You may not be familiar with the name Bear McCreary, but you’ve most probably heard his work before.
A prolific composer for TV, McCreary is behind the music for such shows as THE WALKING DEAD, MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, BLACK SAILS, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, several video games, and now the music for the JJ Abrahms sci-fi thriller 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE.
When McCreary first read the script for CLOVERFIELD LANE, he called it an absolute page-turner and couldn’t put it down. The original script was called THE CELLAR, and it was when producer JJ Abrams came onboard from his STAR WARS commitments that the sound of the score really evolved. Abrams himself is no stranger to film and TV music, having composed the themes for FELICITY, ALIAS, LOST and FRINGE.
But it was the opportunity to write music for an instrument called a BLASTER BEAM that got McCreary really enthused! Initially used in STAR TREK: The Motion Picture in 1978, the Blaster Beam is an electronic musical instrument consisting of a 12 to 18-foot long metal beam strung with numerous tensed wires under which electric guitar pickups are magnetically mounted, so they can then be moved to alter the sound produced!
McCreary also insists the new film has no musical similarities to 2008’s CLOVERFIELD, which only has end title music - the original film made him so motion sick he never saw the end of it, much less heard the music!
Below: The Blaster Beam in all it's weird glory!
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