About Producer Gerry R. Forrester
Gerry Forrester is an independent music producer based in East Kilbride, Scotland. His earliest release was a soundtrack album from the BBC's sci-fi drama The Tripods, written by Casualty theme tune composer Ken Freeman.
The Tripods had recently been released on video, it's first public outing since it was abruptly cancelled two thirds of the way through it's production run in 1985, almost 10 years earlier.
Gerry recalls "I contacted Ken to see what his plans were regarding the music score. Silva Screen Records had an option on it, however nothing had progressed beyond some initial discussions. As I'd initiated an interest to have it released right away to coincide with the video releases, Ken was keen to get to work on it as soon as possible"
After some clearance agreements with the BBC, Ken began editing suites together from the material he still had, in late 1994. Final mastering was completed at the established TapeTo Tape studios in London and the CD was released via Pinnacle Records in 1995, followed in 1997 by two remix singles.
After the release of The Tripods soundtrack , Gerry made contact with Mark Cairns to enquire on his progress with his original Airwolf music project.
Mark's work was at an early stage of development, having just upgraded his music equipment, the mid 1990s re-showing of Airwolf on ITV had stoked up both their interests in the show, and the absence of a soundtrack release seemed something of a surprise. "It made sense for us to combine our efforts as Mark had already a substantial amount of music in preparation".
Gerry was working on some clearances for Tim Mallett, another independent producer who had been compiling a release of the music from Space:1999 for Fanderson Records. During this period he began talks with Universal and Don Bellisario's office. Mark had managed to track down Sylvester Levay who at the time was working on his Elisabeth musical. With the agreements for Sylvester's production requirements and timelines in place, Mark had some more time to refine his tracks, with Sylvester completing his in late 1999. After additional mixing and mastering by Bernie Grundman in Los Angeles, the original Airwolf Themes was finally ready for release in early 2000.