Sparks & Shadows, a new boutique record label founded by composer Bear McCreary, announces the release of the Defiance Soundtrack - Deluxe Edition on November 29. The album features two CDs, one containing 22 tracks of original score, original songs and cover songs as heard in the first season of Defiance, and the other 22 tracks of original score MMO game. As a special bonus, the first 360 people who buy the album at www.lalalandrecords.com, on December 3rd, will receive their copy autographed by McCreary. McCreary will also be signing his recent CD releases including Da Vinci's Demons, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, and Europa Report at Dark Delicacies (3512 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank) at 2PM on December 7, 2013.
Defiance gave McCreary the opportunity to write not only the underscore for the show but also songs for the multiple alien races. "Scoring a project like Defiance is a rare situation for a composer," said McCreary. "I was asked to help bring the alien cultures to life by developing a distinct musical heritage for each. I fashioned Votan instrumentation and lyrics into a variety of popular songs and ceremonial pieces. I wrote pieces for street musicians that float through open-air marketplaces. I produced alien classical music, jingles, jazz, rock-anthems and torch songs. The musical world of Defiance is as diverse as the cultures it represents. For the first time on CD, this Deluxe Edition brings it together in one place."
To perform these songs, McCreary called on collaborators that Syfy fans are sure to remember, vocalists Raya Yarbrough and Brendan McCreary, both of whom have worked with Bear on a number of series dating back to the Battlestar Galactica years. Bear also teamed with the band Young Beautiful in a Hurry (fronted by Brendan McCreary), for whom he directed the video "Don't Stop Me Now."
In the year 2046, it's a new Earthwith new rules. Over thirty years after various alien races arrived on Earth, the landscape is completely altered, terraformed nearly beyond recognition. To the town of Defiance, on what used to be St. Louis, comes the mysterious Nolan (Grant Bowler) and his charge, Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas). As they settle into townoverseen by the mayor, Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz) and filled with residents like the powerful Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene), enterprising lounge owner Kenya (Mia Kirshner) and the ambitious, alien Tarrs (Tony Curran and Jaime Murray)events begin to unfold that threaten the fragile peace this border town has fought for. The series is executive produced by Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica, Hellcats), who also serves as showrunner, Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica) and Rockne O'Bannon (Farscape). Scott Stewart (Legion, Priest) directed the pilot; Michael Nankin serves as supervising producer/director on the series. Defiance is produced by Universal Cable Productions.
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As show runner Kevin Murphy describes, "The town of Defiance is an immigrant melting pot and its music reflects this." McCreary set out to create a musical history for each of the races playing a part in Defiance's dramatic landscape.
McCreary continued, "In the pilot, I firmly established the sounds of Castithan and Irathient popular music, but in subsequent episodes you begin to hear these styles merge with contemporary popular songs."
WIRED Magazine called Bear McCreary a "Secret Weapon" in a recent issue. His unique combination of atypical instrumental background (he is a professional accordionist) with rigorous classical training prepared him to compose for disparate genres. By the age of 24, McCreary was launched into pop culture history with his groundbreaking score to Syfy's hit series Battlestar Galactica, for which he composed "the most innovative music on TV today" (Variety). It "fits the action so perfectly, it's almost devastating: a sci-fi score like no other" (NPR). Io9.com declared Bear McCreary one of the Ten Best Science Fiction Composers of all time, listing him alongside legends John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and Bernard Herrmann.
McCreary continues to write for the television show The Walking Dead. Recently he lent his talents to Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the STARZ/BBC joint production Da Vinci's Demons, which earned McCreary his first Emmy Award. His film projects include Europa Report and Knights of Badassdom. His other credits include critically acclaimed scores for series such as Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Eureka and The Cape. His swashbuckling score for Human Target featured the largest orchestra ever assembled in the history of series television and earned him his first Emmy nomination. His videogame credits include SOCOM 4 and Dark Void.
Defiance returns to Syfy summer of 2014.