Los Angeles, 1983. A demon comes to earth... a beautiful demon, and she's here to feed.
A lonely, hard boiled cop is on the trail of a series of seemingly connected murders across the city.
As the case unfolds, he falls in love with a mysterious, hypnotic woman. Unbeknownst to him, she is the killer he has been looking for. And she's not of this earth. As the truth unfolds, he faces a stark choice.... kill the woman he loves, or let the demon live.
Re-discovering Turquoise Moon’s other-worldly score to ‘Midnight Demon’:
Turquoise Moon were an American synth duo of Terry Ferrello and Frank Heisenberg, recording and releasing music from 1981 to ‘86. The pair met in ’81 while living in Mountain View, California, and working as game developers for Atari Inc. Here they discovered a shared fascination for synthesisers and drum machines that they cracked, modified and rebuilt. Choosing the name Turquoise Moon, the duo wrote instrumental music out of Frank’s basement, which they self released on cassette via independent stores and fanzines throughout the Bay Area during 1982.
One of these rare tapes made its way to the hands of LA-based writer and director Kyle Caruso, who had cut his teeth directing commercials for the automotive and high end perfume industries and was about to embark on shooting his first feature film. That film was Midnight Demon.
Terry and Frank were invited by Kyle to move to LA in June of 1983 to compose music for the movie – an opportunity they jumped at, as the video game crash was beginning to take hold of the industry. Midnight Demon was scored in nine days using a Roland JX-3P, a Juno-60, a Jupiter 8, several cracked and unrecognisable Moogs, a Linn Drum and a Simmons SD-7 drum brain.
On the strength of the soundtrack Turquoise Moon signed to Capitol Records, for whom they recorded an album that, for reasons unknown, remains unreleased to this day. Undeterred, they resided in LA through early ’85 to write the score for Midnight Demon 2, before finally calling it quits in 1986.
released June 1, 2018
All music written and produced by Turquoise Moon.
Re-mastered from the original 1983 tapes by Andy Fosberry.
Artwork and design by Eric Adrian Lee.
Copyright Spun Out Of Control 2018, all rights reserved.
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It isn't hard to imagine this as the soundtrack to "Night of the Living Dead" in a parallel universe where the classic film was made in early eighties Italy. The metronomic kick drum throbbing away at the start of "Opening Credits" and that eerie vocal choir synth line awakens the same frisson as when listening to Frizzi's "Zombi 2" main theme. A wonderful homage to retro Italo-horror soundtracks which also functions very effectively as an alternative score for the film. Excellent... Kish Kollektiv