Christopher Franke

Babylon 5: The Fall of Night [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. As the series progressed, Franke began channeling the influence of rock & roll into his approach, and his music for season two's conclusion, The Fall of Night, remains perhaps his hardest-edged and most energetic B5 score to date -- the synthesizer textures and martial percussion so long a fixture of the series' musical palette are enhanced by blistering guitars that lend the music not only a new sense of urgency, but a profoundly human dimension as well. Most impressive is the climactic "Kosh Unveiled," which achieves a majesty and power perfectly suited to the narrative sequence in question.

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