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Life On Earth - Music from the 1979 BBC TV Series

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Life On Earth begins in the Sun's energy
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First Fossils - Blue Greens - Ciliates
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Comb Jellies - Hydromedusae - "Birth" of a Medusa - Gymnopedie for Jellyfish
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Coral Larvae - Arabesque for Flatworms
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The Giant Clam - Slow dance for Nudibranchs - Glaucus and Valla
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The sex life of the Fern - Spores, fertilization and growth - Pine cones and the Petrified Forest
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Coming out music - The Leaf Bug - the Spiny Leaf insect sheds it's skin - Cocoon spinners
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Fish of the Sea - Shoals and loners on the reef
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Eusthenopteron and the Primeval Swamp
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Nile Crocodile family - Oral transport for the young
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Mating dance for Prairie Garter Snakes
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Birds in flight - Stork - Fairy Tern - Sooty Tern - Tropic Bird - Frigate Bird - Albatross
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A Gullimaufry of small mammals - Duckbilled Platypus swimming - Desman underwater - Pygmy or (Silky Furred) Anteater and baby - Flying Foxes - the Several Punces
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The Big Mammals - Elephant and their ancestors - Lion Hunt - Wildebeeste stampede - Lion Kill
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Japanese Macaques - Warm baths in a snowscape
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Man - A Choice for the future of Life On Earth?
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Total Tracks: 16   Total Length: 48:16

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Strange and beautiful music

Aguirre

This is one of the most beguiling albums I've heard in many a year and it has a great story behind it's release as well. I bought this on vinyl first and it is a startlingly good recording and the fact it's in mono only adds to the overall atmosphere of the recording. Don't let the fact that it's in mono put you off - this is real treasure. Problem with what emusic are offering here is a less than perfect vinyl transfer. If your in any way a fan of leftfield electronica then this is a must.

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avant garde

spookydirt

The sound of this album is more or less 'modern chamber Classical meets early electronica' - the orchestral recordings were fed through an EMS VCS-3 synth (which is why it's in mono?) and the music is taken from vinyl (which is why the sound is less than perfect). Is is any good? Yes it is - download it now! I can't think of anything that quite sounds like this.

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It’s difficult to imagine that the justifiably famed, 1979 documentary BBC television mini-series Life on Earth, written and presented by Sir David Attenborough and produced by John Sparks, never had a proper soundtrack release until the 21st century. Scored by composer Edward Williams, the music is every bit as quietly majestic as the 13-episode series was; amazingly, its only release until now was an LP that Williams had privately pressed in an edition of less than 100 copies purely for the purpose of giving away to members of the studio orchestra. Enter Jonny Trunk, madman record collector and visionary label owner who has made it his life’s work to reissue the rarest recordings he can secure the rights to, and reproduce them with full original artwork and documentation. Trunk is a library music fanatic (he bought an entire collection of library recordings just to acquire this one), and this work, despite being an intricately composed score for chamber orchestra and electronic modifications — by the composer — is one of the truly grand library recordings of all time. The music is magical, gentle, and is very much like the sound of life itself unfolding; whether that life is the sound of comb jellyfish being caught in their natural habitat, birds migrating in free flight, the sounds of a pollinating fern, gallimaufry (a track is entitled as such and is perhaps the most magnificent thing here), or “The Big Mammals” with their dramatic postures, breeding, feeding, and predatory habits, Williams score captures them all. In addition, his mysterious music also engages and captures the sounds of landscapes from glaciers to Redwood forests to deserts and oceans. There is something so patient, observant, and unintrusive about this music, it will draw your attention — no matter how low the volume, no matter the setting, it instills quiet reflection and a sense of tension all at once. What is even more beautiful for those who are interested in library and soundtrack music is that the entire score was recorded in mono because it was for a television soundtrack; therefore, the presence of the instruments, the analogue silences, and atmosphere of the recording studio are right up front for the listener so as to ensure maximum subtlety. This is ambient music that really goes somewhere; it travels through time, space, and history, as well as biology, to arrive in the mind — and heart — of the listener as something utterly pure and even mystical. – Thom Jurek

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