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Torchwood: Children Of Earth by Ben Foster

1/12/2010. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

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pub: Silva Screen Records SILCD1290. 1 CD 78 minutes 40 tracks. Price: GBP9.99 (UK)) .

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‘Torchwood: Children Of Earth’ is the third season five-parter that is now available as a CD. In the twelve page booklet, composer Ben Foster when interviewed explains that composing for a single story actually made things easier for him in being able to repeat themes where necessary and give a stronger cohesiveness to the music. He also explains that because ‘Torchwood’ was to appear on BBC1 that he was given full access to the BBC orchestra and made use of their brass section. The album is divided into the five days of events with the biggest proportion of tracks devoted to the final day.

With the dankness of the story on television, you would expect it to be reflected in the soundtrack. Taken in isolation, the music is actually very racy or should I say, it races at a pace as befitting a powerful orchestration. As a complete piece, it’s very difficult to distinguish between all forty tracks. Indeed, the final two ‘Torchwood’ themes just add to the overall texture.

If you’re a ‘Torchwood’ fan then undoubtedly you’re going to pick up all things related to it. Soundtracks always tend to be at the top of my list. The booklet is dominated by the interview but the photos used aren’t ones I’ve seen before which adds to its worth. This is an excellent piece of music that you’re likely to play again and again and the added bonus of no screaming children.

GF Willmetts

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