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My wife & I enjoy the TV series, "Outlander." Its theme song, "The Skye Boat Song" is a haunting Scottish ballad adopted and arranged by Bear McCreary. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zQoQ1ckFxI

McCready wrote a lot of the incidental music for the series, often featuring the bodhran and bones. When I mentioned how much I liked the music my wife (who knows everything to do with plays, TV, and movies) told me that McCreary also wrote the music for "Battlestar Galactica" and "Caprica." (Here's something from Battlestar Galactica: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH5e8x_vLVE ) Oh, so I checked this guy out. He is still under 40 years old but has a very impressive resume. However, his web site has some of the most detailed discussions of his music and creative process of any I have ever seen. It is well worth studying: http://www.bearmccreary.com/

So, what TV composer are you most impressed with?
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Re: April, 2018: What TV series composer are you most impressed with?
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2018, 08:44:01 AM »
Thanks Ron :)

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Re: April, 2018: What TV series composer are you most impressed with?
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2018, 06:56:54 PM »
The Skye Boat Song theme is unearthly beautiful, originally written to portray Bonnie Prince Charlie's escape from the Scottish mainland after the Battle of Culloden.

I don't have a favorite composer, but I do have a few favorite TV themes. Very old, as it happens.

Billy May: Naked City

Nelson Riddle: Route 66

Dave Grusin and Morgan Ames: Baretta (Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow)

Victor Young: Medic (Blue Star)

Sonny Burke: Hennessey

W. G. Walden: The West Wing

Ned Washington and Dimitri Tiomkin: Rawhide

Edvard Grieg: closing credits to Mama (Last Spring). Okay, this one is a big stretch ...

Probably more that don't come to mind at the moment.

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Re: April, 2018: What TV series composer are you most impressed with?
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2018, 11:04:38 PM »
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Re: April, 2018: What TV series composer are you most impressed with?
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2018, 12:16:28 PM »
Ron beat me to mentioning Beale's House of Cards theme. Beale also wrote the theme music for the dramatic series Rome (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zuniVlOVUtc) and the stylistic similarities are obvious.

I also quite like Danny Elfman's Simpsons (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Xqog63KOANc) theme.

The theme music for the macabre series Six Feet Under by Thomas Newman (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=as1dUhUnvgU) is also a favourite.
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Re: April, 2018: What TV series composer are you most impressed with?
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2018, 02:23:12 PM »
We absolutely loved Six Feet Under--one of the most brilliant TV series ever. The final scene is a masterpiece that I never tire of watching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3difXqlpwVc
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Re: April, 2018: What TV series composer are you most impressed with?
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2018, 02:40:12 PM »
Call me old-fashioned, but I honestly don't care for almost any of the TV music I've heard in the last few years.
It tends to fall into that horrible Hanz Zimmer school of boring repetitive patterns and lots of drums. I absolutely LOATHE the theme to Game of Thrones.

I don't HATE the music to Westworld, it works in context, but quite honestly, it's boring and repetitive. The same for most of Bear McCreary's scores. They work in context of the show (particularly Battlestar: Galactica), but really, in the final analysis they are boring, short motifs, within an extremely limited harmonic palette.

The only TV themes I can think of that I admire are older shows, like Star Trek: Voyager (which won an Emmy), the really old Time Tunnel music, all the old John Williams soundtracks, etc..

And this is one I'm particularly fond of:

https://youtu.be/_6ZAeuF7JxM
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