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Continuing the seemingly relentless plunge into lunacy of modern television scores, the producers of the show Farscape hit the new low of hiring a rock band to score this traditional sci-fi serial.  SubVision, a small, three-member family organization composed "music" for the first season of the show, utilizing tepid minimalism, electric guitars, and a barrage of bargain-basement synthesizers that, when combined with hackneyed themes, techno-riffs, and general "spacey" ambience, forms a decidedly Sub-par descent into madness.  For the second season, the producers perhaps realized the error of their ways and sought the services of the amateur classically-trained composer Guy Gross, whose work forms the second half of Crescendo's much-too-generous 70-minute album.  Gross's portion arguably seems worse than the Sub-Vision drivel, since it forsakes any semblance of originality (a quality that, even if hopelessly squandered, the previous half of the album featured), instead content to pad the scenes with mind-numbing synthesized string ambience, clichéd "noble action themes" that would sound at home on an informercial, and the traditional pitfall of inexperienced sci-fi composers - forsaking any kind melody for endless stretches of huge minor-chord string triviality.  Gross indeed.

As is usual for their loving releases of sci-fi shows that will be forgotten in five years, GNP Crescendo's album of Farscape includes lavish artwork and liner notes, as well as a seemingly-eternal 70 minutes of music.  In summation, only die-hard worshippers of Farscape should even venture to touch this album, since it could possibly conjure fond reminiscences of the show's episodes, while most of the rest of the score-collecting community (except for fans of highly-annoying techno-synth amalgams) should avoid this testament to the obnoxious.  At its best, this CD plays as rather inferior video game music, and at its worse, it violently mutates into a wild orgy of banality.


Track by Track Analysis

SUBVISION:

1. Theme from FARSCAPE (2.04)

2. Wormhole! (5.18)

3. Time Trouble (3.07)

4. Tannot Grooves (3.02)

5. Fields of Joy (2.47)

6. Goodbye (4.01)

7. Maldis (3.32)

8. Namtar's Magic (3.45)

9. Delvian Dreams (3.32)

10. Trouble in Paradise (4.56)

11. Parting Comrades (3.28)

GUY GROSS:

12. Pilot Arrives (1.31)

13. Aeryn and Velorek (2.43)

14. Peace Keeping (3.28)

15. The Nogelti Crystal (2.14)

16. Romance (2.12)

17. Crichton's Daughter (2.34)

18. Crichton x3 (1.24)

19. Goodbye Caveman (2.46)

20. Vorc Arrives (2.54)

21. Parasite Hunting (5.02)

22. Crichton's Wedding (1.30)

23. Theme from FARSCAPE - Reprise (.48)

 


Farscape: The Final Score
Music Rating 2/10
   
Packaging/Liner Notes 8/10
Sound Quality 8/10
Length 4/10
Orchestral Performance N/A

Farscape is Copyright 2000 by GNP Crescendo.  Review Copyright 2001 by Andrew Drannon.  All Rights Reserved.