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#1 of 27 Neil Middlemiss

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Posted February 05 2013 - 08:24 AM

Bear McCreary - the astonishingly talented composer from Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Human Target and most recently, The Walking Dead, has created some of the very best music for television. I wanted to start this thread to share news of his current and upcoming projects, discuss some of his greatest accomplishments, and other assorted news.


I hope I am not the only Bear fan on HTF.


To kick things off, I found this great peice on YouTube where Bear talks about creating the main theme for The Walking Dead.


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#2 of 27 Cameron Yee

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Posted February 05 2013 - 09:01 AM

I'm a fan too, but I am only slowly collecting his work (case in point: I don't own any of the BSG soundtracks, but have Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles).


I really like the Walking Dead music too.


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#3 of 27 Neil Middlemiss

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Posted February 06 2013 - 04:02 AM

Originally Posted by Cameron Yee 

I'm a fan too, but I am only slowly collecting his work (case in point: I don't own any of the BSG soundtracks, but have Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles).


I really like the Walking Dead music too.

Oh - the BSG scores are among the highlights of my soundtrack collection and certainly some of the finest music ever recorded for a television series (heck, better than a great deal of film scores in my opinion). When you get around to picking them up, you are in for a treat.


To add to that, LaLaLand Records has a deal on the BSG scores to help celebrate the impending release of music from the BSG: Blood & Chrome web series (also by Bear). Now would be an economical time to pick up those scores!


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#4 of 27 Cameron Yee

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Posted February 06 2013 - 04:04 AM

If you had to pick one BSG soundtrack release, what would it be?


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#5 of 27 Neil Middlemiss

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Posted February 06 2013 - 04:04 AM

Here's the blurb from LLL from their website (with links)


BSG SPECIAL! To celebrate the forthcoming release of the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD & CHROME soundtrack, La-La Land Records is having an out-of-this world sale on all of its BATTLESTAR GALACTICA titles. BSG MINI-SERIES, BSG SEASON 1, BSG SEASON 2, BSG SEASON 3, BSG SEASON 4 (2-CD SET), BSG: THE PLAN/RAZOR and CAPRICA are all only $9.98 EACH.  For a limited time.


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#6 of 27 Neil Middlemiss

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Posted February 08 2013 - 05:48 AM

Bear McCreary performaing 'Prelude to War', from Battlestar Galactica, on the piano.





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#7 of 27 Neil Middlemiss

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Posted February 08 2013 - 05:52 AM

Originally Posted by Cameron Yee 

If you had to pick one BSG soundtrack release, what would it be?


Great question. I would say Season 4. It's a two-disc set (season 4 on disc one and then music from the final episode, Daybreak, on Disc two) and contains some extraordinary peices, including Gaeta's Lament and Assault on the Colony - a wonderful 15 minute track that takes your breath away!


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#8 of 27 Neil Middlemiss

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Posted February 08 2013 - 05:59 AM

Here's a track from Caprica which will one-day get a LaLaLand release. Caprica's music was always the moodier, string-heavier cousin to BSG - and excellent.


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#9 of 27 Cameron Yee

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Posted February 08 2013 - 06:01 AM

Isn't Caprica available now from LaLaLand? Or is there another release pending?


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#10 of 27 Neil Middlemiss

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Posted February 08 2013 - 06:02 AM

One last clip for today - this is one of my all-time favourite Bear peices.





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Posted February 12 2013 - 01:50 AM

That's fantastic!!!!! I had heard he had some good Taiko drum tracks but was having a hard time nailing down which BSG tracks featured the drums. This is a good one! Others you can recommend? Bear or otherwise?

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#12 of 27 Neil Middlemiss

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Posted February 12 2013 - 03:36 AM

Originally Posted by Cameron Yee 

Isn't Caprica available now from LaLaLand? Or is there another release pending?


The release available now is from the pilot and a likely 2-disc release from the full season is due in the near-ish future!


And I keep missing your notes so I am sorry it's taking days to respond!


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#13 of 27 Neil Middlemiss

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Posted February 12 2013 - 03:37 AM

Originally Posted by Sam Posten 

That's fantastic!!!!!

I had heard he had some good Taiko drum tracks but was having a hard time nailing down which BSG tracks featured the drums. This is a good one! Others you can recommend? Bear or otherwise?

Let me find some of my other fave tracks featuring the Taiko drum and post them here (Bear or otherwise).


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Posted February 12 2013 - 04:18 AM

Thanks Neil. I have that one above on repeat play in the meantime!

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#15 of 27 Neil Middlemiss

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Posted February 12 2013 - 04:45 AM

A loop of the intro blips:





Random track of unaccompanied Taiko drums:




Awesom track (Rosalyn Escapes):






Sound quality isn't the best, but this is from the Sci-Fi museum BSG exhibition:





Subtle use of the Taiko drum (from season one)







Non-Bear - Track from Hero by Tan Dun:





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#16 of 27 Neil Middlemiss

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Posted February 12 2013 - 05:49 AM

I thought this was an interesting, fan-made use of Taiko drums - recutting a scene from 300





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Posted February 12 2013 - 05:56 AM

This is pretty darn great, too:





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Posted February 12 2013 - 05:59 AM

Back to Bear - this is a wonderful peice from Caprica (I hope this makes it onto the CD that LLL release)





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Posted February 12 2013 - 06:01 AM

From The Plan, this is Apocalypse played live - another wonderful peice of music for BSG by Bear.




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Posted February 12 2013 - 06:05 AM

Ok, last one - another track from season one of BSG.





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