SCI FI: Goldsmith Talks Stargate DVD Scores

Joel Goldsmith as he composes for "The Ark of Truth" (Image from DVD)

Composer Joel Goldsmith was recently interviewed by Mike Szymanski for SCI FI WIRE about the scores for the two direct-to-DVD movies, Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum.

“First of all, I could use a symphony orchestra rather than electronics that simulate an orchestra,” Goldsmith said. In the Uncovering The Ark of Truth special feature of the DVD, fans are given a behind-the-scenes view of how the movie was put together, including watching as the Seattle Northwest Sinfonia performed Goldsmith’s score.

Writer, director, and producer Robert C. Cooper corresponded closely with Goldsmith as the music was written. “He would explain the emotion and the subtext that he wanted or needed in the scene.”

Cooper said in a recent interview for MGM’s official website that the music was one of the highlights of the movie. “That was one of the most fun aspects of the process that I’ve ever experienced, going down and seeing the score performed by tremendously talented people in an orchestra.”

Goldsmith told Szymanski, “And because the Ark movie wrapped up some of the stories so well, I reached for a few of the familiar themes from the Ori and Replicators and then created different situations and new themes for Teal’c. Of course, everything was more cinematic.”

Seattle Northwest Sinfonia

For Brad Wright’s Continuum, Goldsmith was also given the opportunity to draw upon some of the older themes that he established since working with the production back in the days of the pilot in 1997. “It is a great, old-fashioned SG-1 film. It is more retro-Stargate, and, without giving away too much, it’s going back to some more things from the past.”

The soundtrack for The Ark of Truth is currently slated for release on April 18, but you can pre-order it through Goldsmith’s FreeClyde website, which states, “Along with this epic score is a 16-page full-color booklet that includes articles by Robert C. Cooper, Brad Wright, and Joel Goldsmith. Stargate Fans will be thrilled by the original artwork designed by the FreeClyde team and exclusive photography from the film.” The website also has small sound clips of five of the pieces from the soundtrack.

To read the complete Goldsmith interview, visit Sci Fi Wire: Goldsmith Talks Stargate DVD Scores.

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