January 17, 2010
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Tonight the series Human Target premieres on FOX, featuring my original score and Main Title Theme. This score is arguably the most ambitious, audacious and shamelessly romantic of my career to date. Unlike anything I’ve done in the past (and 99.9% of everything on television), it is recorded every week with a full orchestra of live musicians. The sheer scale of this music dwarfs my efforts on Galactica: the average HT orchestra is nearly double the size of the largest group I was ever afforded on BSG.
(Click image above for full-res panoramic. All session photography by Andrew Craig.)
While working with a full orchestra every week was part of what initially drew me to this project, it is not what makes this series so enjoyable. The real thrill of scoring Human Target comes from the unprecedented creative freedom I’ve been given to create the kind of sweeping, thematic and adventurous score largely absent from both the small and large screen in recent years.
And while the heart of the score is old school, its not a throwback or a parody. The arrangements and instrumentation have their roots in classic film scores, but are also simultaneously contemporary with my work on BSG and T:TSCC. My goal was to create a continuation of classic orchestral scores, not a regurgitation of them.