line Arpeggiator, again transcribed directly from the original recording at 20% speed). I'm personally very pleased with the result.

TRIVIA
I wanted to add a little Easter Egg to the middle of this track by mixing what I call the "Winchester Realisation Moment" sound into the music (included it within this MP3 music teaser) which plays when he finally figures out what the creator of Airwolf, Dr Moffet had said to Winchester that "Airwolf is very much a living thing". I was having trouble getting this sound at Einstein Studios thus I asked for Orchestrator & Associate Producer, Jan Michal Szulew's help to take a few hours out of his busy schedule to try and create this sound for me. To say he nailed it in the most unconventional way would be an understatement! See Jan's quick Blog on the creation of this sound here.

HAWKE'S RUN COMING NEXT...
Frankie and I have already about half of the extended Hawke's Run mix done last week so hopefully I can get back into studio this week to finish it.

JAN'S BLOG and MARTY'S AIRWOLF DOCUMENTARY
Don't forget to check out Jan's progress on Airwolf Extended Themes CD1 over on his Airwolf Orchestrator's Blog, and Marty Grant's progress on the other big Airwolf project... the Airwolf: Echoes From The Firm DOCUMENTARY on his Blog.

For progress of were Jan and I are at with both Airwolf Extended Themes CDs, see the updated Pre-Production Tracklist here.




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'KINGDOM COME' Theme MP3 "Airwolf" Teaser

(5 Apr 2012)

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Another Mark J.Cairns' MP3 Teaser
for Airwolf Extended Themes soundtrack
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Below is a teaser for CD2 from Sylvester Levay's 3rd Season episode.


Airwolf 3rd Season episode 'KINGDOM COME' guest starring Stephen Parr, Devon Ericson and Thom McFadden
Airwolf 3rd Season episode 'KINGDOM COME' - Caitlin's in peril, as Babe and Archangel try to save her
The Airwolf ‘KINGDOM COME’ theme is a medley of four different scenes from the Airwolf 3rd Season episode, starting with Ken Sawyer's heist team parachuting into MaxiTech, through to the love triangle theme (a great one from Sly Levay) between between Ken, Caitlin and heist team leader, Tracy.

Stephen Parr as 'Ken Sawyer' in Airwolf 3rd Season episode 'KINGDOM COME'
'Ken Sawyer' in 'KINGDOM COME'
The really great thing about this theme is the wonderful spread of emotions it contains and shows Sly Levay on top of his game; it really has everything in the one place with a quiet minimalism to start with right through to the big action theme at the end.

You'll start to hear the "orchestral" work from here on in. Sly's use of the lead Oboe in 'KINGDOM COME' is really poignant as it mixes (as per the teaser here) with a lovely acoustic guitar. This is one of the themes showing off the wonderful live guitar work by 'Big Bill Campbell' who Frankie brought in for a night at Einstein Studios. Guitars are an instrument that still sound terrible on synths so we didn't mess around here and just brought in the real thing (the way Sly and Udi did originally), both acoustic and the big Fender for the power chords. I hope you'll agree that it sounds mighty now. There are 5-6 themes in total with Bill's guitar work.

Airwolf Guitar
I guarantee many of you will be playing along with your Air Guitars (aka "Airwolf Guitars") Marty McFly-style with the reprise (from Track 10 of Airwolf Themes) of the "Try And Cut 'Em Off" theme. This version is based on its second use near the end when Airwolf is taking off over the top of the bombers after Ken Sawyer has placed a bomb inside Airwolf which is linked to the human bomb on Caitlin in his yacht at the harbour. I've also extended the action theme a bit more this time so you can exercise your 'Airwolf Guitar' arms for longer!  ;D

You'll see how different it sounds this time compared to Airwolf Themes with a different arrangement and of course better instruments and kit than in 1998 with my original version of the car chase at MaxiTech. I'm so delighted with this track overall. It has everything I'd ever want in a score track.

TRIVIA
In the parachute-in scene at the start of this episode, the heist team place a bomb on the vault door at MaxiTech. Sound Editor Michael D. Wilhoit used the same sound for this bomb as the secure lab's locator beacon in 2nd Season episode 'CONDEMNED'. Nice bit of recycling. So it's obvious to me that it was actually a rabbit they were stealing in the yellow suitcase disguised as thermonuclear detonators. Poor old "Harpo"... first injected with a biological weapon and now a radioactive rabbit just over a year later! ;D

WINCHESTER'S THEME COMING NEXT...
I've also got the fan-favourite 1st Season episode 'MIND OF THE MACHINE' theme ready to let you all hear as well, so I'll do that as a separate Blog over Easter 2012. Look out for it.

DAVID CARRADINE as 'Dr Winchester' from Airwolf 1st Season episode 'MIND OF THE MACHINE'
'Dr Winchester' (DAVID CARRADINE)
Don't forget to check out Jan's progress on Airwolf Extended Themes CD1 over on his Airwolf Orchestrator's Blog, and Marty Grant's progress on the other big Airwolf project... the Airwolf: Echoes From The Firm DOCUMENTARY on his Blog.

For progress of were Jan and I are at with both Airwolf Extended Themes CDs (yes, that was an April Fool on Sunday!) see the updated Pre-Production Tracklist here.