Category: Battlestar Galactica Other

Battlestar Auction Panel This Thursday

As many of you probably already know, this week is the second and final BATTLESTAR GALACTICA AUCTION, May 8 – 10, 2009 at the Pasadena Convention Center:  your last chance to own a little piece of BG history… at least until half the stuff ends up on eBay again for ten times as much in a few years!

(This piano is up for auction, however Slick’s piano from Joe’s Bar was sadly destroyed because it was deemed damaged beyond repair.  Too bad.)

Thursday May 7th is PREVIEW DAY and there are some very special events happening (all the details are available at the official site).

At 6pm, I’m taking part in the Production Executive Panel.  The official line-up also includes sound designer Daniel Colman, producer Harvey Frand, VFX superviser Gary Hutzel, co-producer Paul Leonard, director Michael Nankin, director Wayne Rose, editor Andy Seklir and the dynamic writing due of Bradley Thompson and David Weddle.  I will screen an exclusive sneak-peek at the Music Documentaries included on the forthcoming Season 4 Blu Ray and DVD sets.


2 BG Mx Docs Coming Soon!

I have exciting news!  NBC Universal recently announced the “Battlestar Galactica” Season 4.5 DVD and Complete Series Blu Ray releases.  These will include TWO documentaries about my work: “The Evolution of a Cue” and “The Musicians Behind Daybreak.”  

These two docs were directed and co-produced by Matthew Gilna, who did our last film, “Inside the Secrets of the Behind the Making of the Music of Battlestar Galactica: Revealed.”  I know many fans who enjoyed that movie, but were disappointed that it didn’t actually reveal anything about how my music team and I work.  🙂  You will all be pleased to know that both of these films are serious documentaries and run a combined 60 minutes! 

“The Evolution of a Cue” (DVD and BluRay) will walk you through my entire process of scoring, from the editor’s temp score, through sketching, writing, recording and the final mix.  “The Musicians Behind Daybreak” (BluRay only) features interviews with each principle musician and goes into further detail of the Daybreak score, including several music videos like this one that went up on Hulu recently


BG 4.0 DVD Documentary: “The Music of BG”

Battlestar Season 4.0 is finally released on DVD this week.  I’m thrilled to announce officially what many of you have suspected since early reviews of the DVD leaked out: This DVD set includes my original documentary “Inside The Secrets Of The Behind The Making Of The Music Of Battlestar Galactica: Revealed.”

This is a film I produced with Matthew Gilna and Kristina Maniatis that premiered last April at our Los Angeles Battlestar concerts.  If you missed our shows last spring, here’s your chance to catch up.  And since you’re reading my blog, I’m assuming you’re already a fan and will be checking out the DVDs at some point anyway.  🙂

Many people came together to help make this film a reality, but there are several without whom it would never have existed:


BG Season 1 Mx Mix-Ups

Getting any series from script to air is a complex process, and along the way, people make little mistakes, ideas change and sometimes we lose track of things.  After all, we’re only human (or are we Cylons?).  

Here’s an amusing mistake that no one noticed for years:  a pivotal scene in Season 1 has been floating around with two distinctly different scores!  After all, we had multiple Main Titles and multiple DVD releases.  Why not have multiple scores?

If you live in the United States, pull out your Season 1 DVD set and cue up Kobol’s Last Gleaming, Part I.  The episode’s climax is where Kara disobeys direct orders and jumps away in the Cylon raider, heading back to Caprica.  As you can hear, the score for this moment is a bed of drums lifted from the miniseries soundtrack (click on the screenshots for video, you’ll need Quicktime):


However, this is not how the scene was originally broadcast.  Indeed, the US broadcast version and all foreign DVD releases, were subtly different.  I also found the score was different on the Season 1 box set that Best Buy sold in the States as “The UK Version,” released prior to the official Season 1 set.   (more…)

See You at Comic Con! (UPDATED)


Anyone going to Comic Con this year?  

I’ll be among the 100,000 that take the pilgrimage to the Geek Mecca that is San Diego this July.  On Thursday July 24, I’ll be appearing on the Battlestar Galactica 30th Anniversary Panel (11:15 – 12:15, Room 6B), hosted by original Apollo / Tom Zarek himself, Richard Hatch!  The panel will also include Tom DeSanto and science advisor Kevin Grazier.  If you haven’t been to any of our recent Comic Con panels, you should definitely check it out.  Richard has some great footage to show, and we may screen some selections from my recent Music of Battlestar Galactica documentary.

And stick around until Sunday night, July 27th.  I will perform at an exclusive double-bill concert, featuring the Singers of Battlestar Galactica.  I’m playing with Raya Yarbrough and Brendan McCreary, in two sets of their own original material.  These artists frequently sing on my scores, but you can’t truly appreciate their talent until you’ve heard them perform their original songs (although, I wouldn’t be surprised if a few Galactica songs popped up in there as well… perhaps a Dylan cover?).  Other Galactica musicians, such as violin maestro Paul Cartwright and guitarist Steve Bartek will also share the stage.  And we’ll have some surprise Galactica guests as well!