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I Won An Emmy!

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I won an Emmy on Sunday night, for my “Da Vinci’s Demons” Main Title Theme.

I’m still so overwhelmed by this that I can barely process it. If I didn’t have this winged golden lady sitting on my table right now, I’d hardly believe that it happened at all. At Sunday’s award ceremony, I almost felt like I was watching my speech from an out-of-body experience. The ceremony is airing this Saturday night on FXX, so I’ll tune in then and remember exactly what I said! Since then, I’ve been inundated with a flurry of congratulations, smiles, cards, flowers, champagne and enthusiastic words from friends, family and fans alike. I will likely never have the chance to respond to each one personally, so let me now just thank you all for the chorus of kindness.

From what I can recall, I thanked a few people in my brief speech last Sunday, but 34 seconds is not enough time to thank everyone who contributed to this recognition. Here on my blog, however, there’s no timer counting down, so I can say everything I would have on Sunday if I’d had the whole three-hour ceremony to speak! (more…)

Elmer Bernstein Wisdom

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I was fortunate to work legendary composer Elmer Bernstein for the last decade of his life. He was my mentor, friend and first employer.  I met him when I was still a junior in high school, in Bellingham, Washington (a remarkable story worthy of its own blog entry one day). Elmer encouraged me to study professionally at the University of Southern California

When I arrived in Los Angeles, I sat in on his film scoring classes, even though I wasn’t supposed to attend them until my final year. During those years, I began to work for him over the summers, organizing his archive of film scores and personal documents, all of which are now housed in the USC Library. I also house-sat for him while he was away for the summer, and he would assign me massive orchestration tasks to keep me busy. I re-orchestrated his complete lost score to the 1963 film, “Kings of the Sun,” as well as concert suites of a handful of other scores for various concert performances. (“Kings of the Sun” was eventually recorded during Elmer’s final recording sessions. My orchestrations can be heard on the album, which I just discovered is on iTunes!) (more…)

Comic Con 2013 Schedule

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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.

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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…)

Horizons, “I Forever”

Last year, I collaborated with visionary photographer Randy Halverson to score his timelapse video of the night sky, “Temporal Distortion.”  The film and my instrumental score were enthusiastically received by dozens of major news outlets and millions of viewers around the world.  (Click here for my blog entry about “Temporal Distortion.”)

This year, Randy approached me with a new film, “Horizons,” and I leapt at the chance to work with him again.  This time, I teamed up with my brother, Brendan McCreary, and his band Young Beautiful in a Hurry, and we co-wrote “I Forever,” a song for the new film.

If you enjoy that track, I’m thrilled to announce that “I Forever” was recently released by my record label Sparks & Shadows as a digital single.  The track is available now on iTunes, Amazon and other digital retailers. (more…)

YBH: Don’t Stop Me Now (Director’s Cut)

YBH_DSMN_titleWriting music is fun.  But, for me, its also become a demanding job.  So, every once in a while I need a break from work. I need play time. For me, play time is when I get to direct music videos. My most recent video is for Young Beautiful in a Hurry’s cover of the Queen classic “Don’t Stop Me Now,” and it debuted last week on IGN. Since then, YBH has posted my official ‘director’s cut’ version to their YouTube channel:

The ‘DSMN’ video is a passion project that started with an initial idea a year and a half ago. Members of Young Beautiful in a Hurry (including frontman Brendan McCreary and bassist Pete Griffin) and I were involved in a Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 2011, and the band had already been performing this cover for over a year.  We definitely had Queen on the brain. (more…)

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