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Thursday, February 04, 2010


From CineMedia:-


Prolific Composer Kicks Off 2010 With Multiple New TV Series, Soundtrack Recordings and Video Game

(Los Angeles, CA – February 3, 2010) Composer Bear McCreary kicks off 2010 with two new TV series (Human Target and Caprica), a video game (Dark Void™) and several soundtrack releases (Battlestar Galactica: The Plan/Razor, Dark Void™, and Dark Void™ Zero). In addition, two series featuring McCreary’s music have announced their return – Trauma on NBC will return in early March and Eureka on SyFy will air in the summer of 2010.

On Sunday, January 17th Human Target, premiered on FOX. It takes a brave, selfless man to make himself a "Human Target" in order to save the lives of those in danger. Based on the popular DC Comics comic book and graphic novel, Human Target is a full-throttle action drama centered on Christopher Chance (Mark Valley), a unique private contractor/security expert/bodyguard hired to protect.

In a recent article in Variety, Jon Burlingame writes, “That sound you're hearing on Fox's new action drama Human Target? It's the noise that 50 or 60 musicians can make, something that's all but disappeared from live-action television series. It is the largest group of musicians to play on a live-action TV series in several years.”

McCreary’s score for Human Target features an average of 48 live musicians, writing as much as 33 minutes of music per episode. He used 60 players to record the main-title sequence. “The real thrill of scoring Human Target,” said McCreary, “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.”

Two days later the Capcom® video game Dark Void was released. Developed by Airtight Studios and published by Capcom Entertainment, Inc., Dark Void combines the thrill of soaring jetpack action with unique vertical cover and on-ground combat. Recorded at the renowned Warner Bros. Eastwood Scoring Stage and performed by some of the best orchestral musicians in the world, Dark Void™ Original Soundtrack features 80 minutes of score hand-picked by McCreary. It also includes a special bonus track, "Theme from Dark Void (Mega Version)," an 8-bit rendering of the main theme produced by McCreary for Capcom's just shipped downloadable DSiWare™ title, Dark Void™ Zero. Sumthing Else Music Works will be releasing the soundtracks for Dark Void, available (on CD and digitally) and Dark Void Zero available (digitally) on February 9, 2010.

“As an avid life-long gamer, I knew what I wanted to hear: a swashbuckling orchestral score in keeping with the grand story,” described McCreary. “I wanted the music to constantly adapt, as if it were being written specifically for the gamer, with virtually no repetition whatsoever.”

Beginning on January 22nd, McCreary revisits the twelve colonies of Kobol as the Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica begins airing on Syfy. The series looks at the events that occurred 58 years before the events seen in Battlestar Galactica. La-La Land Records, which released the soundtracks for Battlestar Galactica: Season 1, 2, 3, and 4, released the soundtrack for the Caprica movie pilot in 2009.

“With the series now airing, fans will finally hear the somber themes and instrumental colors introduced in the pilot expand into a vibrant and vast musical universe, complete with new character themes, songs, anthems and onscreen piano and vocal performances,” explained McCreary. “Caprica City is a vibrant, musical place and the producers have allowed me to craft that musical identity.”

On February 23rd, La-La Land Records will release the soundtrack for Battlestar Galactica: The Plan/Razor which features original music composed by McCreary for the two feature-length TV events – The Plan looks at the events of the Cylon attack from the perspective of the Cylons and Razor which tells the story of the Battlestar Pegasus. La-La Land Records is releasing the The Plan/Razor soundtracks through a license agreement with NBC Universal Television, DVD, Music and Consumer Products Group.

“When I compiled the Season 4 soundtrack, it became clear that there was not enough room on even a two-disc set to accommodate cues from Razor and The Plan,” said McCreary. “Combining them on to one album made perfect sense, because both narratives flashback to the same time period within the larger BSG story and offer different perspectives on the same events. The scores to Razor and The Plan are two sides of the same musical coin.”

Bear McCreary was among a handful of select protégés of late film music legend Elmer Bernstein and is a classically trained composer with degrees in Composition and Recording Arts from the prestigious USC Thornton School of Music. At the age of 24, Bear McCreary was launched into pop culture with his score to Battlestar Galactica, "the most innovative music on TV today" (Variety). declared Bear McCreary one of the Ten Best Science Fiction Composers of all time, the only composer under 50 on the list, (he is now 30), and the only one recognized for work in television.

McCreary's unique combination of atypical instrumental background (he is a professional accordionist) with rigorous classical training (degrees in Composition and Recording Arts from the prestigious USC Thornton School of Music) prepared him to compose in these disparate genres.

Human Target airs Wednesday nights on FOX. Caprica airs Friday nights on SyFy. Trauma returns to the NBC lineup on March 8th. Dark Void and Dark Void Zero are currently available wherever video games are sold.

The soundtracks for Dark Void and Dark Void Zero are available through Sumthing Else Music Works ( and The soundtracks for Battlestar Galactica: Season 1, 2, 3, and 4, Battlestar Galactica: The Plan/Razor, Caprica, Eureka, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Wrong Turn 2, Rest Stop and Rest Stop: Don’t Look Back, all composed by Bear McCreary, are available through La-La Land Records (


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