Bear’s Music Before the Show Doesn’t Disappoint

caprica soundtrack“Caprica” the original soundtrack, released by La-La Land Records, starts innocently enough, but in less than a minute, your spine will be glowing red with chills.

It’s that good.

The new soundtrack represents a thrilling return to the ever-evolving musical universe of popular television composer Bear McCreary [“Battlestar Galactica,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”].

The sound here is so full of depth and richness that it’s easy to forget you are listening to the score to the pilot episode of SyFy Channel’s upcoming series. The full series doesn’t air until 2010, but the soundtrack firmly creates a new musical foundation for a series that hopes to stand on its own two feet.

For fans of “Battlestar Galactica,” this spin-off album is an exhilarating listening experience.

Dialing back on the use of exotic instruments and ethnic percussion, McCreary gives “Caprica” its own flavor in a deliberate effort to distance itself from its parent series. Though it never forgets its heritage, the album pays homage to ideas established on “Battlestar Galactica.”

There are 18 tracks in all on the CD that tell the bittersweet tale of a far-flung civilization at a crossroads. McCreary uses small elegant orchestration to whisper about a society at the peak of its powers, its wealth, and its underlying decay.

This is a living breathing metropolis at the center of a doomed world. These are the sounds of a father’s broken heart, of a daughter lost to a senseless crime, a wife drowning in grief, a scientific breakthrough of frightening significance. This is exactly how the prequel to the popular series “Battlestar Galactica” should sound like.

“Caprica” is far more woodwind heavy than his previous works. Flutes, oboes and the English horn are the instruments that he chooses to use in establishing the theme at the center of this story. A string section also lends the show a formal if not classical touch. These instruments work incredibly well in reinforcing the setting and story.

“The Graystone Family” is the first track on the album setting the stage as the score’s backbone reiterated by the viola often times. Tracks such as “Terrorism on the Lev” and “Cybernetic Life Form Node” however could have been heard on any episode of “Battlestar Galactica,” with the pulsing ethnic rhythms of taiko drums and dudeks making brief but memorable statements. “Irrecoverable Error” and “The Adama Name” perfectly support key moments in the film while the latter marks the welcome return of a theme from “Battlestar Galactica.” Finally “Zoe Awakens” is creepy as can be, befitting a pivotal Frankenstein moment in the life of the series.

The soundtrack is a fresh start yet capitalizes on its heritage. Peaking with emotional heights seldom heard on television. Achieving a sound all its own that perfectly complements the moody tone of the two-hour episode, “Caprica” belongs in the collection of any avid collector. The music drives the story.

Tied to emotional arcs rather than specific character themes, McCreary has delivered a touching, ominous, thrilling musical journey that will leave fans spellbound and seduce any listeners willing to give it a try.

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I am a refugee from the Twelve Colonies of Kobol. I have survived on this Planet Earth via work as a teachers assistant at Kingsborough Community College for three years. As a freelance photographer, I’ve attempted to capture your world’s stranger habitats in and around your capital city, New York. For many of your years I’ve been an illustrator, avid fan of film and television,and a “video” gamer. I do not yet understand your ways; eating and copulation are still foreign concepts to me. I suffer a form of hysterical space madness, symptoms include obsession with sci-fi and socioeconomic politics from beyond the moon. Lest we forget the past we are doomed to repeat the future. I carry a briefcase with me at all times with codes some of you refer to as the “football.” I hope I don’t need to use it regarding my own heritage I’d rather not let all this happen again.

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