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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by dinahmichelle (U15416983) on Friday, 7th September 2012

    love it all! but the music in between dialogue is so so long, is there a shortage of dialogue? be interested to know why.

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    Posted by Polly Tunnel (U1530077) on Friday, 7th September 2012

    I agree that the musical interludes have been very long in the NZ segment of AmEx and I too wondered whether they were just as padding. However, on the positive side the NZ segment wasn't very engaging and, for my money, the weakest part of the series so perhaps the long musical interludes were actually a good thing.

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    Posted by Bette (U2222559) on Friday, 7th September 2012

    I agree with that. Some of the music in the NZ SL I really liked, but it /did/ go on too long (to the extent of distracting from the dialogue).

    tbh, I am feeling more ambivalent about AmEx at the end of this series. I really haven't enjoyed it as much as the previous series.

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    Posted by Elnora Cornstalk (U5646495) on Friday, 7th September 2012

    I liked the music and the interludes. Without them, I'd have found the pace all too much, with the single story-line in each epi.

    I also thought they worked well as interjecting another note -- a bit like a refrain or chorus: sometimes faintly threatening, or sometimes ironically soothing in the middle of high tension; or upbeat, when the emotional temperature was dark, and darkening (esp in the SA scenes). In the drowsier interludes in the NZ, I thought it was father as if in a film, you saw a repeated shot of, say, a lazy bee or butterfly in the garden, while there's drama going on in the house.

    It's been interesting see the script-writers have a chance to try different moods, techniques and genres, in all three series; but I wish they'd import some more of this into the main programme now.

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    Posted by petal jam (U1466691) on Wednesday, 12th September 2012

    interjecting another note -- a bit like a refrain or chorus: sometimes faintly threatening, or sometimes ironically soothing in the middle of high tension; or upbeat, when the emotional temperature was dark, and darkening (esp in the SA scenes). In the drowsier interludes in the NZ, I thought it was father as if in a film, you saw a repeated shot of, say, a lazy bee or butterfly in the garden, while there's drama going on in the house.  Absolutely agree, Elnora. I've just caught up with the last couple of weeks of Amex and I really enjoyed the music, for all the reasons you gave. Listening in a block, it also gave a real sense of time passing. And I'm slightly embarrassed to say, but I wondered if they would play the theme from Howard's Way as one of the out-on-the-open-sea interludes.

    The whole thing was huge fun. Jolene was a bit overshadowed, but I liked the the way she just came in occasionally on backing vocals. A shot of Ambridge 'reality' to go with the adventures of the Famous Five. Or Impecunious Three.

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    Posted by Tayler Cresswell (U14232848) on Thursday, 13th September 2012

    Hi all

    Thanks for all your feedback on the music. Ambridge Extra has been a place for the team to try out new ideas and the music in this series seems to have been generally well received - particularly in the South African segment.

    I've passed on the questions/comments here to Keri as he might be able to add something on the decisions around the use of music and length of the interludes.

    Tayler

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    Posted by Bette (U2222559) on Thursday, 13th September 2012

    Thanks, Tayler. Could you ask if it would be possible to give links to the music on the AmEx site?

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    Posted by Tayler Cresswell (U14232848) on Thursday, 13th September 2012

    Thanks, Tayler. Could you ask if it would be possible to give links to the music on the AmEx site?  
    Will see if that's possible, Bette.

    Tayler

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  • Message 9

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    Posted by Tayler Cresswell (U14232848) on Friday, 14th September 2012

    Hi all

    I've just had a lovely mail back from the producer about the music which I'll share here in full. I'm also trying to get hold of the track list for the series : )

    Tayler

    <quote>The music is an interesting area! It is there for 2 main reasons:

    1) To help place the drama in a new and real location (ie not the fictional world of Ambridge) and

    2) to make the time lapses more thoughtful and reflective as the listener [above] suggests – not least with the sailing episodes, as sailing can be so languid , slow and restful (unless you have Lance on board).

    We also use it to help create a different ‘listen’ to The Archers. We hope that if a listener turned on, they would know immediately (for all sorts of reasons) that they are listening to Ambridge Extra as opposed to The Archers.

    Some of the music was specified in the scripts. For example, writers Simon Frith and Tim Stimpson asked for specific tracks from Jo’burg that they had researched and felt that Phoebe would listen to. Other SA pieces were chosen by myself and by a BBC colleague in Jo’burg, who sent us a raft of suggestions and up- to- the- minute tracks.

    The music used in the New Zealand episodes ( we felt) should be the kind of stuff on a Kenton- playlist, probably well-known music , but we used instrumental moments so that the lyrics wouldn’t compete with or distract from the dialogue or action. (This is also true for the road trip episodes.) There is one generic piece we used quite a lot, which had a semi-Maori flavour, that we included to suggest the idea of the NZ sea-scape horizon.<quote>

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    Posted by Elnora Cornstalk (U5646495) on Friday, 14th September 2012

    Thank you, Tayler. This is really interesting, and the kind of insights into production and the shaping of the drama I'd love to see even more!

    p j,* I'm glad I wasn't alone in my response to the music; and I agree about the effect of time passing. It worked well even with a short, single episode, and it must have been very compelling to listen to a whole block at a time. It's not surprising that a TV series drifted into your head; I liked the way that both the 'on the road' and 'Jolly Voyagers' sections played with the conventions (even clichés!).

    *Was going to write 'petal', but felt I sounded like Heather; I loved your Heatherwick incarnation, too, and 'copper' worked nicely!

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    Posted by Deepinsight (U5199433) on Tuesday, 2nd October 2012

    Any news on links ( or titles/artists) of the music used in the interludes yet?

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    Posted by Tayler Cresswell (U14232848) on Tuesday, 2nd October 2012

    Hi Deepinsight

    I haven't heard back but thanks for the reminder! Will pass that on : )

    Tayler

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