Battlestar Galactica: Season One [Sci Fi Channel Series]

Battlestar Galactica: Season One [Sci Fi Channel Series]

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by Bear McCreary
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2005
Label:
La-La Land Records
UPC:
0826924103227
catalogNumber:
1032
Rank:
28113

Tracks

  1. Season One: Prologue
  2. Main Title (US Version)
  3. Season One: Helo Chase
  4. Season One: The Olympic Carrier
  5. Season One: Helo Rescued
  6. Season One: A Good Lighter
  7. Season One: The Thousandth Landing
  8. Season One: Two Funerals
  9. Season One: Starbuck Takes on All Eight
  10. Season One: Forgiven
  11. Season One: The Card Game
  12. Season One: Starbuck on the Red Moon
  13. Season One: Helo in the Warehouse
  14. Season One: Baltar Speaks with Adama
  15. Season One: Two Boomers
  16. Season One: Battlestar Operatica
  17. Season One: The Dinner Party
  18. Season One: Battlest Muzaktica
  19. Season One: Baltar Panics
  20. Season One: Boomer Flees
  21. Season One: Flesh and Bone
  22. Season One: Battle on the Asteroid
  23. Season One: Wander My Friends
  24. Season One: Passacaglia
  25. Season One: Kobol 's Last Gleaming [From Kobol's Last Gleaming, Pts. 1&
  26. Season One: Destiny
  27. Season One: The Shape of Things to Come [From Kobol's Last Gleaming, Pt
  28. Season One: Bloodshed
  29. Re-Cap
  30. Main Title (UK Version)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bear McCreary   Primary Artist,Vocals
Michael Now   Vocals
Lillis Ó Laoire   Vocals
Ken Stacey   Vocals
Raya Yarbrough   Vocals
Brendan McCreary   Vocals
Daniel McGrew   Vocals
Melanie Henley Heyn   Vocals
Caitanya Riggan   Vocals
Lillis Ó Laoire   Vocals

Technical Credits

Mark Banning   Art Direction
Gordon Fordyce   Engineer
Richard Gibbs   Composer
Steve Kaplan   Producer,Engineer,Score Producer,Audio Production
Ford A. Thaxton   Producer
Michael V. Gerhard   Executive Producer
Matt Verboys   Executive Producer
Bear McCreary   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Score Producer,Audio Production
Edmund Gedvila   Executive Producer
David Eick   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Marc Cooper   Computer Consultant

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Battlestar Galactica: Season One [Sci Fi Channel Series] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bear McCreary has done a wonderful job with succeeding Richard Gibbs. When I first listened to the soundtrack, I felt instantly transported to the Galactica. It was as if I was Starbuck flying in the viper or Commander Adama watching over his crew. It is an amazing experience! This CD is a must have for any fan of Battlestar! Tracks I enjoyed especially: 10,21,24,25,26,27,30
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy the Science Fiction genre. Science Fiction seems to lend more to the imagination, allowing you to spark an idea and move forward with that idea. Here we find a very nice collection of music that has definitely cast a new light in the Science Fiction genre. I enjoy the new version of Battlestar Galactica immensely. One of the main reasons I enjoy the series so much is the music. I need to stay entertained on many different levels when I am watching a television show. The music for this series has absolutely provided a level of entertainment that has been missing from the genre for quite some time. The country music of Enterprise, was disappointing. What Battlestar Galactica has managed to achieve is very impressive. Tribal, Emotional, Spiritual, Uplifting, Motivational, Different are just a few words I choose to describe the music on this CD. Congratulations on putting out a collection of music on a CD worthy of being purchased Bear McCreary!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'll make it short and sweet, especially sweet. The music of battlestar galactica has always had me completely enthralled, and really, truly did 'put me there',if you will.The range of different genres that McCreary has pulled off here has fascinated me, especially for a sci-fi program. I would absolutely recommend this cd for anyone with taste, or any fan of Galactica.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'll make it short and sweet, especially sweet. The music of battlestar galactica has always had me completely enthralled, and really, truly did 'put me there',if you will.The ranges of different genres the McCreary has pulled of here has fascinated me, especially for a sci-fi program. I would absolutely recommend this cd for anyone with taste, or any fan of Galactica.