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  Filmtracks: Babylon 5: Sleeping in Light (Christopher Franke)
Babylon 5: Sleeping in Light: (Christopher Franke) With Sleeping in Light, the final episode of the five-season science fiction series Babylon 5, composer Christopher Franke took his musical experience to a new height in order to make us feel the end of the saga and give us a taste of new beginnings.
As much as Franke's initial scores to the first seaon of Babylon 5 were synth driven and reflected his time with Tangerine Dream, his style evolved, enhancing the percussion, then the brass, and finally settling, during season 5, with the nobility of strings.
Sleeping in Light truly is Franke at his best, combining the richness of the new themes he devised for the fifth season with his mastering of grand, sweeping melodies which fans remember from various episodes and seasons.
www.filmtracks.com /titles/b5_sleeping.html?page=print   (1207 words)

 Christopher Franke:  New Music for Films Vol. 2
Franke’s label, Sonic Images follows up the 1996 Volume 1 re-release of film music selections from Eye of the Storm, McBain, and She Woke Up, with an all new volume.
To his credit, though, Franke's compositions are very enjoyable and he does make the most of the synthesizers he has chosen to convey his music.
Christopher Franke demonstrates his talents for musical composition in a variety of ways.
www.tracksounds.com /reviews/cfrankevol2.htm   (677 words)

 Movie Music UK - Christopher Franke
German composer and synthesiser exponent Christopher Franke studied music at the Berlin Conservatory under the tutelage of Swiss composer Thomas Kessler.
Franke worked on the series from 1993 until its conclusion in 1998, and scored the six spin-off TV movies.
As well as his film work, Franke is the director of Sonic Images Records, a label initially created to release and publicise his own work but which has now developed into one of the fastest-growing soundtrack labels in the world.
www.moviemusicuk.us /franke.htm   (367 words)

 Anime Expo 96 -- Christopher Franke   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Franke was a principal member of the electronic keyboard band Tangerine Dream from 1969 to 1987, a group noted for ushering in a new era of "electronic eclectic" music.
Franke turned out to be a very personable man, willing to talk at length about specific synthesizer methods and techniques in addition to addressing questions about his years in Tangerine Dream.
When asked about a possible live concert tour, Franke expressed interest in doing another series of stage performances sometime in the near future; on August 24th at the Shrine in Los Angeles, Pioneer is hosting an event that includes a 30-minute live concert by Franke, featuring highlights from the T
www.ex.org /ex/1.2/10-ax_franke.html   (339 words)

 Indie Music - London Concert - Christopher Franke free mp3 full albums download   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
I hope you will too, if you are still unaware that Chris Franke continues to innovate in the electronic music genre, that he successfully married orchestra with electronica, that the incredible ambient soundscapes of old glory are still with us.
The London Concert starts heavily, with an electronic orchestral intro of 'Empire of Light', with quotes from Franke's favorite album of Tangerine Dream, "Near Dark" of 1986, which was his child, where he took over compositionally, and tried to research the marriage of electronica and orchestra.
Franke does not limit himself to quotes, he extends them in ways we daren't have dreamt about for about 20 years.
www.playtunes.net /album.php?id=198294   (1108 words)

 Christopher Franke Discography
It was Christopher Franke and Edgar Froese who anchored the Tangerine Dream lineup through the celebrated, experimental '70s and into the productive '80s.
Franke left the band before embarking on a solo career as a new age and film composer.
Travelling between Germany (where he records with his Berlin Symphonic Film Orchestra) and Los Angeles, Franke has arrived at a kind of California Dream that has little of the old progressive spirit in it but should interest fans of Windham Hill.
www.connollyco.com /discography/christopher_franke   (128 words)

 Christopher Franke Interview   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Christopher Franke first started scoring films in 1977 with the electronic music group Tangerine Dream.
But one of his greatest accomplishments to date is Franke's score to the never ending TV sci-fi saga Babylon 5.
Born as Christoph Franke in postwar Berlin in 1953, he grew up in a family where his mother, father and older sister all played classical instruments.
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 The Column: Christopher Franke vs. Evan Chen
In Babylon 5, many didn't like Christopher Franke's music in Season 1, and they were in my opinion justified.
Lucky for us that we did, or else we wouldn't have had the wonderful thundering tune of the Season 3 intro, or the counterpoint of the Severed Dreams episodic music, or the beautifully sad swansong of Sleeping in Light.
Whoever the new composer was, though, would have a tough time filling the boots of Christopher Franke, who'd finished off his Babylon 5 career magnificently with the compositions of his three TV movies and the final few episodes of Season 5.
www.vavatch.co.uk /b5/column1.htm   (997 words)

 Christopher Franke : The London Concert - Listen, Review and Buy at ARTISTdirect
Ex-Tangerine Dream artist Christopher Franke released his second and third solo efforts simultaneously, following the successful Pacific Coast Highway.
While three tracks are versions of pieces from Pacific Coast Highway, the material is mostly new, starting with "Empire of Light," awith its powerful, hypnotic entrance into Franke's spellbinding world of sonic images, combining dramatic electronic and calming acoustic sounds.
The remaining pieces fuse Franke's skilled dynamics into a forceful blend of classical electronic and contemporary sound.
www.artistdirect.com /nad/store/artist/album/0,,88461,00.html   (176 words)

 What the Bleep Do We Know!?™ - The Movie
Born in Berlin, Germany in April 1953, Christopher Franke studied classical music and composition at the Berlin Conservatory.
It was there that Christopher Franke met Edgar Froese and became a member of the group Tangerine Dream.
In 1993, Christopher founded his own record label, Sonic Images and subsequently released numerous studio recordings and soundtracks.
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 SongBook / The River Of Souls   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Franke has made frequent use of sampled choir in his past Babylon 5 soundtracks, especially during the late third and early fourth seasons at the height of the series' Shadow War story arc.
Just as Franke's music for Thirdspace used theremin to ensure an almost-subliminal connection between that movie's artifact and unearthly terrors, Franke also relies on that subliminal identification to carry this score off, and it works.
Track three is probably the highlight of the entire disc, including the excellent Soul Hunters cue with its eerily echoing percussion, and the lengthy but equally haunting Lost Souls of Ralga sequence, a flashback showing the Soul Hunters' descent upon a helpless planet whose population was assumed to be dying.
www.thelogbook.com /disc/b5/b5-river.html   (378 words)

 Christopher Franke - Klemania: Reviews, Track Listing, Audio Clips, and more ||| Music.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Christopher Franke was, early in his career, right on the cutting edge of the freshness of electronic music.
Indeed, as a member of Tangerine Dream, he helped to pioneer the genre and achieved much acclaim as a founder of the Berlin school of e-music.
In relation to Franke's entire career, it is a disappointment.
www.music.com /release/klemania/1   (262 words)

 Pacific Coast Highway (Christopher Franke)
Franke is fond of dynamic piano songs, where like a butterfly, the sounds vibrate in the sunny air.
This 1991 release was Chris Franke's first CD as a solo musician, after splitting from Tangerine Dream in 1988.
It is easy to see why Chris Franke went his own way, if this was the direction he was trying to pull the band.
johnkeyes.com /a/B00000636M-pacific-coast-highway.html   (1383 words)

 Christopher Franke - Free Music Downloads, Videos, CDs, MP3s, Bio, Merchandise and Links
While playing in the jazz-rock group Agitation Free, he and his mentor, Swiss avant-garde composer Thomas Kessler, set up a sound studio and began teaching courses in improvisation, laying the groundwork for what would become the Berlin School of Electronic Music.
One of the first musicians to explore the full creative scope of the synthesizer, Franke proved particularly innovative in employing sequencers as percussion instruments, forging the dense, throbbing sound which became Tangerine Dream's trademark during the mid- to late '70s.
Three years later, Franke released Perry Rhodan Pax Terra which was followed in 1999 by Epic.
www.artistdirect.com /nad/music/artist/bio/0,,432389,00.html   (293 words)

 Filmtracks: Babylon 5: Messages from Earth (Christopher Franke)
Babylon 5: Volume 2: Messages from Earth: (Christopher Franke) I'm not a big fan of Babylon 5, and I haven't seen the episodes from which this music originates, so I had only bought one other Babylon 5 CD before this one.
But I was so impressed with Franke's music that I had to post a review.
I'm guessing Franke composed the darker version for season three because of the Shadow War.
www.filmtracks.com /titles/b5_messages.html   (762 words)

 Babylon 5: Volume 2 - Messages from Earth (Christopher Franke) - scorereviews.com soundtrack review
This soundtrack by ex-Tangerine Dream's Christopher Franke is a delightful mix of electronics and symphonics.
There are eight tracks: four of the first four seasons' Main Title, alternated by four suites made up from different (sometimes VERY short) cues from one specific episode.
Franke's music, while superbly accompanying the TV series, gets a whole different dimension when enjoyed on CD through a stereo.
www.scorereviews.com /title.asp?id=375   (521 words)

 Film Music on the Web CD Reviews March 1999: Christopher FRANKE Babylon 5   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
These four releases are part of a larger set of episodic cd's composed and produced by Christopher Franke as the soundtracks for individual episodes of the Science Fiction television series Babylon 5.
The genre of television science fiction drama is uniquely exemplified in Babylon 5 and it's use of state of the art digital effects and graphics sets it apart from the more traditional sci-fi soaps like Star Trek and its spin-offs.
The composer and producer of the work, Christopher Franke, is now in the fourth season of writing for the series and finds the evolution of the story lines an inspiration that keeps the work fresh and interesting.
www.musicweb-international.com /film/apr99/babylon5.htm   (697 words)

 Enchanting Nature - Christopher Franke   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Christopher Franke is an amazing artist and has composed excellent music for the Babylon 5 series along with many movies over the years.
Following his departure from his band of 18 years Tangerine Dream, his solo output has been stunningly beautiful and his 1994 album "Enchanting Nature" is the pinnacle of his solo output barring movie related compositions.
Years later, in 1997, Franke composed background music for Deepak Chopras audiobook, "Transformation of Mind", an experiment of a kind, and that enhanced CD-ROM edition also featured these extremely beautiful photographs.
www.rapmusicville.com /Enchanting_Nature_B0000065GC.html   (613 words)

 Discografía de Tangerine Dream   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Integrantes: Edgar froese, Christopher Franke, Peter Baumann, Steve Schroyder, Hans Jochen Bruene, Florian Fricke, Johannes Luecke, Christian Vallbracht, J. von Grumbcow.
Integrantes: Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke, Klaus Krieger, Edvard Meyer.
Integrantes: Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke, Johannes Schmoelling, Peter Baumann.
www.soartelescope.org /~claudio/td/td.html   (469 words)

 Audio Science Fiction Reviews: Episodic Babylon 5 CDs
Creator J. Michael Straczynski is rightfully credited for much of the show's success, but composer Christopher Franke also deserves kudos for bringing musical consistency to the oftentimes byzantine story line.
In what is undoubtedly one of his most affecting scores, Franke simultaneously echoes and enhances the emotions of the on-screen characters as they prepare for the impending death of President Sheridan and the demolition of the Babylon 5 space station.
The melodies on "Objects at Rest," the penultimate chapter of the saga, are also quite poignant, subtly introducing many of the moving motifs that are so effectively incorporated in the finale.
www.scifi.com /sfw/issue111/sound.html   (477 words)

 Sound Space: Science Fiction Audio Reviews
Christopher Franke's finest work is finally brought together on a single album
However, rabid collectors craving every note associated with the series, or folks who're simply looking for a straightforward compilation of the program's major motifs, should be reasonably satisfied with this disc.
Selections from a greater assortment of episodes would also have more abundantly exhibited Franke's extraordinary talents.
www.scifi.com /sfw/issue245/sound.html   (605 words)

 Franke, Christopher - Babylon 5 'Darkness ascending' - Groove Unlimited
Franke, Christopher - Babylon 5 'Darkness ascending' - Groove Unlimited
Cues play chronologically as aired with an average total time of 30 minutes.
Performed by Christopher Franke and the Berlin Symphonic Film Orchestra.
www.groove.nl /cd/2/26380.html   (45 words)

 James Redfield's Celestine Prophecy (Christopher Franke)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The composer of this music, Christopher Franke, obviously took a piece of his soul and sent it coursing through the lilts and chords of various instruments, because this CD is positively inspiring.
There is a mystery and beauty about the music that sends you to a whole other place--which makes it the perfect tool for relaxation, or any time when you feel like quieting down all the noise in your life.
However, Franke has taken some of the themes and images from this book and woven a magical electronic suite of great beauty.
johnkeyes.com /a/B000003ACR-celestine-prophecy.html   (444 words)

 Prime Time from Sonic Images
Weekly or even daily the television buff can be treated to the talents of the likes of Jerry Goldsmith, Basil Poledouris, Jeff Rona, Mark Isham and Christopher Franke and Mark Snow.
For years, composer Christopher Franke’s label, Sonic Images, has sought to bring high quality film and television recordings in eye-catching packaging: Watch the Skies and the Snow Files among them.
From Basil Poledouris’ sweeping theme from Lonesome Dove, to the contemporary jazz vibe of Christopher Franke’s music for Raven to his grungy theme for Pacific Blue, one might think this an odd concoction, but the overall music experience works surprisingly well - as a diversion from the norm.
www.tracksounds.com /reviews/primetime.htm   (655 words)

 Christopher Franke - Pacific Coast Highway: Reviews, Track Listing, Audio Clips, and more ||| Music.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Christopher Franke - Pacific Coast Highway: Reviews, Track Listing, Audio Clips, and more
Christopher Franke - Pacific Coast Highway: Reviews, Track Listing, Audio Clips, and more
Franke's first solo album is surprisingly melodic, highly accessible, and immaculately produced.
music.com /release/pacific_coast_highway/1   (152 words)

 Amazon.com: Epic: Music: Christopher Franke   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
I procured it because I knew that Christopher Franke had been a previous member of Tangerine Dream.
Epic is an impressive collection of 18 New Age instrumentals by Franke.
I have been a Tangerine Dream fan for over 20 years, and when I found this CD a couple of years ago I was very interested, since Franke was with TD for a while.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00000ILY1?v=glance   (809 words)

 'Babylon 5: River Of Souls - US' by Christopher Franke from The Portsmouth Chorus.
Relegated to just this stand- alone they were rather wasted, but Christopher Franke clearly knew not to waste his opportunity.
This score is full of sampled voices and unique effects to convey the tragedy of an ancient mistake.
The best thing to be said about this is that it lets Franke loose on a moog synth and saxophone sample which results in an hilarious sexy saunter ("Another Day, Another Holo").
www.theportsmouthchorus.com /music/B00000J2T7   (425 words)

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 Christopher Franke - Into the Fire Combat Sim - Battle Sequence D - Last.fm
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