When ITV revived Gerry Anderson’s much-loved sixties’ TV series earlier this year, composer brothers Nick and Ben Foster leapt at the chance to score it. Both life-long fans of the original series – and the Barry Gray theme tune – they agreed to rescore the original and create bespoke music for each of the 26 new episodes.
Alongside their own synths and electronic gear, the pair used a full orchestra, recorded live at the iconic Air Studios in North London, to bring the soundtrack to life. Like Barry before them, they employed plenty of brass and percussion, making good use of leitmotifs to signal on-screen characters, moods and machines.
From their bombastic pitch, to the recording and mixing, Ben and Nick have been determined to remain true to the original feel of the music, while ensuring the show can appeal to a new generation of viewers. Their integrity has paid off, with the arrangement of the original theme now available as a single and an album of the show’s music also in the pipeline.
We were invited along to Air Studios for a behind-the-scenes peek at their creative process and to learn more about the making of the unique score.
Here, the award-winning composers share their unique insight into their experiences working in children’s TV and explain the peaks and pitfalls of working on such an iconic title...