SPOILERS BEYOND: The most recent episode of “Human Target,” Lockdown, allowed me to expand my compositional technique. I made a conscious effort to write music with more layers and activity, that made better use of the diverse instruments within the orchestra. The resultant score was more dynamic, effective and genuinely orchestral. For Salvage and Reclamation, I pushed this approach considerably further. In sheer scale and expression, this score blows away any of my previous orchestral compositions and will forever change the way “Human Target” sounds.
In addition to expanding both the size of the orchestra and the way I wrote for the ensemble, I also introduced the first use of ethnic colors to the score. (This is the polar negative of the BSG score, where orchestral sounds snuck into the mostly ethnic score towards the end of the first season.) Because the story takes place high up in the Andes in South America, I infused the score with traditional pan flutes, quena, latin percussion and mallet instruments. (more…)