I was just watching the original 2006 versions of the idents, and it reminded me how superior those original soundtracks were to what came after 2009. I think those new soundtracks and the bad edits are what made me less of a fan of that set.
I’ve been giving this some further thought.
When the circles launched they had beautiful cinematography and soundtracks, but long form-ups that the continuity announcers tended to talk over before the logo even appeared.
Then in 2009 the idents were cut to bits so the logo could appear right at the start but ruining the execution of the circle animation appearing over an actual circle, introducing naff replacement soundtracks and generally looking a bit poor in comparison.
So, considering that the originals were beautiful but too long, and the edits were shorter but ruined the story or cinematography, I wonder: were they fit for purpose as idents in the first place? Maybe they were just too far from the traditional idea of an ident to work day in day out before each programme. Less of an ident and more of a short film (certainly in the case of Mission Control and Helicopter, the former particularly ruined by the re-editing)
Ideally they could have done with the short form-up versions in the launch package with short edits of the original music.
I don't know why they didn't edit the original music, rather than going to the trouble of getting new themes recorded by a different composer. Without wanting to sound too cocky, I'm fairly certain I could do a decent job in Adobe Audition without too much trouble.
I still think though that there's a place for the long versions to create more of a dramatic build-up, especially when going into big, flagship programmes and films, etc..
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