Hey all you lucky European BSG fans, you’re about to get an exclusive look at Battlestar Galactica Orchestra concert footage! Five songs are being released today as part of the Battlestar Galactica Season 4 BluRay release in Europe!
The BluRay bonus feature includes complete performances of “A Distant Sadness,” “Baltar’s Dream,” “Fight Night,” “Apocalypse,” “Wander My Friends” and “Prelude to War.” Here’s a sneak peek (click the images to play video):
“Wander My Friends”
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“Prelude to War”
This summer I will conduct the largest and most ambitious “Battlestar Galatica” concert yet. The “Battlestar Galactica Symphony” will premiere in Tenerife, Spain, headlining a concert in Fimucité: The Tenerife International Film Music Festival.
This hour-long work incorporates musical material from the entire series, performed by a full orchestra, choir, taiko ensemble and select members of my own Battlestar Galactica Orchestra.
This unique combination of the symphonic, ethnic, rock and percussive realms will make this concert the most complete and authentic performance of the “Battlestar Galactica” score ever, and it’s all taking place in the idyllic Canary Islands of Spain. (more…)
A few weeks ago, I was honored with an invitation to speak at Google, as part of their @Google Series. The entire presentation is now available in HD on YouTube, or you can see it right here:
For the presentation, Raya Yarbrough interviewed me about my early musical life, career, creative process, influences and turn ons… well, musical turn ons anyway.
Like most music education seminars, we had a grand piano and full-size Cylon Centurian on stage with us! (more…)
This Tuesday, February 23rd, La-La Land Records will release the final “canon” Battlestar Galactica soundtrack: Battlestar Galactica: The Plan and Razor. This unique compilation, representing the two straight-to-DVD scores that were left off the Season 4 soundtrack album, will complete any BSG fan’s collection.
To celebrate this, and the recent release of Dark Void‘s original video game soundtrack, I’m doing a CD signing of both records this Saturday at Dark Delicacies!
If you can’t make it to Burbank, fear not. You can order personalized signed copies directly from the Dark Delicacies website. International orders are accepted, too! So, get your signed CDs of my two most recent albums and crank up the jamz!
Wanna hear some exclusive BSG: Plan/Razor sneak peeks? I thought so…
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.
SPOILERS ARE PLANNED: My score for Battlestar Galactica evolved dramatically over the 4 seasons. Character themes were introduced, developed and occasionally abandoned as various instrumentalists and soloists expanded the sonic palette of the music. The score progressively became more expansive, richer, and wildly varied with each episode. While this approach was musically inventive, it did result in certain musical threads being left incomplete.
The Plan, the newly-released straight-to-DVD movie and final swan song of the series afforded me a unique opportunity to return to the roots of the story arcs in the first two seasons and complete them with the thematic, instrumental and melodic material I had developed in Seasons 3 and 4. “Retconning” is a term I’ve heard used to describe reinterpreting or re-envisioning past events. Well, The Plan gave me the rare opportunity for some musical retconning, and I took it!
After a clever visual pun with the Universal logo (the planet in the background is Caprica, not Earth!), The Plan opens with a reprise of the opening title text, recited by the cylons themselves. Over this sequence, the electric violin, duduk and yialli tanbur play in unison the first statement of the only new theme I wrote for this film, The Plan Theme:
ONE NIGHT ONLY: On October 24th, the Golden State Pops Orchestra will perform a special tribute to composer Stu Phillips to commemorate his 80th birthday. He will conduct his scores from the original Battlestar Galactica, as well as several other projects. Richard Hatch and other new and original BSG alums will be there, and I will be there as a special guest, conducting my new arrangement of Stu’s classic theme!
My piece will be a combination of the various moments in my scores in which I quoted Stu’s timeless melody, drawing from “Colonial Anthem” from Season 2, “Husker in Combat” from Razor and, of course, “The Heart of the Sun” from the final episode. Some of my own, original BSG themes will weave in there as well.
If you missed the summer concerts in downtown Los Angeles, San Diego, or my ballet, Prelude to War, in Germany last spring, this is your last chance this year to hear my Galactica score performed live in concert. Since the concert program also includes Stu’s “Theme from Battlestar Galactica,” I want my “Colonial Anthem” to have all the unique qualities and sounds that set my score apart. So, the orchestra will be joined on stage by BSG Orchestra superstars Paul Cartwright on electric violin, Chris Bleth on duduk and M.B. Gordy on taikos and ethnic percussion. (UPDATE: The line-up has changed. See the bottom of this entry).
And even if you did see any of the previous shows, this one will be entirely different, since it involves a full orchestra! This concert will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the classic and re-imagined Galactica scores together on one program. There will also be a drawing to win CDs and other goodies signed by me and Stu.
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
Lame. Today I finally got my BSG Complete Series BluRay Box Set from Amazon (yes, I had to buy my own, which is surprisingly not the “lame” part). To ship it to me, Amazon basically threw it in a cardboard box without additional packing material. And since the box set packaging itself is essentially another cardboard box, it was all smashed up by the time it got here…
… resulting in a hilariously ironic memento of my years working on this series. I was going to bitch to Amazon and make them send me a new one, but the more I look at this pathetically lopsided cube-turned-trapezoid that I paid over $200.00 for, the more it makes me laugh. 🙂
Ok, complaints about packaging aside, there are actually a lot things about this release I’m genuinely excited about. I’ve seen a handful of episodes in high-definition, at various screenings and press events, and the picture quality was always amazing. The VFX in particular are incredibly detailed. So, I’m looking forward to watching the whole series again from the beginning in high def, especially because I’ve never watched an episode again after its original air date with only a few exceptions.