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  • Your favourite piece of Franke music?

    I think we all agree that in many ways, Babylon 5 would not have been quite so effective, particularly with regard to the emotions it evoked --- and still does, on repeated viewings --- without the excellent score created by Christopher Franke. Everything from opening titles to incidental music was, for me, first class and usually helped either underline the drama of a scene or successfully encapsulated the prevailing emotion of that scene/episode, be it joy, fear, triumph, despair, love, or any other emotion.

    But what is, or are, your favourites?

    For me, I have a top three, and they go in order.

    3. The eerie digital piano music that accompanied many of the more sinister endings, I think I heard it first at the end of season 1's "And the sky full of stars". You know the one: it goes dee-dee-dee-dee-dee-dee-dee-dee (yeah well I'm never going to be able to express it in text,am I?) It's the real "something bad is coming" music.

    2. (And up until I rewatched SIL this was at number 1 for me) Season 3 opening titles (and closing), originally heard as Earth Force One exploded and Santiago's assassination succeeded. Love the power, the drama, the sense of doom and foreboding and loss in those haunting notes!

    1. The very end music, the one over which (sob!) the station explodes. Even just thinking about it now brings a tear to my eye. Few other pieces of music can do that to me, even sans the heartbreaking scenes it accompanied. On reflection, I can only think of Adagio for strings by Barber.

    So, what are YOUR favourites?

  • #2
    I love the piece "Z'Ha'Dum" (plays when the Shadows are taking out the Narn fleet). I have the CD in my car and when that part comes on, I turn it up really loud. The big booming parts sound so sinister when you take it in context.
    Flying around the room under my own power.

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    • #3
      I've been a fan of Christopher Franke since a friend introduced me to Tangerine Dream. To a great extent knowing that Franke would write the music for Babylon 5 attracted me to the series when it first aired. There are so many evocative motifs throughout Babylon 5 that I have a hard time deciding which is my favorite. Other than his work for Babylon 5, my favorite album is Rubycon.

      http://christopherfranke.com/soloreleases.html

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      • #4
        There are far too many to really choose but I found myself playing the "Sleeping in Light" and "A Late Delivery from Avalon" episodic CDs the most.

        Jan
        "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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        • #5
          Sleeping in Light, when the station goes. A heartrending masterpiece.
          Jonas Kyratzes | Lands of Dream

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          • #6
            First of all, hi! I hope this is the first of many posts! I've been lurking for... 4 yea
            rs I guess lol


            Well, about the thread. My favourite is in the episode "Z'Ha'Dum" when Deleen is watching the message left by Sheridan. Those minutes, until he jumps, are... amazing!

            "Finally, I heard what you said when I left. I want you to know ... I love you Delenn. Good bye."

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            • #7
              I love all the music but my favorite would have to be Sleeping in Light. It is such an emotional episode and the music as it reaches its intensitiy at the end when B5 blows up really adds to the feeling of loss.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by EthanusNarõnek View Post
                First of all, hi! I hope this is the first of many posts! I've been lurking for... 4 yea
                rs I guess lol
                Welcome out of lurkdom!


                Well, about the thread. My favourite is in the episode "Z'Ha'Dum" when Deleen is watching the message left by Sheridan. Those minutes, until he jumps, are... amazing!
                You're right. I'd forgotten about that sequence. Thanks for bringing it up.

                Jan
                "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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                • #9
                  One of my favorites is the version of the 3 season opening playing while the Shadows destroy the Narn fleet at Gorash 7 during "The Long Twilight Struggle"
                  "And what kind of head of Security would I be if I let people like me know things that I'm not supposed to know? I mean, I know what I know because I have to know it. And if I don't have to know it, I don't tell me, and I don't let anyone else tell me either. " And I can give you reasonable assurances that the head of Security will not report you for doing so."
                  "Because you won't tell yourself about it?"

                  "I try never to get involved in my own life, too much trouble."

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                  • #10
                    I've got the 'Messages from Earth' album that I play on my mp3 player regularly.

                    I don't think I'd be able to play the 'Sleeping in Light' score because I'd be crying all the time.
                    Well thank you, Mr. Garibaldi, one of the leading minds of the 14th century. "Have we no workhouses? Have we no prisons?" Mr. Marley here'd like to have a word with you! He's the fellow in the chains! Ignore the moans, it's just gas! - Marcus Cole

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                    • #11
                      I think, next to the musical montage when Londo walks alone just before he is crowned Emperor (which is fab), I have to say the piece of music that plays when he speaks to Adira in Episode 3 of Season One. It's the fourth song on the first Babylon 5 soundtrack. I've dubbed it Londo's Love song.

                      Then it's Za Ha Dum. Followed closely by the music during Londo's narration of the Earth Minbari War. The one with the bagpipes....gets me every time.

                      David

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