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Pharaoh Atem
January 28th, 2010, 06:05 PM
Caprica pilot

Those of you who have been enjoying the soundtrack CD (http://en.battlestarwiki.org/wiki/Caprica_%28Pilot_Soundtrack%29) know that this two-hour film introduces several important melodic and rhythmic themes. Beginning next week, you will finally hear that musical world expand and develop into exciting new ideas, themes, melodies, songs and score. I also just tonight approved the final “Caprica Main Title” which you will hear next week (and it kicks ass).

I plan on blogging detailed entries about each episode, so check back each week after you’ve seen the show. And if you’re watching the pilot tonight for a second or third time, try to pick out the variations of the Graystone and Tauron Themes that are woven throughout the score.

caprica opening theme

January 29th, 2010, 11:55 AM
Ooooh Caprica main title!

Very exciting....and depressing that it'll probably be a year till we see a release =/

Pharaoh Atem
March 18th, 2010, 02:24 PM
I've been slacking.


This series presents a unique set of challenges for me. I have all the usual jobs of a television composer: match the mood of each scene, bring to the surface emotional arcs that may not be coming across, write and develop character themes as necessary and stay tastefully out of the way of dialog and sound effects. However, I also have the added duties of helping to realize Caprican society by writing and producing source pieces for every environment where they may be helpful.

Reins of a Waterfall

The first cue helps establish Lacey’s isolation at school, as she walks through the hallways while her fellow students scorn her for being friends with a terrorist. (Dude, her friend is frakkin’ DEAD, cut the girl some slack!) The orchestration of the main theme here is unique, because it rests atop a freely ascending accompanimental line in the violin and clarinets.

This kind of classically inspired figure would often be heard in the full orchestra in BSG or the Caprica pilot, but never in an intimate chamber orchestra setting like this. I actually explored textures like this to wonderful effect throughout Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, so I was confident the approach would work well here.

Grave dancing

First of all, I just have to say Patton Oswalt is one of the funniest and most unique comedians working today. I will confess when I first learned he would have a role on “Caprica,” I wondered if he could effectively blend into the world. However, at this point, my only regret about them casting Patton is that they didn’t make him a series regular! Somehow, adding this kind of personality to the grim and brooding texture of the series adds a layer of authenticity to the city, and to the entire world.

There Is Another Sky

Another Sky is unique because it’s the first to focus almost exclusively on the Taurons and the Adamas. In addition to exploring the relationship between Willie and Joseph, we also learn a great deal more about Tamara, who finds herself in a V-World videogame called “New Cap City.” She essentially has the Game Genie Code for Infinite Lives.
This episode allowed me to push the boundaries of the score with new source music as well as several new themes.

Know Thy Enemy

Tonight’s “Caprica” introduces Tomas Vergis, the owner of the rival company that Daniel stole the MCP from in order to complete his U-87 project. That decision finally comes back to haunt him, literally and figuratively, in Know Thy Enemy.

The Imperfections of Memory

Tonight’s episode of “Caprica,” The Imperfections of Memory, explores a lot of territory. The most important plot lines from a musical perspective are Amanda’s visions of her brother Darius and Joseph’s continuing quest for his daughter.

March 19th, 2010, 07:15 AM
yes I know, Bear McCrearys Blog is so cool, I wish more TV composers would do that, I would love to see that for LOST, but thats too late now.

Pharaoh Atem
March 23rd, 2010, 07:35 PM
Ghosts in the Machine

was originally brought in on this episode prior to production. The script introduced Joseph to a mysterious drag queen named Cerberus who would help him on his quest to find Tamara. There were multiple dance numbers in an extended set of sequences in this environment. I worked with an on-set choreographer and with the actor playing Cerberus and crafted several original compositions for them.