John Archer – Assault on Precinct 13


Version Length Source Availability
Studio  2:08 John Archer digital file. The Vault digital download at True Believers, 17 August 2014.

 Recommended Version.



Assault on Precinct 13 is the recording played at most Hunters and Collectors gigs as the band takes to the stage.

John Archer created the midi based track based on the theme from the movie Assault on Precinct 13 (1976 version). The film score was written in three days by John Carpenter and performed by Carpenter and Tommy Lee Wallace.

Wikipedia notes:

The main title theme, partially inspired by both Lalo Schifrin’s score to Dirty Harry and Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”, is composed of a pop synthesizer riff with a drum machine underneath that “builds only in texture, but not thematically,” according to David Burnand and Miguel Mera. A held, high synthesizer note, with no other changes except inner frequency modulations, becomes the musical motif of the gang members, and reoccurs during certain violent acts in the film. In the film, synthesizers and drum machines represent the city and the gang.

A version of the original theme can he found on YouTube.