says it all"
makes a quiet mind."
"Music begins where words leave off."
only occasion that the above slogans appear is in the "Hammer
Into Anvil" episode. Here it's "L'Arlésienne"
one piece of music by George Bizet that plays a remarkable role. "Music begins where words leave off" appears to
be the English translation of the German quote "Wo die sprache
aufhört, fängt die musik an" by ETA Hoffmann
(1776 - 1822). Only small and easily ignored references pointing
to the manifold sources of the PRISONER series in general. Nontheless,
it is never made clear as for why the Village authorities would
put that much emphasis on music.
all, there is a Village-owned brass band that performs publicly.
It may be a deliberate decision of the authorities to do so because
of both the entertaining and appeasing character inherent in music.
Or, rather, it's the producers who would. On the other hand, they
are quite right. No feature movie, no television series can be conceived
of without any music background. As early as in the silent era movies
were piano-accompanied in small and medium sized theatres whereas
the major houses mostly did have their own film orchestra.
the dullest synthie flickering is capable of changing the perception
of a film comletely. Just what it is that film music does is not
often recognized until there isn't any music at all and its absence
is utilized for dramatical ends.
IS ALL YOU NEED..."
The Beatles (1967)
the famous PRISONER main title music composed by Ron Grainer
as is said by some, was kind of co-composed by McGoohan the songs
mentioned below and many others, among them the "Farandole"
by Georges Bizet and arranged by Albert Elms, the
carnival music, an original composition by Elms, can
be found on three newly edited SilvaScreen-CDs. Not
included, however, on the CD set is the Beatles song "All
You Need Is Love". Of which McGoohan had hoped, like a
time capsule, the song would resist aging. Interestingly, the very
first chords of which are quite those of the Marseillaise, the French
national anthem. As
to why "All You Need Is Love"
was chosen by McGoohan and not any other popsong can only be guessed
soundtrack sources can be found on the SIX OF ONE homepage.
CD SET __
ORDER OF TRACKS OF THE NEW SET IS DIFFERENT,
IN ADDITION DIALOGUE SAMPLES ARE ALSO INCLUDED.
most important contributors to THE PRISONER music soundtrack were
(data supplied by Larry Hall):
Elms: Perhaps the second-most influential of the composers
who worked on the PRISONER. He was responsible for much of the "incidental"
(background) music throughout the series.
Robert Farnon: Made the first attempt at writing the
theme music for the PRISONER, which was subsequently rejected. Some
of the most dramatic incidental music was composed by him.
Ron Grainer (1922 - 1981): The best known and most
influential of the composers. He was a professional soundtrack composer
during the 1960's and 70's. It is his musical numbers for the opening
theme and closing credits which set the distinctive sound for the
Wilfred Josephs: Originally contracted to do the PRISONER
opening theme, his work was subsequently rejected by McGoohan himself.
Eric Mival: Music editor for the PRISONER. His responsibility
was to go through every scene of every episode and find music that
1) fit the mood exactly and 2) could be edited down to fit the time
constraints of each scene. He wrote and maintained the "music
bible" that told which library tracks went with which scenes.
Wilfred Thompson: Sound editor for the PRISONER. The
resourceful man responsible for creating the unique sound of Rover
and many other sound effects.
SIX LISTENING TO THE VILLAGE-BAND'S
AFTERNOON CONCERT, OR IS HE?
One typical example of incidental music, which means music
that is recognizable within the context of the action or setting,
is the somewhat leitmotiv
"Radetzki-Marsch" composed by Johann Strauss (sample,
serie's covert title music
is heard several times. This
somewhat bitter-sweet operetta-army march mostly
features when the Village has the upper hand on Number Six. Beside
"Radetzky-March", the covert title musik of THE PRISONER,
the Village Band, in an afternoon concert, plays a piece by C.H.
Jaeger, "Double X", or a piece by Arnold Steck
(i.e. Leslie Statham), the original title of which is appropriately
called "Freedom Of The City" (sample,
Both of whom aren't 19th century but it feels like it.
Those concerts, performed mostly open air (on squares, hence: Platzkonzert),
are a very popular way of entertainment with audiences in resorts
and spas. And although the range of musical styles may well be from
mild pop to chamber music a typical concert will feature all kinds
of snappy popular music and marches won't be omitted provided they
come in a moderate shape.
bone connected to my thigh bone
Thigh bone connected to my leg bone
My leg bone connected to my ankle bone.
get so hung-up on bones.
Dr. Funkenstein, here.
To the preservation of the motion of hips.
Clones Of Dr. Funkenstein", George
is one piece of incidental music that is not included in
the CD set. "Dem Bones", also "Dry Bones",
as performed by the Four Lads. In the 50s and 60s they were a vocal
group from Canada and quite successful gospels and traditionals
Their "Dem Bones" rendering was published on LP in 1962.
In the 90s SIX OF ONE rereleased this title on a limited single
was no one else than the great old P-Funk master George Clinton
who has payed homage to "the olde bones" (see above).
title is as strange and untimely a part of the series as the Pennyfarthing
and therefore stands out. It is heard incidentally without
a specific source in the last episode "Fall Out" when
the young rebellious character Number 48, played by Alexis Kanner,
is brought before the assembly of the masked. Then again when the
small group around Number Six is on the way to London. It is here
that no dialogue parts have been spoken for some time which is due
to the confusing production circumstances.
There is a lot that can be objected to this concluding episode.
But these moments - some like others non-verbal - are just gorgeous.
48's appearance causes much disturbance, not to say havoc, among
the assembly of the masked. Because he injects a great deal of anarchy
into them by incessantly half citing, half chanting the "Dem
Bones" verses. Here, the German version is flawless: "Der
hüftknochen kommt wieder zum beckenknochen; der armknochen
kommt wieder zum schulterknochen...; und hört das wort des
BONES "COLLAR BONE'S CONNECTED TO THE NECK BONE,
NECK BONE'S CONNECTED TO THE HEAD BONE.
... HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD. I'M ALL BONES."
really, the establishment, the assembled masked suddenly rise from
their seats, start swinging and clapping with their ossification
literally and figuratively receding... But only for a short period
of time. Number 48 is locked into some projectile-like capsule and
kept in an underground cell.
After the escape, on the way... In the scenes on the way to London Number Six, Number 48 and the
former Number Two are shown in the living room, loaded on a truck
and known from the previous episode "Once Upon A Time",
dancing to the sound of "Dem Bones" which is now heard
from the car radio. A gentleman donning a bowler hat almost loses
control over his car and slightly embarrassed passes them... Hip
AFTER ESCAPING FROM THE VILLAGE...
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from the incidental music like the one performed by the Village
Band on or off screen an important role is played by the typical
background sound, some people call acoustic wallpaper.
It's Village-muzak which is in the background on the Village
radio, slightly increasing in volume. It wakes you in the morning,
it whispers you into sleep. It gets on one's nerves. Village-muzak
is ubiquitous and always has been. This type of functional music
was brought to the consciousness of the public by Brian Eno as ambient
music or "Music For Elevators". And what's typical
of it, there isn't a beginning, there isn't an end to it, no culmination,
hardly dynamics. This kind of music, in a dramatical sense, is used
on purpose and it works either with Number Six or with the viewer.
He destroys his radio receiver because he cannot stand it any longer,
but in fact without hitting the source.
But the composers of those tracks leaning into that direction mustn't
be done injustice. For their lullabies - that's what their
titles are: "Moon Lullaby" by M. Lubbock (sample,
and "Lullaby for Isabelle" by P. Aliprandi together
with some others - they aren't muzak but within the context
that's their role.
PRISONER VINYL LP SOUNDTRACK IS A BAM-CARUSO RELEASE OF 1986.
THANKS TO HEINZ WIPPERFÜRTH FOR SUBMITTING THE
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