It’s nice when a composer of a TV show releases varying arrangements of their themes. What’s that? Howard Goodall’s done exactly that? Well, bugger me so he has!
Yes, Howard “he’s just so bloody” Goodall has released piano arrangements of his own music from Dwarf on iTunes, namely the ‘Main Theme’ and ‘Tongue Tied’ which you can download for the modest price of 79p each.
We’re not strangers to hearing the themes rearranged within the show, the main theme is essentially used for all the fly-bys and many other main cues used in the show, but “Tongue Tied” is an unusual one. It’s featured twice before we even get to ‘Parallel Universe‘, where it’s mainly remembered from, being used as lounge music for ‘Better Than Life‘ as well as for the Ganymede Holiday Inn in ‘Stasis Leak‘. Maybe the Cat subconsciously put words to a song he’s heard quite often already…
However, the two arrangements sounds absolutely lovely, and since they’re not built to picture, they can take their time to do their thing and don’t contain the usual hurriedness you get from released score-centric music, and Howard has added new little bridging sections here and there which keep it sounding fresh. Not bad for music that was originally written 24-25 years ago is it? As an aside, I’ve got to say, I’m really happy that Howard is still involved with Red Dwarf, it’s the one thing that has kept the universe sounding familiar after all the chops and changes that have occurred over the years.
I do wish that Howard or GNP decide to do a limited release of the cues in score-form in some sort of book-like object that I can hold in my hand-like hands and play on my piano-like keyboard down the line, ta.