The X-Files (composition)

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"The X-Files"
X-files (Mark Snow).jpg
Single by Mark Snow
from the album The Truth and the Light: Music from the X-Files
B-side "Various remixes"
Released 24 March 1996 (1996-03-24) (UK)
Format CD maxi, cassette tape
Genre
Length 3:25
Label
Songwriter(s) Mark Snow
Producer(s) Mark Snow

"The X-Files" is a 1996 instrumental recorded by American film and television composer Mark Snow. It is a remixed version of the original theme Snow composed for the science fiction television series The X-Files in 1993. Released in March 1996 in most countries, it achieved a huge success, particularly in France where it reached number one on the singles chart.

The composition has since been covered by DJ Dado and Mike Oldfield, among others.

Song information[edit]

"The X-Files" typically used more instrumental music than most hour-long dramas. According to the "Behind the Truth" segment on the Season 1 DVD, Mark Snow created the echo effect on his famous X-Files theme song by accident. Snow said that he had gone through several revisions, but Chris Carter felt that something was not quite right. Carter walked out of the room and Snow put his hand and forearm on his keyboard in frustration. Snow said, "this sound was in the keyboard. And that was it."

Chart performance[edit]

The single debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart on March 30, 1996, and stayed there for three weeks.[1] In France, the single entered the chart at number 42 on April 6, 1996, and climbed quickly until reaching number two four weeks later. It remained for five weeks at this position, behind Robert Miles's hit "Children", then topped the chart for a sole week, becoming the second instrumental number-one hit on the French charts[citation needed], before dropping down the chart. It totaled 12 weeks in the top ten and 30 weeks in the top 50. The single re-charted in October 1998, but remained in the lower positions.

Track listings[edit]

Credits[edit]

  • Composed by Mark Snow
  • Terrestrial mix: remixed and produced Flexifinger
  • P.M. Dawn remix: guitar by Cameron Greider, remixed by P.M. Dawn, synthesizers by Henry Hay and Maurice Luke, recorded and mixed by Michael Fossenkemper
  • Ravers nature remix: produced and remixed by John Bogota, Pedro Ferrari and Roy Ströbel
  • Secret Session remixes: produced by Special Agents for MAP Productions, engineered and mixed by RoBo
  • Map Mystery mix: produced and mixed by Moorcroft and Prins for MAP Productions, engineered and programmed by TK for MAP Productions

Charts[edit]

DJ Dado version[edit]

"X-Files"
X-files (DJ Dado).jpg
Single by DJ Dado
from the album The Album
B-side "Various Remixes"
Released 19 March 1996
Format
Genre Dream trance
Length 3:57
Label
Songwriter(s) Mark Snow
Producer(s)
  • DJ Dado
  • Robert Gallo Salsotto
DJ Dado singles chronology
"Face It"
(1995)
"X-Files"
(1996)
"Metropolis - The Legend of Babel"
(1996)

At the same time, Italian producer DJ Dado covered the song with a dream trance version, which became a top ten hit in many countries, including number-one in Denmark, though it failed to reach the top 10 in France and Germany.

In the US, this version was featured on the Pure Moods compilation album 1997 re-release.

Track listings[edit]

CD single

  1. "X-Files" (DJ Dado paranormal activity mix) – 6:38
  2. "X-Files" (Claudio Diva sub-dream activity mix) – 8:40

CD maxi

  1. "X-Files" (radio edit) – 3:57
  2. "X-Files" (DJ Dado paranormal activity mix) – 6:42
  3. "X-Files" (Claudio Diva sub-dream paranormal activity mix) – 8:44

CD maxi

  1. "X-Files" (radio edit) – 3:57
  2. "X-Files" (DJ Dado paranormal activity mix) – 6:41
  3. "X-Files" (Tom Wilson Dyme mix) – 6:38
  4. "X-Files" (dV8 deviant mix) – 6:29
  5. "X-Files" (freak bros area 51 mix) – 6:53
  6. "X-Files" (Claudio Diva sub-dream paranormal activity mix) – 8:44

12" maxi

  1. "X-Files" (DJ Dado paranormal activity mix) – 6:42
  2. "X-Files" (Claudio Diva sub-dream paranormal activity mix) – 8:44

CD maxi – Remixes

  1. "X-Files" (2 Cowboys remix) – 5:07
  2. "X-Files" (Reygroove remix) – 5:02
  3. "X-Files" (Valez & L. Antolini remix) – 6:25
  4. "X-Files" (Alex Voghi remix) – 6:25
  5. "X-Files" (Miki B. remix – flute experience part I) – 8:38
  6. "X-Files" (Moroldo & Mensi mix) – 4:35
  7. "X-Files" (Hornbostel & M. Marvin remix) – 5:18
  8. "X-Files" (Fabio Locati remix) – 6:18

Charts[edit]

Triple X version[edit]

The song was also covered by Triple X. This version was less successful than the other two, but reached number two in Australia.

Charts[edit]

The X-Club version[edit]

"The X-Tended File"
Single by The X-Club
A-side "The X-Tended File 7 Mix"
B-side "The X-Tended File 12 Mix"
Released 22 April 1996 (Australia)[38]
Format CD
Genre Eurodance
Length 3:55
Label Pro DJ International
Songwriter(s) Mark Snow
Producer(s) Clock

A version by The X-Club was released in Australasia in 1996.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[39] 93

The X-Files movie single and Mike Oldfield version[edit]

"The X-Files Theme"
The X-Files Theme Japan.jpg
Single by Various Artists
from the album The X-Files: The Album
A-side "Tubular X"
B-side "The X-Files Theme"
"The Source of Secrets"
Released 8 June 1998 (Japan)
Format CD
Genre Pop
Length 3:53
Label Twentieth-Century Fox
Songwriter(s) Mark Snow
Mike Oldfield
Producer(s) Mike Oldfield, and others
Mike Oldfield singles chronology
"Women of Ireland"
(1997) Women of Ireland1997
"The X-Files Theme"
(1998) The X-Files Theme1998
"Man in the Rain"
(1998) Man in the Rain1998

"The X-Files Theme" was released as a Japan only EP in 1998[40] from the soundtrack album The X-Files: The Album for The X-Files movie.

The maxi-CD includes four remixes of Mark Snow's theme to the television series, The X-Files. Notably "Tubular X" is part Snow's theme and consists of parts of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells. Another track from Oldfield also appears, "The Source of Secrets", the opening piece from his Tubular Bells III album, which also based upon the same theme from the original Tubular Bells.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Tubular X" - Mike Oldfield – 3:53
  2. "The X-Files Theme" - The Dust Brothers – 3:27
  3. "The X-Files Theme" - Satoshi Tomiie Radio Edit – 4:17
  4. "The X-Files Theme" - R.H. Factor Pop Radio Edit – 3:37
  5. "The Source of Secrets" - Mike Oldfield – 5:33

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