X Files

The X-Files has a rating of 8.6/10 on IMDb, with 225,619 votes. What does that mean? It means that it continues to be very popular with viewers of all ages. The theme song is iconic.I doubt that there are many people in the United states who don’t recognize the theme song even if they never watched the show.

The theme song however is very repetitive.

It is over very quickly, so there is not much to do with it on the piano as we normally hear it. There is a bit more to the sheet music as it was published in the early 90s, and I took additional themes to flesh out the music and make it more complete. Because of the popularity of the TV show there were quite a few really fine pictures to choose from, so I picked what I think are the best of all that I looked at.

This has turned out to be a good teaching piece.

The first half, the part everyone knows, is just a one measure pattern that is repeated many times, but in the second half there are some really interesting chords. It is also unusual for pedal, because the pedal stays down for many measures.

It’s not terribly difficult, but it’s also much harder than it looks on the page. So this is something good for students.

One of the taglines for The X-Files was: the truth is out there. I’d like to point out that there is really great music out there too just waiting to be discovered.

11 thoughts on “X Files

  1. The challenge is making the ordinary extraordinary, and Gary did it here. I like repetitive but only up to a point. AC/DC and Art of Noise are OK. Schoenberg isn’t. Or Phillip Glass. But strangely this piece, which should repel me — doesn’t. I credit the pianist.

  2. At this point in my life it is very difficult to take this theme seriously. It has become such a prevalent song in meme culture and has been used countless times for some of the most juvenile things I’ve ever watched. Despite enjoying these very much, i never really thought about the song itself and listened to just how good it sounds. It’s so creepy and fitting of a show like this, but it’s also soothing in a weird sort of way. It reminds me of something in a game series known as resident evil. In these games there are locations known as save rooms where you can’t be harmed and are allowed to save your progress. The way you know you are in one of these is the song that plays. It’s always a different soothing piano arrangement, calming you down after hours of danger and being chased by zombies. It’s hauntingly beautiful and always calms me down. I feel like this piece could do the same for me if it were placed in a context such as that. Maybe it’s a weird comparison but it’s what I thought of.

  3. I’ve never seen a second of the X-files, but I’ve heard the opening countless times on the internet. This is really nice to listen too, even if the piano can’t match 100% whatever in the opening is, it kind of sounds more like an actual song than the original at this point with how memed to death it was.

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