As Always, SPOILERS AHEAD: This week’s episode had many great musical moments, but the one I lavished the most time and attention on was Baltar’s conversation with himself in the lunchroom. This scene was the culmination in a series of bizarre twists and turns going all the way back to the miniseries, and the score had to be fresh and interesting.
In the miniseries, Richard Gibbs scored the Baltar and 6 scenes with a simple gamelan motive that I continued to use throughout their scenes together in the series. In season 2, when 6 sees a Baltar in her head, I represented the turn of the tables by taking the theme and physically retrograding it, playing samples of it backwards.
In Six of One, the tables are turned yet again, as Baltar is now speaking to himself! Playing the original 6 theme, or playing backward elements as I had in Season 2 would seem too familiar now. I needed to raise the musical stakes here, and help take the scene into trippy, new territory. So, instead of reversing individual musical elements within the cue… I reversed the entire the cue. This 3-minute scene is, in fact, a musical palindrome. It sounds precisely the same whether played forwards or backwards. Take a look at the wave form, and you can see that it is a mirror image of itself, reflecting across the mid-point marked in red: