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  1. Snow Files of the Week: "Grow up Superboy/Ferris Wheel" from "Smallville" (2001). The show ran for ten seasons, but after season 6, Mark left the show and his former music editor Louis Febre took over for the remaining three seasons. It was Mark's decision, since he was so busy doing the music for "Smallville" and "Ghost Whisperer" at the same time, with additional movies in between (like the second X-Files movie in 2008), that he just wanted to have more time with his family. The music for "Smallville" shows Mark again as a master of haunting themes and melody. His distinctive sound is easy to recognize. A digital album was released with music from the show, before La-La-Land Records released a 2-CD-Set, containing all tracks from the digital album, as well as a second CD with even more music from the show. It also has tracks by Louis Febre from the later seasons. The CD was limited to 3000 copies and is now sold out. Enjoy!
  2. Snow Files of the Week: "Suicide / Nancy gets wormed", from "The X-Files", episode "Ice" (1993). Another classic episode from the first season. It was basically the X-Files version of the short story "Who goes there?" by John Campbell, on which also "John Carpenter's The Thing" is based. In a research station in Alaska, a murder-suicide scenario occurs among the scientists. Mulder and Scully fly to Alaska to investigate what has happened. Scientists have discovered a life form in the ice, in a crater that was apparently caused by a meteor 250,000 years ago. This life form, small, worm-like beings, invade the host body and take control of thinking and acting. Soon no one trusts the other and there is also tension between Mulder and Scully. In the first seasons of the series, Mark's music was much more focused on sound collages. That was a requirement of Chris Carter, who did not want music that was "too intrusive". So Mark had to get creative again so that he didn't just deliver the same suspense music every week. He did this excellently over a decade of X-Files. The music to "Ice" also stands out, despite the lack of themes, through the sounds that Mark uses. Its sound landscapes are ice-cold and a sound that reappears again and again with an echo effect underlines the isolation in the station, enclosed by the ice and not knowing who is already infected. The tracks are from the fourth set by La-La Land Records, which is limited to 2,000 pieces. Enjoy listening!
  3. Snow Files of the Week: "The Seeds Of Mistrust", from "The X-Files", episode "Kitten" (2018). In this season 11 episode, we learn a little more about Assistant Director Skinner. During the Vietnam War, Skinner served in the Marines. Together with his fellow soldier and friend John "Kitten" James he is to escort a crate marked MK-NAOMI. They are attacked and both have to hide in a hut with civilians. While Skinner is helping a wounded soldier, the crate is hit by bullets and a green gas leaks out, which John is exposed to. When Skinner returns to the cabin, he sees that "Kitten" murdered all civilians. In the present, Mulder and Scully are put on the trail of Skinner, who has disappeared without a trace. Something from the past has reappeared. In this piece Mark shows his melancholy side again. A ghostly choir sings over the gentle strings and piano motifs, the X-Files theme briefly emerges before the piece ends with a wistful solo trumpet. The tracks come from the 2CD set by La-La Land Records, which is limited to 3,000 pieces. Enjoy listening!
  4. Snow Files of the Week: "Time like a heartbeat / Lonely Man", from "The X-Files", episode "Memento Mori" (1997). In the episode "Leonard Betts," Scully learned from Leonard that she had cancer. She only tells Mulder and Skinner and is determined to keep working. While Mulder searches for information to help Scully, Skinner tries to make a deal with the Cigarette Smoking Man to save Scully's life. Mark's music is accordingly melancholy. The gentle strings accompany the struggle for Scully's life, there is also a nice piano theme to be heard. The music comes from the fourth set by La-La Land Records, which is limited to 2,000 units. Enjoy listening!
  5. Snow Files of the Week: "Randi loves Jason/Theme From Skateboard" from the movie "Skateboard" (1978). This is the oldest release of a score by Mark so far. Only available on Vinyl and audio tape, the album "Skateboard" features late-70's rock music and Mark's grooving score. Let's travel back to the 70's! Enjoy!
  6. Snow Files of the Week: "Woke up hungry / Not an option" from "The X-Files", episode "Darkness Falls" (1994). Classic X-Files at its best. Another episode outside of the alien mythology, but no less memorable. When lumberjacks seem to disappear without a trace in a large forest area, Mulder and Scully set out to investigate what had happened. People have been disappearing in this area again and again since the 1930s. The agents quickly find out that a previously unknown species of insect is apparently at home there. These green-glowing insects pounce on their victims as soon as darkness falls. At this point, Mark was still in the early stages of his X-Files music. Which means that it is less melodic, but still doesn't lack intensity. This is ensured by a high-pitched sound that is repeated as an echo, evoking the proximity of the insects. The tracks are from the fourth set by La-La Land Records, which is limited to 2,000 copies. Enjoy listening!
  7. Snow Files of the Week: "Recap / My Name Is Jackson Van De Camp / He Shot Him And He Shot Me" from "The X-Files", episode "My Struggle IV" (2018). The finale of the eleventh season and with it the finale of the series is a double-edged sword. The whole alien plot was hopelessly confused by the end of the ninth season. Chris Carter didn't do any better with the four episodes called "My Struggle" that frame the tenth and eleventh seasons. Characters that have long since died are suddenly pulled out again, the Cigarette Smoking Man is suddenly the father of apparently every character. This four-parter is full of hair-raising twists, so it's little consolation that Mulder and Scully finally find their son and that this story is at least getting an, albeit temporary, conclusion. For Mark this was the opportunity to tread familiar territory. The "Home" theme is also used here, as is the theme of the series itself. The tracks come from the La-La Land Records 2CD set. The set is limited to 3,000 copies. Enjoy listening!
  8. Snow Files of the Week: "Lifeboat / Wolf At The Door" from "The X-Files", episode "Død Kalm" (1995). This episode is another classic episode in the series. A mutiny apparently occurs aboard the USS "Ardent". Parts of the crew leave the ship in a lifeboat. When they are found a few hours later, they have aged rapidly, some of them have already died. Mulder and Scully investigate what was happening on the ship and soon become victims of a rapid aging process themselves. Snow's score is truly freezing. To do this, he uses a dull, echoing percussion, which significantly increases the feeling of being trapped underwater in the vast ocean. The tracks are from the fourth set by La-La Land Records. The set is limited to 2,000 copies. Enjoy listening!
  9. Snow Files of the Week: Suite from "Shadows Of Desire" (1994). Another tv movie that Mark scored while he was already working on the X-Files. Although his trademark sounds can also be heard here, the score has a rather folky feel. This is ensured by the solo violin, which sounds different here than the violin sampled two years later by Snow for "MillenniuM". In addition, there is an acoustic guitar and harmonica samples, which round off the whole thing. Nevertheless, the main theme is reminiscent of that of the "Millennium" episode "Luminary" from the second season. The music comes from Volume 3 of the "Mark Snow Collection" from Dragon's Domain Records. The CD is limited to 500 copies. Enjoy listening!
  10. Snow Files of the Week: "Silver Moon/Drone Fever/Batting Practice/Package/Drone Rescue/Vacuum", from "The X-Files", episode "Rm9sbG93ZXJz" (2018). This episode from the 11th season with the somewhat strange title (a Base64 code that translates as "followers") is about the dangers that all controlling, artificial intelligences can bring with them. On this track, we hear gloomy sound collages that accompany the technical theme of the episode. The music comes from the 2CD set by La-La Land Records, which is limited to 3,000 units. Enjoy listening!
  11. Snow Files of the Week: Suite from "Murder Between Friends" (1994). By 1994, Mark was already in the middle of the X-Files. Nevertheless, he still composed scores for various tv films. One of them was "Murder Between Friends", for which Mark naturally used the sounds he had already tried out in the X-Files. Nevertheless, the score is more than just an X-Files light, thanks to the bluesy electric guitar at times more reminiscent of Eric Clapton's play in the Lethal Weapon scores, and the male solo vocals, which stand in direct contrast to the "wailing woman" vocals that are often used. The tracks from the suite come from the third album of the "Mark Snow Collection" by Dragon's Domain Records. The CD is limited to 500 copies. Enjoy listening!
  12. Snow Files of the Week: "King Kersh / The Drop Zone / Scully's Serenade" from "The X-Files", episodes "Nothing Important Happened Today Part II", "This Is Not Happening" and "Per Manum" (2000/2002 ). These three episodes from the eighth and ninth seasons of the series deal with the so-called super soldiers, alien-human hybrids who can survive even normally fatal injuries. Among other things, they are after Scully's child, who was born at the end of season eight and also has alien DNA. Mark composed not only dark soundscapes for the episodes, but also quite melancholy passages, which lead to a wonderful variation of "Scully's Theme". The tracks are from the fourth set from La-La Land Records. The set is limited to 2,000 copies. Enjoy listening!
  13. Snow Files of the Week: "My beautiful airplane/Love Comfort/That's Melancholy" from "Les Herbes Folles (aka "Wild Grass", 2009)". The movie marked the second collaboration between Alain Resnais and Mark Snow (after "Private Fears in Public Places"), two more would follow. The score is melancholic, supporting the beautiful and sometimes strange movie perfectly. The album is available digital and got a very limited release on double CD (together with the third Resnais/Snow collaboration "You ain't seen nothing yet") in France. Enjoy!
  14. Snow Files of the Week: "House Of Chucky P/Still Got Scoot In Your Boot/Scully Sees Scully" from "The X-Files", episode "Plus One" (2018). For this season 11 episode Mark composed a quirky theme for Chucky, accompanied by his trademark plucked strings. But the music soon descends into the mystical and brooding atmosphere of The X-Files, even including a short nod to the main theme. These tracks were released on the 2CD set for season 11 by La-La Land Records. The set is limited to 3.000 copies. Enjoy!
  15. Snow Files of the Week: "Overlooking Tradition/The Challenge/Chain Gang" from "Harsh Realm" (1999). The short-lived Chris Carter show of course also had a musical score by Mark Snow. His approach was more industrial than on the other Carter shows "The X-Files" and "MillenniuM". But nevertheless he wrote some very haunting tunes for that show, too. The score was released on CD by La-La-Land Records, paired with Mark's music for the "X-Files" spin-off "The Lone Gunmen". The CD is sold out! Enjoy!
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