Robert Hampton

Another visitor! Stay a while… stay forever!

19th May 2006

Boop… boop… boop… boop…
Posted by at 10.17pm | 2 responses | Television

The BBC have kindly provided a copy of the best bit of TV presentation ever — the BBC News 24 countdown music — in a super-extended three minute mix version!

Only available as a low-bandwidth RealAudio stream, sadly, but still… enjoy!

UPDATE: I discovered the web site of the composer, David Lowe, who has several bits of BBC News music available for download as WMA files from his site. You’ll need to sign up for the Members Area on his site, but its free.

2 Responses
  1. Comment by Seb
    20th May 2006 at 8:53 am

    Have you ever seen Bill Bailey’s Part Troll? There’s a great bit where he’s talking about (and playing snippets of) various news themes from across the world, until he gets to the BBC, who he says have gone too far in turning their theme into “a sort of post-apocalyptic rave”, and proceeds to play it on his keyboard and theramin. It’s ace.

  2. Comment by Robert
    21st May 2006 at 1:02 am

    I do remember seeing a clip of that. I think he’s wrong on this one, though; the BBC News music is several different kinds of greatness, and a refreshing change from the bombastic themes used on most news programmes (“# DAA-DAAAAA-DAA-DAAAAA / THIS IS THE NEWS / IT’S VERY IMPORTANT / SIT UP AND PAY ATTENTION / DA-DAAA-DA-DAAAAAAA #”)

    It’s been remixed countless times for various purposes and every new version still works, because the core idea is so simple and effective.