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Original Soundtrack - Battlestar Galactica: Season One

Bear McCreary

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What with the scores John Williams has penned for the Star Wars movies and those of Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, and others for the Star Trek films, you'd think it was settled that the music of science fiction involves grand themes and lush orchestral arrangements reminiscent of European classical music. But Bear McCreary, who has taken on the task of scoring the second television series to be called Battlestar Galactica (a sort of "next generation" sequel to the 1978 series), has a very different view. To McCreary, space music can sound like almost any earth-bound style, although he is particularly fond of drums. Martial drums, Burundi-style drums, tympani, marching band drums, you name it, McCreary likes it, and he devotes many of the 30 cues on Battlestar Galactica: Season One (78 minutes culled from over five hours of music heard on the first season of the show) to percussion showcases. But that's not all by a long shot. Determined to demonstrate his mastery of musical styles, McCreary writes faux opera ("Battlestar Operatica"), muzak ("Battlestar Muzaktica"), string quartets ("The Dinner Party"), Celtic music ("Wander My Friends"), and more, bringing in vocalists here and there to sing in Latin, Gaelic, and Italian. Now and then, he also gives us echoey, electronic interludes that actually suggest the science fiction setting of the series. But all of these are just side trips in the main percussion fest that to McCreary is what battlestars should sound like banging around in the great beyond. In space, it seems, everyone can hear you drum.

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The Shape of Things to Come

Bear McCreary's amazing musical artistry shines in the soundtrack for the first season of Battlestar Galactica. The first season of the show was, well, AMAZING, and the music just added to the drama and suspense that the show was all about. First of all, Battlestar Galactica is about the characters. It's about the survival of the human race. When McCreary started working on the first soundtrack, he wanted to avoid the common sound of other TV show's music. This he accomplished wonderfully. He also wanted to avoid creating a theme for each character. As the project continued, he found out that this would be impossible. And so the character themes emerged. This album is home to the first renditions of Lee Adama's theme (The Olympic Carrier), the Boomer/Sharon theme (Two Boomers), and the Adama family theme (A Good Lighter). It also contains some amazing action cues with plenty of those taiko drums we all love. But I think the two most fantastic songs on the album are Passacaglia, and my personal favorite, The Shape of Things to Come. After watching the series finale, and going back to listen to it, I was brought almost to tears, realizing that something in the first season could have such enormous implications in the final season, all illustrated by the music. This astounding album is the foundation of musical success over four seasons. All of the themes throughout the soundtracks are a beautiful, musical journey. And it all starts here. If you're a fan of BSG, or music in general, buy this album. You'll fall in love, and come back craving for more. It is truly The Shape of Things to Come.

Love it!

I have to admit I was never a fan of soundtrack music until I saw BSG. It was so much like another character in the series that I had to pick up the 4th season and could not stop listening to it. I grab the rest and I listen to it all the time. Just such wonderful music that really evokes strong emotions from excitement to sadness and triumph. If you like the series, its a must and even if don`t know what BSG is you`ll still appreciate McCreary.

Amazing.

nuff said.

Biography

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '00s

Score composer Bear McCreary was born in Fort Lauderdale, FL, 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 the film composer Elmer Bernstein, for whom he reconstructed and re-orchestrated the score for the 1963 film Kings of the Sun, resulting in the recording of a new album of the music. After scoring a number of short films in the...
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