'Da Vinci's Demons'
"I'd been doing so many sci-fi and horror shows that I was happy to do something a little different…I needed a breath of fresh air, and thankfully, this gig came along when it did. The great thing about scoring sci-fi shows is that you basically get to make up the rules, because you're creating a self-contained universe; when you're doing a period piece set during the Renaissance, however, there's a strong history you have to honor. Even if most of the audience isn't well-versed in what the music during that era, they'll feel it if it's off. I knew virtually nothing about Renaissance-era music —but then again, I knew nothing about taiko drums before I did Battlestar, and that turned out okay. [Laughs]"
"I researched the time period to death. The theme that I used for the Medici family? It was written by their court composer for them. Seriously, if Lorenzo de Medici watched our show, he would recognize his music! I'm not sure that total historical fidelity was what [creator] David S. Goyer wanted when he hired me; I think he wanted something bold and adventurous. But my idea was, well, let me try to do both. I'm going to take a chance here. You can hear bits of electronic music and modern percussion in there, but there's a heavy Renaissance-music influence. I was really nervous when I played him the demo, but he loved it."