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LeeWN402 posts since 29 Jan 2013
BBC World
Just realised that we haven't mentioned the ugly ducking of the insane BBC World original vamp, the overnight News 24 version without thunderclaps. Which for no apparent reason was also a semitone higher and therefore sounded strange next to the titles.


I agree, I watched some clips of overnight bulletins and making the vamp a semitone higher was very irritating and strange. Does anyone have a mp3 of it? Anyway, here's an example I found on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAbQGieKKXc
Last edited by LeeWN on 3 February 2013 4:54am
Stedixon359 posts since 28 Nov 2006
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Just realised that we haven't mentioned the ugly ducking of the insane BBC World original vamp, the overnight News 24 version without thunderclaps. Which for no apparent reason was also a semitone higher and therefore sounded strange next to the titles.


I agree, I watched some clips of overnight bulletins and making the vamp a semitone higher was very irritating and strange. Does anyone have a snippet of it? Anyway, here's an example I found on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAbQGieKKXc


That sounds like it was speeded up. I can remember a bed the same but in the right pitch
LeeWN402 posts since 29 Jan 2013
BBC World
Just realised that we haven't mentioned the ugly ducking of the insane BBC World original vamp, the overnight News 24 version without thunderclaps. Which for no apparent reason was also a semitone higher and therefore sounded strange next to the titles.


I agree, I watched some clips of overnight bulletins and making the vamp a semitone higher was very irritating and strange. Does anyone have a snippet of it? Anyway, here's an example I found on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAbQGieKKXc


That sounds like it was speeded up. I can remember a bed the same but in the right pitch


Yes, I remember the time when News 24 relocated to N9 due to the News Centre being temporarily closed because of the bomb, the simulcasts used the version with no thunderclaps but with the right pitch. World used it again on their generic bulletins on the aftermath of Sept 11.
itsrobert5,897 posts since 23 Mar 2001
Granada North West Today
Yes, I too dislike the new WBR music. Not a patch on its predecessor.

To clear up the World vamp pitch debate... World always used the vamp at the correct, lower pitch. The higher pitched one was only used for joint/overnight coverage - the exception being in the immediate aftermath of the BBC bomb when the normal World vamp was used.
Critique2,748 posts since 9 Aug 2009
Anglia (East) Look East
I much prefer the new WBR music, actually. I've always felt that the music, and indeed, the graphics, seemed old and outdated, and didn't fit in particularly well with the rest of BBC News' output. I'm glad they've changed it and brought things back up to date.
623058: it just seems like your an mp3 whore
itsrobert5,897 posts since 23 Mar 2001
Granada North West Today
I much prefer the new WBR music, actually. I've always felt that the music, and indeed, the graphics, seemed old and outdated, and didn't fit in particularly well with the rest of BBC News' output. I'm glad they've changed it and brought things back up to date.

It's so bland, though. There's no proper tune to speak of. It would have sounded great if the existing theme tune had survived but was brought up to date in David Lowe's style. For me it was a missed opportunity.
LeeWN402 posts since 29 Jan 2013
BBC World
I much prefer the new WBR music, actually. I've always felt that the music, and indeed, the graphics, seemed old and outdated, and didn't fit in particularly well with the rest of BBC News' output. I'm glad they've changed it and brought things back up to date.

It's so bland, though. There's no proper tune to speak of. It would have sounded great if the existing theme tune had survived but was brought up to date in David Lowe's style. For me it was a missed opportunity.


I prefer itsrobert's opinion much. I really love the old theme tune. I'm also expecting the new titles with the flags theme on it. Replacing it was dismaying and during my vacation, I always used to hear it. It was an exceptional composition IMO. That will hold a special place in my memory.
LeeWN402 posts since 29 Jan 2013
BBC World
To be precise, the music of the second flags era was sublime. The special versions of TWT theme were just out of this world, if you pardon the pun.


I actually never heard that version of the TWT theme, only the extended opening one I watched on YouTube. Although I only heard the ident music and the World News one, these were excellent but dramatic.
STV Today1,245 posts since 20 Mar 2005
STV North Reporting Scotland
IMO the best titles were the flying fish fingers for the Nine O'Clock News and the 84-93 Six O'Clock News. I also liked the One O'Clock News from this era as well. It was good when the bulletins had distinctive titles but I doubt we'd go back to that now.

I think the current music for BBC News is immediately identifiable and is here to stay for a very long time to come.

I wonder if we will see any changes when the network bulletins and news channel move in to NBH in March?