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Old December 28th 09, 15:06   #1
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If you could re-score B5...

I completely, fanatically love B5. So much so that my wife was joking just this morning to her friends about how she's like to go more than a week without having a conversation involving Jumpgates. <G>

That said, if I had to pick something that was consistently the weakest part of the show, I'd say it was Christopher Franke's score. I never really liked it. I *do* think he did a good job with the more-or-less zero resources they had available, and I *do* like Tangerine Dream, so please don't think I'm dissing him, I'm not. Also, on occasion, he did do some really impressive stuff - the Season 5 theme is beautiful, the operatic piece he plays when the Narn are dying defending the station in season 3, etc - but for the most part, I just don't care for it.

Which brings up an interesting thought experiment: What style of music would you have prefered for the show? How would *you* have done the music differently if money were no object? If you could go back in time and get one or more composer to simply volunteer their services for the series, who would you choose? (Don't say "Beethoven," unless you're talking about "Louie Beethoven and the Butt-Naked Band," who play over at the Cleremont. It has to be someone who was actually alife at the time.) What pieces of music from the existing soundtrack would you want to preserve, and which would you like to get rid of?

So sound off about sound!
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Old December 28th 09, 21:23   #2
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Re: If you could re-score B5...

I can't imagine B5 with anybody but Franke's music. Perhaps in the first season the music was a touch overdone but in all of the rest it was fantastic. His scores absolutely made some of the non-verbal scenes.

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Old December 29th 09, 01:33   #3
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Re: If you could re-score B5...

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I can't imagine B5 with anybody but Franke's music. Perhaps in the first season the music was a touch overdone but in all of the rest it was fantastic. His scores absolutely made some of the non-verbal scenes.

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I bet most people feel that way. I certainly do.
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Re: If you could re-score B5...

I agree, and I'm one of the few who liked Chen's music for Crusade.
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....and I'm one of the few who liked Chen's music for Crusade.
So did I, once I got used to it.
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Re: If you could re-score B5...

I was fine with Chen's music and especially liked the opening theme for Crusade. I think he would have improved in time, just as Christopher Franke did.

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Re: If you could re-score B5...

Can't be done.

I'm sure that if you'd replace Franke's stuff with someone elses and show the show to someone who hasn't seen it before it'd work, but for the fans? A bit like talking about replacing Star Wars' music with something else.

For me Franke's stuff is more like the ambience of the surroundings rather than music specifically. I had some trouble with it in the beginning because I didn't realise that it could be just the ambience. A lot of it is sound effects, long and short. Mood thematics.

I won't even consider whose stuff I'd replace Franke's with!

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Franke's stuff became a bit more music towards the end of the show. Big themes, even if they're still brief when comparing to other series.
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Re: If you could re-score B5...

crusade's music was a bit weird...edgy...

but it was ok.

i think season 4 was my fav b5 theme.
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crusade's music was a bit weird...edgy...

but it was ok.
I would have said foreign or alien. I think Crusade's music fit what was on the screen.



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i think season 4 was my fav b5 theme.
My favorite B5 theme is Season 5's. Sort of BIG, French Horn, noble sounding stuff.
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ok kosh, i gotta ask...what does alien music sound like!
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