Craig Safan

Warning Sign Original Soundtrack

Release Notes
  • This special edition that features an expanded version of the original 1985 LP program, along with 15 unreleased cues presented as bonus tracks.
  • The release features new artwork by Marc Bessant, liner notes by Safan himself plus George Ginn presenting a comprehensive package befitting one of the scores that was an important part of the 80s craze of electronic film music.
Warning Sign Original Soundtrack
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Invada Records proudly presents the release of a Synth-Heavy Score from one of the Industry’s most Creative Composers; Craig Safan’s music to the 1985 20th Century Fox Science Fiction Thriller WARNING SIGN.

Famous for his score to the timeless classic The Last Star Fighter, as well as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Part IV and (amazingly) the hit series Cheers! Safan’s film music is notable for its clever use of electronics, and Warning Sign is no different. Recorded using a Synclavier Synthesizer – an incredibly expensive piece of kit at the time – the score is fully electronic but no less effective than his orchestral work, and provides an entertaining and futuristic soundscape for the story of a man-made virus that is accidentally released into its laboratory, turning its workers into zombies.

Due to the science fiction and horror overtones, the Synclavier creates an appropriate atmosphere, which Safan layers with different effects, from an electric piano that illustrates a desolate location in the film’s early stages to the use of metallic effects as percussion for the chemically-affected staff. Safan weaves dissonant sounds to suggest chaos and paranoia, and innovatively synthesises human voices to convey a sense of tortured souls to those infected. What follows is an intense score where the foreboding turns to reality with an eerie and uncomfortable texture, broken only by a beautiful and warm melody for the resolution and end credits, where all is well.