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 Posted:   Oct 31, 2012 - 1:33 AM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

Trust me. It is.

Just listened to the score from this documentary series on its own... brilliant, powerful stuff. Very noble - this is a documentary on par with Trinity - The Atomic Bomb Movie in terms of music; the composer had a superb opportunity to craft emotional depth over the course of countless minutes of re-enactment & narration, against the majestic backdrops of the beautiful and useless (!) terrain of Scotland, and he did not waste it.

Good documentary too.

 
 Posted:   Oct 31, 2012 - 2:08 AM   
 By:   Uhtred   (Member)

Glad you're enjoying it. I've just ploughed through the documentary again and it is fine telling of that story boosted by Paul Leonard-Morgan's score. They seemed to reuse a lot of the themes in the last couple of episodes but I'm pretty sure they filmed all ten in several blocks over a year or two so perhaps the composer wasn't available to return for the last few. I'd love to see him get a film where he could flex his orchestral muscles rather than keep doing the electronica from his previous films.

 
 Posted:   Oct 31, 2012 - 2:52 AM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

Some score does get reused, but its only after listening to the soundtrack that you really grasp just how much distinct material was created for it (a full 74 minute CD).

Will have to track what else Paul Leonard-Morgan does.

 
 Posted:   Oct 31, 2012 - 7:45 AM   
 By:   Uhtred   (Member)

I love the soundtrack. I bought the CD about 4 years ago before I watched the doc (it had aired in Scotland but not in England) thinking it would be along the lines of John Harle's A History of Britain. Instead it's full of strong themes that really distinguish the different times and personalities throughout. I watch a lot of history docs but few are as well scored as this. In fact many just seem to have film score rather than original content.

I really like your idea of PLM doing the new Conan.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 31, 2012 - 8:31 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

A very fine and enjoyable CD, I recommend it.

 
 Posted:   Oct 31, 2012 - 8:32 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/History-Scotland-Original-Soundtrack-Series/dp/B001NYFDW2/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1351697516&sr=8-5

 
 Posted:   May 18, 2013 - 4:04 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

This BBC/Open University series is being shown again on BBC2 in UK. I missed it first time around but caught the first episode this morning. All I can say is documentary and score are stunning and I'll be ordering the DVD and CD very soon.

At one point I thought to myself that I didn't want this to end, beautiful images and wonderful music coming together to give a mesmerising TV experience and that doesn't happen very often.

Both documentary and score are well worth checking out.

 
 Posted:   May 18, 2013 - 4:25 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I haven't checked how many episodes are up, but here the first one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSLladlowv4

Some nice orchestral music with interesting orchestration here and there. A Conan TV movie maybe, but the only person I'd trust for a Conan film is Gabriel Yared.

 
 Posted:   May 18, 2013 - 7:43 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

'James's Scotland', one of the many great cues in BBC's A History Of Scotland


 
 Posted:   May 19, 2013 - 4:58 AM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

I`m glad to see some folks turning onto this score.

Coming back to this thread, I wonder what the composer is up to these days.

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2013 - 4:30 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Is this the series presented by Neil Oliver? I've been meaning to buy this on DVD for ages.

I was also going to start a thread praising composer Alan Parker's (and whomever else is involved; there are many composers I guess) music for BBC COAST or if the is familiar with that series we could talk about that, too? Please?

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2013 - 4:32 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

'James's Scotland', one of the many great cues in BBC's A History Of Scotland

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqErvqtl82o&list=PL2E80803CF7FB891F


Very nice! Sounds a bit like Thomas Newman's "Road to Perdition" in places.

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2013 - 4:41 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Paul leonard-Morgan has a good website at:

http://www.paulleonardmorgan.com/

Lot's of downloads and info about latest projects etc.

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2013 - 4:45 AM   
 By:   Uhtred   (Member)

Is this the series presented by Neil Oliver? I've been meaning to buy this on DVD for ages.

It is Jim and very good it is too. I do love Coast as well but I always seem to be at work when it's on. It's difficult to get that theme tune out of my head every time I hear it though.

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2013 - 4:58 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Thanks. I'm ordering the Scotland documentary now. smile

In the US, only series four and five of Coast are available on DVD.

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2013 - 12:19 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Sadly, Alan Parker's score for 'Coast' hasn't had an album release.

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2013 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I think I'm seven episodes in. I'm hearing probably two cues (aside from opening and closing music) that are being reused (as well as some scenes beng re-used, though sparingly), but all-in-all, some fantastic music.

I'm surprised there has not only not been a physical CD release, but no 2CD set. That would be a delight to plow through. I see on his IMDb resume he's done more documentary series -- so who knows what more musical treasures await my ears. As soon as I've seen all the episodes of this series that are up, I'm going to move on to the others to hear his scoring for those (and I'll report back on the findings).

The series itself is a fascinating and compelling watch. My only problems are that just five episodes in, they're bag of tricks had run thin (marathon viewing can make it ware on you with the constant re-sue of the tricks). Same slow motion kncoking some items on the floor. Same slow motion of liquids (be it drinks of blood) hitting the ground. Same shots of actors looking at the camera, but not saying anything (they should have at least had their mouths going and interacting with other actors (whiched has happened rarely thus far). Same shots of a few dead people on the ground. And on and on and on. And while I enjoy the naration (and the occassional bits which I think he ad libbed), his delivery also seems to have a limited range. Probably best to watch this every few days or once a week.

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2013 - 2:10 PM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

Justin Boggan,

Do a search on Amazon, the soundtrack CD should come up. It *is* available.

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2013 - 2:19 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I said "physical", unless you know of a CD that was released, versus the digital download.

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2013 - 2:22 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

A History Of Scotland does have a CD release.

 
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