Christopher Franke

Babylon 5, Vol. 2: Messages from Earth

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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, it nevertheless captures the mysteries of space in vivid detail. Compiling the main themes for seasons one through four as well as a handful of episode suites, Babylon 5, Vol. 2: Messages from Earth succinctly encapsulates Babylon 5's broad musical palette, and is not only an excellent introduction to its music but quite possibly the only such collection a passing fan of the show will ever need. Franke's dense synthesizer textures and martial percussion paint a gripping portrait of interstellar battle, and for all the music's obvious emphasis on fantasy and otherworldly sounds, the composer never eliminates the human element from the equation. Epic in scope and scale, Messages from Earth boasts a power few television soundtracks achieve.

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