Dreadful Music

Several people have asked me about the music that I'm using in both the Dreadfuls shows, so I thought I'd list a few details.

Aeneas Faversham mainly uses classic adventure film scores between sketches and for audience preshow music. The majority of these can be found on Silva Screen's four-disc EPICS compilation, performed by the City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Faversham uses cues from
  • Troy - Remember - James Horner
  • Quo Vadis - Ave Caesar - Miklos Rosza
  • The Alamo - Dimitri Tiomkin
  • The Ten Commandments - Elmer Burnstein
  • Sodom And Gomorrah - Overture - Miklos Rosza
  • Masada - Jerry Goldsmith
  • Mary Queen of Scots - John Barry
  • Exodus - Overture - Ernest Gold
  • The 300 Spartans - March of the Spartans - Manos Hadjidakis
  • The Robe - Alfred Newman
  • The Sea Hawk - Erich Wolfgang Korngold
  • El Cid - Miklos Rosza
  • Captain Blood - Main Title - Erich Wolfgang Korngold
In addition, Faversham uses 'It's In The Subtext' from James Newton Howard's score to King Kong, 'Bromhead's Safari' from Zulu by John Barry, and Julius Fučik's 'Thunder and Blazes' (Einzug der Gladiatoren) as circus music.

ShamWagon is a little harder to describe - as an improvised show nothing is entirely set in stone, but there are recurring features. I usually throw in a selection of mashups from Best of Bootie 2005 as preshow/warmup music, particularly Since U Been Gahan (Kelly Clarkson vs. Rex The Dog vs. Depeche Mode) by Earworm and Walking With A Ghost In Paris (Tegan & Sara vs. Mylo) by Party Ben.

Scenebreaks in the Wagon are covered either by something slightly ambient/electronic or more upbeat cues from action-film scores, depending on the mood required. The former is largely provided courtesy of Creative Commons licensed music, mainly in the ambient and electronic sections of the wonderful ccmixter.org, as well as from groups like fivegreencircle and phylum sinter. Action cues include Don Davis' score to The Matrix: Reloaded, Hans Zimmer's Mission: Impossible 2, Michael Giacchino's work on Alias and just about anything from Lola Rennt.

The ShamWagon opens and closes to the unstoppable noise of the Fox NFL Theme (aka NFL Football Gametime) by Phil Garrod, Reed Hays and Scott Schreer.

So now you know!


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