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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
 
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

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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.

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On 3/1/2022 at 3:19 AM, SadEyes said:

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! 

 

I had no idea MS did this. Super!

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