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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Aural Inspiration

Without reservation, I can say I would not have gotten as far as I did with this work without the help of Bear McCreary.  On my computer, I have a folder loaded with every track from the BSG soundtrack.  In case you're wondering, that's just under nine and a half hours.  As I typed, these mp3s played in the background.  They influenced me in ways I could not have foreseen.

(If you want to buy the soundtracks below, just click on the covers.)

Battlestar Galactica

Richard Gibbs and Bear's miniseries effort.  The twinkling bells of Six's theme may seem repetitious at first, but seeds of BSG's sounds can be found here.

Battlestar Galactica: Season One

Season One.  Great stuff, without question.  "Passacaglia" and "Shape of Things to Come" directly inspired some very specific, gods-related stuff.  "Wander My Friends" makes a Book Three lyrical appearance, as well.

Battlestar Galactica: Season Two

Season Two.  Thanks to the arrival of Pegasus and the attack on the Resurrection Ship, the action drums of this album are fantastic.  I usually tracked up to "Prelude to War" if I was working on battle scenes.

Philip Glass: Solo Piano

Thanks to Starbuck's dad, I had to also buy Philip Glass' "Metamorphosis One."  A truly great piece.  Without it, my Season Two sounds empty.

Battlestar Galactica - The Plan / Razor

"Razor / The Plan."  Since these are both Season Two based movies, I placed the tracks here.  "Apocalypse" kicks ass.

Battlestar Galactica: Season 3

Season Three.  The lead up to "Watchtower" is magnificent and I always crank the volume for the New Caprica action sequences.

Battlestar Galactica: Season 4

Season Four.  With "Watchtower" fully revealed, it gets used to great lengths.  Plus, "Kara Remembers" floors me every time and the full orchestral sounds of "Daybreak" are worth rattling the speakers.

Electric Ladyland

Of course, I have to cap off the BSG experience with Hendrix's "Watchtower."  I mean, c'mon.


Lastly, for completeness' sake, I have this one in the playlist, too.  I only hope they can release the rest of Bear's great work on this show in the future.  (Along with a Blu-ray version of the series.  Seriously.)

1 comment:

  1. I love Bear McCreary's music from the revised BSG. My favorites are definitely "Passacaglia," "To Kiss or Not to Kiss," and the opening theme which is a chanting of the Gayatri Mantra in Sanskrit.