THE MUSIC OF BEING HUMAN: THE DARKEST SOUNDS YET
New to BH? Watch out, this post contains spoilers from series one...
Mitchell, in attempting to reject his vampiric side, and recapture his human nature, inadvertently rouses the hostility of the local neighbourhood, and causes the death of a child.
Though funny in parts, Brian Dooley's script is suffused with Mitchell's doomed yearning. Even whilst planning the episode, it was not clear how this contemporary music track would fit into such a painful vision.
Luckily we have been blessed with the gifted composer, Richard Wells. He immediately caught onto the clashing emotions within the piece, and produced an original soundtrack that evokes both yearning and fear.
Listen to the complicated time-keeping of the guitar on the track over the crowd rioting outside the house - it is both melodic, and yet dissonant. Similarly, Richard was able to perfectly capture Fleur's elation on seeing her resurrected son again at the train station - mixing joy with her terrible fear. As poets would tell us, the perfect Horror is that which mixes attraction and repulsion, and Richard Wells' music for this scene, shot at
In editing such a sensitive piece as episode 4, where a child's welfare is at the heart of the issue, the control of tone was an essential part of my work, so that the story would be palatable. With that in mind, I decided to keep other people's music out of the episode, so as not to dilute either Brian Dooley's voice, my own, or that of Richard Wells.
The exceptions to this are the opening and closing sequences, where we are with Mitchell's solitude and despair. These are universal moments - we've all had that existential' waiting in the rain with a cigarette' moment (even if you've never smoked!).
I have been a long time fan of Brixton-based Alabama Three. Their mix of guitars and vocals always seems to evoke the gothic darkness of the
Mitchell's defeated trudge to rejoin Herrick at the end of the episode has the hopeless air of someone who has partied too hard, and is washed out and washed up. 'Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlife', again from the 'La Peste' album (2000) by Alabama Three, creates a neat musical loop with the opening - Mitchell has tried, and failed, to be human.
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