WILLIAMS, EDWARD - LIFE ON EARTH: MUSIC FROM THE 1979 BBC TV SERIES (CD)


"The groundbreaking natural history program Life On Earth hit UK TV screens 30 years ago, in 1979, and this is the first time the beautiful music composed for the series by Edward Williams has been commercially issued. It's quite extraordinary that something so utterly beautiful has remained unissued until now. The sounds composed and created for the series are quite magical. It's the sound of science, of underwater life, of progress, flight, fight, death and courtship. There are swamps, petrified forests, snowscapes and coral reefs. And of course, music composed for a wide variety of birds, animals and sea-dwellers of all shapes and sizes. Influences include Erik Satie, British pastoral composition of the post-war period and pioneering UK electronics. What's extraordinary is that Edward Williams created a sound way ahead of his time; you will hear music that could easily be mistaken for the contemporary soundtrack work of Cliff Martinez or Clint Mansell. The music itself is hard to categorize - of course it's soundtrack music, but it hints at classical, at library music, touches on the avant-garde, and has a strong ambient feel and an unusual timeless quality. It involves over 70 musicians, with the composer placing much of the played music through his vintage 1973 VCS 3 synthesizer." (label info)
in stock | US| 2009| TRUNK | 15.90


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