I was watching Nicholas Crane’s Great British Journeys last night, but could hardly concentrate on the programme for spotting snatches of tracks used as background music. A bit of Explosions In The Sky here, a bit of Magazine there – the ubiquitous Sigur Rós (along with Dead Can Dance and Boards of Canada, the BBC’s band of choice when it comes to natural history and travel programs). It’s fun to spot tracks, but it does tend to get in the way of the show you’re supposed to be watching at times. The music is never credited, which is infuriating when there’s something you recognise but can’t quite put a name to. The people who do the sound editing for these programmes have pretty good taste. I wonder who actually selects the music for these programmes? Presumably the bands get royalties, or are the snatches used too brief for that? If anyone has a clue to how this all works, I’d be glad to be enlightened.