The X-Files: The Score
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Caption: SNOW CHILLS TV composer Mark Snow expertly melds
his synthesized sounds with big screen orchestration.
But what makes this pure sonic pleasure is marveling at what producer David Was describes in the liner notes as Snow's "spare, Zen-like palette" for the TV show explode into 3-D with the use of big-screen orchestration. Now the spooky bending synth notes and metallic, alien scratchings are augmented by banks of violins and kettle drums to bring the conspiracy right in your face. The music builds to sweeping, epic proportions without becoming overly melodramatic, then suddenly shrinks away and hides. All the cues are bursting with wonderful variety and, unlike so many other composers who, in an effort to be modern, sloppily meld synthesized noise with an orchestra, the seams here are undetectable.
Everything works together organically to achieve one thing: that frightening,
nerve-wracking feeling The X-Files has made us crave weekly for
the past five years. The treatment of the TV show's amazing theme in
the first cue, "Thredony in X", is also a real treat, building
around that creepy, high-pitched six note riff in a truly inspired way.
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