For once, I wish to channel my musical esthetics and talk about one of the absolute most sought-after albums I have ever pined for. Which is to say, when it was released I was just starting a new job and on a tight budget, but by the time I’d established myself, it was already grossly out of print.
To be sure, as a musician, I don’t know if I could ever play any of Tristram Cary‘s music, but like Delia Derbyshire, I find the kind of organic sound they used in the mid 1960s was unique and something I’d love to try. I would love to have high-fidelity digital tape loops of ordinary, everyday sounds.
Cary’s music was itself bombastic and brutal in a fresh, naturally bassal way. I was reminded of this, but didn’t have a chance to cover it, during my discussion of Doctor Who: The Ark. The Ark is filled with the classic themes and tones from Cary’s earlier work on The Daleks. Cary actually contributed music to a number of Doctor Who stories during the Hartnell era of the show, as well as in the early 1970s with the Pertwee story, The Mutants.
The album is so rare, it often goes for, from $80–$130, which is well beyond my price range. Especially considering it originally retailed for about a quarter of that. It’s not that I don’t think it’s worth it, but it’s not the media I care about, it’s the music and surely if it was just a digital copy of the music, it could be re-released as streaming for little to no cost, and thus all profit to the Cary estate.
Tristram Cary died in 2008, so he was around when the album was released. I can only assume he was happy with it. I hope he would want more people to hear it, but I am hesitant to look into the grey recesses of the Internet to procure his music. I want so badly to buy a legal copy. I just wish I could get it for a fair price.
But that music, it’s just, so, good!
One Reply to “The Music of Tristram Cary”
Greetings, I found your post in my own search for these elusive Tristram Cary recordings. But hey, Die or DIY blog has been on a great BBC/Radiophonic run over the past number of weeks, including multiple DLs of our man T.C., including “The Daleks” soundtrack. And other Doctor Who wonderfulness! Here’s the start of the Doctor Who recordings: https://dieordiy2.blogspot.com/2020/05/bbc-radiophonic-workshop-doctor-who-at.html
…really through the whole month of May and continuing currently, tons of otherworldly sounds. Also I’m betting the T.C. recordings will be reissued in some format eventually, possibly by Silva Screen. Cheers man!