Rest Stop Soundtrack Album

Rest Stop Soundtrack Now Shipping!

     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. 

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     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. 

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BG3: “The Eye of Jupiter”

     Tonight’s episode is the last of the year, before we take a break for a few weeks. It’s been a great run so far, but the second half of the season will be on a slightly more relaxed schedule — more like “Season 2 Stress” — a welcome change from the incredibly tense first months of Season 3.

     In this episode, Chief Tyrol discovers a holy temple on the surface of the algae planet. The music cue for this particular moment was especially challenging.

     First, we had to lure Tyrol into the temple and this called for haunting, almost subliminal, chimes and bells that he thinks he hears. Using glass harmonica, glass marimba, vibraphone, tines, celeste, tibetan bowls and anything else we could get our hands on, we created an intricate, layered chime effect. 

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Themes of Battlestar Galactica, Pt III

     After Unfinished Business, almost any episode would feel like a break, and in many ways, this week’s The Passage is a more straightforward Galactica score. However, I did get to write one new theme, for Kat’s descent into depression and ultimate redemption. Kat’s theme was cobbled together, almost cannibalized, from elements of different themes I’ve written for the series, in order to help connect her personal struggle with the bigger problems facing her shipmates, even the entire fleet.

     But rather than go into too much detail about The Passage, I’ll present instead a third collection of themes written for Battlestar Galactica

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BG3: “Unfinished Business”

     On any other television show, it would be hard to believe that a “boxing” episode would be among the most intimate, lyrical, dynamic or emotionally involving stories of the season. As usual, Battlestar Galactica continues to surprise: this week’s episode is all of the above.   

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BG3: “Hero”

     When I first watched this week’s episode, it was clear from the beginning that the score would require new musical ideas. The story centers around Danny “Bulldog” Novacek, a pilot long left for dead who mysteriously returns to the fleet and immediately raises suspicion within the crew.

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