"Techno Syndrome" is a song composed by Oliver Adams and performed by the Belgian techno duo The Immortals, commonly associated with the Mortal Kombat series since its usage in the 1995 film, which made it subsequently known as "the Mortal Kombat theme song". Remixed versions of the song continue to be associated with the Mortal Kombat franchise.
The song was first released in 1993 as a single, going on to be featured in Mortal Kombat: The Album and in TV advertisements for the movie and the Live Tour. "Techno Syndrome" is also a hidden song featured in the Sega CD version of Mortal Kombat, when one chooses to enter the "soundtrack" mode at the Sega CD intro screen. It can also be accessed by putting the CD in a CD player and selecting track 17.
The "Mortal Kombat!" scream for which the song is known, in fact, was sampled from a TV ad for the first game. In the years since the release of the commercial and subsequent song, the actor who performed the iconic yell was discovered to be one Kyle Wyatt, who has his own demo reel on IMDb. The Mortal Kombat yell is featured in both his bio and the demo reel video.
There are actually 2 non-remixed versions of the song:
- the "Test your might!" version where the only lyrics are "MORTAL KOMBAT!", "Test your might!" and the names of the kombatants that appear in the first game. This version takes vocal samples from Mortal Kombat.
- the "Choose your destiny!" version, which keeps "MORTAL KOMBAT!" but replaces "Test your might!" with several more quotes: "Flawless Victory!", "Excellent!", "Fight!", "Finish Him!", "Finish Her!", "Brutality!", "Animality", "Fatality!", "Superb!", "You'll never win!" and Shao Kahn's laugh; additionally, besides four characters found in the previous version (Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, Sub-Zero and Scorpion), other kombatants (Jax Briggs, Kitana, Jade, Cyrax, Smoke, Sheeva and Motaro) are named. This version takes vocal and sound samples from Mortal Kombat 3.
The version played at the 1995 film Mortal Kombat (hence, the better known) is the "7" Mix", which is also played over the ending sequence through the credit roll.
The "Hypnotic House (Mortal Kombat)" was used as an intro in the Sega CD version of Mortal Kombat.
There is also a remix of that song made by Jace Hall for the Mortal Kombat (2011).
- Archive: The Immortals - Techno Syndrome (Mortal Kombat) - YouTube (published by Mortal Kombat Online, the official channel of Mortal Kombat on YouTube)