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ROB THORPE

Composer (unreleased), Novelist (unpublished) & Guitarist (unemployed)

The Other Planets

(O​p. 1)

ROB THORPE (1970-)

THE NEW STUDIO ORCHESTRA & CHOIR

KAT THORPE, NARRATION & VOCALS

  Duration: 32:54*
I OVERTURE [2:47]
II SKARO, THE BRINGER OF WAR​ Click to Listen 

[3:15]

III KRYPTON, THE BRINGER OF PEACE Click to Listen

[4:29]

IV TATOOINE, THE X-WINGED MESSENGER [3:47]
v BETELGUESE**, THE BRINGER OF DRINKS & NIBBLES [3:40]
VI

GALLIFREY, THE BRINGER OF NEW BIRTH

[4:20]
VII VULCAN, THE MATHEMATICIAN [3:17]
VIII PLUTO, THE MISTAKE [5:10]
IX AND BEYOND [2:09]*

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*Not final timings--still a work in progress.

**Actually, a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelguese.


ALBUM CREDITS

Music composed, orchestrated & performed by

ROB THORPE

Artwork, photography, narration on Overture & vocals on And Beyond

KAT THORPE

Recorded & mixed at

BOBKAT STUDIOS, South Wales, UK

TELDEX SCORING STAGE, Berlin

Mastered at

TBC


Instrumentation

 

3 Flutes (3rd doubles piccolo)

3 Oboes (3rd doubles cor anglais)

3 Clarinets (3rd doubles bass clarinet

3 Bassoons

Contra-Bassoon

 

4 Horns in F

3 Trumpets in C/Bb

3 Trombones (3rd doubles bass trombone)

Tuba

 

Timpani

Percussion (Bass Drum, Snare / Side / Field Drums, Orchestral Toms, Cymbals, Gongs, Roto-Toms, Mark Tree)

Glockenspiel

Xylophone

Harp

 

Steinway D Grand Piano

Celesta

Harpsichord

Organ

 

SATB Choir

 

16 First Violins

16 Second Violins

12 Violas

10 Violoncellos

8 Double Basses

 

 

Additional Instruments

Drums, Drum machines (Roland DR-55, Roland TR-808, Roland TR-909, Linn Drum), Bass Guitar

Keyboard (Korg M1, Korg MonoPoly, Korg Wavestation, Yamaha CS80)

 

Rob Thorpe plays the following instruments

Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Drums & Percussion, Wind Synth

 


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Inspired by the music of John Barry, Danny Elfman, Bernard Hermann, Gustav Holst, Jean Michel Jarre, Mike Oldfield and John Williams.

Overture quotes Star Wars / George Lucas ("A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away"), the Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy / Douglas Adams ("an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet", "unfashionable end", "ape-descended life-forms"), the War of the Worlds / HG Welles ("No-one would have believed",  "And yet"), Superman the Movie's poster tag line ("You'll believe a man can fly"), Star Trek ("to boldly go where no-one has gone before”, “Exploring strange new worlds”), JFK's 'We choose to go to the moon' speech (Houston, Texas 12 September, 1962) ("not because it is easy, but because it is hard”), the Doctor Who story the Ark in Space / Robert Holmes ("And now, here they are, out among the stars, waiting to begin a new life. Ready to outsit eternity”) and the Twilight Zone (“Not only of sight and sound, but of imagination”).

SPECIAL THANKS TO

Kat, Mum, Rusty, Tony Carey, Tim Thorne, Adam Tinslay, Hugh Lynch, Lucie, Tim & Lisa, VSL, PC Specialist, Time & Space, Gary Garritan, Paul Gilreath, and the Open University.


Most of the sounds heard on the album are provided by software synthesisers, sample libraries and virtual instruments. See the gear page for full details.