WALTER MURCH – “THX 1138″ audio tracks/sound design (1971)

One of my absolute favorites from the 1970s and certainly one of the great dystopian sci-fi efforts, viagra sale “THX 1138″ was George Lucas’s first feature film, sales and is a dense, mind swirling mass of technology, technobabble and cold, hard humanity. Allmovie sez:

In a 1984-esque white-washed future underground dystopia where sexuality is banned, all humans sport shaved heads and the same shapeless outfits as they go about their work in a mandated state of sedation, listening to exhortations to “Buy and Be Happy.” Black-clad robot cops chant a mantra to their victims that “everything will be all right” and automated confessional booths emit soothing therapeutic bromides. But unbeknownst to THX 1138 (Robert Duvall), his roommate LUH 3417 (Maggie McOmie) has been reducing their meds, resulting in their mutual discovery of love and THX’s subsequent imprisonment for drug evasion and sexual misconduct. Determined to find the pregnant LUH, THX breaks out of prison with the help of his cellmate SEN 5241 (Donald Pleasence) and an escaped TV hologram (Don Pedro Colley).

The vision of sound editor/co-writer Walter Murch (who would later establish himself as one of the cinema’s top picture/sound editors, with Coppola on “The Conversation” and “Apocalypse Now”) is equally as important as that of Lucas here, since the film’s sound design is so thick with detail and information that it easily stands on its own as a radio play with almost no dialogue, or a concept album way ahead of its time!

I grabbed this download from some other blog about two years ago, and I honestly can’t remember which blog it was, or I’d credit it here.

NOTE: This is not a rip of the CD release of the Lalo Schifrin score to the film. This is instead an extended compilation of audio rips from the 2004 DVD release of the film, and mainly highlights the work of Murch instead. I’m gonna try to track the Schifrin CD down, and also get that up here at a later date — it’s been difficult to track down.

Walter Murch – “THX 1138″ audio tracks/sound design (ZIP file)
“THX 1138″ on DVD
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723 Responses to WALTER MURCH

  1. doo doo says:

    Walter Murch’s dad, also Walter, was an excellent painter.

  2. Scott says:

    Absolutely. Murch’s soundscape is phenomenal.

    The original source could be here:

  3. brendan says:

    More Murch please! Awesome!

  4. don says:

    danzig! lol
    anybody got any riner and lewis (?) the guys that did the sounds for in search of?

  5. Roger_Camden says:

    I cannot be entirely sure, but I think it might have been the former incarnation
    (the one that wasn’t private and featured tons of 4AD stuff)

  6. Ian says:

    Fantastic idea to share this–love the film, but I have to admit the sound design was the most striking element. When I saw it on DVD, I thought “wouldn’t it be amazing if there were a sound effects-only audio track,” never thinking there would be–yet there is! So great.

  7. Ian says:

    The Schifrin score is also great, so that will be a nice share, too. It was briefly available on CD a few years back, but I don’t think it still is.

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