Bear McCreary

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Bear McCreary
Portrait photograph of Bear McCreary
at San Diego House of Blues 2009
Background information
Born (1979-02-17) February 17, 1979 (age 35)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Genres Film score, orchestral
Occupations Composer
Years active 1998–present
Labels La La Land Records

'Bear' McCreary (born February 17, 1979) is an American composer and musician living in Los Angeles, California. He is best known for his work on the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica television series and for the TV series The Walking Dead. McCreary won an Emmy for his main title of Da Vinci's Demons.[1]

Biography[edit]

McCreary was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and spent most of his formative years in Bellingham, Washington. He is the son of author Laura Kalpakian and professor Jay McCreary of University of Hawaii. He is of Irish and Armenian descent.

McCreary earned degrees in Composition and Recording Arts from the USC Thornton School of Music, and is a classically trained pianist and self-taught accordionist.[2] He studied under the renowned film score composer Elmer Bernstein during which time he reconstructed and re-orchestrated Bernstein's 1963 score for Kings of the Sun. Their collaboration allowed for the complete score to be available as a soundtrack album for the first time in forty years.[3]

He has also directed and produced several music videos for his brother Brendan McCreary's band, Young Beautiful in a Hurry.[4]

McCreary is married to singer/songwriter Raya Yarbrough, with whom he worked on the music of Battlestar Galactica, Defiance, Da Vinci's Demons, and several other projects.[5][6]

Television[edit]

Year Title Notes
2004-2009 Battlestar Galactica
2007-2012 Eureka Took over from Mutato Muzika starting with the second season of the show in 2007
2008-2009 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
2009-2010 Trauma
Caprica
2010 Human Target Earned his first Emmy nomination for the main title.[7]
2010–present The Walking Dead Based on the comic book series. AMC original series.
2011 The Cape
2012 Holliston
Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome 10-Episode Web Series released on machinima.com
2013 Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem
2013–present Defiance SyFy Original Series
Da Vinci's Demons Starz Original Series. Won his first Emmy for the main title.[8]
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. A continuation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
2014 Black Sails Starz Original Series
2014 Outlander Starz Original Series

Battlestar Galactica and Caprica[edit]

In 2003, McCreary worked under primary composer Richard Gibbs on the 3-hour miniseries which served as a pilot for the re-imagined series of Battlestar Galactica. When the show was picked up, Gibbs opted not to devote full-time to the regular series' production, and McCreary became the sole composer. He worked on the series until it reached its conclusion in 2009, scoring over 70 episodes. To date, six Battlestar Galactica soundtrack albums have been released, and have garnered a great deal of critical acclaim[9][10] and commercial success. The soundtracks for season two and three ranked amongst Amazon.com's Top 30 Music Sales on their first days of release.[3]

McCreary composed for Caprica, a prequel series set in the fictional Battlestar Galactica universe. On February 18, 2012, Bear announced that he would compose the score to the 2-hour pilot movie Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome.

Human Target[edit]

Bear provided the score for the series Human Target (based on the comic book of the same name). The pilot episode and main theme score had been recorded with a full orchestra.[11] The series has the distinction of being one of the few with largest orchestras on television.

The score to the finale of season 1, "Christopher Chance," utilized the largest orchestra ever assembled for episodic television, and he took the opportunity to re-record the main title theme with a new orchestration with this larger ensemble.

In July 2010, he received his first Emmy nomination for the Human Target main title.[12]

In a post on his blog on July 25, 2010, Bear announced the new creative leadership brought in for season 2 had not asked him to return for it, and he would be leaving the series.[13]

The Walking Dead and The Cape[edit]

During Comic-Con 2010, Bear McCreary attended panels for AMC's The Walking Dead and NBC's The Cape to announce he would be composing the score for both television series.[14][15]

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.[edit]

On July 15, 2013, McCreary announced that he will compose the score for ABC's series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.[citation needed]

Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem A Klok Opera[edit]

McCreary served as orchestral producer for the rock opera Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem airing on Adult Swim on October 27, 2013. This is a continuation of the Metalocalypse universe following the band Dethklok. The music features a 50 piece orchestra. The soundtrack was released on October 29, 2013.[16]

Feature Films[edit]

Year Title Notes
2006 Rest Stop Direct to DVD feature
2007 Wrong Turn 2: Dead End Direct to DVD feature
2009 Rest Stop: Don't Look Back Direct to DVD feature
2010 Step Up 3D Theatrical film scoring debut
2011 Chillerama Scored the segment "Zom-B Movie"
2013 Europa Report Theatrical released
2013 Knights of Badassdom Theatrical released
2014 Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie In post-production

Bear McCreary made his theatrical feature film scoring debut with Step Up 3D[17] and has also composed the scores for several direct-to-DVD features, including Rest Stop, Rest Stop: Don't Look Back and Wrong Turn 2: Dead End.

Bear's latest feature film is Knights of Badassdom, released by Entertainment One on January 21, 2014. This is his second movie with director Joe Lynch (of Wrong Turn 2) and third with actress Summer Glau.

Video games[edit]

Year Title Notes
2010 Dark Void Capcom titled video game for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC
2011 SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs Created for PS3
2011 Moon Breakers Free, online game developed by Imba Entertainment and published by Uber Entertainment
2013 Defiance MMO Game produced in conjunction with the upcoming TV show of the same name on SyFy. Produced in collaboration with Trion Worlds.

McCreary made an 8-bit rendition of the Dark Void theme, which was, originally, an April Fools joke. However, the theme was used for the 8-bit prequel, Dark Void Zero. He composed all the songs in an 8-bit fashion by connecting the wires on an actual NES console and cartridge to create authenticity.[18]

He arranged James Rolfe's Angry Video Game Nerd 2010 Christmas video for the You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch song parody, with orchestra and 8-bit audio elements.[19]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details
The Music of Battlestar Galactica for Solo Piano
  • Released: September 13, 2011[20][21]
  • Label: BSX
  • Format: CD, digital download

Film soundtracks[edit]

Title Album details
Rest Stop: Dead Ahead:
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Wrong Turn 2: Dead End:
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • Released: September 18, 2007
  • Label: La-La Land
  • Format: CD
Rest Stop: Don't Look Back:
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • Released: October 21, 2008[22]
  • Label: La-La Land
  • Format: CD, digital download
Chillerama Presents Zom-B-Movie Soundtrack
  • Released: November 23, 2011[23]
  • Label: BSX
  • Format: CD, digital download
Europa Report:
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • Released: August 2, 2013[24]
  • Label: Sparks and Shadows
  • Format: CD, digital download

Television soundtracks[edit]

Title Album details
Battlestar Galactica:
Original Soundtrack from the Sci Fi Channel Mini Series
  • Released: March 16, 2004
  • Label: La-La Land
  • Format: CD
  • Credited for 8 tracks
Battlestar Galactica: Season One:
Original Soundtrack from the Sci Fi Channel Television Series
  • Released: June 21, 2005
  • Label: La-La Land
  • Format: CD
Battlestar Galactica: Season 2:
Original Soundtrack from the Sci Fi Channel Television Series
  • Released: June 20, 2006
  • Label: La-La Land
  • Format: CD
Battlestar Galactica: Season 3:
Original Soundtrack from the Sci Fi Channel Television Series
  • Released: October 23, 2007
  • Label: La-La Land
  • Format: CD
Eureka:
Original Soundtrack from the Sci-Fi Channel Television Series
  • Released: August 26, 2008[25]
  • Label: La-La Land
  • Format: CD
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles:
Original Television Soundtrack
  • Released: December 23, 2008[26]
  • Label: La-La Land
  • Format: CD, digital download
Caprica:
Original Soundtrack from the Sci Fi Channel Television Pilot Episode
  • Released: June 16, 2009[27]
  • Label: La-La Land
  • Format: CD
Battlestar Galactica: Season 4:
Original Soundtrack from the Syfy Television Series
  • Released: July 28, 2009
  • Label: La-La Land
  • Format: CD
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan and Razor:
Original Soundtrack from the Syfy Special Events
  • Released: February 23, 2010[28]
  • Label: La-La Land
  • Format: CD, digital download
Human Target: Season 1:
Original Television Soundtrack
  • Released: October 8, 2010[29][30]
  • Label: WaterTower, La-La Land
  • Format: CD, digital download
The Cape:
Original Television Soundtrack
  • Released: September 27, 2011[31]
  • Label: La-La Land
  • Format: CD
A Very Eureka Christmas:
Original Holiday Soundtrack from the Television Series
  • Released: November 20, 2012[32]
  • Label: Back Lot
  • Format: Digital download
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome:
Original Soundtrack from the SyFy Special Event
  • Released: March 12, 2013[33]
  • Label: La-La Land
  • Format: CD
Da Vinci's Demons:
Original Television Soundtrack
  • Released: May 28, 2013[34]
  • Label: Sparks and Shadows
  • Format: CD, digital download
Defiance:
Original Television Soundtrack
  • Released: June 17, 2013[35]
  • Label: Sparks and Shadows
  • Format: Digital download
Caprica:
Original Soundtrack to the Syfy Television Series
  • Released: July 30, 2013[36]
  • Label: La-La Land
  • Format: CD
The World of Steam: The Clockwork Heart
  • Released: November 20, 2013[37]
  • Label: Sparks and Shadows
  • Format: Digital download

Video game soundtracks[edit]

Title Album details
Dark Void:
Original Video Game Score
  • Released: February 9, 2010[38]
  • Label: Sumthing Else
  • Format: CD, digital download
SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs:
Original Video Game Soundtrack
  • Released: April 12, 2011[39][40]
  • Label: Sony, La-La Land
  • Format: CD, digital download
Moon Breakers
  • Released: June 19, 2012[41]
  • Label: Conan the Furky
  • Format: Digital download
Defiance:
Original Video Game Soundtrack
  • Released: April 2, 2013[42]
  • Label: Sparks and Shadows
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Temporal Distortion"[43] 2012 non-album single
"Da Vinci's Demons"
(Main Title Theme)[44]
2013 Da Vinci's Demons: Original Television Soundtrack
"I Forever"
(Bear McCreary and Young Beautiful in a Hurry)[45]
non-album single

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
"Maverick Regeneration"[46] 2011 Play for Japan: The Album
"Main Title Theme Song" (Unkle Remix)[47] 2013 The Walking Dead: AMC Original Soundtrack – Vol. 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weisman, Jon. "LIVE From the Creative Arts Emmys". Variety. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ Bearmccreary.com
  3. ^ a b "Bear McCreary: Biography". Bear McCreary's Official Site. Archived from the original on April 6, 2009. Retrieved April 13, 2009. 
  4. ^ Bearmccreary.com
  5. ^ "Bear McCreary – Official site". Bearmccreary.com. February 24, 2009. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Larry Reeves - Malibu Wedding Photographer". Archived from the original on September 5, 2010. Retrieved January 15, 2014. [dead link]
  7. ^ FITZ (April 26, 2011). "Music Review: Bear McCreary - Human Target Soundtrack". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ Variety
  9. ^ Alan Sepinwall (June 22, 2008). "Sepinwall on TV: Michael Giacchino and Bear McCreary, score keepers". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on March 21, 2009. Retrieved March 18, 2009. 
  10. ^ Maureen Ryan (June 16, 2008). "'Battlestar Galactica' provides some Earth-shattering 'Revelations'". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on March 29, 2009. Retrieved March 18, 2009. 
  11. ^ McCreary, Bear (July 25, 2009). "Human Target Screens Today". Bear McCreary's Blog. Retrieved July 26, 2009. 
  12. ^ Burlingame, Jon (July 8, 2010). "Emmy Music Nominations Announced". Film Music Society. Archived from the original on August 17, 2010. Retrieved July 8, 2010. 
  13. ^ I Am Leaving “Human Target”
  14. ^ Comic Con 2010: The Cape Casts a Mighty Shadow
  15. ^ 'Walking Dead' reveals trailer, taps Bear McCreary as composer
  16. ^ Indiewire.com
  17. ^ Yamato, Jen (July 2, 2010). "Exclusive: 'Step Up 3D' Billboard Art Premiere!". Cinematical. Archived from the original on July 4, 2010. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  18. ^ Squareenixmusic.com
  19. ^ Originalsoundversion.com
  20. ^ McCreary, Bear (September 14, 2011). "Battlestar Galactica Solo Piano CD". Bear McCreary. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  21. ^ "The Music of Battlestar Galactica for Solo Piano". iTunes Store. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Rest Stop – Don't Look Back: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". iTunes Store. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Zom-B-Movie Soundtrack". iTunes Store. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Europa Report (Motion Picture Soundtrack)". iTunes Store. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Eureka". La-La Land Records. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Terminator – The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Original Television Soundtrack)". iTunes Store. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  27. ^ Maureen Ryan (January 23, 2009). "'Battlestar Galactica' veterans move on to 'Caprica'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 23, 2009. 
  28. ^ "Battlestar Galactica: The Plan and Razor (Original Soundtrack)". iTunes Store. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Human Target (Original Television Soundtrack – Season 1)". iTunes Store. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Human Target: Limited Edition (3CD-Set)". La-La Land Records. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  31. ^ McCreary, Bear (September 20, 2011). "The Cape Soundtrack CD". Bear McCreary. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  32. ^ "A Very Eureka Christmas (Original Holiday Soundtrack From the Television Series)". iTunes Store. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  33. ^ "LA-LA LAND RECORDS RE-ENGAGES IN THE CYLON WARS WITH TWO NEW SOUNDTRACKS COMPOSED BY BEAR MCCREARY". CineMedia Promotions. February 5, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  34. ^ "Da Vinci's Demons (Original Television Soundtrack)". iTunes Store. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  35. ^ "Defiance (Original Television Soundtrack)". iTunes Store. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  36. ^ "Music of Bear McCreary Featured on CAPRICA Orignal Soundtrack, Out 7/30". Broadway World. July 25, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  37. ^ "The World of Steam: The Clockwork Heart – EP". iTunes Store. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  38. ^ "Dark Void (Original Video Game Score)". iTunes Store. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  39. ^ "SOCOM 4 (Original Soundtrack)". iTunes Store. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  40. ^ "SOCOM 4: Limited Edition (2-CD Set)". La-La Land Records. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  41. ^ "Moon Breakers – EP". iTunes Store. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  42. ^ "Defiance (Original Video Game Soundtrack)". iTunes Store. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  43. ^ "Temporal Distortion – Single". iTunes Store. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  44. ^ "Da Vinci's Demons (Main Title Theme) – Single". iTunes Store. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  45. ^ "I Forever – Single". iTunes Store. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  46. ^ "Play For Japan: The Album". iTunes Store. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  47. ^ "The Walking Dead: AMC Original Soundtrack, Vol. 1". iTunes Store. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 

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