The Theme Music
||There's several things that people always recall
of Timeslip but none evoke the memories of scary cliffhangers
and dramatic revelations more than the series' distinctive
And it often comes as a surpise when they realise that it
is little more than a piece of record library music and wasn't
composed especially for the series.
Viewers of Timeslip will note that there appears to be two distinctive
versions of the theme music used over the opening and closing
credits. Both suggesting different arrangements of the same piece.
One is a slow menacing build up (sometimes used on the opening
titles) whilst the other is a more strident imposing version which
builds to a dramatic climax. The latter is the one generally chosen
for the end credits.
The two pieces are in fact both taken from a single track of
library music. It is called "La Rite de Terre" ("The
Rite of Earth" or "Earth Rite") and is actually
one of four "rites" composed by the British composer,
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The full 'rite' runs for 2 minutes 20 seconds. The quiet menacing
theme hails from the piece's start whilst the more imposing version
of the theme forms the end of it. A section from the middle of
the piece can also be heard over some of the commercial break
captions seen in the series.
The track hails from the DeWolfe music library. DeWolfe has supplied
library music to the entertainment industry for many decades and
has contributed to such programmes as Doctor Who, The Sweeney
and many, many others. An album of some of their more famous "stock"
tracks was released in the mid-nineties.
Other Music from TIMESLIP
On the whole the series did not use much in the way of incidental
music. When on the very rare occasions that it did, more library
music was employed.
For The Time of the Ice Box, tracks from an album of synthesised
music issued by Standard Music Library were employed. In Part
one, two tracks were utilised to provide further atmosphere for
the snowy wastes of the Antarctic. These were "Lure of the
Space Goddess" by Russe/St.George and "Whirring Menace"
by St. George. Another track, the industrial sounding percussive
piece, "Battle Theme" by Russe, is used in the final
episode over shots of the Ice Box freezing over. This last track
is familiar to Doctor Who fans since it was also used that same
year in the Jon Pertwee story "Inferno".
(As a note of interest, the credited composers of the pieces,
'Russe' and 'St. George', are actually pseudonyms for two composers
more familiar for their work on Doctor Who through the BBC Radiophonic
Workshop. Russe is Delia Derbyshire: a woman who is credited with
creating the distinctive sound of the original Doctor Who theme.
St. George is Brian Hodgson who, for many years, created the special
sound effects for the series including the famous sound effects
for the TARDIS's landings and departures.)
There's also a more conventional piece of 'chase' music used
heavily in the latter half of Part seven of The Year of the Burn
Up where the refugees from Beth's community are being chased across
the waste-land by Traynor and the Alpha clones as well as a number
of single-note 'stings' used in The Day of the Clone; notably
when our heroes are 'shocked' at their sudden sight of the manniquin
figures at R1.
(with thanks to Mark Ayres)
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