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EDITORS’ NOTES

Wired magazine named composer Bear McCreary one of "television’s five secret weapons" for his innovative music-scoring alchemy, and his work on Starz’ historical adventure-fantasy series ably shows why. In the first season, McCreary introduced "about a dozen character themes, set in a soundscape built from both Renaissance and contemporary instrumentation.” By way of contrast, the composer notes: “Season one was ambitious but manageable. Season two was merciless. There was no easing into the music this time around; virtually every scene is comprised of thematic variations for the characters within that scene. This traditionally operatic approach was taken to new extremes this season.” The second season’s globetrotting narrative also inspired McCreary to expand the soundtrack’s musical influences and instrumental palette, incorporating such disparate elements as Naples period music, pre-Columbian Peruvian vocal chants, and Middle Eastern percussion and woodwinds.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Wired magazine named composer Bear McCreary one of "television’s five secret weapons" for his innovative music-scoring alchemy, and his work on Starz’ historical adventure-fantasy series ably shows why. In the first season, McCreary introduced "about a dozen character themes, set in a soundscape built from both Renaissance and contemporary instrumentation.” By way of contrast, the composer notes: “Season one was ambitious but manageable. Season two was merciless. There was no easing into the music this time around; virtually every scene is comprised of thematic variations for the characters within that scene. This traditionally operatic approach was taken to new extremes this season.” The second season’s globetrotting narrative also inspired McCreary to expand the soundtrack’s musical influences and instrumental palette, incorporating such disparate elements as Naples period music, pre-Columbian Peruvian vocal chants, and Middle Eastern percussion and woodwinds.

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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings
9 Ratings

Hands down one of the best composers today!

Kevin Hand

It's Bear McCreary, it's obviously ever as brilliant like any of his other scores.

Definitely Some of Bear's best.

cgreyn

It absolutely tops the first album- and that one was already amazing. The blending of ethnic music, orchestra and synth is simply astounding- and the themes! THE THEMES! No question about it, Bear McCreary is the best composer out there.

Phenomenal music to go with the phenomenal telvision show.

Elliot Hoo

Da Vinci's Demons has become one of the shows that I just REFUSE to miss every Saturday. It kills me season 2 is already over but I've got this PHENOMENAL soundtrack to tie me over until next year's season 3 premiere. Bear McCreary is such an amazing composer, probably one of my favorites. There's just something about the music that he creates that just I don't know...resonates with one's soul. It's life changing really. Buy the album. Personally, I think you won't regret it.

About Bear McCreary

Score composer Bear McCreary was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on February 17, 1979, the son of the writer Laura Kalpakian. He obtained degrees in composition and recording arts from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California and became a protégé of film composer Elmer Bernstein, for whom he reconstructed and re-orchestrated the score for the 1963 film Kings of the Sun, resulting in a new recording of the music.

After scoring a number of short films in the late '90s and early 2000s, McCreary was hired to compose the music for a new version of the television series Battlestar Galactica, which premiered on the Sci Fi Channel in 2004. Soundtrack albums of his music were released in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009 by La-La Land Records, corresponding to the four seasons of the series. During that time, he also scored the straight-to-video film Rest Stop (released by PlanR) and its sequel, Rest Stop: Don't Look Back, as well as another straight-to-video feature, Wrong Turn 2: Dead End. The latter two scores were released by the La-La Land label, which also issued his music for the Fox TV series Eureka and Sci Fi Channel's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, both in 2008. His score for the pilot episode of the Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica was released in 2009, and he stayed on to write for the series' full one-season run.

That same year, he was tapped to score AMC's popular zombie drama series The Walking Dead, which premiered in October 2010. Over the next few years McCreary's talents becoming increasingly in demand as he took jobs scoring NBC's superhero drama The Cape (2011), the historical fantasy series Da Vinci's Demons (2013), and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013), just to name a few. In 2015, the first of his Billboard-charting soundtracks to the STARZ time-travel series Outlander was released by Relativity Records. The following year brought a string of film scores in the horror realm that included The Forest, The Boy, and 10 Cloverfield Lane. More genre-related scores followed in 2017, including soundtracks for the sci-fi black comedy Colossal and the slasher thriller Happy Death Day, as well as the J.D. Salinger biopic Rebel in the Rye. McCreary's score for Outlander: Series 3 appeared in 2018. ~ William Ruhlmann

HOMETOWN
Fort Lauderdale, FL
BORN
February 17, 1979

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