Up to this point, I’ve discussed many of the small musical “building blocks” I use to build the eccentric log cabin that is the Galactica score. Duduk, electric fiddle, bagpipes, taikos, yialli tanbur, bansuri, erhu, rock band and more have all contributed to the sonic texture.
But, occasionally, the score will open up to include the symphonic string orchestra. These are the pieces I will discuss in detail here. While the duduk solos and fiddle melodies are easily lost beneath the dialog and sound effects, these orchestral pieces are unmistakable and stand out as bold musical statements.
This weekend’s episode, Takin’ a Break From All Your Worries, presented unique challenges. There are several original songs featured in the episode, some written by myself and others written by series writer Michael Taylor, Raya Yarbrough… even Edward James Olmos!
Sorry about the delay in getting the Rapture blog posted. After the holidays, the Galactica schedule kicked in with a vengeance, and combined with the release of my newest album Rest Stop: Music from the Motion Picture, it’s been a crazy 2007 so far! I’ll try to be more current for the rest of the season.
Rapture was a tremendously fun show to score. While there were several great action set pieces, the reveal of the supernova, leading to D’Anna’s vision of the Final Five, is among my favorite sequences I’ve scored yet.
I actually haven’t seen this week’s episode, Rapture, yet (with all the complete visual and sound effects), so I’ll be watching it on Sunday at the same time as you guys. I’ll offer some insightful tidbits about it in a few days.
However, let me take this opportunity to post something I should’ve done months ago. My soundtrack album for Warner Bros.’ film Rest Stop is finally shipping (from Amazon.com and its now on iTunes too) and Battlestar Galactica fans will really dig it. The album includes my complete score, and three original songs as well.