McCreary in 2009
February 17, 1979|
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
|Genres||Film score, orchestral|
|Labels||La La Land Records, Sparks and Shadows|
Bear McCreary (born February 17, 1979) is an American composer and musician living in Los Angeles. He is best known for his work on the reimagined Battlestar Galactica television series and for the TV series Outlander and The Walking Dead.
McCreary was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and spent most of his formative years in Bellingham, Washington. He is the son of author Laura Kalpakian and professor Jay McCreary of University of Hawaii. He is of Irish and Armenian descent. His brother, Brendan McCreary, is also a musician. Bear has directed and produced several music videos for Brendan's band, Young Beautiful in a Hurry. He graduated from Bellingham High School in 1997.
McCreary earned degrees in Composition and Recording Arts from the Thornton School of Music at University of Southern California. He is a classically trained pianist and self-taught accordionist. He studied under the renowned film score composer Elmer Bernstein during which time he reconstructed and reorchestrated Bernstein's 1963 score for Kings of the Sun. Their collaboration allowed for the complete score to be available as a soundtrack album for the first time in 40 years.
In 2003, McCreary worked under primary composer Richard Gibbs on the three-hour miniseries which served as a pilot for the reimagined series of Battlestar Galactica. When the show was picked up, Gibbs opted not to devote full-time to the regular series' production, and McCreary became the sole composer. He worked on the series until it reached its conclusion in 2009, scoring over 70 episodes. To date, six Battlestar Galactica soundtrack albums have been released, and have garnered a great deal of critical acclaim and commercial success. The soundtracks for seasons two and three ranked amongst Amazon.com's Top 30 Music Sales on their first days of release.
McCreary composed for Caprica, a prequel series set in the fictional Battlestar Galactica universe. On February 18, 2012, McCreary announced that he would compose the score to the two-hour pilot movie Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome.
McCreary provided the score for the series Human Target (based on the comic book of the same name). The pilot episode and main theme score had been recorded with a full orchestra. The series has the distinction of having one of the largest orchestras on television.
The score to the finale of season one, "Christopher Chance," used the largest orchestra ever assembled for episodic television, and he took the opportunity to rerecord the main title theme with a new orchestration with this larger ensemble.
In July 2010, he received his first Emmy nomination for the Human Target main title.
In a post on his blog on July 25, 2010, McCreary announced the new creative leadership brought in for season two had not asked him to return for it, and he would be leaving the series.
The opening title sequence was made by Imaginary Forces and directors Michelle Dougherty and Karin Fong with the backing sea shanty inspired theme composed by Battlestar Galactica and The Walking Dead composer Bear McCreary. It accurately features an instrument of the period in the form of the hurdy-gurdy.
On July 15, 2013, McCreary announced that he will compose the score for ABC's series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. On September 4, 2015, McCreary released the official Agents of SHIELD soundtrack publicly.
McCreary served as orchestral producer for the rock opera Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem airing on Adult Swim on October 27, 2013. This is a continuation of the Metalocalypse universe following the band Dethklok. The music features a 50-piece orchestra. The soundtrack was released on October 29, 2013.
McCreary made his theatrical feature film scoring debut with Step Up 3D and has scored several direct-to-video features, including Rest Stop, Rest Stop: Don't Look Back, and Wrong Turn 2: Dead End.
Bear has scored three films with director Joe Lynch (of Wrong Turn 2), the latest being Everly which includes "Silent Night", a duet with his spouse, Raya Yarbrough. McCreary's latest feature film scores are for The Cloverfield Paradox, released February 4, 2018, and Tau, 2018.
McCreary made an eight-bit rendition of the Dark Void theme, which was, originally, an April fools joke. However, the theme was used for the prequel, Dark Void Zero. He composed all the songs in an eight-bit fashion by connecting the wires on an actual NES console and cartridge to create authenticity.
He arranged James Rolfe's The Angry Video Game Nerd "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" parody "You're a Mean One, Mr. Nerd" for the 2010 Christmas special, with orchestra and eight-bit audio elements.
McCreary is married to singer/songwriter Raya Yarbrough, with whom he worked on the music of Battlestar Galactica, Defiance, Da Vinci's Demons, and several other projects. They have a daughter together named Sonatine, after the musical term sonatina.
McCreary credits composers Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Danny Elfman, Ennio Morricone, John Williams, Shirley Walker as being key to his growing up adoring film music. They were his heroes while he was growing up.. Contemporary composers continue to inspire his growth and is a self-avowed fan of Hans Zimmer.
|The Music of Battlestar Galactica for Solo Piano||September 13, 2011||BSX||CD, digital download|
|Rest Stop: Dead Ahead||November 28, 2006||Plan R||CD, digital download|
|Wrong Turn 2: Dead End||September 18, 2007||La-La Land||CD|
|Rest Stop: Don't Look Back||October 21, 2008||La-La Land||CD, digital download|
|Chillerama Presents Zom-B-Movie Soundtrack||November 23, 2011||BSX||CD, digital download|
|Europa Report||August 2, 2013||Sparks and Shadows||CD, digital download|
|Knights of Badassdom||February 11, 2014||Sparks and Shadows||CD, digital download|
|Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie||September 2, 2014||Sparks and Shadows||Digital download, Blu-ray|
|Everly||January 20, 2015||Sparks and Shadows||CD, digital download|
|The Forest||January 8, 2016||Sparks and Shadows||CD, digital download|
|The Boy||January 22, 2016||Lakeshore Records||CD, digital download|
|10 Cloverfield Lane: Music from the Motion Picture||March 11, 2016||Sparks and Shadows||CD, digital download|
|10 Cloverfield Lane: Music from the Motion Picture||December 7, 2016||Mondo/Sparks and Shadows||Vinyl|
|Colossal||April 7, 2017||Lakeshore Records||CD, digital download|
|Rebel in the Rye||September 8, 2017||Sparks and Shadows||CD, digital download|
|Unrest||September 22, 2017||Sparks and Shadows||digital download|
|Happy Death Day||October 13, 2017||Back Lot Music||CD, digital download|
|Revolt||October 13, 2017||Lakeshore Records||digital download|
|The Cloverfield Paradox||February 5, 2018||Sparks and Shadows||CD, digital download|
|Hell Fest||September 28, 2018||Sparks and Shadows||digital download|
|I Still See You||October 12, 2018||Sparks and Shadows||digital download|
|Battlestar Galactica||March 16, 2004||La-La Land||CD (credited for 8 tracks)|
|Battlestar Galactica: Season One||June 21, 2005||La-La Land||CD|
|Battlestar Galactica: Season 2||June 20, 2006||La-La Land||CD|
|Battlestar Galactica: Season 3||October 23, 2007||La-La Land||CD|
|Eureka||August 26, 2008||La-La Land||CD|
|Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles||December 23, 2008||La-La Land||CD, digital download|
|Caprica (pilot episode)||June 16, 2009||La-La Land||CD|
|Battlestar Galactica: Season 4||July 28, 2009||La-La Land||CD|
|Battlestar Galactica: The Plan and Razor||February 23, 2010||La-La Land||CD, digital download|
|Human Target: Season 1||October 8, 2010||WaterTower, La-La Land||CD, digital download|
|The Cape||September 27, 2011||La-La Land||CD|
|A Very Eureka Christmas: Original Holiday Soundtrack||November 20, 2012||Back Lot||Digital download|
|Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome||March 12, 2013||La-La Land||CD|
|Da Vinci's Demons||May 28, 2013||Sparks and Shadows||CD, digital download|
|Defiance||June 17, 2013||Sparks and Shadows||Digital download|
|Caprica||July 30, 2013||La-La Land||CD|
|The World of Steam: The Clockwork Heart||November 20, 2013||Sparks and Shadows||Digital download|
|Black Sails||January 28, 2014||Sparks and Shadows||CD, digital download|
|Da Vinci's Demons - Season 2||May 27, 2014||Sparks and Shadows||CD, Digital download|
|Outlander, Vol. 1||February 10, 2015||Madison Gate Records / Sparks and Shadows||CD, digital download|
|Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||September 4, 2015||Hollywood Records||CD, digital download|
|Outlander, Vol. 2||September 25, 2015||Madison Gate Records / Sparks and Shadows||CD, digital download|
|Da Vinci's Demons - Season 3||November 3, 2015||Sparks and Shadows||CD, Digital download|
|Outlander, Season 2||October 28, 2016||Madison Gate Records / Sparks and Shadows||CD, digital download|
|The Walking Dead||October 20, 2017||Lakeshore Records||CD, digital download|
|Outlander, Season 3||February 9, 2018||Madison Gate Records / Sparks and Shadows||CD, digital download|
|Dark Void||February 9, 2010||Sumthing Else||CD, digital download|
|SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs||April 12, 2011||Sony, La-La Land||CD, digital download|
|Moon Breakers||June 19, 2012||Conan the Furky||Digital download|
|Defiance||April 2, 2013||Sparks and Shadows||Digital download|
|Assassin's Creed Syndicate: Jack the Ripper||December 15, 2015||Ubisoft Music||Digital download (EP)|
|God of War||April 13, 2018||Sony Classical||CD, digital download|
|"You Are My Home"(featuring Brendan McCreary)||2012|
|"Da Vinci's Demons"(Main Title Theme)||2013||Da Vinci's Demons: Original Television Soundtrack|
|"I Forever" (Young Beautiful in a Hurry & Bear McCreary)||2013|
|"Maverick Regeneration"||2011||Various artists||Play For Japan: The Album|
|"Main Title Theme Song" (Unkle Remix)||2013||Various artists||The Walking Dead: Original Soundtrack - Vol. 1|
|N/A||2013||Dethklok||Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem - A Klok Opera Soundtrack||Orchestra|
|Wrong Turn 2: Dead End||2007|
|Rest Stop: Don't Look Back||2008|
|Step Up 3D||2010||Theatrical film scoring debut|
|Chillerama||2011||Scored the segment "Zom-B Movie"|
|Knights of Badassdom||2013|
|Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie||2014|
|10 Cloverfield Lane||2016|
|Rebel in the Rye||2017|
|Happy Death Day||2017|
|The Cloverfield Paradox||2018|
|Godzilla: King of the Monsters||2019||Original Godzilla themes by Akira Ifukube|
|Battlestar Galactica||2004-2009||Assistant composer on miniseries; became full-time composer of TV series after Richard Gibbs turned down the series|
|Eureka||2007-2012||Took over from Mutato Muzika starting with the second season of the show in 2007|
|Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles||2008-2009|
|Human Target||2010||Earned his first Emmy nomination for the main title|
|The Walking Dead||2010-present||Based on the comic book series; AMC original series|
|Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome||2012||10 episode web series; released on machinima.com|
|Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem||2013|
|Defiance||2013-2015||Syfy original series|
|Da Vinci's Demons||2013-2015||Starz original series; received his first Emmy for the main title|
|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||2013-present||A continuation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe|
|Intruders||2014||BBC America series based on the novel by Michael Marshall Smith|
|Constantine||2014||NBC series based on the comic series Hellblazer published by DC Comics|
|Black Sails||2014-17||Starz original series|
|Outlander||2014-present||Starz original series|
|Arrow||2015||(Uncredited -- Music by Blake Neely, but Constantine's theme is featured) The CW series based on Green Arrow of DC Comics; episode: "Haunting" featuring Constantine|
|Damien||2016||Composer. A&E series based on The Omen characters|
|Black Mirror||2016||Composer. Season Three, Episode: "Playtest"|
|Chance||2016||Composer. Hulu original series|
|Dark Void Zero||2010|
|SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs||2011|
|Assassin's Creed Syndicate: Jack The Ripper||2015|
|God of War||2018|
|2009||ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Television Series||Eureka||Won|
|2009||International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for Television||Caprica||Nominated|
|2009||International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for Television||Battlestar Galactica||Won|
|2010||International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for Television||Human Target||Won|
|2010||International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media||Dark Void||Nominated|
|2010||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music||Human Target||Nominated|
|2011||International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media||SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs||Nominated|
|2013||ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Television Series||The Walking Dead||Won|
|2013||International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for Television||Da Vinci's Demons||Nominated|
|2013||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music||Da Vinci's Demons||Won|
|2014||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music||Black Sails||Nominated|
|2015||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series||Outlander||Nominated|