I will never forget the summer of 2009, when my unique band, The BSG Orchestra, rocked out on a crowded stage in San Diego during Comic Con, performing my score for Battlestar Galactica, just months after the epic series finale aired. The venue was bursting with my brilliant musicians, many of the cast, crew, writers, producers, and executives, as well as fans from around the world. Together, we experienced a collective euphoria, because we all loved the show with the same intense passion. After the last encore, the crowd erupted into an unprompted chant of “So Say We All,” a moment that remains one of the most magical and memorable of my life. As the house lights came up and the crowd dissipated, I collapsed into a sweat-soaked heap on the couch in the greenroom and realized that, for the first in my life, I had no new cues for the show to write. Battlestar Galactica had been the most significant part of my life for six years, and now, with this concert complete, it was over.(more…)
Happy Holidays, everyone!
Hoping to make your holiday shopping a bit easier, I’ve compiled all the records and merch that I’ve put out this year into one blog entry. Any soundtrack geek on your ‘Nice’ list will dig this stuff. And geeks on your ‘Naughty’ list as well! 🙂
I’m thrilled to announce that Sparks & Shadows has released t-shirts of my iconic “Bear McCreary: Thirteen Notes” design. Originally unveiled during my 2009 “Music of Battlestar Galactica” tours, these notes are in the frakkin’ ship! 🙂 Fans have been asking for shirts for years and thanks to the good folks at S&S, its finally happening!
CLICK HERE TO ORDER. Shirts are available for $21.98, in a wide variety of sizes and colors, and they ship internationally.
My first single as a solo accordionist is out today! Presenting…
“Prelude to War” For Accordion Orchestra:
Since the book’s release last spring, I have been continually amazed at the overwhelming response to my Battlestar Galactica Solo Piano Book. Throughout the summer, as we’ve shot a few videos of my performances for my YouTube channel, the response has been equally enthusiastic. And through it all, one question has remained constant: when are you going to release a CD of your BSG piano arrangements?
The answer is: today.
BuySoundtrax Records and I have collaborated to produce a complete recording of the songbook. The album is available beginning today from iTunes (in separate volumes I and II), from Amazon Mp3 (volume I and II) or as a physical CD from the label’s website.
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.
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
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: