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Old October 22nd 13, 16:40   #1
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So what's your favorite piece of music from B5/Crusade/Rangers/Lost Tales?

What's your least favorite?

Why to both?
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Old October 22nd 13, 20:35   #2
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anything from sleeping in light is good. also Babylon 5 volume 2 messages from earth is a great listen.
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Old October 22nd 13, 21:32   #3
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anything from sleeping in light is good. also Babylon 5 volume 2 messages from earth is a great listen.
The season 5 opening theme is awesome. I'm also quite fond of the piece that plays when the Narn and Gropos are fighting it out in Severed Dreams.

I know everyone hates it, but I liked Stewart Copeland's music for the pilot, too.

Least favorite? Ehm....probably that song Franklin's girlfriend sings. Beyond that...uhm...

Hey, I have a question: Allegedly Christopher Franke was using an orchestra (By phone) to score the show. Exactly how long did that continue for? Because the score seems awfully electronic to me from start to finish, and while I can hear the occasional hit or beat or measure here that seems deeper than most, I don't hear much of that.

Did he continue to do that through the whole run of the show, or did they drop it after the first season?
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Old October 22nd 13, 23:12   #4
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There's an extra in (probably) the fourth season DVDs where he talks about the orchestra. You're talking small here.

Favorites....sort of in order:

Season 4 DVD Suite. Because you can almost see the series as the music plays.
In The Beginning Track 6 - for the melancholy war dirge
Entire 'Sleeping in Light' CD - but especially 'Dying Station'.
Season 5 opening theme. I just like it.

Honorable mention-The entire 'A Late Delivery from Avalon'.

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You're talking small here.
I don't know what that means.

Anyone got any least-favorite tracks? Something where they just didn't feel the music fit the scene or the mood or whatever?

For instance, for me the lowest ebb would be in the big battle scene at the end of "A Call To Arms" where it was impossible to distinguish between the music and the sound effects. Which may or may not have been intentional.

(I didn't actually hate the Evan Chen music, and I thought it was a gutsy move or JMS to go in a different direction. I liked the dissonance between it and the action, for the most part. That piece, though....yuck. Also curiously the music doesn't work on its own at all. It NEEDS the visual)
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anything from sleeping in light is good. also Babylon 5 volume 2 messages from earth is a great listen.
I agree with Ranger Phil!
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Anyone on here like Tangerine Dream, or any of Franke's other stuff?
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I could spend all day listing pieces of Franke's music that I like. Just to pick a few: Sheridan jumping into the pit in Z'Ha'Dum, the battle to take back Earth in Endgame (which if memory serves was actually also used during Marcus and Neroon's fight in Grey 17), the 'stardust' music from A Distant Star and some of the romance music between Sheridan and Delenn, particularly from Whatever Happened... I also think War Without End has a very strong score, No Surrender No Retreat has quite a different sound to previous episodes up to then which I love and I think the score for Chrysalis is very effective. I wished Franke had done more music in the season one style (or at least released more of it), it was more electronic but it has a different feel to the strings that he used more in later seasons. And of course the suites on the first two albums are magisterial and Sleeping in light's music is achingly sad and beautiful and evocative.

I like the way the music helped set the tone for each season. Each year was slightly different and there was a clear evolution. Probably his best body of work was season 3, although that impression may be because I've been exposed to that music most through the soundtrack CDs. I keep wishing someone (maybe La La Land records now they've got a deal with Warners) would release all the music from the full five seasons in big box sets.

But I've never been able to get into Tangerine Dream. Maybe it is a bit too experimental for me (and I like electronic music). Franke's soundtrack to Universal Solider though shares many similarities with his early B5 stuff.
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But I've never been able to get into Tangerine Dream. Maybe it is a bit too experimental for me (and I like electronic music). Franke's soundtrack to Universal Solider though shares many similarities with his early B5 stuff.
I never cared for TD much. (Well, I've got the one with a guest vocalist singing "Tiger Tiger" and a few other tracks, which is ok). As with most everyone else, I was introduced to them through "Risky Business," and while they were good at setting a somewhat disaffected mood, I didn't care for the actual music itself much. I keep giving them a chance every 10 years or so, and they keep boring me.

I don't think they're all that experimental, either. Art of Noise - now THEY'RE experimental! (And goofball). A lot of Vangelis was pretty experimental. Mike Oldfield's soundtrack to "The Killing Fields" (Uncommonly electronic for him) was pretty experimental. Tangeine Dream? Not so much.
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Maybe experimental was the wrong word (although they were certainly among the pioneers of electronic music), I guess in that sense their music isn't abstract – what I have heard of it has melodies and such. I just often find it coarse and lacking warmth, unlike something by JMJ or even Vangelis. There's nothing of Franke's sound from B5 in their music that I can find as a way into liking their stuff.

Their theme for Streethawk is aces though.
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