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.