Saturday, 2 March 2013

Accidental Heroes - Forgotten Worlds


Accidental Heroes - Forgotten Worlds (Industry Recordings, 2001)

Although most science fiction films are ripe for sampling, Blade Runner has to be the most sampled movie in drum'n'bass history, from the dialogue and atmospherics to the Vangelis soundtrack. I've already mentioned Dillinja's frequent use of the film but the track that uses the dialogue most extensively is probably 'Forgotten Worlds' by Accidental Heroes. In the intro and breakdown the track uses the lines in bold below (in the same order) from the scene where Tyrell tells Roy why he can't extend his lifespan (watch the clip here):

Tyrell: The facts of life... to make an alteration in the evolvement of an organic life system is fatal. A coding sequence cannot be revised once it's been established.
Batty: Why not?
Tyrell: Because by the second day of incubation any cells that have undergone reversion mutation give rise to revertant colonies like rats leaving a sinking ship, then the ship sinks.
Batty: What about EMS recombination?
Tyrell: We've already tried it, ethyl, methane, sulfonate as an alkalating agent and potent mutagen, it created a virus so lethal the subject was dead before it even left the table.
Batty: Then a repressor protein, that would block the operating cells.
Tyrell: Wouldn't obstruct replication but it does give rise to an error in replication so that the newly formed DNA strand carries with it a mutation and you've got a virus again....but this, all of this is academic. You were made as well as we could make you.
Batty: But not to last.
Tyrell: The light that burns twice as bright burns for half as long and you have burned so very, very brightly Roy.

The track has a booming bassline with old skool-style synth stabs over a gentle chord progression, all making for a nice rolling tune. Accidental Heroes also went by the name Sonic & Silver and had releases on multiple labels including Formation (and its sub-labels), Metalheadz, Infrared and Trouble On Vinyl, but appropriately their own label was called Science Fiction Records. I'll be returning to the Blade Runner theme in future posts so stay tuned.

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