Kevin F. Montague | Airwolf Theme

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Airwolf Theme

by Kevin F. Montague

SINGLE: A honest, refreshing and different representation of the 1984 television theme to the hit show "Airwolf" created by Belisarius Productions originally written by Sylvester Levay. This version arranged by Kevin F. Montague: Recording date 1989.
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I know most of you are in a hurry to buy and listen to your music, but please take time to give a short review of the AIRWOLF RETURNS score. You will be encouraging other Airwolf fans to buy this score for their listening pleasure!

Kevin F. Montague
Arranger and Composer

SINGLE: Back in 1984, a pilot movie hit the airwaves under the name of "Airwolf". The producer was Donald P. Bellisarius with the television theme composed by Sylvester Levay. The story is about a top secret helicopter with battle gear way ahead of its time and two special flying pilots, who use the high tech helicopter to right the wrongs in the world to put down oppression in the free lands of the world. Since then, much has changed in the world, as to what defines real freedom, but if you were alive in that time period, you'll easily understand why this became a hit show as the world approached Hip Hop and Rap music.

In my music appreciation classes at Loyola University, we were taught by one of our teachers, Walter Arlen, that music always becomes more percussive throughout history, anytime a nation is about to enter into war. I can't think of any music more percussive than Rap music and sure enough, we entered into the Iranian war as the United States, under President Bush. This was shortly after Rap came out with all its percussive music.

Still, Airwolf came to be one of my all time favorite shows to watch on television, when cable television was still mostly something you read about in science fiction, for the most part, but was in the rafters about to happen as the desk top computer was finally starting to take shape under the vision of people like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.

Anyway, I was about age 33 when I did this arrangement idea back then and while sitting in my home made recording studio, using a double compression recording technique, which allowed me to get close to studio quality sound out of my 4 track recorder, using a sophisticated ping pong method of track layering, I decided to make my own take of the theme, Sylvester Levay created. I did not hype it up or syncopate it into something it was not, but stayed true to the style Levay created while I was listening to the music during the pilot movie released for television; when I recorded the parts. I even paid a friend I knew, who was a professional drummer at the time, named Bob Jensen, to sit in and do the drums for me, before I made my master mix down. I had a unique and orderly way of doing all of this and a recording technique I no doubt will take to my grave.

For years, it all just sat on the shelf due to serious health issues I ran into from bad sausage I ate shortly after I recorded this which cost me 19 years of my life, being bedridden. I was able to overcome most of my health issues using real medical techniques vs drugs and I'm working on some new books that capture the science to how chronic disease works in the body these days. It's all new science too. My background is heavy in the arts and sciences with music composition being one of my heaviest passions.

As for Airwolf, now, thanks to the Internet and CDBaby, I'm taking the old recording out of moth balls. It has been refurbished using computer technology and I'm offering it for sale to those who loved the old television series, on my artist web page.

While my price is on the high side, please keep in mind I have to pay royalties for this offering, which I pay to Limelight licensing, in order to make this instrumental arrangement available and possible for you to buy. I don't make that much from each sale of my arrangement, but it is a good sounding arrangement I think you will enjoy if you are a "Airwolf Theme" fan. I even added the sounds of the Airwolf machine guns and jet stream to make you think of the television show as it was back in 1984. Pretty cool stuff!

I did the keyboard work, bass and sound effect mixes while my friend and drummer, Bob Jenson, did the percussion work. An AKAI digital keyboard was used and a S-50 sampler synthesizer were used to create all the parts, including the jet sound of the helicopter and the machine gun sounds of Airwolf.

So, if you loved the old television series, here is my take on the arrangement, following close to the way Levay did it, but with my own way of coloring it to honor the instruments of the day. New fans will not really know the difference. Old fans will hear the difference, but may enjoy the approach and layering techniques used to create a truly worthy sound of the old television series from the 1980's.

So put on your pilot's uniform, get your props turning and enjoy this studio recording arrangement of "Airwolf" from the 1984 television series.

© Kevin F. Montague 1989 ● All Rights Reserved

Kevin F. Montague
Music Arranger



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