April 23, 2009
MODERATE SPOILERS AHEAD: The two-hour pilot / movie “Caprica” was released on DVD this week, and it gives us our first glimpse into the series that will expand the “Battlestar Galactica” universe. I was fortunate to write music for this exciting project, because it provided the opportunity to create a totally unique sound, one that pays tribute to “Battlestar Galactica” without imitating it.
The varied entries on my blog are a testament to the evolution and growth that my “Battlestar Galactica” score went through over the show’s four seasons. I incorporated an ever-expanding palette of ethnic instruments from all over the world, as the fleet plunged deeper into uncharted space.
My approach for “Caprica” would be the polar opposite. After all, the events of this series take place in an entirely different environment. Caprica City is a familiar society at its most decadent and opulent peak, hardly a rag-tag fleet of refugees struggling for resources. The audience knows that doomsday looms on the horizon for citizens of Caprica City, but the characters themselves do not. “Caprica was a city that on the outside was modern, structured, and efficient,” director Jeffrey Reiner told me. “However, on the inside, things were rotten.”