campylobacter: my sweet (Qetesh)
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Such sad news: Joel Goldsmith, 54, composer of Stargate TV music for SG-1, Stargate Atlantis & Stargate: Universe, has ascended to the Choir Invisible. This was first announced on the GateWorld Twitter feed.

Joel Goldsmith took the original David Arnold score from the 1994 Stargate movie and built an aural universe from it, full of hope, tragedy, loss, humor, joy and most importantly a sense of wonder -- the very core of what makes science fiction so appealing. The 3 of his CDs which I've imported into my iTunes library have been replayed SO MANY TIMES that the playcounts for EACH track, number between 136-303. His music is the background to my fanfic reading & writing. Goldsmith's music makes the moments I watch SG-1 & SGA so much more visceral. His recurring themes are characters unto themselves. I mourn his passing; his music lives forever in my heart & ears.

Stargate SG-1 "Ascension" Theme from "Meridian": A spare, simple harp ostinato with flute & strings accompanies Daniel Jackson on his journey from this plane to another.


Stargate Atlantis: "Atlantis Takes Flight": This inspiring march for brass, strings & woodwinds SOARS as the sleeping city emerges from the ocean; always gives me chills.



Stargate SG-1 Continuum "New Identities": This poignant musical portrait of isolation & patience describes how it feels to be wrenched from almost everything you love.


Stargate: Universe "Long Journey": Possibly the last piece Goldsmith composed for the Stargate franchise, it's a piano piece describing latent promise, with a cello underscoring the sadness of the farewell, plus a violin lending a bright echo of hope.

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Date: 2012-04-30 02:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] sg-wonderland.livejournal.com
His music so beautifully suited the scenes, the stories, the characters. The Daniel Ascension piece makes me cry every time, every damn time.

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Date: 2012-04-30 02:59 pm (UTC)
ext_391411: There is a god sitting here with wet fingers. (Qetesh)
From: [identity profile] campylobacter.livejournal.com
Yes. Goldsmith really knew the entire Stargate 'verse inside & out: he never missed a beat of what was going on inside the characters as the plot spun them to & fro.

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Date: 2012-04-30 02:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tavabean.livejournal.com
One of my favorite things about SG was the music, so sad for his loss. Atlantis rising is incredible and awe inspiring, I get a thrill hearing it even now.

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Date: 2012-04-30 03:05 pm (UTC)
ext_391411: There is a god sitting here with wet fingers. (Qetesh)
From: [identity profile] campylobacter.livejournal.com
So agree: "Atlantis Takes Flight" is one of Goldsmith's masterworks. I can't imagine SGA without it.

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Date: 2012-04-30 03:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tavabean.livejournal.com
I remember back when Vegas aired, people were trying to figure out where they got the music that played while Sheppard and the Wraith were running through the club and it turned out to be Joel's composition. Very cool!

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Date: 2012-04-30 03:32 pm (UTC)
ext_391411: There is a god sitting here with wet fingers. (iz-ded)
From: [identity profile] campylobacter.livejournal.com
AW YEAH HEAVY METAL JOEL GOLDSMITH

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPtyiJrTK9Q

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Date: 2012-04-30 04:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tavabean.livejournal.com
PS - saw this on twitter. At Joel's site, he talks about the evolution of the Atlantis theme and provides clips:
http://freeclyde.com/bytes/atlantis_evolution/01/atlantis_evolution_01.html

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Date: 2012-04-30 04:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lc59.livejournal.com
Wow...what a shocker...so, so sad. Such great music.

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Date: 2012-04-30 04:29 pm (UTC)
ext_391411: There is a god sitting here with wet fingers. (Qetesh)
From: [identity profile] campylobacter.livejournal.com
My heart goes out to his family & friends.

He also wrote for Sanctuary, too.

From Solstice

Date: 2012-04-30 04:38 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thank you, this is a lovely tribute to JG with a nice selection of his music. I loved JG's music as well, especially these smaller themes like Ascension in Meridian or the theme played in Abyss, and the one in THE scene in Unending. They get me every time. I always wished these themes had been released along with the other music of the SG franchise. Or that he would combine them in a longer piece. It would have been amazing. He left us too soon and I mourn his passing.

Re: From Solstice

Date: 2012-04-30 04:43 pm (UTC)
ext_391411: There is a god sitting here with wet fingers. (Qetesh)
From: [identity profile] campylobacter.livejournal.com
I totally agree; I'd buy extended version of Goldsmith's Stargate music in a heartbeat.

And yes, the Daniel/Vala theme in Unending is so moving.

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Date: 2012-04-30 07:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] bkwurm1.livejournal.com
It's so easy to take for granted the emotional cues we take from the music. The series wouldn' have been the same without is contribution. He was so young. :(

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Date: 2012-04-30 07:56 pm (UTC)
ext_391411: There is a god sitting here with wet fingers. (Qetesh)
From: [identity profile] campylobacter.livejournal.com
<3 He knew best how to score unobtrusively yet appropriately.

Playing only my Goldsmith MP3s today.

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