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We're big fans of composer Bear McCreary around here, from his work on "Battlestar Galactica," "Da Vinci's Demons," and more. So how does the prolific musician put together the score for a show like "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."? Not like this. Not like this: Read More...

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Bear McCreary is joining the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division as senior officer of music. Or something like that.

The "Battlestar Galactica" and "Walking Dead" composer is providing his services to "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," the Marvel Studios and ABC television series starring Clark Gregg as the somehow-alive Agent Phil Coulson. McCreary confirmed the news on Twitter, and spoke with Entertainment Weekly all about what he plans to bring to the series.

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There are a lot of reasons to like "The Walking Dead." The zombies, the talented cast members, the compelling storylines, etc. Me, I'm a big fan of the hauntingly perfect music composed by Bear McCreary ("Battlestar Galactica," "Eureka"). As it turns out I'm not the only one, as a group of "Walking Dead" fans recently launched a campaign on Facebook asking AMC to release a soundtrack.

The campaign was born out of a recent Twitter exchange between showrunner Glen Mazzara and fans asking for info about the show's score. Mazzara tweeted that as of right now "there are no plans to release a soundtrack." Bummer. The good news is that the Facebook page is nearing 1,000 "Likes," but could definitely use a few more. MTV News reached out to McCreary himself to see what he thinks about the fan efforts.

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The second season of "The Walking Dead" might have ended weeks ago, but its fiery, foreshadowy teases linger on. While you're mourning its hiatus and mulling over new cast members, we chatted with composer Bear McCreary, who might be cooking up that prison theme for Season Three at this very moment.

First off, how ahead of the action is McCreary with regard to when he knows who lives and dies?

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Now that we've had some time to digest that record-breaking, action-packed season two finale of the most zombie-riffic show on television, "The Walking Dead," we can focus on season three and the fact that Rick and Co. will finally be sent to prison.

We've heard a little about what creator Robert Kirkman and the show's producers have in store for us next season, but how about a little preview action from wonderfully talented and fanboy-beloved composer Bear McCreary? MTV News was very lucky to attend McCreary's scoring session for the season finale, after which he shared his thoughts for what he has planned for a "prison theme" of sorts.

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Did you see Sunday night's episode of "The Walking Dead"? As it has all season long, the AMC series continued to surprise, delight, and disgust its audience — all at the same time. The best part? Even though I don't like zombies, I enjoy the show, and I love the music.

As the resident score nerd at Splash Page HQ, I sat down with "The Walking Dead" composer Bear McCreary to discuss writing music for zombies vs. music for humans, and various other elements of his "Walking Dead" work. Now that the bulk of the season is behind us, we can finally publish one of our meatiest McCreary bites: a discussion of character deaths and how to address them musically, which scenes he's looking forward to scoring in upcoming episodes, and a little video of the man in action, conducting "The Walking Dead" musicians.

"So much of the first few episodes is about external forces," McCreary told MTV News. "It’s about the apocalypse. It’s about trying to get from Point A to Point B. We’re trying to understand what’s going on." Read More...

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Hooray for "The Walking Dead" getting a much-deserved second season! While I couldn't be more delighted for the cast and crew, as the resident movie and television score nerd at Splash Page HQ, I'm most excited about the fact that Bear McCreary will continue composing his nuanced notes for the series' eerily perfect score.

Speaking of which, in addition to "The Walking Dead" theme being backed with heavy emphasis on string instruments, we have some info for anyone wondering about the creepy mix of sounds behind the walkers in Episode Two ("Guts") (specifically, the scene in which Rick and Glenn are posing as smelly walkers themselves amid a mess of undead). McCreary told MTV News it's all about the banjo — the electric banjo, that is.

"One of the things you can listen for is that I tend to use the strings with the humans and the bluegrass instruments with the zombies," said McCreary. "One of my favorite sounds we’ve discovered is the electric banjo." Read More...

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Back in August, when I happened upon fan-favorite "Battlestar Galactica" and "The Walking Dead" score composer Bear McCreary, he promised to deliver "kick-ass music" for the latter highly-anticipated (and now very successful) television series. And just to prove he's a man of his word, MTV News was invited to visit his exclusive scoring session for the season finale, wherein McCreary discussed his inspiration for the series' main title.

"This is more about the emptiness," McCreary said of the show's tone. "And when I saw some of the designs that were coming in from the main title animators, it was exactly that: empty streets, abandoned buildings, broken-down cars, children's toys laying on the ground. I knew that we were all headed in the same direction." Read More...

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When MTV hit up the Hollywood premiere of "Step-Up 3-D" last week, the last person we thought we’d run into was beloved “Battlestar Galactica” composer Bear McCreary. Talk about pleasant surprises! McCreary penned the music for the dance flick, which has several big, tribal-y drum numbers (A McCreary specialty! See: “Fight Night”) and even better, McCreary talked about his next project: scoring “The Walking Dead” for Frank Darabont and AMC.

"I’m doing a new series, ‘The Walking Dead’ with Frank Darabont,” said McCreary. (Never mind the shaky mic/squealing in the video, I may or may not have started jumping up and down at this bit of news). “I’ve been working on that today. It’s a lot of fun.” Read More...

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