Composer Bear McCreary stepped aboard the CBR Yacht at Comic-Con International in San DIego where he discussed the world of “composer geeks” and how his own obsession with movie soundtracks eventually led to his current career.
McCreary talked about his current gig as the composer for AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” diving into the process he goes through when he’s sent scenes to set the music to and going into details about specific scenes from the series and describing his job as lowering the viewers defenses in order to heighten the show’s surprises.
The composer also gives away a musical Easter egg from Season 2, revealing that at a key scene, he actually used a kazoo, modifying the sound a bit in order to make it fit. McCreary said that Oingo Boingo’s Steve Bartek’s specialized banjo is what he considers the sound of “The Walking Dead,” saying that whenever there’s a zombie threat, the viewer hears an electric banjo playing.
McCreary also discusses his upcoming work on Syfy’s “Defiance,” a science fiction show/game hybrid he’s currently building sounds, textures and themes for, a process the composer likens to world-building.