The Catacombs The Production Guide
Music
by Martin Willey

Music & Sound Effects

Note that while Space: 1999 is owned by ITV Studios Global Entertainment (formerly Granada Ventures, Carlton, Polygram and ITC), the music rights belong to Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Lew Grade's ATV Music ranged from television soundtracks to the Lennon/McCartney song catalogue, but in the 1980s Grade was forced to sell, and by 1985 it was owned by pop singer Michael Jackson. In 1995, Sony purchased a 50% stake. Since Jackson's death in 2009, his half share has passed to his estate.

Year One

Big Jim Sullivan in The Troubled Spirit

The episodes recorded for the episodes were:

Date Episode(s) Location (& time) Group size Notes
Tuesday 11th December 1973 Space 1999 opening/closing titles Anvil, Denham 0900-1300 52 Four different versions of the theme were composed- only one was used
Thursday 14th March 1974 Matter Of Life And Death CTS Wembley 0900-1300 32
Friday 15th March 1974 Breakaway CTS Wembley 1400-1800 32
Thursday 25th April 1974 Black Sun CTS 0900-1800 38
Monday 6th May 1974 Ring Around The Moon CTS Wembley ? not by Gray; Alan Willis with Vic Elms
Tuesday 25th June 1974 Another Time, Another Place CTS Wembley 52
Wednesday 20th November 1974 The Troubled Spirit CTS Wembley ? not by Gray- written & performed by Jim Sullivan.
Tuesday 3rd December 1974 The Full Circle CTS Wembley ? Composed and arranged by Gray in Guernsey

The library music used was as follows:

"Adagio for strings and organ in G Minor" composed by Tommaso Albinoni, arranged by Alain Lombard (published by Delyse [Envoy] Recording Co.) Dragon's Domain
"Picture Of Autumn" composed by Jack Arel and Pierre Dutour (Chappell Recorded Music Library) Testament Of Arkadia
"The Latest Fashion" composed by Giampiera Boneschi (Chappell Recorded Music Library) Force Of Life
"Appassionata" composed by Paul Bonneau and Serge Lancen (Chappell Recorded Music Library) Testament Of Arkadia
"Undersea" composed by Chuck Cassey (Chappell Recorded Music Library) Guardian of Piri
"Celestial Mirror" composed by John Cavacas (Chappell Recorded Music Library) was listed on cue sheets but not used. The Infernal Machine
"The White Mountain" (introduction) composed by Frank Cordell (Chappell Recorded Music Library) Mission Of The Darians
"Outer Space" composed by Robert Farnon (Chappell Recorded Music Library) The Infernal Machine
"Experiments In Space- Dorado" composed by Robert Farnon (Chappell Recorded Music Library) End Of Eternity
"Experiments In Space- Malus" composed by Robert Farnon (Chappell Recorded Music Library) End Of Eternity
"Experiments In Space- Vega" composed by Robert Farnon (Chappell Recorded Music Library) Mission Of The Darians
"Dark Suspense No. 1" composed by Beda Folten (Chappell Recorded Music Library) The Infernal Machine
track from Supercar "Celestial Theme" by Barry Gray The Last Sunset
track from Stingray "Ghost Of The Sea" by Barry Gray Missing Link
track from Stingray "Ghost Of The Sea" by Barry Gray Mission Of The Darians
track from Stingray "Raptures Of The Deep" by Barry Gray The Last Sunset
track from Thunderbird 6 by Barry Gray The Last Sunset
track from Thunderbird 6 by Barry Gray Voyager's Return
track from Thunderbird 6 by Barry Gray Collision Course
track from Thunderbird 6 by Barry Gray The Full Circle
track from Joe 90 "Arctic Adventure" by Barry Gray Collision Course
track from Joe 90 "King For A Day" by Barry Gray The Last Sunset
track from Joe 90 "Operation McClaine" by Barry Gray Collision Course
track from Joe 90 "The Big Fish" by Barry Gray Death's Other Dominion
track from Secret Service "A Case For The Bishop" by Barry Gray The Last Sunset
track from Secret Service "Last Train to Bufflers Halt" by Barry Gray Alpha Child
"The Astronauts" composed by Mike Hankinson (Chappell Recorded Music Library) War Games
"Mars, Bringer Of War" composed by Gustav Holst, arranged by Malcolm Sargent (published by EMI Music For Pleasure) Space Brain
"Videotronics No. 3" composed by Cecil Leuter (aka Roger Roger) (Chappell Recorded Music Library) Force Of Life
"Videotronics No. 3" composed by Cecil Leuter (Chappell Recorded Music Library) End Of Eternity
"Lunar Landscape" composed by Roger Roger (Chappell Recorded Music Library) The Infernal Machine
"Stratosphere" composed by Davis Snell (Chappell Recorded Music Library) End Of Eternity
"Mission Control" composed by Harry Soskin (Chappell Recorded Music Library) The Infernal Machine
"Cosmic Sounds No. 1 and No. 3" composed by Georges Teperino (Chappell Recorded Music Library) Force Of Life
"Cosmic Sounds No. 1" composed by Georges Teperino (Chappell Recorded Music Library) End Of Eternity
"Cosmic Sounds No. 3" composed by Georges Teperino (Chappell Recorded Music Library) The Last Enemy
"Subterranean" composed by Joe Venuto (Chappell Recorded Music Library)
The Infernal Machine
"The Monsters" composed by Ivo Vyhnalek (Chappell Recorded Music Library) The Infernal Machine

Music by episode:

Breakaway
  • Original score by Barry Gray
Matter Of Life And Death
  • Original score by Barry Gray
  • one track by Vic Elms
Black Sun
  • Original score by Barry Gray
Ring Around The Moon
  • Original score by Alan Willis and Vic Elms
Another Time, Another Place
  • Original score by Barry Gray
Missing Link
  • track from Stingray "Ghost Of The Sea" by Barry Gray
  • Vana's theme is an unused Barry Gray track intended to be the Moonbase Alpha theme
Guardian of Piri
  • "Undersea" composed by Chuck Cassey (Chappell Recorded Music Library)
Force Of Life
  • "Cosmic Sounds No. 1 and No. 3" composed by Georges Teperino (Chappell Recorded Music Library)
  • "The Latest Fashion" composed by Giampiera Boneschi (Chappell Recorded Music Library)
  • "Videotronics No. 3" composed by Cecil Leuter (aka Roger Roger) (Chappell Recorded Music Library)
Alpha Child
  • track from Secret Service "Last Train to Bufflers Halt" by Barry Gray
The Last Sunset
  • track from Supercar "Celestial Theme" by Barry Gray
  • track from Stingray "Raptures Of The Deep" by Barry Gray
  • track from Joe 90 "King For A Day" by Barry Gray
  • track from Secret Service "A Case For The Bishop" by Barry Gray
  • track from Thunderbird 6 by Barry Gray
Voyager's Return
  • track from Thunderbird 6 by Barry Gray
Collision Course
  • track from Joe 90 "Arctic Adventure" by Barry Gray
  • track from Joe 90 "Operation McClaine" by Barry Gray
  • track from Thunderbird 6 by Barry Gray
Death's Other Dominion
  • track from Joe 90 "The Big Fish" by Barry Gray
The Full Circle
  • Original score by Barry Gray
  • track from Thunderbird 6 by Barry Gray
End Of Eternity
  • "Experiments In Space- Malus" composed by Robert Farnon (Chappell Recorded Music Library)
  • "Experiments In Space- Dorado" composed by Robert Farnon (Chappell Recorded Music Library)
  • "Stratosphere" composed by Davis Snell (Chappell Recorded Music Library)
  • "Videotronics No. 3" composed by Cecil Leuter (Chappell Recorded Music Library)
  • "Cosmic Sounds No. 1" composed by Georges Teperino (Chappell Recorded Music Library)
War Games
  • "The Astronauts" composed by Mike Hankinson (Chappell Recorded Music Library)
The Last Enemy
  • "Cosmic Sounds No. 3" composed by Georges Tperino (Chappell Recorded Music Library)
The Troubled Spirit
  • Original score by Jim Sullivan
Space Brain
  • "Mars, Bringer Of War" composed by Gustav Holst, arranged by Malcolm Sargent (published by EMI Music For Pleasure)
The Infernal Machine
  • "Mission Control" composed by Harry Soskin (Chappell Recorded Music Library)
  • "Outer Space" composed by Robert Farnon (Chappell Recorded Music Library)
  • "Lunar Landscape" composed by Roger Roger (Chappell Recorded Music Library)
  • "The Monsters" composed by Ivo Vyhnalek (Chappell Recorded Music Library)
  • "Dark Suspense No. 1" composed by Beda Folten (Chappell Recorded Music Library)
  • "Subterranean" composed by Joe Venuto (Chappell Recorded Music Library)
  • "Celestial Mirror" composed by John Cavacas (Chappell Recorded Music Library) was listed on cue sheets but not used.
Mission Of The Darians
  • "Experiments In Space- Vega" composed by Robert Farnon (Chappell Recorded Music Library)
  • track from Stingray "Ghost Of The Sea" by Barry Gray
  • "The White Mountain" (introduction) composed by Frank Cordell (Chappell Recorded Music Library)
Dragon's Domain
  • "Adagio for strings and organ in G Minor" composed by Tommaso Albinoni, arranged by Alain Lombard (published by Delyse [Envoy] Recording Co.)
Testament Of Arkadia
  • "Appassionata" composed by Paul Bonneau and Serge Lancen (Chappell Recorded Music Library)
  • "Picture Of Autumn" composed by Jack Arel and Pierre Dutour (Chappell Recorded Music Library)

Research by Chris Bentley, Ros Connors and C M Ford for FAB magazine and the Fanderson Year 1 soundtrack CD

Year Two

The episodes with individually composed scores were

Date Episode(s) Location Notes
Wednesday 20th January 1976 Opening and closing titles Olympic Sound Studios, Barnes
Wednesday 17th March 1976 The Metamorph, Olympic Sound Studios, Barnes
Wednesday 21st April 1976 The Exiles, Olympic Sound Studios, Barnes
Tuesday 4th May 1976 One Moment Of Humanity, The Music Centre, Wembley
Friday 2nd July 1976 The Taybor The Music Centre, Wembley
Monday 11th October 1976 Space Warp The Music Centre, Wembley (as the music was recorded out of sequence, it was also used on the prior episode The Beta Cloud).

Episodes using library music:

Other Versions

Spazio 1999 compilation movie theme and incidental music (Italy)

Ennio Morricone

Year 2 end titles (Italy)

S.O.S. Spazio 1999 by Oliver Onions, composed by F. Migliacci, C. De Natale & M. De Angelis

Some episodes of Year 1, all Year 2 (Germany)

Jean Michel Jarre's Oxygene II

One episodes of Year 1 (Germany)

Meco disco version of Star Wars

Titles (Japan)

Song composed by Ichiro Araki, sung by Tsunehiko Joshino

Destination Moonbase Alpha compilation movie

Title music is by Mike Vickers (credited as "Mike Vikkers")

End title song is Space by Guido and Maurizio de Angelis and sung by Oliver Onions (a pseudonym used by the de Angelis brothers)

Alien Attack compilation movie

Title music is Giants Causeway by Nick Ingman, end title score is Disco Dynamite by Keith Mansfield. Background music is Universe and (briefly) Threat to Universe both by Richard Hill.

Cosmic Princess compilation movie

The title music is an incidental track from Another Time, Another Place. The original Wadsworth year 2 incidental music is supplemented by tracks from Barry Gray:

  • Space: 1999 Year One (Matter Of Life And Death, Black Sun, Another Time, Another Place)
  • Joe 90 (Arctic Adventure, Special Astronaut)
  • Secret Service (Case for the Bishop, Question Of Miracles)
  • UFO (Identified, Reflections in the Water, Square Triangle)

Journey Through The Black Sun compilation movie

The title music uses elements from Barry Gray's incidental music from Thunderbirds and UFO. The original Barry Gray year 1 incidental music is supplemented by tracks from other Barry Gray-scored series:

  • Joe 90 (Arctic Adventure, Most Special Astronaut)
  • Secret Service (Case for the Bishop, Question Of Miracles)
  • UFO (Identified, Reflections in the Water, Square Triangle)

Copyright Martin Willey