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  1. Snow Files of the Week: "Catalogued/Deny Everything/Blood on Paper" from The X-Files, episodes "Duane Barry" and "Ascension" (1994). A classic X-Files two-parter from the second season of the series. And with Duane Barry one of the most distinctive figures in the X-Files universe, played in a disturbingly manic way by Steve Railsback. For a long time Barry has been haunted by aliens at night who repeatedly carry out experiments on him. When another visitation is imminent, Barry goes crazy and takes some hostages in an office building. The police thinks he's a dangerous lunatic, of course, but Mulder is interested in the visits. Mulder manages to outsmart Barry and he is shot and rushed to the hospital. But Barry only plays along on the pretense, breaks out of the hospital and kidnaps Scully, whom he wants to leave to the visitors for their experiments in his place. He takes her to Skyland Mountain at night, from where he was kidnapped for the first time. When Mulder arrives, he only notices a bright light in the sky and finds Barry alone. Scully has disappeared. Mark Snow accompanies this double episode with very melancholic-mystical sounds. The short motifs for the Cigarette Smoking Man and the conspirators appear again, as they of course also have their fingers in the game. The tracks are from LLL's fourth set of X-Files music. The set is limited to 2,000 copies. Enjoy listening!
  2. Snow Files of the Week: "Burn Baby Burn/I'm Ready" from the tv show "Smallville" (2001/2011). These two tracks show Mark's different abilities of scoring the show. You have beautiful piano work, harsh action music and soft heroic moments. An album was released digitally, followed by a 2-CD set from La-La Land Records, containing more music than the digital release. The album also contains music by Louis Febre from the later seasons. The 2-CD set is limited to 3.000 copies and sold out. Enjoy!
  3. Snow Files of the Week: Suite from "The Substitute Wife" (1994). "The Substitute Wife" is a 1994 TV drama starring Peter Weller, Lea Thompson and Farrah Fawcett. Set in the era of the American Pioneers, the movie tells the story of a farmer's wife who is dying. Because she is afraid that her family falls apart without her and they might lose the farm, she hires a prostitute to take her place. Mark composed a warm-hearted orchestral score, far from gloomy soundscapes, with a slight folk touch. The concise main theme, which was already released on the sampler "The Snow Files", runs through the entire score. Sometimes with an oboe as a solo instrument, sometimes with the piano. The album was released digitally by BUYSOUNDTRAX.COM. Enjoy listening!
  4. Snow Files of the Week: "The Game Begins" from the tv movie "Night Sins" (1997). The score to this tv thriller has much in common with Mark's music for "The X-Files" and "MillenniuM". The pieces are glued together by the beautiful main theme, that Mark composed. It has all the ingredients we love about Mark's music. The score was released on CD by BUYSOUNDTRAX.COM, limited to 1000 copies and is still available, also digitally. Enjoy!
  5. Snow Files of the Week: "Suite" from "Pasadena" (2001). "Pasadena" was a very short-lived tv series in which the main character, Lily McAllister, witnesses a suicide and then embarks on an investigation that also leads her into her own wealthy family, the Greeleys. 13 episodes were produced, but after only four episodes the critically acclaimed series was canceled due to poor ratings. As a possible reason it was stated that the series started so soon after the attacks of September 11, 2001 that people probably didn't feel like watching dark and cynical series at first. Mark's music moves in familiar territory. He scored the soap opera crime drama similar to the X-Files. Apart from the main theme, which sounds like music from a music box. Otherwise there are the spherical choirs, the shimmering soundscapes and a few quirky interjections of the main theme, with percussion and pounding beats. The album was released digitally by BUYSOUNDTRAX.COM and is available for download and streaming. Enjoy listening!
  6. Only available digital on the Buysoundtrax page or Spotify.
  7. Snow Files of the Week: "Big Yellow House/Exterminated" from "MillenniuM", episode "Pilot" (1996). When The X-Files went into its fourth season, Chris Carter's second show "MillenniuM" premiered. The first episode of "MillenniuM" gained the highest number of viewers FOX ever had for a pilot, the episode was even shown in selected theatres. The home of the Black family, the big yellow house, is a place of safety for Frank Black. Here he can provide his family with a normal life and keep them away from the dark world outside, at least he thinks he can. If you watch the show closely you will notice, that all the scenes, that play in or around the yellow house, have a certain golden glow, while the scenes in the real world have washed out colours. Mark uses the main theme from "MillenniuM" to create a haunting variation for the introduction of the yellow house. His soft and moody string pads, combined with the solo violin, create a place of peace, but also underlines the darkness waiting outside. The tracks are taken from the first volume of music from "MillenniuM", released by La-La Land Records. It was released in 2008 and sold out shortly after. In 2015, the volume was re-issued, limited to 1.000 copies. Enjoy!
  8. 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!
  9. Snow Files of the Week: "Ice Cubes/Dan to the Rescue/Hit and Run/No One Ever Leaves Me/Victoria's Madness" from the tv movie "Seduced and Betrayed" (1995). In the early 90's BASIC INSTINCT hit the theatres and became almost immediately a modern classic. It was a huge comeback for erotic thrillers and in the years that followed many movies wanted to be like it. This is also true for the music, composed by the great Jerry Goldsmith, that influenced the thriller genre for years to come. When SEDUCED AND BETRAYED came around in 1995, it more or less tried to imitate the sexual undertones. And it is pretty obvious that Jerry Goldsmith's score was used as a temp track, before Mark began working on the movie. His main theme is pretty much a slightly different arrangement of Goldsmith's theme. But for the rest of the movie Mark came up with his more mellow and harmonic style. The main theme was featured on the sampler "The Snow Files". The score was released, paired with CAROLINE AT MIDNIGHT, on "The Mark Snow Collection Vol.2" by Dragon's Domain Records. The CD is limited to 2.000 copies. Enjoy!
  10. Snow Files of the Week: "El Lobo/Sling Blade" from "The Lone Gunmen". This short-lived X-Files-spin-off focused more on humour. Mark's music also has a brighter touch to it, with sometimes even James-Bond-like spy music. The cliffhanger of the show was resolved in the ninth season of THE X-FILES, with the episode "Jump the shark". Mark's music was released, limited to 2000 copies, by La-La-Land Records. The album also has music from the fourth Chris-Carter-show, HARSH REALM, on it. The album is sold out. Enjoy!
  11. Snow Files of the Week: "Hypothermia/Scully's Discovery/Mulder's Email Message/Skinner helps Scully", from "The X-Files", episodes "Colony" and "End Game". Several pieces of music from these two classic season two episodes. A comatosed Mulder is brought to an Arctic hospital, suffering from hypothermia. Scully arrives just in time to see Mulder's heart monitor flatline. Mark's music starts slow and becomes more driving and urgent as Scully arrives. The rest of the tracks underscores a series of scenes from "End Game". Scully discovers a strange retrovirus in the alien bounty hunter's blood. Scully desperatly needs to inform Mulder, just before Skinner has an elevator fight with X and delivers more informations to Scully. The music was released on the second volume of X-Files music from La-La Land Records. The set is limited to 3.000 copies. Enjoy!
  12. Snow Files of the Week: "Titles/Sadie tells about Tate" from the tv movie "Helter Skelter" (2004). For this movie about Charles Manson and his "family", Snow composed a very dark and brooding score. Dark ambient soundscapes, combined with tender moments and a hauntig female solo voice. The CD was released by Buysoundtrax Records, limited to 1000 copies. Enjoy! 
  13. Snow Files of the Week: "Joyride" from "Windham Hill's Winter Solstice On Ice" (1999). And now for something completely different. This piece of music was composed by Mark for an ice skating special, featuring professional skaters like Brian Boitano, Yuka Sato, and Rahkamo & Kokko. It was released on the compilation album "Winter Solstice On Ice", together with the other compositions for the special. The CD can still be found used for reasonable prices. Enjoy!
  14. Snow Files of the Week: "Pool of Freedom/Freedom (Joe's Waltz)" from the movie "Crazy In Alabama" (1999). The movie marked the directorial debut of Antonio Banderas, with his then-wife Melanie Griffith in the leading role. It's also one of the few opportunities, that Mark had, to score a feature film. The music is Mark Snow through and through, with beautiful themes and an overall mystical character. The soundtrack album can still be found for reasonable prices. Enjoy!
  15. 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!
  16. Snow Files of the Week: "Mr Deep Throat/Detective Schmuck" from "The X-Files", episodes "Deep Throat" and "The Jersey Devil" (1993). Mulder's informant from the early seasons of the series, the man with the deep voice, who was therefore only called "Deep Throat", was actually one of the most important supporting characters of the early years. This is also evident from the fact that Mark Snow wrote him a motif. A mysterious, shimmering motif that makes the difficult-to-assess motifs of "Deep Throat" appear even more nebulous. The episode "The Jersey Devil" is like Chris Carter's own Bigfoot story. Mutilated corpses turn up in New Jersey and all bite marks point to a human. Mulder uncovers the legend of the "Jersey Devil" during his investigation. Both tracks are from La-La Land Records' fourth X-Files set, which is limited to 2,000 copies. Enjoy listening!
  17. Snow Files of the Week: "The Surgeon/Alpine Page/Dude Looks Like A Lady" from "MillenniuM", episode "Lamentation" (1996). This episode, written by Chris Carter, marks a milestone within MillenniuM's story arc. We don't only see the death of one of the main side characters, but also the first appearance of the demonic Lucy Butler, played by Sarah Jane Redmond, who would haunt Frank Black through every season of the show. And on top of that, the so-called "Gehenna Demon" makes a stunning appearance. It was also a standout episode musically. Mark wrote a signature motif for the psychotic Dr. Fabricant, which then turned out the be more Lucy Butlers musical mark ("The Surgeon"). And Mark also incorporated some classical music into his score. "Alpine Page" includes a melody from Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture", which also appeared in the X-Files episode "Post-Modern Prometheus". The tracks were released on the second volume of MillenniuM music from La-La Land Records. The set was limited to 2.000 copies and is sold out. Enjoy!
  18. Snow Files of the Week: "The Smell of Zombies/The End of the Crusade" from the X-Files episode "Millennium" (1999). Chris Carter's second show "MillenniuM" ended before the year 2000 came along. So Carter and his team were looking for a way to bring the story of Frank Black and the MillenniuM Group to a closure. This happened with an X-Files/MillenniuM crossover in the seventh season of "The X-Files". As disappointing this crossover for many fans was (after three seasons of "MillenniuM" it ends with Mulder and Frank Black shooting zombies in a cellar), as outstanding was Mark's score for the episode. It gave him the opportunity to combine the mourning violin from "MillenniuM" with the soundscapes of "The X-Files". And as Mulder and Scully finally kiss while watching the celebration of the new year 2000 on TV, Mark introduces the traditional "Auld Lang Syne" into his score and a rare statement of the X-Files theme at the end of the scene. The music was released on the first limited 4-CD-Set of X-Files music from La-La Land Records, limited to 2.000 copies. Happy New Year!
  19. Buysoundtrax Records has released a new Mark Snow album. It features the score from the 1994 tv movie THE SUBSTITUTE WIFE. The album is available as download and on streaming portals. https://buysoundtrax.myshopify.com/collections/digital-download-releases/products/the-substitute-wife-original-motion-picture-soundtrack
  20. Snow Files of the Week: "Santos Elves/The Way it was" from "MillenniuM", episode "Omerta" (1998). "Omerta" is the Christmas episode from the third season of "MillenniuM". The story evolves around two young women living in the woods, away from civilization. Their names are Lassa and Rose, Lassa has healing powers. For his score Mark used operatic vocal samples, providing a magical touch to the music. Mark mixes his brooding ambient music with the wonderful theme for Lassa and Rose, making "Omerta" one of the most outstanding scores in the three years run of "MillenniuM". The tracks can be found on the fist volume of music from "MillenniuM", released by La-La Land Records. The volume is limited to 1.000 copies. Enjoy!
  21. Snow Files of the Week: "Suite" from The X-Files, episode "Christmas Carol" (1998). For this season 5 episode of The X-Files, Mark composed a very haunting and sometimes eerie score. But I guess that's what it's like celebrating Christmas with Mulder and Scully. The music was released on a promotional disc first, which also contains music from the episode "Post-Modern Prometheus". Later, some of it was also featured on the first 4-CD-Box-Set from La-La Land Records, limited to 2.000 copies. One re-recorded track from "Christmas Carol" also found it's way onto the album MUSIC FROM THE X-FILES: 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, that was released by BUYSOUNDTRAX.COM. This CD is limited to 1000 copies and is also available digitally. The suite contains music from the promotional release, as well as music from the first 4-CD-Set. Enjoy!
  22. Snow Files of the Week: "Ernest Saves Christmas/Christmas Spirit" from the movie "Ernest Saves Christmas" (1988). It's that time of the year again and Mark Snow joins the celebration with this jolly score. Performed by an orchestra this score shows Mark in perfect Christmas spirit, very different from his more darker ambient stuff. The score hasn't been released officially yet, there is only a promotional CD out there. Maybe someday we'll see a proper release. Enjoy!
  23. Snow Files of the Week: "Night Forest / Forest Search" from "The X-Files", episode "Pilot" (1993). That's how it all started. 1993, the first episode "The X-Files" with a score by Mark Snow that was almost raw for later standards. You can tell that everything was new here and that everyone involved had to find their way around this new world. We can already hear the gloomy soundscapes with which Snow's music should shape the series as well as with its wonderful themes. Enjoy listening!
  24. Snow Files of the Week: "Prologue/Main Title/The Boys Find The Cave/The Kiss/Happy Ending" from the tv movie THE LITTLE KIDNAPPERS (1990). For this Disney Channel production Mark again could get his hands on an orchestra. The "Main Title" begins with a solo flute and transforms into a wonderful, soaring piece of music. The theme presented here also makes its way into the rest of the score, with happy child adventures music like "The Boys Find The Cave". The score again shows Mark's abilities to create memorable music outside of the X-Files universe. The score was released, together with Mark's music for IN THE LINE OF DUTY: SMOKE JUMPERS, on the "Mark Snow Collection Volume 1" by Dragon's Domain Records. The CD is limited to 500 copies. Enjoy!
  25. Snow Files of the Week: "No place like home / Silo" from "The X-Files", episodes "Triangle" and "Apocrypha" (1996-1998). Here we hear two sides of Snow's X-Files music. "No place like home" is another wonderful piano theme that grows out of the X-Files theme. In "Silo", mysterious soundscapes and driving action come into play again. These tracks are also from the fourth set by La-La Land Records, which is limited to 2,000 copies. Enjoy listening!
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