The Synth Sounds of Twin Peaks: Part One – “Twin Peaks Main Theme” |



68 Responses

  1. J Howell

    May 19, 2017 3:53 pm

    I was under the impression Vinnie Bell played the bari guitar part on a Danelectro on the TP theme?

  2. bonjourmyfriends

    May 19, 2017 4:50 pm

    Enjoyed the video. Sorry for being a synth lawyer here, but if the original baritone/bass guitar was a sample, the rate of the tremolo would slow down when the lower note is played, but it doesn't.

  3. Max1337

    May 19, 2017 7:14 pm

    Great video! Loved it. Small annoying nitpick in the video description – the word is "canon", unless I'm missing a joke about large guns. haha

  4. Wally Brando

    May 19, 2017 11:43 pm

    Sorry to nitpick but Falling is not written by Julee Cruise, it is by Badalamenti and Lynch

  5. adj789

    May 20, 2017 2:09 am

    3:50 see the twin peaks? Lynch was blown away when he saw how the MIDI looked on this song, he called it "Cosmic"

  6. Brian Mazzarella

    May 23, 2017 6:07 pm

    Really enjoying the new season so far, though my biggest complaint is the lack of that glorious synth goodness!

  7. litemakr2

    June 4, 2017 1:53 am

    The Twin Peaks theme is a direct instrumental version of Falling (which David Lynch co-wrote and produced with Angelo Badalamenti), it is NOT sampled from it. It was written for Julie Cruise's album and later used for Twin Peaks. It's the exact same recording minus vocals.

  8. KevNoonz

    June 4, 2017 2:58 pm

    Was that DX7 Rhodes sound a preset? My Rhodes emulations on my DX sound like garbage. Then again I'm playing it through a bass amp

  9. I Scream for Ice Ring

    June 9, 2017 7:21 pm

    What no you do not gain "expressiveness" in the eighties. Maybe you weren't old enough at the time to remember that it was the resurgence of analogue that brought back expressiveness via the knob-per-function model that was abandoned in favor of the "real" sounds in sampling.

  10. King of kings. Lord of lords.

    June 12, 2017 4:43 pm

    The music sounded great. I just had absolutely NO idea what the movie was about.

  11. mrduckbutt

    June 21, 2017 6:58 am

    Regarding the 'bass guitar' sound being sampled from 'Falling' – it's the same sound there. Kinny Landrum has told the story repeatedly on the internet about coming up with that sound for 'Falling' by shifting down a twang guitar sample he already had for his Emulator-II. When making the Twin Peaks theme, he said they took the same backing tracks and re-did the 'vocal' using French Horn from the Emulator-II.

  12. MyBestBUDDYIsAGoat [Rose]

    June 28, 2017 7:45 pm

    Love this! The "Twin Peaks Theme" is one of my favorite pieces of music. I sure love the Rhodes.

  13. Michael

    January 22, 2018 5:34 am

    I'm glad after the mishap at Jurassic World you got back to your real passion, synthesizers, and then got this cool job at Reverb.

  14. ShreadTheWeapon

    April 3, 2018 2:30 am

    I always thought Angelo played those synthesized parts himself!
    A couple of years ago or more, when I was itching to purchase a Squier Bass VI, I became convinced the original Fender version was the guitar model used on the Twin Peaks theme.
    For about 10 years, (2003 –2013), I had a Roland JX 10. I sold it, and I miss it. I keep hoping that I can get an MKS 70 module to replace it, but the software emulator looks tempting, even to a man who doesn’t use software synthesizers.

    And, your imitation of Kyle McLaughlin in character as Agent Cooper is impeccable!

  15. Aaron Marshall

    April 24, 2018 7:57 pm

    You missed a major synth from Twin Peaks. It's one that I think defined the sounds in Laura's Theme. It was the version of the Juno 106 with built in speakers, the Juno HS-60. To me, that synth IS Twin Peaks.

  16. Bobby Danger

    June 12, 2018 5:00 am

    I love this generation of synths precisely because they were used so heavily in film and television from that time period (the early 90s). I grew up in that time period so those sounds are very nostalgic to me. The Twin Peaks soundtrack is certainly a thing of beauty. Twin Peaks as a whole really captured the mystique of that late 80s early 90s time. You can find these kinds of old FM synths really cheap too. Far easier to find and easier to play than those older analog synths from the 70s.

  17. Elián Barci

    October 12, 2018 3:22 am

    Man, this is the style, this is fucking art, that sound it's like win the golden ticket right away to Twin Peaks.

  18. T K

    January 6, 2019 9:51 pm

    for those who are interested, Omnisphere 2 has a "patch" called "Baritone Guitar a" that for my ear hits that sound perfect

  19. Davide Fuzzati

    February 8, 2019 4:18 pm

    Justin great analisys but don't forget MOST(if not all) the sounds came from an E-mu PROteus/1!!! The bass sound (Stone bass), the electric piano (E.Piano 1) and so on… 🙂

  20. Spazzoid Studio

    July 8, 2019 9:54 pm

    When knobs & sliders disappeared, the synth dark ages began. It wasn’t until Clavia brought out the Nord Lead, until companies realized that sound designers need friendly interfaces.

  21. Jack Mercer

    October 2, 2019 11:24 am

    1:18 not just digital audio sampling but there was CGi worked in very subtly and not over used, experimental for mainstream TV!


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