Thursday, October 25, 2007

Battlestar Galactica Season 3 soundtrack now available

Battlestar Galactica composer Bear McCreary's excellent Season 3 soundtrack album is now available. (Buy it now from Amazon to help support this site!)

The Galactica Sitrep recently talked to Bear about his work, his creative process, and how much he enjoys scoring the best show on television.

What is your creative process like?

"My creative process begins with spotting each show. I never know what direction we’re going to be headed until I see where the episode is going. And the episodes are usually so good, that they provide great inspiration."
What is different or what have you arranged or orchestrated differently, for the cues on the season 3 CD we might notice? How is All Along the Watchtower different on the CD than on the show, if it is at all?
"As with all my CDs, there are subtle differences between what goes on the air and what goes on the CD. Most of the time, it involves editing together several cues into longer suites, which are more enjoyable to listen to than eight 45-second cues. “Watchtower” is essentially the same version as was on the air, except that the long instrumental sections have been trimmed down. These were places where there was dialog or exposition happening in the story. The album version functions much more like a song, and less like a score-piece."
Read the full interview here.

As to when we might be able to get our hands on the BSG episodes that this soundtrack accompanies, the latest rumor is the Season 3 DVDs will hit shelves in April 2008. Yes, that's after the projected debut of the series's fourth season. For more on that dismal news, see the Digital Bits report.

ETA: Apologies to those who clicked on the initial version of this post that mistakenly linked to the also excellent Battlestar Season 2 soundtrack! Oops!

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