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Bear McCreary Finds Balance Between ‘Caprica,’ ‘Battlestar’

Fan-fave composer special guest on Thursday’s Alpha Waves Radio

The music for “Battlestar Galactica” has become so distinctive, for many it takes only takes a few measures of a song to correctly identify which show it’s from.

Bear McCreary, the celebrated composer for the series said, however, he never imagined the excitement and interest in his music would become so vast. In an interview that can be heard Thursday night on Alpha Waves Radio, McCreary says he simply was trying to do the best work he could for every scene and every moment of the series, and creating awareness in his work has simply become a bonus.

Now he has to try and reinvent his musical take in the “Battlestar” universe while at the same time maintain a thread of familiarity with Syfy’s new BSG spinoff series “Caprica” that premieres Friday at 9 p.m. ET.

And despite a busy schedule that includes writing scores for “Trauma” on NBC and the new Fox series “Human Target,” “Caprica” became one of his more challenging projects yet.

“I did want to change the music and try something different because it is a very different series” from “Battlestar Galactica,” McCreary told Airlock Alpha.

Because the setting had moved from war in enclosed spaces to a more contemporary urban environment, the tone of the music accompanying the story of “Caprica” had to adjust with it.

“It needed to be more intimate, more familiar, more classical, and pull away from the raw tribal energy that was in ‘Battlestar,'” McCreary said.

But it doesn’t mean “Battlestar” will be forgotten when it comes to the music of “Caprica.”

“I did want to hint at ‘Battlestar,’ and there is one place in the pilot where there is a theme from the ‘Battlestar’ series that gets quoted in a cool place,” he said. “There are some familiar elements from the ‘Battlestar Galactica’ score. They are stripped down,” but they still exist in some form.

Although McCreary has no idea where the story of “Caprica” will go, he does hope that as the series goes on through hopefully multiple seasons, it will get closer and closer to the “Battlestar Galactica” universe and time period fans are currently more familiar with. If that happens, it will allow him to have a strong musical evolution on “Caprica.”

“As ‘Caprica’ continues and gets chronologically closer to the ‘Battlestar’ miniseres [released in 2003], the ‘Caprica’ score will also become more and more like ‘Battlestar’ so that by the time ‘Caprica’ ends, it would be fun if the score turn into the score from the ‘Battlestar’ miniseries.

“I don’t know where the show is going to end. It might go in a completely different direction, but that is my philosophy right now.”

Also joining Alpha Waves Radio Thursday is Brent Hartinger from AfterElton and The Torch Online talking about some of the issues Fox may face in bringing “Torchwood” across the pond, especially when it comes to the sexuality themes expressed in the show.

Alpha Waves Radio will stream beginning at 7 p.m. ET Thursday at, which will include a live chatroom that opens at 6:30 p.m. ET at the same place.

The show will be available in podcast form beginning at approximately 8:30 p.m. ET Thursday at both or for free through the iTunes Store from Apple Inc. Simply do a search for “Alpha Waves” in the store’s podcast section.

Alpha Waves Radio will continue Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. ET with a live broadcast discussing the final season premiere of “Lost” on ABC. Then Eugene W. Roddenberry Jr. is the schedule guest for the regular podcast version of the show, scheduled to stream on Feb. 11.

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