The Truth and the Light: Music from the X-Files
Music to conduct autopsies by
Total running time for the CD is about 48 minutes, and it begins with some spoken words written by X-Files progenitor Carter (more like an audio collage than an introductory narrative) which crescendo into the familiar, eerie whistling of the X-Files theme. All the music that follows is threaded with eposidic dialogue. The voices of X-Files familiars like Scully, Deep Throat and Skinner become noise elements themselves, drifting through an ether of harps and synthesizers.
As these selections are brief (about two minutes each), and were created to set a background mood against acting and dialogue, they are loosely structured and impressionistic. Theme songs, suites and operas -- these are musical forms that overtly define and have obvious frameworks. The music on this CD has industrial pings and electronic twangs and is more about sound than notes. It is the thick hum of machines at 3 a.m., when no one is left in the building but rats, roaches and nightwatchmen.
This is not easy-listening music. It's not music to crank up and it's
not music to rock out to. It's music to play if you're drawing a picture
of what you look like when you're dreaming -- it's moody and mildly
threatening and as cryptic as crop circles. The sense that all audio
elements are noise, rather than music, enables uncertainty and immediacy
to drill down quickly into the listener's fight-or-flight responses.
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