Ok, so this thing use to terrify me as a child. Now, to celebrate it’s thirty fifth anniversary, THX have shared the musical notation to their iconic opening trademark.
This twenty-or-so seconds of music became an integral part of the film-viewing experience, with its absolute power and ability of creating suspense.
For the first time ever, the musical notation behind that terrifying THX opening trademark has been made available to the public.
Composed in 1982 by Lucasfilm employee James Moorer, Deep Note debuted in cinemas before the first screening of 1983’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Deep Note then became the staple audio trademark for all THX certified cinemas, as well as home video and video games. But of course it was most famously played as the metallic THX logo appeared on screen before movies.
In 35 yrs we have NEVER shown this! View the never-before-seen score of #DeepNote THX’s audio trademark 🔊 created by Dr. James A. Moorer a former employee of #Lucasfilm. #DeepNote debuted at the premiere of #ReturnOfTheJedi on May 25th 1983 // 35yrs ago #THXLtdEntertainsAt35 #RT pic.twitter.com/9LLF6Ul17m
— THX Ltd. (@THX) May 25, 2018
And don’t lie… this thing was kinda scary. Sitting in a large dark room, about to view your first rated-M movie, and this thing has you feeling like you’re about to watch the end of the goddamn world.
Anyway, this is the first time the musical notation has been made available to the public. Check it out above.