The Music of Fringe: "What you need is some jazz"
Posted Apr 4, 2012 @ 5:30 PM
Posted Apr 14, 2012 @ 7:17 PM
First off: This is a very generous CD release in terms of how much music is on there. The typical Varese Sarabande release is only 30-40 minutes long. This one is more than an hour of music. And most if not all of it is orchestral music (not electronic) which means that it is relatively expensive to license. And the music is recorded in Burbank, which makes it even more expensive to license. So, it's pretty amazing we get such an extensive release.
I stand by my opinion that next to John Noble, Chris Tilton is the most valuable creative contributor to the show. Really, I do. And I also stand by my opinion that this season (Season 4) has been underscored in comparison to Season 3, which probably has had a bigger effect on viewers' engagement with the new storylines than you might think. Tilton has said this is not budget-related, but it seems to be a combination of his workload (with Alcatraz, which he assisted on) and a creative decision.
Was Season 3 overscored? At times when watching the show last season I was wondering that. But listening to the CD I absolutely cannot complain. What a treasure trove of themes, almost too many to count, and all of them cleverly developed and recurring in all sorts of colors and moods...
I'm a soundtrack aficionado from way back (I mean, REAL soundtracks, by composers, not song compilation CDs). And I'm not exaggerating when I say this is one of THE best TV soundtracks of the last decade if not more. Basically this guy is scoring an 80-hour film epic. Not even the great composers of the past who wrote for TV (like Jerry Goldsmith for example) had to do this sort of thing. And when a TV show did have really good, complex thematic music for episodes, usually it was more than one guy working on it.
Anyhow, man, I have been eagerly awaiting the Season 3 soundtrack since 2010 and it does NOT disappoint.
Posted Apr 14, 2012 @ 7:49 PM
Posted Apr 14, 2012 @ 7:57 PM
(I'm talking about the soundtrack CDs, as listening experiences - not the scoring of the series.)
Edited by Money Magnet, Apr 14, 2012 @ 7:57 PM.
Posted Apr 14, 2012 @ 8:05 PM
Fringe is completely mislabeled, in my opinion. It's not a soundtrack at all. It's a score - if they plopped in one or two of the songs Walter plays in his lab, fine, call it a soundtrack, or "Music from Fringe," but Chris Tilton's gorgeous music is pure, magnificent SCORE. Maybe the record company thinks that it'll sell more if people think there will be catchy tunes on it, but I'm a total score addict. From John Williams to Korngold to Trent Reznor, I love ALL of it.
The Season 3 stuff is really the coming together of the themes from the previous two seasons, and its absolutely gorgeous. I agree that Season 4 is a bit underscored, although I'm not sure that it's responsible for lack of audience engagement; I chalk that up to other factors better discussed in other threads.
Posted Apr 14, 2012 @ 8:44 PM
Posted Apr 14, 2012 @ 9:14 PM
I have to correct myself a bit; the music from Star Wars is labeled as a soundtrack, although there are no songs. So technically, I'm probably wrong. But there have been occasions where TWO albums have been released - a soundtrack, and a score. LA Confidential is one example, as is the music from the first Tim Burton Batman.
I would LOVE to see an actual compilation soundtrack of various songs heard on Fringe, as well as Chris Tilton's beautiful score!
Edited by oconnellaboo, Apr 14, 2012 @ 9:15 PM.
Posted Apr 15, 2012 @ 4:15 AM
Anyway back to the S3 score. What are your guys favorite tracks? Personally I like the emotional character themes/leitmotifs such as:
13 The Firefly
14 Best Chase Scenario
18 Imagination Building
19 The House of Birth
27 The Way the World Crumbles
30 Funeral Pyre Straits
Posted Apr 15, 2012 @ 10:29 AM
Posted Apr 15, 2012 @ 10:29 AM
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Posted May 5, 2012 @ 11:58 PM
Posted Oct 10, 2012 @ 8:52 AM
That said, there's an awesome action cue buried in "The Singularity is Upon Us" and lots of Henrietta music.
Posted Oct 10, 2012 @ 9:33 AM
The Henrietta theme is just gorgeous - lovely, but almost as mournful as her parents' themes are!
Posted Nov 6, 2012 @ 10:49 AM
The particularly great moment, was when the scene changed from Olivia watching the video, to the blood dripping from the dead Observer, which made the whole thing incredibly tragic, even to the point of making you feel sorry about Peter killing the Observer.
No words for how this show makes me feel, when it is at its best.
Posted Nov 20, 2012 @ 12:14 PM
I've always liked the music on Fringe. Not only the dramatic soundtracks, but the popular music that usually plays under some of Walter's scenes. But I do have an issue with it. Numerous times we have heard groups like Yes and other prog-rock groups from the 70s.
But Walter is--what--63, 64 years old? His crazy musical youth should be music from the 60s, not 70s and early 80s. His nostalgia should be for Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, early Stones, the Byrds, etc.
Has anyone else ever noticed this, or is it just me?
You bring up an excellent question, HollyOak. I would say it depends on the person. My parents are around his age. My mom listens to music from all these eras and loves all of it. But my dad pretty much sticks to the music of his youth--'60's/70's era. It is very much an emotional thing as I believe when we are growing we get more emotionally connected to music than when we are older.
Walter has always been a guy that is experimental so it doesn't surprise me that he would be into the music of the late 70's and 80's. It was pretty funny seeing him in Brown Betty singing a Tears for Fears song, though. So I see it as very in character for him to like all kinds of music.
Posted Nov 20, 2012 @ 12:18 PM
You have to admire a show that INVENTS A BAND, even going so far as coming up with the music for them.
Posted Nov 20, 2012 @ 12:45 PM
Posted Jun 7, 2013 @ 5:31 PM
The Season 5 soundtrack can be downloaded at Amazon now. It's not on iTunes yet, and won't be coming out on disc until June 25.
Nothing memorable was left out this time (my biggest beef with the S4 soundtrack) and every episode has representation. The score is heavy on the later episodes, however. It isn't all that heavy on Etta's theme, though -- and that's fair, because the Season 4 soundtrack actually had several Etta's theme versions that are close to things that were used in Season 5. But it's there, and in some nice variations too.
None of the cues really work up a true head of steam like the best of Season 3 did, so I will say that Season 3 was the best soundtrack, and I'd rank this one even with the Season 2 soundtrack. The action music is pretty good.
Interesting to hear the end credits music for the final episode, as I'm wagering that nobody can remember what it sounded like because they were probably too busy crying/sobbing/racing to post their impressions online. :-) (It's a somber version of the Fringe main title theme)
I'm getting a bit sad though because we are running out of Fringe merch to look forward to. The only things that remain are a couple of the Faust novels. :-(
Edited by jipijapa, Jun 7, 2013 @ 5:34 PM.
Posted Jan 20, 2014 @ 6:33 AM
Thank you for that. The music on Fringe was gorgeous from beginning to end, and getting to hear a little more is such a treat.
I really miss this show, but we were so lucky to have it for the years that we did.