The music of Battlestar Galactica re-imagined: Some thoughts on the music from BSG Season 3, by Bear McCreary.

índiceSeason 3 sees a return to some old musical BSG friends, the development of new sounds, some mesmerising new material and a surprising cover version. Continue reading

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The music of Battlestar Galactica re-imagined: Some thoughts on the music from BSG Season 2, by Bear McCreary and Richard Gibbs.

Season 2 sees developments in the soundtrack of BSG with the introduction of new sounds (particularly the use of the electric guitar) and musical textures but also revisits some of my BSG musical essences, creates some fantastic new tracks and provides a surprising homage to the original TV show. Continue reading

Homo Pasivus-agresivus

He llegado a la conclusión, después de numerosos “encontronazos” con el Homo Pasivus-agresivus (HPA) que este fenómeno tan extendido en nuestra sociedad globalizada está estrechamente vinculado con esa dualidad que se ha generado entre el homo real y el homo virtual, especialmente prevalente en las edades que comprenden las fases finales de los 20 y fases iniciales de los 30.

El HPA es un experto en comunicarte virtualmente con pelos y señales lo que piensa de ti, extendiéndose infinitamente sobre el asunto en cuestión con una minuciosidad psicopática y digamos asesina. Probablemente este asunto se zanjaría in vivo en un instante, pero eso sería como pedirle al señor caracol que salga de su casita, exponiendo todo su “blandor” al mundo entero. El HPA fuera de su entorno virtual da pena. Continue reading

The music of Battlestar Galactica re-imagined: Some thoughts on the music from BSG Season One, by Bear McCreary and Richard Gibbs.

BSG´s Season One marks a development in the musical sphere of this series. Whereas in the Miniseries it was Richard Gibbs at the helm with additional music by Bear McCreary, now the opposite is true.

The “Main title US version” and “Main title UK version” (TRACKS 2 and 30) see Richard Gibbs and Bear McCreary collaborating in the former, and Richard Gibbs as sole composer in the latter.  Each has quite a different feel. The US version is definitely darker, has a more military feel, leading us into a feeling that this story has only just begun, and a great deal more is about to happen. The UK version is innovative, surprising, haunting, unusual and even unearthly, which is quite befitting. The vocal arrangement/melody appears later on in The Plan on “Apocalypse (theme from The Plan)” and “Apocalypse, Pt 1” as well as a live version at the end of the album (TRACKS 1, 6 and 19).

Both main titles end with the short piece which was designed as a “here´s what´s coming up in this episode” visual sequence which, in my opinion was not necessary but I´m sure had a lot to do with production requirements. Continue reading

The music of Battlestar Galactica re-imagined: Some thoughts on the music from Battlestar Galactica, The Miniseries, by Richard Gibbs and Bear McCreary.

ImageAs they say, all good things must come to an end, but with music somehow we can prolong the inevitable. It is essential however that the music be an integral part of the film /TV series, the kind of music that actually adds something rather than just pass by unnoticed (which it often quite sadly does); we should sense  that  without it the show is not entirely right, something is definitely missing. When film and TV music is truly great it often stands alone as just good music, something you can put on and enjoy without the need of supporting imagery. It invariably reminds us of the film/TV show but, given its purpose, it allows us to extend beyond the established story and create our own parallel stories, feelings, thoughts.

The music of the re-imagined TV series Battlestar Galactica (BSG from now on), which I take to include music from the miniseries, the four main seasons, Razor, The Plan and the prequel Caprica, is an excellent example of that perfect liaison between sound and vision and, I might add, music that can be enjoyed as pure music time and time again.

Here is a selection of some of the tacks from the Miniseries I particularly enjoy but they all have something and the entire collection is worth listening to. I intend to write some more entries on the music of BSG, looking at the soundtracks from each of the 4 seasons as well as Razor, Caprica and The Plan. All in due course. Continue reading

I will miss you Sarah Jennings!

Sarah in Tyre, 2002

I can´t say I honestly remember the exact moment I met Sarah but it was during my two years working for English Heritage/University of Southampton at Fort Cumberland between 2000 and 2002.

I was quite excited to get this job and when I started I had come straight from Beirut, where I had spent late summer and autumn of 1999  working on a UNESCO funded Project at the National Museum of Beirut  (little did I know then that Sarah was strongly linked with this amazing city). Continue reading