A Present for the Future
12" vinyl LP and cassette
, May 1987: Legato
, 1988: Wombat Records 7002
1. Lazy Passion
2. Spike's Song
4. Resident Alien
5. The Natives Are Restless
7. The Tardis
Frank Gambale, an Australian guitarist, began playing the guitar at the age of 7, initially influenced by the blues but quickly finding a niche in jazz. He graduated as Student of the Year from the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, and by 1986 had a contract with the small record company Legato. He formed his own record label in 1998, and quickly re-released his Legato recordings, including A Present for the Future. This 1988 record contained several references to British television, including Spike's Song - an ode to Spike Milligan and The Goons - and The Tardis, a tribute to Doctor Who; but all the tracks are guitar instrumentals and are not particularly discernable.
1994 - Brain of Morbius
4 x CD compilation set, 1994
Passion Music Ltd.
featuring Brain of Morbius
Written by Stephenson/Trower
Produced by Jumpin' & Pumpin'
Published by Skratch Music 1994
Opening with a sample of a man talking about subconciousness (not from Doctor Who), this mellow-dance track soon becomes quite a nice piece of background music. It's almost like one of those 'soothing' atmospheric CDs you can buy (with whale-song and pan pipes), but with a faint beat behind it. Like many dance anthems, the montage of looped instruments produces a hummable tune that you can't place. It lasts for approximately five minutes, going through several different stages, and, although reasonably nice (if you don't demand a melody from your music), it has nothing to do with the Tom Baker classic it is named after. Perhaps it is a tribute to Brain of Morbius
, the mid-80s punk band...?
1997 - Dr. Who? (Liquid Sex Decay)
Liquid Sex Decay:
Liquid Sex Decay
MJ-12 Records MJ12-001
2. Dr. Who?
3. Everything Dies
4. Pins and Needles
5. Different Breed
7. Needles and Pins
8. Pins and Needles
The bass line and main melody of this supposed arrangement of the Doctor Who theme are closer to the Cybertech Theme
than the Ron Grainer theme. It doesn't get past this bass line before it ends, with no hint of the main melody, and it all seems rather pointless. There is a slowed down sample of a man ranting, which sounds suspiciously like the Meggron from the 1976 radio show, The Time Machine, that featured Tom Baker and Liz Sladen in one of its episodes. But that would be too cool, and we doubt that it is.
1998 - Return of the Cybermen
Written, produced and directed by Tim Taylor
Recorded on location in Pomerania and at Vicarage Road, Bristol
Mastered by Zero db PLUS@cableinet.co.uk
Roland from Poland:
Mouse EEKCD 002
Return of the Cybermen
Mungo and Midge
The Next Exit
Computers and Toasters
The Glass Boat
--> Original Press Release
The debut album from Roland from Poland, 'Baltic Beats'. Mixing breaks, loops and chunky basslines; Hip Hop, Jungle, charmed Funk and grooving Dub, Roland from Poland is a journeyman of beats and bobs; a cultural spy returned from singlehandedly infiltrating Polish media. This eclectic release contains snippets of conversation with various Polish characters and day to day situations encountered when living, working, drinking and dancing in Eastern Europe. From soundtrack Jungle to skittering Dub breaks to the narratives of Poland's music lovers, this is hardcore ambience the mouse way; a melting pot to dance around.. Think from Jah Shaka to Tim Simenon, 808 State, DJ Shadow, DJ Cam, Eno, Massive Attack and lots of Polish show tunes. Compiled in Bristol, be prepared for some huge basslines, lush strings and some squeaky bus springs. What else could you listen to in a Polish underground club if you didn't like Death Metal ...?
This CD chronicles a European journey; tracks are framed with samples of buses, lifts and noisy doors to mark the progression in styles and distance as the music continues. Return of the Cybermen
sounds like 60s incidental music performed by a small session band (with horns, organs, bass and percussion) given a 90s make-over with breakbeats and loops. The echo on one section makes the sampled music reminiscent of Space Adventure, the stock track used whenever Cybermen appeared in the 60s, but otherwise it is unclear what this track is supposed to represent, both within the context of the CD and its Doctor Who reference.
1998 - Tardis (Plantastik)
Kickin Music Kick CD 72
Land of Zod
The side of the CD features an alternative spelling: Plantasik Wak'd. There are no samples, no recognisable motifs - in short, without having the track clearly labelled in front of you, there isn't a chance in hell of your being able to recognise this, and only the dangerously obsessed would hear this and think of type 40s.
1998 - Tardis EP
12" vinyl EP, May 1998
1. Wax Attack
2. Turtle Wax
3. Rumble Stick
Produced by Andrei Morant
--> Compilation releases ("Wax Attack" only)
Wax Attack featured on Jack Mackrel's album Hook Line & Sinker
12" vinyl LP and CD, 1998 (Template TEMPL8.LP1/CD1)
'Jack Mackrel' is Andrei Morant, a bloke "from Texas who just moved to
Chicago". He has a few releases under his own name on the Planet Rhythm
and his work premieres on the Planet Rhythm sub-label Template
. His material is a combination of experimental
break beats, dance and sound effects.
It appears that TARDIS EP is that rare thing: a concept single. Sounding
like a school paper guillotine, a metallic screeching evocative of the
TARDIS take-off sound is what links these three tracks and puts them in
order. Its appearance in Wax Attack carefully imitates the original
take-off effect - lots of up-tempo swings leading into a rising whistle
with lots of echo. It is hardly audible at all in Turtle Wax, which
merely features a faint repetitive scraping that could be interpreted as
the spaceship in flight, though Rumble Stick sees it arriving again in
echo and slowly resolving into the more familiar groans. It seems, then,
that Mackrel intended the EP - which plays for a total of 19 minutes 37
seconds (longer than some episodes of The Mind Robber!) - to represent a
return trip in the TARDIS: departing, flying and landing. We're only
guessing, mind. It might just be mindless, tuneless rubbish.
This record was mistakenly listed as hailing from May 1988 in the
December 2003 second edition of Howe's Transcendental Toybox. The record
sticker and original press release both confirm the release date as
1998 - Tardis (The Sucessful Criminals)
The Sucessful Criminals:
Australian 12" vinyl single, August 1998
Audio Couture AC010
A. Control Freak
Australian break beat artists Successful Criminals included a track called
Tardis on the b-side of their popular 12" single Control Freak
. Nothing further is known. The item has surfaced
on eBay but has proved otherwise impossible to track down - hence we
cannot confirm any further details about this release. Judging by many of the above, it's probably tuneless dance music with a connection to Doctor Who that is noticeable only by its absence.
1999 - Tardis (Flytronix + Shere Khan)
Flytronix + Shere Khan:
12" vinyl single, September 1999
Moving Shadow AC035
Written and produced by D. Demierre & M. Chinery
Danny Demierre has been performing under various names since 1990,
working initially with Alex Banks and Jay Hurren of the E Z Rollers, who
secured him a relationship with record company Moving Shadow
Flytronix, Outcast and Heard, Demierre has cut numerous jazz rave anthems
to high critical acclaim, with many of his tracks undergoing remixes by
established artists such as Nookie and Intastella. Now in his 30s,
Flytronix is a regular release and remix artist for Moving Shadow who
designs his own cover artwork.
Tardis is a jolting break beat seemingly set to the soundtrack of every
planet in the Doctor Who universe - by straining your ears for the Who
influence you will imagine hearing echoes of the Dalek city, Metabellis
III’s spooky wind and the chimes of the Sisterhood of Khan. Unfortunately these are probably
illusions, and eventually the sound effects die away to make room for a
one-note bass line and a collection of increasingly ugly synth riffs. A
high-pitched squealing can be heard at one point, sounding a little like
the high wails on the full-length TARDIS Take-Off effect - perhaps the
inspiration behind the title. The main theme of the piece isn't too
unpleasant (a crystal synth explores a couple of chords, a pattern also
to be found on Mondas
), but this is just another dance track by an uncomitted Doctor Who fan.
1999 - Beagle 2
No Distance Left to Run
CD single (Part 2), 15 November 1999
EMI / Food Records FOODCD123
1. No Distance Left to Run
3. Beagle 2
Track 3 Engineered by John Smith
Music by Albarn/Coxon/James/Rowntree
Colchester-bred musicians Damon Albarn, Dave Rowntree and Graham Coxon formed the band Circus
in London during 1988, and after changing their name to Seymour
with the addition of Alex James they become a support act for several London bands. Spotted by a Food Records representative in late 1989, the label renamed the group Blur
and slowly but surely the group hit the mainstream. After an appearance at the Reading Festival in August 1991 the band's debut CD made it to number seven in the UK Album Charts, and even after a period of appalling gigs and internal band arguments, the Britpop explosion carried the band to the top of the charts in 1994 with the album "Park Life".
The single No Distance Left to Run, released from their 1999 album "13", featured a B-Side titled after Beagle 2, the ship sailed to the Galapagos Islands by Charles Darwin during research for his evolution theory study, Origin of the Species. The track was destined for greater things, however, as revealed on the Making of... DVD (EMI / Food Records DVDFOOD001, pictured right) released shortly after the single, where a short film accompanied the instrumental track. The European Space Agency were to place the recording on their landing probe - also called Beagle 2 - to activate when it had landed safely on Mars, providing an audio signal back to Earth; a journey planned for 2003 aboard the Mars Express. In January 2002 the proposal was announced on BBC Radio 4 by Professor Colin Pillinger of the Open University, and quickly made national music news. Alex James and Dave Rowntree were to be responsible for a digital remix of the track, and when a curious NME contacted James, he described the track as "kind of like a musical cave painting, a ponderous, clear tune". Whether upon their own initiative or on James' suggestion, the NME added that it was "based loosely on a mathematical sequence with elements of the theme-tune to cult science fiction show 'Dr Who'".
The track is a delicate little sequence of synthesiser sounds that would probably lull any curious aliens into a peaceful sleep. Aside from sounding like it was recorded in the 60s as background music for Fireball Xl5 or the space sequences of Thunderbirds, it doesn't sound remotely like Doctor Who.
2000 - Time Travel'n EP
: Time Travel'n EP
American 12" vinyl EP, October 2000
Doubledown Recordings (INgrooves) DDR003
A. Dr Who
B. Dr Evil Remix
This rare 12" is an unusual instance of the Americans producing a Doctor Who tribute - regrettably, it's a bit rubbish. A simple dance tune with no actual homage to either the theme tune or any aspect of the show whatsoever; at 9 minutes long, it certainly isn't short of time to try and squeeze some in. All we have (besides an admittedly nice beat) is a looped sample of a man shouting "brothers and sisters!", some wind tunnel sound effects, and a woman who shouts "d'-docteeer!" (which we think is 'doctor' in an American accent). As a slight bonus, the tracks can (as of December 2003) be downloaded in the UK directly from iTunes, so at least there's no call to track down the original vinyl.
2001 – Dr. Who (Sun Devils Marching Band)
Go Sun Devils – Arizona State’s Greatest Hits
American CD, 2001
Razor & Tie
Maroon and Gold
Get Ready for This 2 Unlimited
Shout, Pt. 1 The Isley Brothers
Zoot Suit Riot
Exclusive Interview With Jake Plummer
I Got You (I Feel Good) James Brown
Wild Thing The Troggs
Big Noise from Winnetka
Takin’ Care of Business
Mickey Toni Basil
No Limit 2 Unlimited
Exclusive Interview With Frank Kush
Cotton Eye Joe Rednex
Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) Steam
Exclusive Interview With Frank Kush
This CD – which is incomprehensible to your non-American editors, containing as it does some absolutely dreadful (acoustically and
artistically) live recordings of an all-American marching band at various sports events, interspersed with vintage commentaries and new interviews, precisely none of which are interesting – includes a track titled ‘Dr Who’. Is it a marching-band version of the theme tune? No. Although that would have been funny, wouldn’t it? It is, in fact, 48 seconds’ worth of the Gary Glitter tune that was included in Doctorin’ the Tardis
, originally released as Rock ‘n’ Roll (Part Two). Still, it’s nice to imagine them singing ‘Doctor Whoooo-ooo, hey!, Doctor Who’ along to this music, happily assuming that it’s the original TV theme. Which, we promise, it isn't.
2002 - Cybermen on the March
Frank J. Petruccelli:
American CD, November 2002
Petruccelli Productions Petruccelli3
Birth of a Comic Book Hero
Attack On the Castle
Cp in B Minor
Far Away Places
Final Film Funk
Hot Country Jam
Legend of Dragonstone
Love Story Endings
One Minute Twenty Nine Seconds
Taken Over the World (the Villians Theme)
When Love Haunts Me
Cybermen On the March
Rattle Snakes & Scorpions
Frank J. Petruccelli is an American composer living in Boston. Petruccelli Productions
is simply the company name for Frank's ambient and soundtrack music, produced on demand for any producers or directors that should wish to hire him and, in the absence of any actual clients, recorded just for the hell of it and released on a number of commercial CDs since 1999. His proudest achievements seem to have been composing the background music for some theme park rides: if you ride the Superman or Incredible Hunk rides in Toronto or visit the Haunted Mansion in Poughkeepsie, New York, you'll hear his horror tunes pumping out at you. The Visual Music CD, Frank's first release not based around Kevin McCurdy's Haunted Mansion (with which he seems to be closely associated), combines the genres of classical, rock, techno, new age and even country to bring us "21 Tracks of pure imagination."
Cybermen on the March offers synthesised drum beats, squealchy and fizzing keyboard sounds and a melody rather suspiciously reminiscent of the incidental music for The Five Doctors, particularly the Cybermen/Raston Warrior Robot battle scenes. With better production values (starting with some realistic reverb and less bum notes) this could be atmospheric; as it stands, it's rather simplistic and amateur.
2004 - Right Wing Daleks from Surrey
CD, November 2004
Cookshop Special Various Artists
Trip the Light Fantastic Johnathan Krisp
Devil of Delight Digital Midgets
Smell of Spring Outerlectuals
I Want You Mr. Candu
Break for Rain Lost Idol
Monks Wood La Femme (1)
All the While Outerlectuals
Skylarks Johnny Idle
Right Wing Daleks from Surrey Johnathan Krisp
Slice Me With Your Clear Day Lost Idol
Never Complain La Femme (1)
Pixies' Den Digital Midgets
Silencio Mr. Candu
--> Sound Bites press release
We are proud to bring you our first full length excursion into unknown musical maps on one handy little special priced disc. Since our inception two years ago us folk here at Cookshop have strived to bring you a range of different styles with the emphasis placed firmly on diverse quality rather than pigeon-holed blandness. Featured on this compilation are 14 exclusive tracks from our six core Cookshop masterchefs displaying the full taste of the Cookshop palette.
Featuring exclusive jazzed-out cinematic outings from head chef Lost Idol (who debut his styles on cult label Pork Recordings), through to dancefloor beats and atmospherics in all shapes and sizes from label partner La Femme, via some lush sampledelic cuts from Cookshop regular Digital Midgets and that's just for starters. New label addition Johnathan Krisp provides some cheeky electronic excursions for armchairs whilst Outerlectuals show off their flair for deebly dubbed-out live experimentations. Mr Candu rounds things off beautifully with some guitar lines that would certainly make the Stereolab's and Tortoise's of this world look twice.
If you're still unsure about the taste we can only suggest you give it a go, after all you don't know you like it 'til you've tried it.
Brighton record label Cookshop showcased their newlysigned-up artists with this sampler CD, released at a budget price and featuring this Doctor Who-related instrumental. Produced by Johnathan Krisp, whose style was described as "cheeky electronic excursions for armchairs", the track samples a soothing lounge tune with added ambiance, synthesiser sounds and loops. One chord grates like a Dalek voice, which probably explains the bizarre title, but that's about the only link; this is like Roland from Poland
without the vocal samples.