Bear McCreary, the man behind the innovative soundtrack you hear each week on Battlestar Galactica is the subject of this week’s “Road to the Emmys: Below the Line” feature at Variety.com.
The author pays a visit to Henson Recording Studios where McCreary is working with 30 string players laying down tracks for upcoming episodes. According to the article, McCreary’s haunting soundtrack comes from a combination of unusual instruments from all over the planet. Included in the Galactica orchestra are a Chinese membrane flute, Indian bansuri flute, duduk (a soulful Armenian woodwind), erhu (Chinese violin), yialli tanbur (a Turkish lute), dumbek (Middle Eastern drum), and Japanese taiko drums. 70 episodes into the series, and still he’s excited about the tribal sounds he uses to tie the scifi series to its primitive roots.
Always looking to break new ground, McCreary was on set for one episode this season to supervise the filming of an emotional scene that includes, in his words, “the most daring use of music in a TV show that, maybe, has ever been tried. It’s going to redefine the role that a score can play.”
Pictured: Katee Sackhoff as Kara “Starbuck” Thrace — SCI FI Channel Photo: Carole Segal