full_metal_ox (full_metal_ox) wrote in little_details,

Musical analysis of the theme from Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons?

In the process of looking for something else altogether, I happened upon one of the most weirdly fascinating musical pieces I've heard in a long time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDv-US1iw_M (Although this Anderson Supermarionation adventure is an iconic memory for a lot of Brits (and folks elsewhere who caught it in syndication), I'd heard of the show--as an influence on people as disparate as Gary Numan and the South Park gang--but was never personally exposed to it.)

What we have here is a vigorous John Barry espionage-a-go-go theme...given weird rhythmic feints and dodges and sour dissonances, foreshadowing Captain Scarlet's violent and darkly paranoiac atmosphere; it strikes me as somehow akin to the Doctor Who theme--a product of the same period--and the title track from Bowie's Station to Station.

So. I put it out to the more musically educated folks out in LJ-land: what's going on in this song, structurally, that would plunge it into the Uncanny Valley to a listener accustomed to Anglo-American rock and pop conventions?

"Captain Scarlet" + "theme song"+ "time signature."
"Captain Scarlet" + "theme song" + "review" (which yielded this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/v5zf/)
"Captain Scarlet + "theme song" + "tritones".
"Captain Scarlet + "theme song" + "locrian mode".
Tags: 1960-1969, uk (misc), ~music, ~television

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