August 29, 2011

New Archive release: Percussion bundle


This week's release is a bundle of 3 solo percussion tracks and a percussion-based version of "Audrey's Dance".

Solo Percussion 1 (3:40)
Solo Percussion 2 (Grady's Waltz) (1:44)
Solo Percussion 3 (2:33)
Audrey's Dance (Percussion & Clarinets) (5:20)

These percussion tracks, and tracks like them, are pretty important to the landscape of Twin Peaks. They were used many times throughout the series, both by themselves and in mixes. Often used by themselves as the backdrop to the goings on of the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Station, and of the humorous exploits of Andy in particular.

Solo Percussion 2 was only heard a few times in the series- but people will recognize it as the percussion track used in the montage track "The Bookhouse Boys" on the original soundtrack. Solo Percussion 1 was probably used the most in the series, both by itself (Audrey's walk from the Great Northern to the car in the pilot) and mixed with other tracks (Leland's wake). It was also used in the mix of "Love Theme Intro" on the 2nd soundtrack.

We round out this release with the Percussion & Clarinet version of "Audrey's Dance" which was used in the following scenes:
Pilot: Cooper & Truman in the sheriff's jeep
Episode 3: Ed and Nadine prepare for Laura's funeral
Episode 8: Lucy, Truman & Doc Hayward tell Cooper about what happened the night he was shot
Episode 12: Mr. Pinkle demonstrates Leo's lifting crane

Episode 17: Bobby tries on Leo's suit (mixed with "Freshly Squeezed (Fast Bass)")
Episode 19: Ben tells Bobby some strange things and gives him his first assignment
Episode 19: Bobby returns with pictures for Ben
Episode 24: Mr. Pinkle and Dick at the fashion show

August 20, 2011

New Archive release: Dance Of The Dream Man (Solo Sax)

"Diane, 11:30 AM, February 24th. Entering the town of Twin Peaks."
-Cooper (Pilot episode)

Along with the "Twin Peaks Theme" and "Laura Palmer's Theme", "Dance Of The Dream Man" is probably the most recognized "signature" theme from the series. If any track could be called "Cooper's Theme", its DOTDM, as more than any other, it's the track most associated with him. His first scene in the series (his drive into TP) is accompanied by the original version, and he's re-introduced in FWWM with the "Solo Sax" version.

The "Original Version" was of course featured on the original soundtrack, and actually only pops up a couple of times in the series. But its linkage to Cooper and its use in the famous dream sequence in episode 2 elevated it to iconic status. In addition, most of ABC's ads/commercials for the series during its initial run used "Dance Of The Dream Man", so it became just as recognized as "Twin Peaks" as the TP Theme and LP's Theme.

Most of its appearances throughout the series are actually the "Solo Sax" version that was released this week over at A portion of which was also showcased on the original soundtrack at the beginning of the montage track "The Bookhouse Boys". It is also briefly used in the montage track "Love Theme Intro" on the second soundtrack. This "Solo Sax" version is heard many times throughout the series, mostly in connection with Cooper or the Red Room.

Here we get the full Solo version for the first time. There remain a few unreleased versions of DOTDM- Solo Flute and Solo Clarinet versions are both very briefly heard one time each. And anyone who has heard the leaked bootleg tracks knows that there are at least a couple of unheard/unused versions as well.

August 14, 2011

New Archive release: Diary bundle post #2: Ethereal Laura Palmer's Theme variations

Beginnings And Endings:


"To Beginnings... And Endings. And the wisdom to know the difference."
-Andrew Packard (episode 23)

Laura Palmer's Theme (Ethereal Pad Version) (1:10)
Laura Palmer's Theme (Letter From Harold) (1:37) Note: This is actually the "Guardian Angel Version"

Other than the two alternate versions of "Harold's Theme", this week's bundle release includes three short ethereal versions of "Laura Palmer's Theme". Of all the musical themes in the show, LP's Theme received the most variation, and in this case, spawns its own sub-category containing similar, yet slightly different variations. Two of this week's tracks fall into the variation I've called "Beginnings And Endings" (named after Andrew's toast).

There are 4 main 'variations' of this version:

Ethereal Pad Version (Josie Version)
The most heard and recognized of the four versions, it became the dominant musical identity of Episode 23.
Episode 16: James gives Donna a ring at the RR Diner.
Episode 23: Josie's fortunes turn progressively worse. (Looped to extend the track in the toast scene).

Guardian Angel Version (Pete/Catherine Version)
Episode 7: Pete rushes into the burning warehouse in search of Catherine.
Episode 17: Catherine tells Truman about the events of that same night and how a guardian angel saved her life.
Episode 18: Hawk tells Cooper about the legend of The White Lodge (heard in half-speed).
Note: This variation was actually two separate "parts" or tracks (the Pete scene & the Catherine scene) on the bootleg. But they have been combined into one track in the released version.

Caroline Version
Episode 21: Cooper tells Truman about Caroline's death (an image of Caroline appears over Cooper).
Episode 28: Leo looks at the Queen-Shelly card.

Letter From Harold Version
Episode 16: Heard when Donna reads Laura's last diary entry to Cooper. Then mixes into "Dance Of The Dream Man (Sax Solo)" & "Laura Palmer's Theme (Bells)".

Confusingly, the version released as "Letter From Harold" is actually misnamed. It is NOT the version heard in the Donna/Cooper/Diary scene, but rather the Catherine "Guardian Angel Version". So the actual "Letter From Harold" version and the "Caroline Version" remain unreleased.

Ghost Version:

Laura Palmer's Theme (Ghost Version) (1:49)

Rounding out the release is the haunting "Ghost Version" which can be heard in the following scenes:
Episode 1: Over the picnic video footage of Laura and Donna.
Episode 4: James first sees Maddy in the RR.
Episode 10: Donna finds Laura's secret diary at Harold's.
Episode 11: Harold reads from Laura's Diary to Donna; Judge Sternwood addresses Leland.

August 13, 2011

New Archive release: Diary bundle post #1: Harold's Theme


This week's "Diary" bundle consists of five tracks:
Harold's Theme (The Living Novel) (3:27)
Harold's Theme (Josie's Past) (4:46)
Laura Palmer's Theme (Ghost Version) (1:49)
Laura Palmer's Theme (Ethereal Pad Version) (1:10)
Laura Palmer's Theme (Letter From Harold) (1:37)

I'm splitting my posts for this release into two parts. First up are the alternate versions of "Harold's Theme". These have been sitting atop my wish list for quite some time.

To me, Harold's Theme is one of the most beautiful tracks from the series. Heard very few times because of Harold's brief time in the series. The "Second Season" soundtrack only featured the short (1:43) version of the track (which can be heard in episode 19 when the Mayor weeps over his brother's dead body). Here we finally get the longer version of the track heard in episode 12 when Donna gives her first session with Harold as part of his "Living Novel".

After Harold's storyline, his theme only popped up twice in the series- the aforementioned "Mayor" scene, and an alternate, slowed-down version in episode 18 when Josie tells Truman of her past. This is the only time in the series when the slowed down version is heard, and we finally get this wonderful version in this bundle.

There are still a few small tidbits of "Harold's Theme" (on harpsichord?) that remain unreleased from the end of episode 12 and beginning of episode 13. But that might be all they are- just those short tidbits.

I couldn't be more happy to have these alternate versions. Check out my art, grab the bundle from, and I will return with art and a post about the remaining tracks in this week's release.

August 6, 2011

New Archive release: James Visits Laura from FWWM

Any new release of Twin Peaks music is cause for celebration. But coming on the heals of last week's massive six-track release, this week's one track (and 90 second) release may seem a little slight. However, FWWM fans will surely be happy to get one of the film's last pieces of unreleased music. This brief guitar track is heard when James visits Laura in front of the Palmer house (as its descriptive, but not very imaginative title suggests). All that remains unreleased from the film now are some of the darker orchestral soundscapes.

Check out my art and grab the track from