Battlestar Galactica: Season One Soundtrack
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Most notably, the string orchestral pieces Passacaglia and the Shape of Things to Come are definitely the best pieces on this non-generic soundtrack. Even with an orchestra at his disposal, McCreary did not write any bombastic score and instead wrote beautiful soothing melodies that ironically contrast the scenes in which they are placed, making those sequences all the more memorable and enticing. Battlestar Galactica is successfully breaking free from the shackles of the modern sci-fi genre, and the music which strays so far from the orthodox helps it do so.
This comment only has one caveat, which is to remind everyone that the soundtrack for the tragically short-lived Firefly was never released. Had it been, it would have surely been in the running, if not tied for first place.
But, excluding that: this is the most diverse, most brilliant, most thrilling soundtrack I've listened to. It brings together Eastern themes (like taiko drums -- one of the soundtrack's main instruments), Celtic influence, classical strings, and modern synth...even opera.
Those of us who initially watched the first season during its run in the UK on SkyOne will recognize the last track as what I like to call the Real Theme. The one SciFi used during the first season was actually just a piece of score from the episode Act of Contrition, featured in the track 'Two Funerals'. The Real Theme is far superior, and luckily SciFi has chosen to use it for its second season.
Prologue is the little interlude used to set up the show's mytharc at the beginning of each episodes. "The Cylons were created by Man..." Honestly, this track gives me the shivers. It's exciting, it hints at the grandeur and the epic nature of the series -- it's just plain thrilling.
Then we have the Main Title, which I've spoken of. Lame. The end.
Helo's Chase is just another wonderful example of the melting pot of instruments and influences. Tibetan chanting, computerized synth-y noises, and the taiko drums.
The Olympic Carrier is another drum heavy piece, with a buzzing element which serves to perfectly, musically represent the Cylons. Mid-through the piece, an Arabian-styled woodwind breaks through.Read more ›
Due to the huge success of the 2003 miniseries, the Sci-Fi Channel decided to produce a TV series based upon it. The first season of the new "Battlestar Galactica" TV series first aired in January, 2005 with 13 episodes and showed itself to be just as exciting and well made as the miniseries thanks in large part to the same casting as the miniseries and the continuation of the same haunting soundtrack under Bear McCreary. (Richard Gibbs composed music for the second and third episodes of the first season of "Battlestar Galactica", but moved on to continue composing music for films for both the big screen and made-for-TV.) Bear McCreary's continued musical compositions have been just as dark, haunting, tribal-like and emotionally powerful as the 2003 miniseries and has contributed directly to make this new, updated version of "Battlestar Galactica" one of the most talked about and successful sci-fi TV series in the past year.Read more ›
Most of this album from Series 1 is composed by Bear McCreary and he proves himself to be a truly gifted composer who is not limited to certain styles or genres but can draw upon cultral styles
from accross the globe. From Taiko drums to middle-eastern woodwinds and even Irish pipes mixed with strings, electronica and even opera we are treated to a musical canvas that is multi-textured and often wonderfully entertaining and interesting. From quiet, introspective cues with minimal orchestration to grand string orchestras soaring with true classical grandios! Bear McCreary has created a truly wonderful soundscape for one of the best sci-fi series to come out in many years! I look forward to hearing his music for series 2 with great anticipation!
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Bear McCreary mixes global traditions into a new and exciting feel, perfect for the show Battlestar Galactica. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Martin Centner
One of the BEST of the BSG Reimagined Series!!!!! The variety of pieces by Bear is just enough to keep the hardened BSG fan interested and engaged, pieces like "The Dinner... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patriot6621
Many parts of this track sound like a Muslim call to prayer, could do with out that.Published 6 months ago by G23Paxilon
Fits in well with the soundtracks from "Life Of Pi", "Sherlock Holmes", "Inception", "The Hunger Games", "Firefly",... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Thomas J Burgess
Have to an open mind if you are fan of the original BSG from the 70's. It is good.Published 14 months ago by SabinaDeMartini
I have been a big fan of the music from the first time I heard it on the show. I am very pleased with the disc set.Published 19 months ago by Z
This is Battledrama Galactica, not Battlestar Galactica, but the music is pretty good. This is an understandably dark and gloomy album, with many tunes I didn't recognize at all... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Brian J. Ruby
The music of BSG started at minimalism and ended up at omniethnic rock opera. The first season soundtrack is more on the minimalism side, but the last few tracks include the only... Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by JB