TAKT’s “Sounds of the Lost Light-Vol. 1” Playlist Now On SoundCloud!

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TAKT’s “Sounds of the Lost Light-Vol. 1” Playlist Now On SoundCloud!

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TAKT is known for using existing Transformers music in their Audio Dramas and Dramatic Reads, everything from Vince DiCola’s imaginative score for the 1986 Transformers: The Movie, to the original Generation 1 score. But we’ve also started adding original compositions to the mix! Here for your listening enjoyment is TAKT’s “Sounds of the Lost Light-Vol. 1” playlist! These four songs are the creations of members of the Audio Knights themselves for use in our MTMTE Audio Dramas! Let’s take a look…

Track 1 – TAKT MTMTE Theme
Used as the bookends for TAKT’s MTMTE Audio Dramas and written by Pete Lents, the MTMTE Theme is the re-imagining of the classic Transformers Theme (written by Ford Kinder and Anne Bryant) as the intro to a space soap opera. Featuring piano and strings, the recognizable refrain takes on a somber tone, while setting the stage for each one of the Lost Light’s adventures!

Track 2 – Lost Sunday
This piece started as a drum loop programmed by Orlando musician Mr. Bruce. As part of a collaborative effort, he invited Pete Lents and fellow musician Jeremy “Swirl” McShurley over to work on some tracks. Four hours later, the three emerged from the studio and Lost Sunday was born. All the music was written by Pete, with Swirl adding guitar tracks, but it was born from the drum loop, which can be heard in its original form in the song’s first breakdown.

Track 3 – The Girl From Caminus
In Issue 5, we see a scene from the Cybertronian psychiatrist Rung’s office, as he narrates a journey through the psyche of one of his most enigmatic patients, the paranoid security guard Red Alert. In trying to find a suitable song to underscore this scene, nothing from the original catalogs seemed to fit. So Pete Lents decided to write a song himself for the scene. In true doctor’s office fashion, the song is another re-imagining of the original Transformers theme, this time as a major-key bossa nova-style Muzak rendition! Featuring guitar work and engineering by the immensely Dave Haywood!

Track 4 – The Empyrean Suite – Citadel of Light
This track was created by the talented C. R. Dawson (@DocKrog on Twitter), using music literally ripped from the pages of MTMTE Issue 39! It’s well-known to fans of the comic that the Decepticon Justice Division’s leader Tarn loves to listen to music while he tortures his victims, and his favorite song is The Empyrean Suite, an old Cybertronian classic. The notes for this song appear on the first page of Issue 39, and Dawson expertly crafted those notes into a real-life version. Now fans can hear the refrain going through Tarn’s mind as he dispenses his special brand of justice!

Give it a listen, and be sure to share with friends!
‘Til All Are One!


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The Empyrean Suite – Citadel of Light

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Longtime Transformers: MTMTE and Audio Knights Theatre fan, Craig (known as DocKrog on Twitter), was inspired by Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Issue 39 , Tarn-FaceTheMusic on Tumblr, and our very own #AudioKnights T.F.Allen , who’d created clips of the now-infamous Empyrean Suite, and fleshed out a score for the song!

Craig was nice enough to share his song with us, and gave permission for us to use it in our upcoming MTMTE5 audiodrama! He shared his process with us, so we adapted it into a “Q&A” style interview! Check it out!

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Craig: “Thanks so much for the excitement around my take on the Empyrean Suite. If it shows up in #5 it’s going to be a tremendous treat for my kids and me; can’t wait to see the look on their faces. They’ve had to listen to this thing about 200 times.”

TAKT: “Ha! We’ve put our kids through the same with our editing! We will absolutely include this in issue 5, in a scene that has original dialogue, which we call “incidental dialogue,” that helps flesh out the background of scenes as an addition to James Roberts’ words and the artists’ work! Do you have much experience creating music?”

Craig: “Not a professional musician. I have no training, I just play around and I really wanted to hear that song! Indebted to whoever was kind enough to make that 4 second clip that went around. I mostly built around that, glancing back at the notes in the comic for inspiration.”

TAKT: “T.F. Allen and Tarn-FaceTheMusic┬ádid a great job pulling those notes out of the comic and into a basic form – what cues did you draw from to create your version?”

Craig: “Rather than the ‘original’ song by Eucryphia, you’re supposed to hear the connotations of the music. You’re supposed to hear Tarn’s psychopathy/conflict, Ultra Magnus’ love of order, Skid’s haunted lack of understanding, what Rung might whistle, the dread of the DJD victims. Most of all, you’re supposed to feel the building of the Citadel now, the climbing nature of it, promise set against future ruin. I like my Transformers with a mix of nobility and loss, and it should show without sounding anything like Fall of Cybertron, or Transformers Prime (which imo, set the bar for TF music), etc.”

TAKT: “It sounds absolutely amazing! We noticed you got a few tips from our Lead Editor, Pete Lents while you were working on it. Did you get any other input on the song before you finished it?”

Craig: “It passed my test, when my 6 year old son said ‘I can see why Tarn uses that on his victims. That’s a death song.’

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Out of the mouths of babes, to be sure! Thank you again for this incredible contribution to the fandom and to The Audio Knights Theatre, Craig, and we hope you’ll continue to share your creativity with us! By the powers vested in me by the Tyrest Accord, you are an honorary Audio Knight!
To hear Craig’s Empyrean Suite – Citadel of Light, see below!