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  1. Snow Files of the Week: "Origins / Base Camp", from "The X-Files", episode "Firewalker" (1994). Scientist Dr. Pierce monitors the transmission of the research robot "Firewalker", which is supposed to document volcanic activities in Mount Avalon. During the transmission, Dr. Pierce discovers the corpse of the research director Erickson in the images. And a shadow that appears to be moving there, which, due to the high temperatures, would be fatal to any living being, before the robot's camera is destroyed. Mulder and Scully are put on the case, and Mulder soon discovers that the scientists have apparently found an organism in the depths of Mount Avalon. Mark weaves the title theme into the track "Origins", while "Base Camp" is a spherical piece of music reminiscent of the 80s. Both tracks come from the fourth set by La-La Land Records, which is limited to 2,000 copies. Enjoy listening!
  2. Snow Files of the Week: "A Message of Faith" from "Night Sins" (1997). Of course, the score has the familiar sounds, that we already know from Mark's work on "The X-Files" and "MillenniuM". "Night Sins" has a beautiful main theme, which gets its finest presentation in this track. Mark also added etheral choir work to it and showed again, that he indeed can write beautiful piano themes. The album was released by BSX Records and is limited to 1000 copies. Enjoy!
  3. Snow Files of the Week: "Raga Shave / Scully's Tattoo", from "The X-Files", episode "Never Again" (1997). In this episode, Dana Scully is now the focus. Frustrated with her life and how her career is going, she meets Ed Jerse. Shortly before his marriage went down the drain and he got a tattoo of a woman looking over her shoulder with the words "Never Again". But this tattoo has a demonic life of its own. It speaks to him and under its influence, he commits a murder. Scully doesn't know about it when she sees Ed as a soul mate whose life is also at a crossroads. Ed convinces Scully to get a tattoo too. It's an Ouroboros, curiously the sign of the Millennium group, Chris Carter's second series, which was in its first season at the time. But Ed's tattoo becomes jealous of Scully and keeps pushing him to murder her too. The actual main theme of the episode is one of the most unusual in the whole series. And one of the most concise. And it's not by Mark Snow. Snow's Music Editor Jeff Charbonneau, who also repeatedly helped out as arranger and with additional music, composed this piece, which became the leitmotif for the entire episode. By the way, the voice of Ed's tattoo is none other than Jodie Foster. The track comes from the fourth set by La-La Land Records, which is limited to 2,000 copies. Enjoy listening!
  4. Snow Files of the Week: "Room 1413 / Sharon Forever", from "The X-Files", episode "Avatar" (1996). Again, in this episode, Assistant Director Skinner is the focus. His marriage failed after 17 years and he receives the divorce papers to sign. But he puts it away and goes to a bar. There he meets the attractive Carina and they have a one night stand. That night Skinner has a nightmare about an old woman who is lying in bed next to him. When he wakes up, Carina is dead next to him, her head turned completely backwards. For the police, of course, Skinner is the prime suspect, and he asks Mulder not to interfere in the case. Again and again Skinner sees the old woman who finally leads him to his wife Sharon. At night, Skinner wakes up from a nightmare and learns from the police that his wife Sharon has been pushed off the road in her car and is now in a coma. Since Skinner's car shows signs of an accident, he is arrested and then removed as assistant director. But Skinner's wife, Sharon, previously told Mulder that Skinner was in therapy for sleeping disorder. Apparently he had recurring nightmares of being suffocated by an old woman in bed. Mulder suspects it is a succubus, a female demon. But the Cigarette Smoking Man also seems to be involved in the case, because he is observing Skinner's interrogation. Snow's gloomy soundscapes accompany Skinner's visions, and once again there is a wonderful piano theme, this time for the relationship between Skinner and his wife Sharon. Snow also uses a sample of a distorted scream in the score, which he also used in other episodes, mostly the mythology episodes. The tracks are from the fourth set by La-La Land Records which is limited to 2,000 copies. Enjoy listening!
  5. Snow Files of the Week: "Shackles / Dark Vision", from "The X-Files", episode "Mind's Eye" (1998). This season five episode is about blind Marty Glenn, played by Lili Taylor, who has visions of murders as they happen. When she is picked up at a crime scene, the case seems clear to the police. But how could a blind woman have committed these murders? Mulder also has his doubts and discovers a tragic secret. For Marty, Snow composed a melancholy piano theme that keeps reappearing throughout the score. It breaks through the gloomy soundscapes that accompany Marty's visions. The tracks are from the fourth set by La-La Land Records, which is limited to 2,000 copies. Enjoy listening!
  6. Snow Files of the Week: "Smoking Telegram", from "The X-Files: Fight The Future" (1998). This track from the first X-Files movie was previously thought to be lost. It accompanies the last scene of the film when the Cigarette Smoking Man visits the huge field with the manipulated corn in the desert of Tunisia to inform Strughold that the X-Files have been reopened. Originally, this scene wasn't supposed to have any music. But at the last second Chris Carter decided to use music. The final mixing of the film was already in progress, so Mark had to go to his studio quickly to compose the music for the final scene. He sent the finished piece to the recording studio as DAT. There was so little time that Mark, contrary to his usual habits, was unable to make a copy of it for his archive. When La-La Land Records produced the expanded album for "Fight The Future" a few years ago, they looked everywhere for this last track. Mark no longer had it because the DAT has probably disappeared in the general chaos with the recording and the studio didn't seem to have a copy of it in their archives too, so this track was missing from the album. For the fourth box with X-Files music, this lost piece could now be found after all. It is a successful conclusion to the first movie, the music subtly underlines the impact that this last scene has for the further course of the X-Files. The fourth box from La-La Land Records is limited to 2,000 copies. Enjoy listening!
  7. 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!
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
  10. 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!
  11. 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!
  12. 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!
  13. 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!
  14. 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!
  15. 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!
  16. 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!
  17. 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!
  18. 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!
  19. 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!
  20. 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!
  21. 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!
  22. 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!
  23. Snow Files of the Week: "Our Love/Notions/Midnight Rendez-Vous" from "You ain't seen nothing yet (Vous n´avez encore rien vu, 2012). This french movie marked the third collaboration between Mark and director Alain Resnais. The movie is much like a stage play, but nevertheless very magical and touching. Whilst Mark's score for "Private Fears in Public Places", the first Snow-Resnais-Collaboration, was very much butchered in the final movie, it was way better in "Wild Grass" and "You ain't seen nothing yet". Snow's music is as magical and tragic, as the movie is and together they create some very touching moments. Fans will recognize the violin sound from "MillenniuM" at once, although it was replaced in the movie with a real violin player, at least at the end of the movie. The score got a digital release and a very limited release as a 2-CD-Set (together with "Wild Grass") in France. Enjoy!
  24. 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!
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