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 Posted:   May 9, 2014 - 4:04 PM   
 By:   Doctor Shatterhand   (Member)

It was so easy to quit watching this show back in Sept/Oct 2013. The first 12 episodes were not what the fans were hoping for but now that Capt America 2 has been released the series has taken off on all thrusters. Next week is the season finale and it looks to be a real climatic battle which most likely will have a cliffhanger. The music is subtle throughout the series but listening to it on the YouTube clips proves McCreary can compose more than just musical sound effects. I love the fact that they are using an orchestra too.

Now, as someone posted earlier - will the series be retitled? I do like the title THE NEW HOWLING COMMANDOS.

 
 
 Posted:   May 10, 2014 - 8:20 AM   
 By:   jillymayr   (Member)

loving the music in A of S

 
 
 Posted:   May 10, 2014 - 9:02 AM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

The music is subtle throughout the series but listening to it on the YouTube clips proves McCreary can compose more than just musical sound effects


I think he proved that about 10 years ago......

Ford A. Thaxton

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 12:40 PM   
 By:   musicpaladin2007   (Member)

The music is subtle throughout the series but listening to it on the YouTube clips proves McCreary can compose more than just musical sound effects


I think he proved that about 10 years ago......

Ford A. Thaxton


Agreed. Here's hoping it gets a soundtrack release, as opposed to the abysmal treatment AMC has given to the Walking Dead score release requests.

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 1:02 PM   
 By:   musicpaladin2007   (Member)

Really hope they replace Bear. Weakest part of the show and the music actually detracts and takes me out of it. Never before have I been so annoyed by a score. Maybe its the size of the orchestra? It's just too "cutesy" or something. Wish I could articulate why I dislike it so much.

Maybe you are referring to the fact that Bear is stylistically trying to harken back to the 90's era of Shirley Walker Batman:TAS style comic book hero scoring.

The size of the orchestra is actually quite large for a television score.

Bear's music is excellent - my biggest issue is honestly probably the way it is mixed in the show.

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 1:22 PM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

Really hope they replace Bear. Weakest part of the show and the music actually detracts and takes me out of it. Never before have I been so annoyed by a score. Maybe its the size of the orchestra? It's just too "cutesy" or something. Wish I could articulate why I dislike it so much.

You of course understand that the scores being provided to the show by Mr. McCreary are being reviewed and approved by the producers of the show who have final say as to the musical approach?

So anyone else who replaces him would have to deal with the exact same group of people who would tell that person what they want?

You do know that right?

Also, Mr. McCreary has a rather large orchestra by TV Standards that he gets to use every week?

So given all of that, who would you replace him with EXACTLY who would be willing to score a weekly TV Series?

Ford A. Thaxton

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 1:25 PM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

I don't care what anyone says, this show has not been getting any better. Yeah, there's more action in it now, but the writing is still complete crap.

You understanding that this is just your OPINION, not a fact that the rest of us have to acceptt?

You also appear to not care that anyone might disagree with you on your OPINION.

It's nice to see someone with such an open mind.

:-)

Ford A. Thaxton

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 2:46 PM   
 By:   jfallon   (Member)

Yup Ford know all that. It 's called an opinion.

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 3:30 PM   
 By:   CitizenJoe   (Member)

I don't care what anyone says, this show has not been getting any better. Yeah, there's more action in it now, but the writing is still complete crap.

You understanding that this is just your OPINION, not a fact that the rest of us have to acceptt?

You also appear to not care that anyone might disagree with you on your OPINION.

It's nice to see someone with such an open mind.

:-)

Ford A. Thaxton


What's this, Ford Thaxton disagreeing with someone else's OPINION? Say it ain't so! razz

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 4:16 PM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

Yup Ford know all that. It 's called an opinion.

I understand that, the question was do you?

:-)

Ford A. Thaxton

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 4:26 PM   
 By:   jfallon   (Member)

I refuse to get entangled in Ford's web!
smile

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 5:20 PM   
 By:   jb1234   (Member)

I enjoyed McCreary's music quite a bit in the first six or so episodes but after that, it got so buried in the mix that it struggles to make an impact. It's a shame because he's such a good composer.

 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2014 - 4:28 AM   
 By:   wayfarer_1969   (Member)

I enjoyed McCreary's music quite a bit in the first six or so episodes but after that, it got so buried in the mix that it struggles to make an impact. It's a shame because he's such a good composer.

I agree with you. I became a fan of Bear McCreary after episode one of the ongoing BSG series. In BSG, his music was properly used to underline the action or emotion of the scene. In shows like The Walking Dead and Agents of Shield, his talents appear to be underused.
I've struggled to hear his score, in the latter, compared also to The Cape, and Human Target S1.

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2014 - 9:26 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

 
 Posted:   May 14, 2014 - 10:18 PM   
 By:   David (Giacchino-fan)   (Member)

In this article about the finale and what's to come on the TV show's future, they mention McCreary and a bit of the finale's music:

http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/05/14/agents-of-shield-producers-discuss-season-1s-finale-and-what-to-expect-in-season-2

Excerpt:

IGN: We knew Samuel L. Jackson would be in this episode in some capacity, and he actually had a nice big role. Was it exciting to get Sam in there for a good chunk of time and to have him interact with several characters?

Loeb: It was very exciting to have Director Fury on this show and to have Director Fury interact with so many of our different characters in different ways. It was thrilling for them, and they have heard so much about Nick Fury and the importance of that character to the Marvel Universe. To be able to finally marry these original characters in that world, that's just terrific stuff.

Bell: Here's a little story. We scored the finale with an 85-piece orchestra, which is bigger than our traditional orchestra that Bear uses. They were doing a cue, and the musicians -- you know, there's a big giant screen with time code on it, and Bear and the musicians are mostly staring at their sheet music -- and they're very, very, very precise. The brass had done this particular cue, and they stopped it, and [composer] Bear McCreary said, "Guys, Director Fury just walked through that door!" They went back and played it again, and the brass was, like, 12 times bigger. Everybody was just inspired and made it awesome. I think that response is indicative of how everyone felt.

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2014 - 2:39 PM   
 By:   CitizenJoe   (Member)



Thanks for sharing the video mastadge! It made me even more impatient for them to put out a CD!

 
 Posted:   May 16, 2014 - 2:04 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Bear discusses a soundtrack release on his blog: "“Will there be a soundtrack album?” As of this moment, I have no answer to give you, but I appreciate the enthusiasm and I’m confident that there will be more information soon.

"Let’s assume for a moment that a soundtrack will eventually happen. If that occurs, I will need your help to figure out what to put on it. I have never written so many hours of score for a single season of television in my life, and I’m a bit overwhelmed at the prospect of narrowing it all down. The video blog here showcases some of my favorite tracks from throughout the season, but barely scratches the surface of what’s there. What cues caught your ear? What tracks would you guys want on an album? Leave a comment below and let me know!"

http://www.bearmccreary.com/#blog/blog/agents-of-s-h-i-e-l-d-looking-back-at-season-1/

So if any particular cues in the episodes caught your ear, now's your chance to mention them.

 
 
 Posted:   May 16, 2014 - 4:57 PM   
 By:   jb1234   (Member)

Bear is usually pretty good with the cues he chooses for his soundtrack releases and there's plenty of merely functional material in the SHIELD scores that he can skip over. When a soundtrack is released, I'm confident it'll be kickass.

 
 
 Posted:   May 16, 2014 - 9:10 PM   
 By:   musicpaladin2007   (Member)

It sounds like either a) Marvel/ABC is pulling a Walking Dead and refusing to sign off on a soundtrack album, or b) they're close to a deal and Bear's in the middle of negotiating it and has to remain hush hush until a deal is signed.

 
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