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From ‘Dead’ to ‘Demons’: Bear McCreary on 5 TV-Show Themes

The composer for ‘The Walking Dead’ and other sci-fi/horror shows reveals the inspirations behind his best-known TV work

Bear McCreary

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If you've tuned in to the glut of geek-friendly TV shows over the past decade, then you know composer Bear McCreary's work: the thumping wallop of his drums-driven work on Battlestar Galactica, the creepy-as-hell soundtrack that plays over the zombiepocalypse on The Walking Dead, the propulsive synth-heavy opening music for Syfy's video-game tie-in Defiance. He's helped define the sound of both cult and crossover shows for the Comic-Con nation, and if you've been lucky enough to catch Starz's period-fantasy drama Da Vinci's Demons — in which a studly Leonardo Da Vinci fights cults, hangs out with mystics and somehow finds time to romance a mistress of Lorenzo de' Medici —  it's clear that this former protegé of Elmer Bernstein can do stately scores in addition to spooky and space-operatic themes.

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With the second season  of Da Vinci's Demons premiering on March 22nd, we asked to McCreary to break down how he wrote the themes for five of the best-known TV shows he's worked on. Here's what he told us. DAVID FEAR


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