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Diamond Field “RTR Countdown Theme”

Out now – the 2022 remake of Peter Blake’s mid-1980s “RTR” (Ready To Roll) TV show theme by Diamond Field.

Peter Blake is an acclaimed New Zealand musician and composer. His work at Television New Zealand over four decades saw him produce many local music shows as well as composing theme music for TV drama and documentaries, and opening titles.

Starting in the mid-1970s, local Top 20 chart show Ready to Roll (or RTR for short) became one of New Zealand’s most watched shows. The original theme music for RTR was the 1974 Commodores’ instrumental track ‘Machine Gun’. In 1983 Blake created a new and contemporary theme for the show using synthesizers which was used up until 1987, when it was updated. The 20 second intro which was quickly scored to a supplied animation concept and featured state-of-the-art video game style graphics. The titles build up to the appearance of the RTR logo and end with a preview of artist clips that would be featured that night. The music was created with a MIDI’d Mini Moog, a Roland MSQ-700 sequencer, Roland 808 drum machine and Prophet 5 synthesizer. The RTR theme, like much of Blake’s other work, became ingrained in New Zealand’s pop culture psyche and for anyone who grew up hearing it, will instantly trigger a shot of nostalgia.

That nostalgia is also the reason why this 2022 remake exists. The RTR theme was only ever 20 seconds in length but I always wondered what a full length version may sound like. In 2020 I got in touch with Peter and asked if I could do a remake of the theme, adding to it and creating a full track. He was cool with it here it is finally. I tried to keep as close as possible to the original sounds and vibe used in the original and simply flesh it out. I’ve also made this fun video with the opening titles that were used between 1983 and 1987, featuring the Top 20 countdowns from September 10th 1983 and February 23rd 1985, and the Top 10 from September 24th 1985. I hope you enjoy it!

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DIAMOND FIELD – THE ALBUM: OUT NOW!

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CHECK OUT THE REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS:

ABSYNTH.SPACE
ELSEWHERE
FORGED IN NEON
KARL MAGGI
NEW RETRO WAVE
POP ART AVE REVIEW
POP ART AVE INTERVIEW
POP MUZIK SWEDEN
THE ELECTRICITY CLUB UK
THE MAY MAGAZINE
VEHLINGGO


” It is easy to parody Eighties synth-pop (all that emotional dislocation) or turn it into kitsch but that’s not what’s happening here: this is a respectful and knowledgable tribute to the genre courtesy of original songs (in the style, but stand-alone items) and tracks like Spills Like Love (with Cody Carpenter) are just terrific dancefloor fillers in their own right. Check It’s Your Time with Becca Starr and Used to Be with Chelsea Nenni.– Graham Reid, Elsewhere

“Applied with engaging productions and arrangements, the music captures the spirit of the pioneering MTV era and classic Brat Pack movie soundtracks. Like a high tech K-Tel compilation album but from the baton of one conductor, this is perhaps the most cohesive multi-vocalist album since the only long player to date by KLEERUP which combined electro-soul, synthpop, Italo, kosmische and ambient. DIAMOND FIELD has successfully thrown in new wave, synthpop, funk, R ‘n’ B’ and AOR into one escapist pot. – Chi Ming Lai, The Electricity Club

Diamond Field album artists (Clockwise L-R): Nina Luna, Matthew J. Ruys, Miriam Clancy, Nik Brinkman, Cody Carpenter, Becca Starr, Belinda Bradley, Chelsea Nenni, Kyle Brauch, The Saxophone Warrior, Rodger Cunningham, Andy Diamond

Check out Diamond Field on Beyond Synth with Andy Last!


Diamond Field on The D-Side Podcast with David O:



BOB HARO
‘PINK & BLUE’
DIAMOND FIELD SUMMER MIX

From the Bob Haro EP “Pink & Blue”: The Remixes Amore


BOB HARO
‘GIRL’
DIAMOND FIELD RADIO MIX

From the Bob Haro EP “Songs I Write”


BOB HARO
‘FLESH & LOVE’
DIAMOND FIELD EXTENDED MIX


BOB HARO
‘FLESH & LOVE’
DIAMOND FIELD RADIO MIX

From the Bob Haro EP “Ear Candy”


BOB HARO
‘PINK & BLUE’
DIAMOND FIELD RADIO MIX

From the Bob Haro EP “Ear Candy”


DIAMOND FIELD & JANA JEAN PHOENIX
‘FREEDOM PASS’
12” EXTENDED MIX


TANGERINE BEAMS feat. ASTRID HARRSION
‘NOW I KNOW’
DIAMOND FIELD REMIX

From the Tangerine Beams EP “Now I Know”


INITIAL TALK feat. SASHA BROWN
‘SKYDIVING’
DIAMOND FIELD REWORK

From the Initial Talk maxi single ‘Skydiving’ featuring Sasha Brown.


ROXI DRIVE
‘ELECTRICTY’
DIAMOND FIELD REWORK

From the Roxi Drive album “Electric Heart”


BOB HARO
‘DREAM TONIGHT’
DIAMOND FIELD REWORK


BUNNY X
‘IF YOU SAY GOODBYE’
DIAMOND FIELD REWORK


DIAMOND FIELD + BOB HARO
‘WON’T COMPROMISE’ 7″ VINYL

Diamond Field’s single with Bob Haro ‘Won’t Compromise’ is now available on colored 7” vinyl from LA label Sofa King Vinyl.
Go to the Sofa King Bandcamp to get yours! Each color comes in limited quantities!

The 7” includes the Le Flex remix of ‘Won’t Compromise’ as the B-side and both tracks have been specially mastered for this vinyl release.

This release also marks the first in the Sofa King Vinyl “Synthy Sevens” series!

You can also buy one of the “ultimate bundles” which includes one 7” of each color and a test pressing! Limited to three bundles only!

The first 100 orders also come with a free Sofa King Vinyl 45rpm adapter!

There a s still a few limited edition cassettes of ‘Won’t Compromise’ at the Diamond Field Bandcamp.


DIAMOND FIELD +
DANA JEAN PHOENIX
‘FREEDOM PASS’

The brand new track as featured on the compilation Vehlinggo Presents: 5 Years.
Available now on Bandcamp and all  streaming services


DIAMOND FIELD +
BOB HARO
‘WON’T COMPROMISE’

7x track maxi-single with remixes by Le Flex, Circuit Work and Dashcam
+ 12″ Extended Mix and instrumental versions.
Available on Bandcamp and all streaming services

Also available on limited edition cassette


 

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