So I decided to put down the pencil and do something else for a bit before trying to tackle the limousine that I need to sketch for Episode 14. And while I'm not drawing, I'll write some stuff. I.e. this stuff that you're reading right here and now.
While doodling for the last... not sure exactly how long, but getting on for an hour... I've been listening to Murray Gold's Doctor Who soundtrack. I had the Series 3 and Series 4 CDs ages ago, but somehow ended up missing out his original album from Series 1 & 2. However, I was given a copy of the missing disc as a Christmas present, and I've got it on speakers right now. As I type I'm on track 21, The Lone Dalek.
The interesting thing about going backwards like this is that some things (e.g. The Doctor's Theme, The Face of Boe and UNIT) are familiar, being variations on some of the same themes that appear in later albums, while there are other things that I'd completely forgotten about. Cassandra's Waltz, for example, came as an out-of-the-blue surprise when I first listened to the disc a week or two ago. I'd seen the episode involved, but completely forgotten the music. I only remembered the Madame du Pompadour melody by virtue of having rewatched The Girl in the Fireplace not that long ago.
Cue next track on the hi-fi...
The nice thing about having the music on its own, in isolation from the episodes it comes from, is that sometimes you like the score better than the script. For example, I never really liked The Impossible Planet as an episode (or two, as the case may be), but the corresponding track on the CD is a really nice one.
Now, here's the important bit: *insert metaphysical glitch here* I'm sure I was going to say something all profound and meaningful about this album. However, in keeping with a long-standing personal tradition of mine, I've totally forgotten what I was going to say. Isn't that clever?
So instead I'll have a little ramble about my musical tastes in general.
Anyone familiar with my CD collection will know that nearly all of it consists of film music, and what wasn't written for the screen is in a neo-classical vein. I'm not a fan of pop 'music' (note deliberate use of quote marks around the word there). And one of the things that irks me most about film score CDs, apart from the way some engineers manage to get all the ID3 metadata wrong, is this infuriating habit so many album producers seem to have of releasing a disc which is 90% perfectly good film score, and then throw a nice rancid dead fly into the ointment in the form of a pop song that has little or no bearing on the film's narrative, and clashes horribly with the style of the rest of the CD. How to Train Your Dragon is a case in point: tracks 1-23 and 25 are all orchestral score by John Powell (who is a bit inconsistent sometimes, but Dragon finds him at his best) - and then track 24 is a really naff song where I can't even make out what they're on about. Bolt is another one: again, Powell does some nice things with the score, but the album is let down by multiple horrible vocal pieces. Why do they keep doing that? For goodness' sake, if you've hired a composer, then let them score the end credits. Don't rope in some ghastly pop band to ruin the soundtrack. Look at Spielberg and Williams: no pop songs. Just score. Imagine how much worse Jurassic Park might have been, for example, if Spielberg had brought in a pop singer for the end credits. Scary thought.
Thank goodness Doctor Who has a proper instrumental theme tune and not an end-credits pop song, eh?
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