24 – Sean Callery

Original review by Alan Rogers

The TV show 24 signalled a novel variation on storytelling for TV drama that required a commitment to real-time drama over a 24 hour time period with each of the 24 episodes in the season covering the action contained within one hour (or as near a 24 hour coverage as commercials-riddled TV would allow.) This TV show also required a heavy commitment from the viewer, who had to try and follow all the action taking place through the whole season (currently standing at four seasons.) Composer Sean Callery has been tasked with providing music for all the seasons to date meaning that he has been called upon to score a variety of different locales and situations.

Personally, I was glued to Season One, particularly because of the real-time format but that enthusiasm waned quickly with the Season Two and beyond. Unfortunately, my interest in the music receded even quicker and now, I only really recall the intro synth motif that introduced each episode. Varese Sarabande’s release of Callery’s Emmy Award-winning, synth-based scores for the first three seasons allows me to revisit the music, but more importantly, feeds fans craving for music for Fox’s hit show. Varese’s release can only hope to scratch the surface of Callery’s contribution to the show, but the CD gets off to an interesting start with a fully-fleshed out presentation of the ““24” Theme” (including the remembered intro synth motif) and ends with the Season Three finale (“Season Three Finale / Jack’s Humanity”.) The producers of the CD have taken great care sequencing the remaining seventeen cues into what they gauge to be the best all-round listening experience. [Read more…]