"On a medium such as a TV show or a film, the score is there to help carry the audience along a singular journey the director has crafted for them. A video game requires a different approach because the pace and story depend on input from the player. In writing for Tales from the Galaxy's Edge, I discovered that writing for a VR game is an even trickier challenge, because the player's experience is even more immersive. The music exists in a three dimensional sonic world. I ultimately shifted my mindset to imagine I was writing music for an actual experience someone would experience in the real world. I thought about actually walking and climbing through these environments, and imagined the music I would want to hear. It was wildly inspiring!"
―Bear McCreary[src]

Bear McCreary is an Emmy Award–winning composer who scored the primary storyline that runs through the action-adventure virtual reality experience Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge.[1]

For the project, McCreary aimed to create a soundtrack that felt as if it originated from the planet Batuu itself, and used acoustic textures such as guitars, simple woodwinds, tribal percussion, and bowed Middle Eastern string instruments to create an organic palette. For an alien aesthetic, Bear McCreary incorporated synthesizers and manipulated samples. Since Batuu was also a part of the wider Star Wars galaxy, McCreary also made use of symphonic techniques and colors used by John Williams throughout the main saga to "subtly root the player’s experience in the broader mythology of the franchise." For "Tara's Theme," Bear McCreary emphasized exotic instruments such as the fujara, Renaissance German Hümmelchen bagpipes, frame drums, and dumbek.[2]

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  1. YouTube.png Tara's Theme - Original Score by Bear McCreary | Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge on the ILMxLAB YouTube channel. "Emmy-winning composer Bear McCreary, known for television shows like Battlestar Galactica and The Walking Dead, films like 10 Cloverfield Lane, and games like the hit God of War, scored the primary adventure that runs through Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge. In that storyline, players assume the role of a droid repair technician who crash lands on Batuu and must face off against a nefarious Guavian Death Gang cell and its leader -- Tara Rashin." (backup link)
  2. Ilmxlab-graphic.png Bear McCreary: Exclusive Interview and Score – Tales from the Galaxy's Edge on ILMxLAB.com (backup link)

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