Escala are a female electronic string quartet who were finalists on the 2008 Britain's Got Talent series.
This piece was written in 1996 by former Soft Machine multi-instrumentalist, turned classical composer, Karl Jenkins. It is the first movement of the "Palladio" suite, which was inspired by the Italian architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580), who designed numerous palaces and country houses making use of Roman classical forms, symmetry, and proportion. The Palladian architecture style was named after him.
The tune first came to many peoples attention through its use in a series of adverts for the diamond company DeBeers. Sky Sports also used the music for their 2008-09 football season promotional campaign. Though Escala's version was the first instance of this song charting in the UK, a number of other acts have recorded it including the Australian/British string quartet Bond and techno act Silent Nick.
The Escala album was produced by former Buggles and Yes member Trevor Horn.
In Gary Numan's "Cars," the message is that cars lead to a mechanical society devoid of personal interaction. This didn't stop automakers from using it in commercials. Both Nissan and Oldsmobile have used it in ads.