I’m not overly thrilled by the music The Walking Dead. Especially knowing the composer’s other work (the recent Battlestar Galactica). Mind you I’m not claiming to be some kind of musical connoisseur, I just wish TWD’s music lived up to Bear McCreary’s reputation.
I’ve got to confess; Bear really shines in BSG and does the best music I’ve ever heard attached to television in the history of EVER. But beyond it? He’s far too restrained back to the same mundane standards of 99.9% of other composers.
I’m a score and soundtrack man. It’s my main type of music. I guess because I can visually connect it to imagery that provokes a response of remembering said scene and said emotions then? It’s also because I don’t like lyrics, frankly. I think they can be alright, but I also think we put too much emphasis on them in music. I know, that’s a super unpopular “are you crazy?” opinion that I’m alone on.
Anyway my point in mentioning that I’m totally all about scores/soundtracks is that… the fact that next to none of the Walking Dead score, despite being from Bear, has stood out to me as excellent and evocative? It says he’s been handicapped by traditional producers who want traditional fair that barely registers.
BSG… well, they wanted to stand out. Ron Moore spent a giant chunk of his career on modern Star Trek, and after about 1990, a lot of the music there suffered. It was tough for a composer to make a dent, to stand out, to have a score go noticed, because Berman was top dog and he didn’t care, so he didn’t put money into it, so composers just phone in a lot of it. RDM hated that and so specifically went after truly dynamic music with BSG. He did a lot of great things with BSG specifically to be contrary to what he had done or been told to do on Star Trek.