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Babylon 5: Sleeping in Light
(1998)
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Composed, Performed, and Produced by:
Christopher Franke

Performed by:
Berlin Symphony Film Orchestra

Conducted by:
Alan Wagner
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sonic Images
(March 23rd, 1999)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. Release. Autographed copies of the CD were originally available for at the label's website for $50 a piece.
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Episodic Release, Set 4: Sleeping in Light

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Buy it... only if you consider yourself an avid fan of the "Babylon 5" series and maintain a healthy collection of the episodic score releases for the show.

Avoid it... if you expect the quality of this final episode's score to meet expectations in its summary of series themes or convincing melodramatic depth.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,014
WRITTEN 7/16/99, REVISED 9/9/08
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Babylon 5: Sleeping in Light: (Christopher Franke) One of the great disappointments of the ground-breaking science fiction show "Babylon 5" was its love and hate relationship with the TNT network in the late 1990's, a problem that plagued the concept for years. One way in which it ironically helped the show was in its conclusive episode. At the end of the fourth season, there was no expectation that the show would be picked up by TNT for another year, so an epilogue was shot and intended for use as the final episode. When the fifth season ensued, it turned out to be somewhat of an orphaned year, and it was refreshing to see the assembled cast from the second through fourth seasons finally close out the series. By then, "Babylon 5" had made itself known worldwide through trademark innovations in special effects, make-up, and music. The unconventional music of "Babylon 5" worked so well in context because the show's production was also somewhat unconventional. Instead of building models for space sequences and contracting a full orchestra to perform for each episode, J. Michael Straczynski created a concept that became more of a political space fantasy than a typical, technically interpersonal sci-fi production. Tackling the duties of scoring "Babylon 5" was former Tangerine Dream member and Sonic Images Records founder Christopher Franke, whose electronically creative music for each and every episode (as well as the majority of television films) added another dimension of mystery, suspense, and excitement to the show, with an easily distinguishable character that separates "Babylon 5" from other sci-fi television entries of the era. In these regards, Franke's contribution was a perfect match for the style of special effects that may now look simplistic in retrospect, but were, at the very least, another extremely identifiable aspect of the show. On album, however, some of Franke's episodic scores for "Babylon 5" remain more enjoyable than others. The music, interestingly, sometimes lacks three-dimensional character when heard without those distinct visuals, a problem complicated by the fact that Franke's own label released so many of the episodic scores on albums that generally ranged from 25 to 36 minutes in length.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 24:40
• 1a. Sheridan's Dream (1:36)
• 1b. Sunrise (0:45)

• 2a. I Have a Message (1:57)
• 2b. Come to Minbar (0:53)

• 3a. How Long do I Have? (1:27)
• 3b. Old Friends (2:26)
• 3c. I am Going to Miss Him (1:43)
• 3d. Sheridan's Last Wish (1:39)
• 4a. It's Sunday on Earth (0:27)
• 4b. Good Night, My Love (2:00)
• 4c. Only Memory (1:22)
• 4d. Computer... Set Course (1:24)

• 5a. The White Light (1:16)
• 5b. Echoes from the Past (1:19)
• 5c. Dying Station (2:32)
• 5d. Delenn's Sunrise (0:32)

• 6a. End Title (1:43)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
No cover or insert, but the inside of the back cover includes a synopsis of the episode and information about the music. This format is normal for the episodic CDs in this series.
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