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The soundtrack for the episode Be a Clown was composed by Michael McCuistion under the supervision of Shirley Walker.

TracklistEdit

No. Title Duration Sample
01.
Gotham Acres
Crooks Interrupt Mayor's Speech
Joker the Costume Freak
02:00
02.
Jekko the Magnificent
You, You, You
01:17
03.
Pure Dynamite
Dynamite Birthday Cake
01:52
04.
Jordan the Stowaway
00:40
05.
It's Not a Game
The Old Ace Up the Sleeve
The Crystal Ball
01:44
06.
Batman in Straightjacket
The Show Continues
02:21
07.
Rollercoaster Fight
01:02
08.
Jordan & Mayor Reunited
00:20
Bonus Tracks
09.
Organ Source
01:26
10.
Water Tank Source
01:03
11.
Carousel Source
01:49
12.
Circus Source (unused)
01:48
Total
17:30
  • Track 11. "Carousel source" was also used on the episode Robin's Reckoning Part II and later on the episode "World's Finest" from the Superman: The Animated Series".

Additional material composed for the episode was released in 2016, as part of the Arkham Archives Unreleased Bonus Tracks featured in the fourth and final volume of the Original Soudtrack Series.

No. Title Duration Sample
13.
Circus Source #2 (unused)
01:49

ReviewsEdit

In 2014, John Takis reviewed the soundtrack from Be a Clown as part of the 3rd Volume of Original Soundtracks from Batman: The Animated Series.

"Although [Michael McCuistion] drew on Walker's Batman and Joker themes when appropriate, the greater part of the score develops two original ideas: a jolly motif for 'Jekko' that descends into darkness and foreboding, a melodically related theme for Jordan that captures his youthful angst. The episode also called for an unusual amount of source music, including two circus marches and a toccatta for organ, complete with fugue and cadenza.
One of the source cues that wound up not being used (Circus Source) is a calliope waltz based on the Jekko theme. Attentive viewers will recognize it for its subsequent uses in the Baby-Doll episode of The Adventures of Batman & Robin and the "Superman: The Animated Series" episode "World's Finest, Part II."

Composer Michael McCuistion was interviewed by Takis and expressed the following:

"This episode was a milestone in my career as a film composer. It was the first time I would have a 'music by' screen credit, and the first time I would be responsible for composing, orchestrating and conducting a complete project. The feeling of responsibility I had can't be overestated. [The source music] was way overkill, but I was fresh out of school and it seemed like the thing to do at the time."

ReleasesEdit

The soundtrack of the episode "Be a Clown" has been released as part of the following Original Soundtrack Albums:

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