(The Human Target 3 CD set, click image to embiggen!)
This week, my “Human Target” soundtrack is finally released! More than two hours of score are available for download from iTunes, courtesy of WaterTower Music. La La Land Records has released a limited edition 3 CD deluxe set, featuring 62 tracks totaling nearly 4 hours of music. In addition to an hour of exclusive bonus tracks, the CD set also includes unreleased demos and sketches that chronicle my creative journey as I wrote the Emmy-Award-nominated Main Title Theme. This album marks the first time I’ve ever released my sketches to the public. The CD packaging also includes a unique booklet.
The CD set is available for order directly from La La Land Records’ website, beginning tomorrow (Tuesday 10/19 at 1pm Pacific). I’m autographing booklets for the first 150 orders, so move fast to get a signed one. However, if you want to be guaranteed a signed CD, order them from Dark Delicacies’ website (click on “Signings / Events” in the top left corner). CDs ordered through Dark Delicacies can have personalized autographs. However, the absolute best place to get the album is come to the signing taking place this Sunday, October 24th, 2pm, at Dark Delicacies in Burbank (3512 W. Magnolia, Burbank, CA 91505).
What makes “Human Target” so special? I have written several scores that have resonated with soundtrack fans. But, take it from me as a fellow film score geek: the 3 CD set of “Human Target” was written just for you. Because in writing it, I returned to the style of music that made me first love music, and I believe my reckless creative joy can be heard in every note of this album. (more…)
I collaborated with the band on several tracks: the searing rock anthem The Calm Before the Sword as well as vinyl and digital-only exclusives Under Your Bones and Was Love.
Captain Ahab is comprised of Jonathan Snipes, who does everything but dancing, and Jim Merson… who dances. Snipes and I have actually known each other for years, since we were teenagers and realized that we both loved movie soundtracks. Over the years, he developed his incredible gift for combining electronics and various musical styles into a sophisticated musical persona: Captain Ahab. (more…)
I’m thrilled to announce that Capcom and Sumthing Else will release two Dark Void albums this Tuesday, February 9th. Of course, the first and most essential is the 80-minute album Dark Void, Original Video Game Score. Anyone who’s ever enjoyed a single CD of mine better check this out, because it ranks right up there with the best albums I’ve ever put together. Second (perhaps) only to the double-disc BSG Season 4 album, this music is the most sweeping, epic and kick ass soundtrack I’ve ever created.
There’s little I can say about the score I didn’t already discuss in depth in this here. Every theme and unique soloist can be found on the album. Here’s the scoop on the official track list with exclusive audio clips: (more…)
Next month, La La Land Records will release the final* official Battlestar Galactica soundtrack album: Battlestar Galactica: The Plan / Razor. This CD includes cues from the two straight-to-DVD films that flanked either side of Season 4. The first track features a very special musical guest: Scott Ian of Anthrax!
The album comes out February 23rd. Here’s the official track list (as usual, you heard it here first!):
Finally… Finally… Finally!
I’ve been teasing you loyal blog readers about a big announcement for weeks, and here it is: NBC Universal and Apple have finally worked out their issues and, at long last, my scores for Battlestar Galactica are available on iTunes.
This has been an annoyingly arduous process for me. Seeing the episodes in the top downloads on iTunes every week for years while my scores were relegated to physicals discs was a drag. So, this is a big step. But we’re still only halfway there. There’s a bunch of material that’s supposed to be there still missing (like Season 1 for example!). The Eureka soundtrack will also be on iTunes soon.
Best of all, there is (and will be even more) exclusive iTunes content available. First up, the world premiere music video and single of “Apocalypse (Theme from ‘The Plan’)” performed live by the Battlestar Galactica Orchestra in concert are now on iTunes.
Raya Yarbrough sings the Gayatri Mantra in the “Apocalypse” video.
I will be signing copies of the Battlestar Galactica Season 4 soundtrack this Sunday, September 13th, at 1pm at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA. Also present will be Nathan Barr (True Blood) and composing duo Nicole Buetti and Dirk Montapert (Dead of Night).
I will also be signing Caprica, Eureka, Rest Stop: Don’t Look Back, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and the first three Battlestar Galactica CDs.
4213 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505
Sunday, September 13th, 2008, 1pm
The long-awaited soundtrack for Battlestar Galactica: Season 4 is finally out, and rocketed up the sales charts on Amazon. In fact, La La Land Records was forced to scramble to print more discs after their initial run sold out in pre-orders alone. For the past week, it has been in the TOP TEN MUSIC SALES (peaking on the day of its release at #4), as well as the #1 selling TV SOUNDTRACK and, surprisingly, the #1 selling MOVIE SOUNDTRACK!
Immediately following our successful concerts at Comic Con last week, this phenomenal reaction to the album release is, of course, a welcome surprise. However, I must confess that my greatest sense of achievement comes from simply getting this music out there. My work on Season 4 began almost exactly two years ago, and since then, I’ve given every ounce of my passion, energy and dedication to the singular goal of writing and producing the best music I possibly could for Galactica‘s swan song. Watching fan reaction to the episodes was satisfying, but it was maddening having the score cues simply sitting in my studio for so many months (or in some cases years), and not being able to share it with all of you.
Hot off the press… Battlestar Galactica: Season 4 soundtrack CDs! (I took this picture 5 minutes ago.)
This album is currently in the TOP 100 MUSIC SALES on Amazon, and has actually been the #1 selling TV soundtrack for over a month. I just learned that La La Land Records has SOLD OUT of their initial printing, two weeks before the official release date, and are rushing to get more discs manufactured to meet demand.
I wrote my first cue for Battlestar Galactica: Season 4 in August, 2007 and finished scoring the series finale in February, 2009. Earlier this year, I posted a blog entry asking all you fans what you wanted on the album. And, wow, you guys certainly responded!
I kept that blog post handy while I was making my selections for the album. In fact, several of the tracks that made the final cut were ones I wouldn’t have considered were it not for an astute fan mentioning it here on this blog.
Narrowing the selections down to only two discs was difficult enough, but then my entire team and I spent months recording, mixing, editing and compiling that two years’ worth of effort into the ultimate listening experience. I even composed or expanded several pieces specifically for the album, and spent weeks compiling material for the expanded 20-page CD booklet that will accompany each album. And I spent this week at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Los Angeles, putting the finishing touches on this epic journey, in preparation for a July 21, 2009 release date! (UPDATE: The release date is now July 28th.)
Now, I can finally announce the official album track list and provide a glimpse of the cover:
The first copies of my Caprica score go on sale this Sunday, May 31st at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA. I will be taking part in a massive signing that also includes legendary genre composers Christopher Young, Michael Giacchino, Stu Phillips, Mark Isham, Wendy and Lisa, Ron Jones, Ken Thorne, Geoff Zandelli, John Murphy, John Harrison and Richard Band. Holy Cow! What a crowd! 🙂
I will also be signing Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and the first three Battlestar Galactica CDs.
4213 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505
Sunday, May 31st, 2008, 2pm