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Before We Die

Before We Die
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Music by Jeroen Swinnen

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Jeroen Swinnen’s dark Symphonic score for the Channel 4’s Bristol Noir remake of Sweden crime series Innan Dör, starring Lesley Sharp and Patrick Gibson.

The Scandi-style 6-episode crime drama’s look and feel is commented on by the Arts Desk – “The action has been transplanted to Bristol, whose buildings, bridges and narrow streets have been rendered atmospheric with rich colour textures and stylish visual compositions. The opening credits, with ominously pulsating music and dramatic monochrome portraits of the cast-members, also suggests we’ve stepped away a little from the Brit-TV norm.”

Depicting the tenebrous world of the crime-world, the score is, consciously, never allowed to rise above the strings mid-register. Harmonic clashes often feel protractedly strained, depicting the feelings and inner worlds of the characters. The tender, romantic piano theme Croatians (Bianca), is reserved for the youngest child of the Mimica family, uninvolved in the family’s criminal activity but very much affected by it. Her brother Davor’s theme, Croatians (Davor), is given a cello line that never breaks free from the confined, orchestral mid-register, dwelling on the hidden desperation of choices once made.

Jeroen talks about his creative experience: “In many series these days the music tends to be more of a minimalistic underscore for the scenes it supports. It is usually a matter of ‘less is more’. For the score of ‘Before We Die’ I was constantly challenged to do more, give it more energy, bigger melodies, more drama, bigger action, and I loved every bit of it! To compose a soundtrack to the poetic and filmic style of director Jan Matthys was a gift and a challenge at the same time. It is quite rare to get that much space from a director.”

“I always record my scores with the same team, the Casco Phil Chamber Orchestra, in Dada Studios in the centre of Brussels. I will never forget the players’ smiling faces when they were recording the music whilst watching the images. The poetic style of filming, combined with the score I wrote, really touched the musicians. They put their heart and soul into it which is the biggest gift for a composer!”

Jeroen Swinnen is a classically trained Belgian composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter. Coming from a rich and varied musical background, Jeroen is known for mingling various influences, crossing brooding string scores with electro-synthpop, post-rock and indie sounds. After years of touring and headlining festivals with Belpop’s finest art-pop acts, Jeroen has recently started writing television soundtracks, including the acclaimed score for Hotel Beau Séjour, Transport and The Twelve on Netflix.

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Tracklist
1. Krajina
2. Requiem for a Lover
3. Hannah
4. The Mimica Family
5. The Mimica’s Mansion
6. Reinstated
7. A Cruel Family History
8. Croatians (Davor)
9. Unconditional
10. Snitch
11. Boat To Belgium
12. Croatians (Bianca)
13. I Know That Guy
14. Guilt
15. This is Krajina
16. Hunters
17. Tranquilize
18. The Chase
19. Heart Over Head
20. New Beginnings
21. Dark Place


Time

time
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Music by Sarah Warne

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Sarah Warne’s soundtrack to BBC One hard hitting prison drama Time. The soundtrack was written for a small ensemble featuring Laetitia Stott (Horns), Ed Ashby (Tuba), Eleanor Bartlett (Violin), Laurie Anderson (Viola), Peter Gregson (Cello) and Sarah Warne (Bowed harp and vocals).

Time is a three-part series written by Jimmy McGovern (Hillsborough, Broken and Accused), directed by Lewis Arnold (Des, Dark Money, The Forge) and starring Line of Duty’s Stephen Graham and Games of Thrones’ Sean Bean.

Composer Sarah Warne talks about the compositional process: “The music for Time explores the slow and painful road to redemption, the harrowing isolation of incarceration, and Mark and Eric’s united torment as they both strive to do what is right. Visceral yet sensitive performances from the score’s core ensemble, combined with off-kilter prepared piano and detuned ethereal textures, are designed to dig deep into the powerful questions at the centre of the drama.”

The series offers a realistic depiction of prison life. Sean Bean plays Mark Cobden, an ex-headteacher jailed for drink-driving and consumed by guilt over his actions who soon realises that he needs to learn how to survive in prison. Stephen Graham plays Eric McNally, a prison officer who becomes increasingly desperate to protect his son and arrives at a crossroads that forces him to choose between his principles and his love for his family.

Writer Jimmy McGovern comments: “The BBC have given me a brilliant young director and two of the greatest actors on the planet. I am overjoyed.”

Composer Sarah Warne is best known for her work on critically acclaimed television drama series, Humans (C4), and her most recent score for Des (ITV primetime). Her work also includes Dark Money (BBC1), Catching a Killer (C4), Girls On The Edge (BBC2), and Treasures of Ancient Greece (BBC4).

Sarah recently scored Trump’s Breadline Kids (C4) which observes several families in Ohio during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic and is narrated by Sheridan Smith. She is currently scoring 4-part television drama series The Drowning starring Jill Halfpenny, Jonas Armstrong and Rupert Penry-Jones.

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1. Look Into The Camera
2. 22 Years Married
3. Roadside
4. Your Lad’s In Prison
5. Scalded
6. Remembering A Good Life
7. Do You Still See Him?
8. Not Breathing
9. Do You Feel Safe?
10. Repercussion
11. Do What They Want
12. Lost Everything
13. Spice
14. Come With Me
15. Lighter
16. Do We Just Leave?
17. Time
18. I Can’t Forgive Myself
19. Let Me In
20. Father
21. Cell Spin
22. Please
23. Try
24. Atone
25. I Still See Him
26. Firm But Fair
27. Thank You


Mother Nature’s Son

India India
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‘Mother Nature’s Son’ featuring Benny Dayal and Karsh Kale is OUT NOW!

This is the second single from an album of the songs inspired by The Beatles and India film, and you can Listen to ‘Mother Nature’s Son’ here >

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Also available is the first single ‘India, India’ featuring Nikhil D’Souza, which you can Listen to here >

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The Film
The Beatles and India film tells the story of The Beatles culturally groundbreaking time in India. A companion album to this new film will be released this autumn on Silva Screen Records, celebrating the enduring love affair between the band and their time in the country. The album will feature renowned Indian artists performing interpretations of The Beatles’ songs with links to their time in India.

Visit the film website to learn more >


India, India

India India
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‘India India’ featuring Nikhil D’Souza is OUT NOW!

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This is the first of the songs inspired by The Beatles and India film and you can download / stream it here >

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The Film
The Beatles and India film tells the story of The Beatles culturally groundbreaking time in India. A companion album to this new film will be released this autumn on Silva Screen Records, celebrating the enduring love affair between the band and their time in the country. The album will feature renowned Indian artists performing interpretations of The Beatles’ songs with links to their time in India.

Visit the film website to learn more >


Des

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Music by Sarah Warne

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Des is Sarah Warne’s 3rd TV soundtrack album release on Silva Screen Records. Previously released on Silva Screen were Dark Money broadcast in 2019 on BBC One and Humans series 2 & 3, broadcast during 2018 and 2019 on Channel 4.

Des is a British three-part television drama miniseries, based on real life events, the 1983 arrest of Scottish serial killer Dennis Nilsen and one of the most infamous criminal cases in UK history. David Tennant (Doctor Who, Good Omens) gives an award-winning performance as Dennis Nilsen, serial killer who murdered over fifteen young men and boys in London over a period of five years. Co-starring Daniel Mays and Jason Watkins, Des focuses on Nilsen’s capture and subsequent trial. The three-part series is based on the book Killing For Company by Brian Masters. The series premiered on ITV, UK on 14 September 2020 on. On 16th March 2021 the series was released on DVD and Blue-ray in the US.

The psychological portrait of Dennis Nilsen has given Sarah a stimulus to create an all-enveloping slow tide of pulsating electronic sound. Gently moving through a body of chords and punctuated by tenderly distorted piano, percussion and floating string fragments, Sarah Warne’s score provides a cold and meditative space for Nilsen’s character to unravel.

Sarah is a Film and Arts Composer and multi-instrumentalist based in London. Trained as a classical harpist and pianist, and as a composer Sarah specialises in the blending of acoustic instruments with unique electronic signatures. Her for love for narrative and drama so story-telling is always at the core of the music she creates. She is a graduate of Oxford University, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and The National Film and Television School (MA Composing) and her recent work includes BAFTA nominated documentary series Catching a Killer (C4), drama series Humans series 2 & 3 (C4), Dark Money, Prey (ITV), Trump’s Breadline Kids and The Treasures of Ancient Greece (BBC 4).

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Tracklist:

1. An Increasingly Violent Place
2. We Wait
3. You Kept Them For A Year?
4. One By One
5. His Chamber
6. Melrose Gardens
7. Alone
8. Can I See Him?
9. We Are In Blackout
10. Three Years Ago
11. Meeting Des
12. Bonfire
13. Bones
14. Everybody Leaves
15. Hell Of A Hunch
16. We Need More Time
17. We Can’t Add Graham
18. First Day Of Trial
19. You’re Not Sorry
20. Pack Of Lies
21. Outrageously Bad
22. Guilty
23. I Have Some Thoughts
24. Seven


Fourth Dimension

Fourth Dimension
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Music by Paddy Kingsland and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

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Paddy Kingsland was the first Radiophonic composer to see a solo release of his compositions, although he is not credited on the sleeve. “Fourth Dimension”, first released in 1973, showcased Kingsland’s theme tunes for television and radio while at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The recordings feature a rock-style backing band and synthesisers including the VCS 3 and “Delaware” Synthi 100, and the track “Reg” from the album was also released as the B side to the 1973 single release of the iconic Doctor Who theme tune.

Kingsland remained at the workshop for 21 years, leaving in 1981, during which time he composed music for much loved TV shows The Changes, Doctor Who and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy among others.

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Digital Tracklist

1. Scene & Heard (2.13)
2. Just Love (1.42)
3. Vespucci (3.17)
4. Reg (2.07)
5. Tamariu (2.45)
6. One Eighty-One (1.54)
7. Fourth Dimension (2.20)
8. Colour Radio (2.30)
9. Take Another Look (2.21)
10. Kaleidoscope (1.17)
11. The Space Between (3.10)
12. Flashback (2.52)

Bonus Tracks:
13. Rugby Special (1.40)*
14. Willie Banks and The Administrative Machine (2.23)*
15. The Ramsbottom File (2.02)*

* Previously Unreleased


Through A Glass Darkly

Through A Glass Darkly
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Music by Peter Howell and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

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Peter Howell joined the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in 1974, coming from a career in various psychedelic folk bands, which saw him record five albums with fellow musician John Ferdinando. He composed his first Doctor Who output in ’75 in the form of some incidental music for “Revenge of the Cybermen” and special sound for “Planet of Evil”. In 1980, he was asked by the programme’s then new producer, John Nathan-Turner, to update the iconic Doctor Who theme. The new arrangement appeared on that year’s “The Leisure Hive”, continuing to be used through Tom Baker’s remaining series as the Doctor and throughout Peter Davison’s. It was replaced during Colin Baker’s tenure in 1986 with a new version by Dominic Glynn.

“Through A Glass Darkly” was released in 1978 as a standalone studio album by Howell in collaboration with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The six original instrumental compositions (one of which is 19 minutes long) flaunt a prog rock influence as well as the distinctive electronic sound of the RWS. “The Astronauts” (track 5, side 2) appeared again as a B side to the 1980 single release of his version of the Doctor Who theme.

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Digital Tracklist

1. In the Kingdom of Colours (Through A Glass Darkly – A Lyrical Adventure) (19.28)
2. Caches of Gold (4.03)
3. Magenta Court (4.26)
4. Colour Rinse (2.36)
5. Wind in the Wires (2.16)
6. The Astronauts (5.18)

Bonus Tracks: THE BODY IN QUESTION
7. Moving Form (Main Theme from The Body in Question) (1.45)
8. Greenwich Chorus (2.20)
9. Mesmer (3.40)
10. The Astronauts (Single Version) (3.21)
11. In the Kingdom of Colours (Through A Glass Darkly) Alternative Mix (19.29) *

* Previously Unreleased


Primates

Primates
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Music by Adam Lukas and Denise Santos

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Primates premiered on BBC 1 on 25th May 2020. Filmed over two years in locations around the world, from the snowy Atlas Mountains to the flooded jungles of Sumatra and Brazil. Primates is a 3-episode documentary series created by the BBC Studios Natural History and narrated by Chris Packham. The episodes, “Secrets of Survival”, “Family Matters” and “Protecting Primates”, follow our closest animal relatives and reveal how much we have in common with them.

“There is a monkey in the BBC’s new nature epic that bears a startling resemblance to Donald Trump. The uakari has a disgruntled, crimson face and bleach blond hair – though its coat is far thicker than the wispy comb-over still desperately clinging to the president’s scalp. It’s one of the many creatures we meet in Primates (BBC1), which serves as a reminder of just how similar humans are to our closest furry relatives.” – Independent

The score was written by composers Adam Lukas (National Geographics Being The Queen, Netflix’ Roman Empire II) and Denise Santos (National Geographic’s Gathering Storm, Savage Kingdom, Discovery’s Apollo: The Forgotten Films) who work as a part of the musically diverse composer’s collective Bleeding Fingers. Founded by Hans Zimmer, Steve Kofsky and Russell Emanuel, Emmy and Bafta nominated Bleeding Fingers Music is a home to exceptional and sonically diverse composers. The collective’s work includes soundtracks for Planet Earth II, Seven Worlds, One Planet and Blue Planet II, all previously released on Silva Screen Records.

“Mischievous music patters over scenes of bush babies getting up to no good, instructing us how to feel. “At last, jack pot!” cries Packham, when the pint-sized creatures find their dinner.” – Independent

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1. Primates Theme
2. Gibbon Learns
3. Lizard Hunting
4. One Family
5. Monkey Spa
6. Gentle Guardian
7. Ringtailed Lemur
8. Face Slapping Monkey
9. Wild Cashews
10. Unknown Monkey
11. Mountain Gorilla
12. Giant Fruit Tree
13. Lonesome Louis
14. Mouthful
15. Grey Slender Loris
16. Macaques
17. Battlefield
18. Baboon vs. Leopard
19. Orangutan Infants
20. Sleepy Blue Eye Black Lemur
21. Low Profile
22. Barbary Macaque
23. Spider Monkey II
24. Only 800 Left
25. Winters in Atlas
26. Guardians and Navigators
27. Owl Monkey
28. Python Danger
29. Primate Decline


The Planets

The Planets
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Music by Anže Rozman and Andrew Christie

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The Planets premiered on BBC 2 on 28th May 2019. Narrated by Professor Brian Cox, the series follows the dramatic lives of the eight majestic planets that make up our solar system through five episodes -“A Moment in the Sun – The Terrestrial Planets” (Inner Worlds), “The Two Sisters – Earth & Mars”, “The Godfather – Jupiter”, “Life Beyond the Sun – Saturn”, “Into the Darkness – Ice Worlds”.

The score was written by composers Andrew Christie, Anže Rozman, Jacob Shea and David Fleming, who work as a part of the musically diverse composer’s collective Bleeding Fingers. Founded by Hans Zimmer, Steve Kofsky and Russell Emanuel, Emmy and Bafta nominated Bleeding Fingers Music is a home to exceptional and sonically diverse composers. The collective’s work includes soundtracks for Planet Earth II, Seven Worlds, One Planet and Blue Planet II, all previously released on Silva Screen Records.

“He (Prof Brian Cox) will tell (he promised, standing on a rocky precipice as a low sun flared behind him) ‘stories of worlds born and worlds lost… their destinies more entwined than we ever imagined.’ The effect is vastly heightened by the symphonic soundtrack from composer Andrew Christie, a protege of Hollywood music giant Hans Zimmer and who sounds as if he’d be right at home in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” – The Arts Desk

“Armed with an intense musical score, very reminiscent of the video game series Mass Effect, The Planets does a good job keeping things feeling suitably epic and intense throughout the episode.” – The Review Geek

“In Brian Cox’s new series high drama, a cinematic soundtrack and CGI combine to make life on earth appear truly miraculous” – iNews

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1. Prologue
2. Specks in the Sun
3. Inner Planets
4. Mars Maven
5. No Sleep Till Mars
6. Saturn’s Rings
7. Planetary Forces
8. Collapsed Rings
9. Journey To Saturn
10. Future Dawn of Titan
11. The Small Bang
12. Gravitational Pull
13. The Moons
14. Star Power
15. Keplar’s Law
16. Voyager Crossing
17. Outer Solar System
18. Pluto’s Heart
19. Planet X
20. Towards Discovery


Voices Of The Valley: Echoes

Voices of the Valley Echoes
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Music by The Fron Male Voice Choir

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The Fron Male Voice Choir celebrates St David’s Day with the release of Echoes, their sixth recording in the Voices of the Valley series, on 26th February 2021.

The Fron Male Voice Choir is one of the most successful choirs in the UK. Their debut album, released in November 2007, achieved double platinum sales and was nominated for a Classical Brit Award. Following this initial success, the choir has toured extensively and their albums have sold in over 70 countries world-wide. The tracks from the Voices of the Valley series have since featured on numerous compilations and artist albums.

Full title Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir or Côr Meibion Froncysyllte, the Fron Male Voice Choir was formed in 1947 and is based in the village of Froncysyllte near Llangollen in Denbighshire, Wales. Their association with the world-famous Tenor Luciano Pavarotti started in 1955. The Fron choir hosted the Società Corale Gioachino Rossini from Modena, which won first prize at the Llangollen Eisteddfod under the musical direction of Luciano’s father, conductor Fernando Pavarotti. Luciano Pavarotti claimed that him singing in the choir and this win inspired him to take up a singing career.

Initially set up to compete in the Llangollen International Eisteddfod festival, The Fron Male Voice Choir quickly developed into a first-class, modern choir. Following on their debut album success, the BBC classical music reviewer Michael Quinn reflects on the Fron Choir as “a good example of modern day Welsh Choir singing” and praises their “considerable close harmony talents, beauty of sound and impressive technique”.

On Echoes, the modernity is reflected in both their choice of material and delivery; from Welsh staples such as Llanfair (Willliams), O Iesu Mawr (David Charles) and Tydi A Roddaist (Hughes) and American, Russian and Welsh sacred hymns (The Lords Prayer, Spaséniye Sodélal) to Billy Joel’s And So It Goes, Aznavour’s She and musical numbers A Million Dreams (The Greatest Showman), Maria (West Side Story) and Bring Him Home (Les Miserables). The close harmony sound is richly layered yet crisp, allowing a multitude of harmonics to resonate.

The choir’s latest Musical Director, Leigh Mason, took over in 2010. Since her arrival, the choir has gone on to achieve great success, winning competitions in Ireland and Cornwall, and at the worldrenowned Llangollen International Eisteddfod. Leigh was deeply involved in the recording and production of Echoes and was vital in enabling the Fron Choir to deliver this vibrant and captivating album.

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Tracklist
1. A Million Dreams (From “The Greatest Showman”)
2. Llanfair
3. And So It Goes
4. She
5. The Bandits’ Chorus
6. The Seal Lullaby
7. Spaséniye Sodélal
8. The Lord’s Prayer
9. Maria (From “West Side Story”)
10. O Iesu Mawr
11. Bring Him Home (From “Les Miserables”)
12. Tydi A Roddaist