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It's about time- iTunes finally gets TV's greatest modern score

After four seasons of Battlestar Galactica, it's hard to fathom the fact that its incredible soundtrack was Bear McCreary's first real job. Alternately rocking your face off and stretching your heartstrings to their breaking point, this young composer has done for TV music what John Williams did for movie scores- it made them cool. Let's face it; who knew ethnic woodwinds, strings, and drums would work so well in a sci-fi setting?

If you've ever seen the show, if you have even a passing interest in gorgeous soundtracks, or if you've just been waiting for his albums to become available in this, the world's largest online music store, you owe it to yourself to add this to your collection. Bear's Season 4 double album is the musical culmination of four years of incredible television, and while I'm sure others will be more articulate and more specific in their praise, I just wanted to express my deep, sincere admiration for this man and his work with the hope that, as it's now on iTunes, this musical masterpiece can reach as wide of an audience as is humanly possible.

kdigital

Words cannot express

A fantastic show complimented by a fantastic score. Glad to see this FINALLY made it into the iTunes store. Words cannot express what an amazing score this is. The score is not only sounds fantastic, but it is extraordinarily unique as well - employing the use of many exotic instruments, and uniquely talented musicians. A++

r_charles

Brilliance

This last season, Bear McCreary has created something particularly special. He has taken so many of the themes he developed for the first three seasons and made them more rich and actually guided the season, through added suspensions and resolutions, to it's wonderful conclusion. As amazing as this television show has been over its run, I don't think it would have been half as good had Mr. McCreary not been at the musical helm. I look forward to hearing more of his work in the future.

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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