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The Terminator – “Destinationz Unknown” (Tommy Tallarico)

December 14, 2009

I’m going to go on a whim and say that this track is probably my favorite piece Tommy Tallarico has composed. That’s saying quite a bit as it goes all the way back to 1993 on the Sega CD version of The Terminator. It’s got some grungy early 90s synths and recording, but the guitars here are fantastic and the composition is so deeply layered and following the style of the original score that it’s simply unstoppable.

The Terminator – “Destinationz Unknown” (Tommy Tallarico)

“Destinationz Unknown” plays in the factory stage, before Kyle Reese jumps into the time portal. It’s got the Arnold robots and smashing machines, just the kind of thing you would expect to see in Terminator land (though not as awesomely done as in Terminator 4). The combination of guitars in minor key, drums, and piano makes this feel right at home with Brad Fiedel’s original score (the game has a rendition of the theme song). This is dark, brooding metal, and it fits nicely with the theme of robot apocalypse and the danger of technology racing ahead of mankind (which is also ironic as some o the music is played using a machine). The music box ending is a wonderful surreal touch and totally flipped my mind the first time I heard it. The great audio is due to the fact that the guitars are live recorded, one of the first times this had been done in a videogame (Tallarico suggests the first time, but I think some Japanese composers beat him to it on the Turbo CD)¬†and was made possible thanks to CDs and Redbook audio.

The entire composition group of The Terminator consisted of Tommy Tallarico, Bijan Shaheer, Joey Kuras and TeknoMan, with Tallarico being credited for this piece on Tommy Tallarico Virgin Greatest Hits Volume One (1994), Read the rest of this entry ?