Category: Black Sails

Black Sails – The Sound of Sails


Today, Sparks & Shadows has released my soundtrack for Black Sails, the ambitious new pirate drama from Starz and Michael Bay that premiered last weekend. To celebrate the release, I have posted my first in a series of eight video blogs chronicling my voyage on this unusual series. This week’s vlog, “The Sound of Sails,” offers a glimpse of the unorthodox recording sessions that led to this unique sound:

Ever since Battlestar Galactica, my writing has become more and more structured, culminating in the first season of Da Vinci’s Demons which was, in essence, a five-hour symphony woven around a meticulously constructed musical palindrome. That style of classical composition would have utterly destroyed the gritty realism that the producers strove for in Black Sails. I needed to revert back to a primal creative state: my goal was to create music that sounds improvised by an exhausted crew aboard a ship navigating choppy waters. I wanted the audience to sense dirt beneath fingernails plucking jangly mandolin strings, to feel urgent strains of a hurdy gurdy crank, and to smell stale air wheezing out of old accordion bellows. To achieve this, I had to rethink my entire creative process and unlearn the results of a lifetime of classical music study. (more…)

Comic Con 2013 Schedule


Entertainment Weekly just broke the news that I am the composer for ABC’s highly-anticipated series “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” for Writer / Director / Executive Producer Joss Whedon.

Readers of my blog know that superhero stories and their scores have had a tremendous impact on my life ever since I was a kid. I grew up with “Batman: The Animated Series,” “Superman,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Spiderman” and “X-Men.” In my daydreams, their adventures rumbled with bombastic and soaring orchestral melodies. I always wanted to write music of my own for this genre.

Now, I have the opportunity to contribute original music to the ever-expanding Marvel universe? And I have a full symphonic orchestra at my disposal every week to do it? And I get to work with the visionary Joss Whedon and his remarkable creative team? Well, suddenly I’m worried that my entire life might actually be a dream, that I might suddenly wake up back in third grade, having dozed off while reading “X-Men.” If this life is a dream, I’m going to love every minute of it until I wake up.


I am very excited to share my theme and score with you guys for this groundbreaking series.  Keep checking back here at my blog for more in the coming weeks and months.  And actually, your first chance to hear some new ‘McCreary’ tunes is right around the corner, because San Diego Comic Con is upon us once again! Many of my current projects will be represented there, including “The Walking Dead,” “Europa Report,” “Defiance,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Holliston,” “Black Sails” and yes, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (more…)


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