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Burning Question

Q Is it us, or are reality-show soundtracks beginning to all sound alike?

A The reality is that reality-show music is mainly composed by a select few. Grammy winner Russ Landau is responsible for Average Joe's swelling strings, Fear Factor's spooky vocals, and Survivor's conch call; Mark T. Williams and Jeff Lippencott scored both The Apprentice and Boarding House: North Shore. ''With the right music cue,'' says The Simple Life musical director Dave Stone (whose resume includes The Real World), ''I can make a dinner with you look like the most romantic evening we've ever hador like we don't even like each other.'' Again and again and again.

Originally posted Jan 23, 2004 Published in issue #747-748 Jan 23, 2004 Order article reprints

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