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If You Can Hear This You’re A Cylon

Honestly, I just thought this video was too cool to not share.  As a big fan of the rebooted Battlestar Galactica pretty much anything about it grabs my attention.  That’s doubly so when it has to deal with the awesome music from composer Bear McCreary.

The Sacramento Jazz Singers performed a version of Bear McCreary’s arrangement of Jimi Hendrix’s All Along The Watchtower, and it turned out wonderfully.  The really cool thing is that  the instrumental parts from the original work was done via a wide range of voices.  If you have a sec, check out the video below, it really is pretty cool.

Via: Topless Robot

The Cape Premieres Tonight

Tonight NBC is airing the 2 hour premiere of its new superhero series The Cape.  After getting burned by Heroes I’m happy they are giving a superhero story another try.  My only worry is that because they got burned on Heroes they will be a little wary about how The Cape performs.  Hopefully it comes out strong out of the gates tonight and lots of people watch.

At the very least the show does already have some nerd cred.  Summer Glau is starring on the show as an investigative blogger who will be working with The Cape.

The premise of The Cape is as follows:

The series, set in the fictional metropolis of Palm City, follows an innocent cop who has been framed for a crime he did not commit and then left for dead after he is caught. He is eventually saved by a circus ringleader who prepares him with special abilities to defend himself against his foes. Separated from his wife and son, he tries to clear his name while protecting them from being killed in the event that he should be reported alive. He takes the law into his own hands by taking the guise of his son’s favorite comic book hero, The Cape, after he is given a special suit that has unique capabilities. Vowing to get rid of the corruption that has taken over both the city and the police force, he goes after the person responsible for setting him up and causing his “demise”.

The show sounds like it could be pretty good.  One other thing that makes this show more interesting to me is that Bear McCreary is doing the score for the show.  That name should be familiar to all BSG and Caprica fans as McCreary did the score for both of those shows as well.  I’ve always enjoyed his work.  In fact on his twitter he posted a link to the opening credits of The Cape with the score included, which I’ve posted down below.  The combination of the premise, Summer Glau, and Bear McCreary is enough to have me give this show a chance.  I encourage others to do so as well.  Hopefully this is a show that surprises us all.

Caprica Opening Credits

I know there’s been an absence of Caprica posts lately, and I have a simple reason for that.  Up until yesterday I had only watched the premiere and the first episode.  To get caught up I watched a mini-marathon.  I intend to have a post on my initial thoughts on Caprica up later this week.

Until then, here’s a copy of the opening credits, to hopefully grab a few more viewers.  As always, Bear McCreary has done a phenomenal job on the music.  Though to be fair, I don’t think he’s ever had any bad music on either BSG or Caprica.

BSG Season 4 Soundtrack

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I readily admit that I am a huge fan of BSG.  One of the things I’ve not talked about on this blog is the music of Battlestar Galactica.  If you’ve watched the show you’re sure to have noticed how well the music ties everything together.  Not to mention the fact, that the music is incredibly good.  The score to BSG has always been a pleasure to listen to, and in fact I own the soundtrack to all 4 seasons.

Bear McCreary has become one of my favorite composers, mostly because the music he creates is so unique and always has such a unique flair to it.  If you don’t believe me just check out some of his work.  One of the best, is his cover of Bob Dylan’s amazing All Along the Watchtower which is up to listen to on his site and the provided YouTube link.  Some other tracks off the BSG soundtracks to check out would be Wander My Friends which makes incredible use out of the bagpipes and the Adama/Roslin theme that runs throughout the show.

I got my 4th Season soundtrack on Wednesday, and I think I’ve listened to the 2 disc set at least 4 times.  Keep in mind I can’t take CDs or MP3s to work, because if I could those numbers would be a lot larger.  Whats really cool for this soundtrack is that disc 1 covers all the episodes from season 4 with the exception of the roughly 2.5 hour long finale.  Disc 2 is dedicated entirely to the music taken from Daybreak Parts 1-3.

Quite possibly my favorite track of the entire CD set is track 10 called The Heart of the Sun.  If you’ve seen the finale you know exactly what scene this is.  I’ve provided a YouTube link to the scene, but don’t click it if you have not seen the finale of BSG, seriously if you click that link you will be incredibly spoiled about the end of the show.  What is quite possibly my favorite part of this track is how McCreary weaves in parts of songs from the entire series and then pulls in the original Battlestar Galactica theme.

What is also really cool is that McCreary has kept an incredibly detailed blog regarding his scripting and recording process for all the music that has been on Battlestar Galactica.  There is a very indepth piece on all the track that went onto the BSG Season 4 soundtrack and that can readily be found on Bear McCreary’s blog.  This article is really worth checking out, if only to see the wide variety of instruments that were used to bring this music to life.  Additionally it links the each episode and the music contained within.  Really good read I promise.

I wish I could tell you to download a couple tracks of iTunes or the Amazon mp3 store to see if you like them, but none of those stores carry any of the BSG music.  I encourage people to listen to some of the music on Bear’s site, and if you like it buy it, its really good.

Via: Bear’s Battlestar Blog

Update: One of the other great pieces from BSG is the theme used for the Adamas, both Lee and Bill.  Below is the video from the live BSG concert that took place a while back showcasing a hybrid of the Adama themes.  I wish I could have been there for that.