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Gary Le Strange
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A Musical CV
Pickle Goes Mad 2014
I didn't entirely abandon orchestral music for Series 2 - if anything, I became more adept at it, mainly thanks to some incredible new software by East West. This primarily classical piece was written for a tense action sequence in 'In Space...'
A Man's Best Friend (suite) 2014
Another entirely orchestral score from 'A Man's Best Friend', this features so many of my favourite tunes from the series that I've decided to edit them together into an extended suite. Apologies if it takes longer than usual to load.
The Weatherman 2014
The main musical theme for Tony Way's beautiful story 'The Weatherman', which sadly became overshadowed by the sudden death of narrator Rik Mayall. A huge influence and hero to us all, he puts in a staggering performance in this episode.
On Sunday I was asked to write an apocalyptic tune for the end credits. The very next morning we heard the sad news about Rik. To have written this for the last scene of his final performance was unexpected and genuinely unnerving.
Codename Surprise 2014
This episode revolved around a secret agent's birthday party, so this tune incorporates both spy film and party elements. I wasn’t terribly sure about this at the time - thought maybe the Cuban elements were a little OTT - but it’s grown on me.
In Space, No One Can Hear You Clean 2014
Weirdly enough my biggest panic came when I had to write a synth-based score for this sci-fi story written by Nico Tatarowicz. Though usuallly I only had three days to write each score, this took me six. Looking back though it was definitely worth it.
By the start of Series 2 the need for orchestral versions of pre-existing tunes had been dropped and I was pretty much left to do what I liked. The first piece I wrote for the new series, I'd describe this basically as Morricone does Tea for Two.
The Untangler 2014
This crazy episode written by the brilliant Toby Davies called for a main theme suggesting a beautiful tropical island, so I tried going for something The Shadows might have done in their heyday. A superb new bit of guitar software helped enormously.
Death of a Partner/The Truth Revealed 2015
By this time, having done a series of Murder in Successville and psychological horror The Ghoul, I thought I'd done Bernard Herrmann homages to death, but somehow I came up with even more for this story. This is a merging of two separate tracks.
Abattnoir (vocal demo) 2015
I always have a creative lull halfway through any series and this was no exception. However, the demo I'd done for this episode some months earlier was one of my favourites so I think I got away with it. Basic idea: Morricone does Old MacDonald.
The Zombie That Roared (Suite No 1) 2015
Normally I'd have worried that my work on this was too hard-edged but the extra communication between us all meant I rarely felt afraid to experiment. This Alex Kirk tale was one of my favourite episodes to work on - here's a suite of some of the early bits.
You're Only Young Once 2015
Another great thing in Series 3 was director Richie Pengelley's superhuman effort to add placeholder music to the early edits, giving me a greater feel for what we needed. Without that, I wouldn’t have had the courage to try something like this.
Uncivil War 2015
By the time Series 3 rolled around I'd discovered I could make quality music much quicker than before. This meant for the first time in Crackanory history I was able to watch an edit of the film before writing the music. This is a compilation of the first results.
Into the Vent 2015
One of the more eclectic scores I did for Series 3, certain sections of The Vexed Message called for Mission:Impossible style music, like this bit, where Tony Way has to climb through an air vent and break into his boss' office.
Hot Cold Action 2015
One of the various party tunes I had to write as part of the soundtrack for James Wren and Bob Pipe's short film The Monster. This is a slightly leaner, more stripped back version than the one heard in the film.
A Walk in the Park 2015
I needed a love theme to cover the scene where Madeleine and The Monster walk home through the park. I wanted it to start out sounded like something more stylised from the 80s and morph into something more natural to mirror the emotions by the end.
The Mainstage (Main Theme) 2008
Theme tune to the pilot of a spoof music series, written and directed by Gareth Tunley and produced by Channel X. An electro-rock anthem I wouldn’t have been remotely capable of making ten years previously. You can see the full show here.