Christopher Franke

Babylon 5: Sleeping in Light [Original TV Soundtrack]

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Christopher Franke's scores for the syndicated sci-fi cult classic Babylon 5 loom in sharp contrast to the music for the series' most obvious inspiration, Star Trek -- dark and ominous where Trek championed hope and wonder, the Babylon 5 scores nevertheless capture the mysteries of space in vivid detail. Assembling music written for the series' final episode, Sleeping in Light succinctly encapsulates just how far Franke's sensibilities evolved over the course of Babylon 5's five-year production run -- the synthesizer textures and martial percussion so long a fixture of the series' musical palette are now enhanced by strings and guitars that emphasize the deeply human emotional dimensions of the interstellar drama. Indeed, for all the series' obvious emphasis on fantasy and otherworldly sounds, Franke never lost track of its earthbound soul. Epic in scope and scale, Sleeping in Light boasts a power few TV soundtracks achieve.

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