Thursday, January 22, 2015

Re-Post and Re-Do: MA-06 - Science-Fiction and Fantasy Music

Originally posted in August 2014, this is a final version of an old concept, the compilation tape.  I basically started over, keeping a few of my original edits, re-doing some, and finding new sources a few generations cleaner for some.

MA-06 - Science-Fiction and Fantasy Music
01. Star Wars Suite - John Williams (12:32)
02. Star Trek TV (edit) - Alexander Courage (1:33)
03. Twilight Zone The Movie Overture - Marius Constant & Jerry Goldsmith (5:55)
04. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - Anything Goes - Cole Porter & John Williams (2:51)
05. Star Trek The Motion Picture (edit) - Jerry Goldsmith (3:27)
06. Doctor Who (1980-1985) - Ron Grainer (2:43)
07. The Prisoner - Ron Grainer (4:13)
08. The Wild, Wild West (2nd Season edit) - Richard Markowitz (1:39)
09. The Martian Chronicles - Stanley Myers (2:04)
10. Tales of the Gold Monkey (edit - Mike Post & Pete Carpenter (1:18)
11. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (edit) - Stu Phillips (1:12)
12. Star Trek II and III Suite - James Horner (15:56)
13. Scarecrow & Mrs King - Arthur B Rubinstein (1:13)
14. Alien End Titles - Howard Hanson (2:51)
15. Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. - Jerry Goldsmith & Gerald Fried (1:19)
16. Battlestar Galactica - Stu Phillips - Eric Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops (3:31)
17. The Greatest American Hero - Mike Post & Stephen Geyer (1:47)
18. The Day the Earth Stood Still - Bernard Herrmann (1:48)
19. Themes from ET - John Williams & Walter Murphy (3:47)

            The first “mass media melody” that I remember trying to play on our family’s old upright piano was the bass riff used for The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’s second season (Gerald Fried’s hip l 4/4 rearrangement of Jerry Goldsmith’s theme for bongos and flute).
            When gifted with a “cassette-corder” in the mid 1960s, I began holding that little condenser mike up to the TV speaker, recording this and that and whole Star Trek episodes.
            After marriage and a more settled life, I began having fun with the ol’ PAUSE button on my cassette deck.
            You see, once upon a tech-time, the PAUSE button for a cassette deck actually locked the physical parts, including holding the magnetic tape right up against the PLAY/RECORD heads.  A deft touch could stop and start a recording, sometimes nearly without detection, even if you were patching together different sounds into an aural Frankenstein creation.
            So along with collecting the themes for my favorite TVs and movies, I started playing with them too.
            By the early 1980s I had enough to fill a C-90 cassette.  This here beast is a CD recreation, with some edits left alone (you can tell by the tape/TV hiss) and some re-cobbled.  Some selections are of course as issued, just clumped together because I like the show!

Time Trippin'!


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