The Sounds of The X-Files: Mark Snow
It's an X-Files night and an eerie, almost sinister melody delightfully
passes our ears. The sounds tweak our conscience and alert our primordial
fear of the unknown. We are wary as anticipation rises and we are greeted
with the musical announcement of another wonderful mystery with our two
favorite FBI agents.
The X-Files theme sets the tone of the X-Files long before
we see that nights beginning scene. Even viewers with absolutely no interest
in music, who pay little attention to the X-Files theme, are unknowingly
The eerie, rhythmic pattern of the chart-topping X-Files Theme
is the work of seven-time Emmy nominee composer, Mark Snow.
Snow, who's passion for music began when he was little, grew up in Brooklyn
and trained at Julliard under notable composers such as Earl Hagen (best
known for the theme to The Andy Griffith Show) and jazz arranger
One of the most recognized musical themes on television, the X-Files
theme is featured on the Warner Brothers album, Songs In The Key of
X. Inspired by the music of the X-Files, a myriad of musical
stars — Elvis Costello, Nick Cave, R.E.M — have contributed to produce
this "spooky" album.
Now for a new twist as The Truth And The Light, Warner Bros. second
release of X-sounds, spotlights Mark Snow's creative composition
and musical motifs with cleverly integrated dialogue excerpts of Gillian
Anderson (Scully), David Duchovny (Mulder) and Mitch Pileggi (Skinner).
Snow's musical genius is evident as we enjoy the musical world of the
Visit Music Inspired
By The X-Files by Warner Bros. and find wave samples of other
X-Files music, such as the frequently sought after "Unmarked
Helicopters" by Soul Coughing and "Unexplained" by the Meat
Puppets as well as PM Dawn's "X-Files Theme - Remix".
Special note: Five days before the X-Files Fifth season premiere!
Set your VCR's!
Source: C. Wayman Hearn; Suite101.com [www.suite101.com/article.cfm/x_files/3901],
October 28, 1997.
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