It’s no secret that I have a small obsession with the short-lived Constantine series that aired on NBC. (I’ve already lamented the fact that it was cancelled way too soon thanks to those morons at NBC, but I digress…) One factor that I loved was the music, something that I’ve rediscovered in the past few days. After having the main theme of the show caught in my head for 48 straight hours, I decided it was time to write about it. And that’s when I discovered something interesting. The music for Constantine was written by composer Bear McCreary who is responsible for some of the best television music written in recent years.
He is responsible for, among other things: Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009), Black Sails (2014-present), Constantine (2014-2015), Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Forest (2016), 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016), Agents of SHIELD (2013-present) and, oh yes, a little series called The Walking Dead (2010-present).
During the short time that Constantine was on the air, McCreary posted a video talking about how he came to compose the music for the series, what sounds he mixed together, and how he determined what the world of John Constantine sounded like. The result is a fascinating blend of the orchestral and the synthetic. There’s a harpsichord (playing the opening motif) and enough heavy beats to satisfy any fan of 80’s hard rock. As the composer puts it, this mix shouldn’t exist, but then again, Constantine is the type of man who shouldn’t exist in our world either.
I love this music so much, it’s a crazy blend of traditional and rock and it totally works for this series. Hope you enjoy it! -Becky
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