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Snow Files of the Week: "Harold & Chrissy/Closure", from "The X-Files", episode "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" (1996).

To celebrate the return of "The X-Files", we dug deep in the archive and brought this little gem back into the light. "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" is one of the wackiest episodes of season three. Written by Darin Morgan, it takes the pillars of the show and turns them upside down in a way. Is the truth really out there? And if so, who's truth is it?

"Harold & Chrissy" opens the episode, when two teenagers are abducted by aliens. This event sets off a string of even stranger events, before Jose Chung comes to the conclusion, that maybe we aren't alone in the universe, but on this planet, in our own separate ways, we are all alone. This final scene is scored with one of the most beautiful themes, that Mark has written for the show, "Closure".

This piece of music also closes the over thirty minutes long suite of X-files music, that is featured on the sampler "The Snow Files". But in the suite, it has been altered slightly, with a choir added to the mix.

The music from "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" also appeared completely on a promotional CD, that was meant as a FYC CD for the Emmys.

These two tracks were released on the first volume of X-Files music from La-La Land Records. This volume was limited to 3.000 copies and sold out over two years ago.

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Thank you, Darlene. wub.gif

Snow Files of the Week: "Threnody in X/Quitting/Plague (Alternate Segment)" from the movie "The X-Files - Fight the Future" (1998).

For the first X-Files motion picture, Mark took his electronic soundscapes and put them into orchestral music. He even surprised the producers, when he conducted his music, because for them he was just the "synthesizer guy". Some bits of the films score also appear in the tv show, like in the final episode of season five, "The End".

A score album was released with the movie. Sadly it has some sound issues. The stereo channels are reversed, which leads to an overall muffled and flat sound. By the end of last year, La-La Land Records released an expanded album of the score, which not only solved the sound problems of the original release, but there is also more music on it and a very informative booklet with not one, not two, but three interviews with Mark. This release is limited to 3.000 copies.

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And again and again and again thank you for listening. :)

Snow Files of the Week: "Ray/Pulling the Plug" from "The X-Files", episodes "Requiem" and "4-D".

We continue our journey through the archives of Mark's X-Files music. "Ray" is a piece of music from the final episode of season seven, "Requiem". Once again Mark shows his talent for writing wonderful piano themes. It was the last episode of the show to feature Agent Mulder on a regular basis.

"Pulling the Plug" accompanies the final scenes of season nine's episode "4-D". When a killer, who can travel between two parallel universes, shoots the other universes' Agent Doggett in the head, Doggett makes the decision not to keep his life supporting system running. Agent Monica Reyes shuts off the machines in the hospital at the end of the episode and Doggett dies peacefully. Mark's haunting piano music is mixed with an almost breathing-like sound, matching the sound of the machines.

This tracks are featured on the second volume of X-Files music from La-La Land Records. The volume is limited to 3.000 copies.

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Snow Files of the Week: "House Rules/Warrior Angel", from the tv show "Smallville" (2001).

We celebrate the release of the first trailer for "Batman vs Superman" with more music from the teenage years of Superman.

"Smallville" ran for ten seasons, but Mark only scored the first six seasons. From season seven on, Mark's music editor Louis Febre took over. The music has Mark's signature sound, as well as a more heroic approach to some extend, given the fact that we witness the struggles of young Superman.

"House Rules" is a very soft and beautiful Snow tune, with his typical use of harps and spheric string sounds. "Warrior Angel" shows Mark in action mode. A percussive action piece, that shows his capability of doing such stuff as well.

Music from "Smallville" was released as a download first. Later, La-La Land Records released a double CD set, which contains more music than the download album. It also features music by Lous Febre from the later seasons. The set is limited to 3.000 copies.

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As always, thank you very much. :)

Snow Files of the Week: "Grieving", from the tv movie "Conundrum" (1995).

If you like Mark's music for the early X-Files seasons, this score is for you. For this tv thriller, starring Michael Biehn and Marg Helgenberger, Mark composed a very melancholic score, with some percussive action parts and a haunting female solo vocal. In "Grieving" you will instantly recognize Mark's unique sound palette with some samples, that you also heard on "The X-Files".

The score was released by BUYSOUNDTRAX.COM and is limited to 1.000 copies.

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Snow Files of the Week: "Lone Gunmen Requiem" from "The X-Files", episode "Jump the Shark" (2001).

This piece of music accompanies the final scenes in this season nine episode. In the same year, the Lone Gunmen had their own tv show, which wasn't very successfull sadly. It was over after 13 episodes and the last episode ended with a cliffhanger.

The cliffhanger was resolved in the ninth season of "The X-Files". The Gunmen try to prevent an assassin from setting free a biological weapon. They get exposed to this weapon and decide to give their lives in order to save other people. Mark scores the tension of the hunt perfectly and pulls the listener into it.

In the final scene, we see the Arlington cemetary with three new coffins standing on the green lawn. As the camera moves up to show the coffins surrounded by the white crosses in the final shot, Mark plays a mournful variation of the Lone Gunmen theme, using the sound of a solo trumpet.

The music was released on the first box set of X-Files music from La-La Land Records. The set was limited to 3.000 copies and is now sold out. La-La Land Records also released music by Mark from the spin-off show "The Lone Gunmen". This CD is limited to 2.000 copies and still available.

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