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Vision Heat / Sickness To Insanity: Electronic Horror Scores Realized By Vision Heat 1982-1988
Album:Sickness To Insanity: Electronic Horror Scores Realized By Vision Heat 1982-1988 Collection:General
Artist:Vision Heat Added:02/2015
Label:Vision Heat Ltd. 

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Album Review
Telepathic Juan
Reviewed 2015-02-06 
Sickness To Insanity: Electronic Horror Scores Realized by Vision Heat 1982-1988 is a project by San Francisco’s Vision Heat, aka Jared Blum (GiganteSound, The Talking Book, Blanketship and Vulcanus 68). The idea is fascinating: a fictitious soundtrack compilation of some of the best synth based, B-movie horror themes and incidental music produced between the years 1982-1988 by a music production company operating out of the Eastern Bloc from1980 to 1988. What it makes it more believable is that all the music is composed using technology of the time - CMI Fairlight, Synclavier and DX7 synthesizers and treated in a way it actually sounds as if it had come out of a real low budget horror film from the 1980’s. Spooky, atmospheric and unique.

RIYL: Claudio Simenetti, Craig Safan, Wendy Carlos & Rachel Elkind, Charles Bernstein, and, John Carpenter & Alan Howarth.

NO WORDS, NO FCC’s.
Recommended Tracks: 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 12, 15, 17, and 22

1. (00:53) Mother (1987) - Opening Theme – Slow piece inspired by The Exorcist theme. Eerie.
2. (02:43) **The Hotel St. Croix (1985) - Main Theme – 80’s B-movie theme extravaganza. Amazing track!
3. (01:06) School Spirits (1984) - Under The Bleachers – Incidental music (Sampled voices and strange as fuck feeling).
4. (01:44) *Death Circus (1986) - Theme #2 – Incidental music (Being followed sensation. Nice campy synth part. Catchy).
5. (02:39) Witchkraft II (1982) - Clarice Awaits – Funky beats, odd effects, chilly synths.
6. (00:46) Mass Graves (1983) - Procession – Funeral feeling all over. Icy.
7. (01:34) *The Ambush (1986) - Attack Sequence – Low-tech recording. Hypnotic feeling.
8. (00:29) Hellen (1985) - The Beguiling – Family dialogue. Nothing else.
9. (03:32) **Campers (1985) - End Credits – Another 80’s B-movie theme extravaganza. Amazing keyboards.
10. (00:52) The Hotel St. Croix (1985) - Elevator Love – Incidental music (Electric drums and spacy synths).
11. (01:09) *Zombie Eaters (1984) - Theatrical Trailer Edit – Pop meets score music. Weird but memorable piece.
12. (01:47) **Pakin Heat (1982) - Escape The Rain – Claustrophobic exercise in fear. Well constructed.
13. (01:58) Motion Sickness (1983) - Tunnel Drive/Flashback – Eerie and playful at the same time. Upbeat.
14. (00:55) Mother (1987) - A Doll's Eye – Incidental music (Spooky and frightening).
15. (02:22) *Blood And Spirit (1987) - Opening Credits – Third 80’s B-movie theme extravaganza in this collection. Upbeat and synthy.
16. (00:41) Death Circus (1986) - Dreams You Can't Resist – Incidental music (Drums and some synths).
17. (03:13) *The Torchlit Hill (1985) - The Hunt – Soundtrack music and 80’s aesthetic. Very dramatic and awfully enjoyable.
18. (00:27) The Ambush (1986) - Excerpt – Incidental music (Short and weird).
19. (01:10) Hellen (1985) - "Come In" – Ambient composition with strange sounds.
20. (00:55) The Ambush (1986) - Victory – Incidental music (Slow and eerie).
21. (00:36) Solar Doom (1984) - "Exotic" Party Scene – Tribal and intense.
22. (01:32) *Mass Graves (1983) - End Credits – Upbeat almost dancy. Vivid synth elements.
23. (00:45) The Hotel St. Croix (1985) - Deadman's Float – Incidental music (Another slow and eerie piece).

Track Listing
1.Mother (1987) - Opening Theme 12.Pakin Heat (1982) - Escape The Rain
2.The Hotel St. Croix (1985) - Main Theme 13.Motion Sickness (1983) - Tunnel Drive/Flashback
3.School Spirits (1984) - Under The Bleachers 14.Mother (1987) - A Doll's Eye
4.Death Circus (1986) - Theme #2 15.Blood And Spirit (1987) - Opening Credits
5.Witchkraft Ii (1982) - Clarice Awaits 16.Death Circus (1986) - Dreams You Can't Resist
6.Mass Graves (1983) - Procession 17.The Torchlit Hill (1985) - The Hunt
7.The Ambush (1986) - Attack Sequence 18.The Ambush (1986) - Excerpt
8.Hellen (1985) - The Beguiling 19.Hellen (1985) - "Come In"
9.Campers (1985) - End Credits 20.The Ambush (1986) - Victory
10.The Hotel St. Croix (1985) - Elevator Love 21.Solar Doom (1984) - "Exotic" Party Scene
11.Zombie Eaters (1984) - Theatrical Trailer Edit 22.Mass Graves (1983) - End Credits
 23.The Hotel St. Croix (1985) - Deadman's Float