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Posted by: DashboardOnFire 2 December 2016 - 03:32 PM
I figured the soundtrack deserves its own post - in case anyone is looking for a specific song. So far, the featured songs aren't listed on IMDb.

Posted by: DashboardOnFire 2 December 2016 - 03:35 PM
"The Heat" by The Bones Of J.R. Jones was featured in the Pilot Episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8eUpBq5ap0

I like it. Sadly, you can only hear it for like 10 seconds (as it usually happens in modern TV shows). It's playing when MacGyver picks up the missile and brings it inside to meet Bozer.


Posted by: MacGyverGod 3 December 2016 - 03:41 AM
Are they using songs? That's like the biggest turn-off for me. Soundtracks don't interest me, I just want instrumental musical scores. Call Ken, Randy, Dennis or William than.

Posted by: DashboardOnFire 3 December 2016 - 04:14 AM
Yes, they do, but very rarely on mostly only for a few seconds. I only realize it when I know the song already (e.g. the one by Bruce Springsteen in Episode 9); otherwise I sometimes think it was also done by Keith Power.

I also prefer musical scores and personal themes for certain characters. For me, it's also a big turn off in modern TV shows that don't use scores (or only when something dangerous happens; e.g. "Vampire Diaries" or "Revenge"). I don't like it in movies, either. In the Twilight movies, it was too many songs for only a few seconds. It's a nice way to discover new artists and songs, but it's sometimes really distracting.

I didn't quite realize how much I prefer shows with scores until I started watching "Stargate SG-1" and rewatching "MacGyver" last year. The soundtrack on the original show is so great; I really think it shaped my preferences for soundtracks. Even when I can't quite remember the story (as it was with the MacGyver Movies that I haven't seen for years because they're still not available on DVD in Germany), I remember the score.

Posted by: MacGyverGod 3 December 2016 - 04:56 AM
It all started with Mark Mancina and Speed for me. I prefer scores over songs. I know it's a fine line between the music industry and the movie industry but I take filmmusic as something serious because despite it's probably the last phase in making movies and shows it's what's done to finish the product. Of course there are exceptions (Rocky, The Fast and the Furious) and when it fits it's fine but when it comes to action scenes I rather hear a self composed piece than simply the use of known song. With all the songs lately in movie trailers, I get easily turned off than I really have to be interested in what I see. Than I sometimes miss Don LaFontaine.

But yeah Dennis McCarthy's work really put a stamp on the show. Some of his work was used far into the show up until Black Rhino even. Though I think Randy Edelman, Ken Harrison and William Ross did their work as well as Dennis did.

Posted by: DashboardOnFire 3 December 2016 - 06:19 AM
A cover of "Taking Care of Business" was used in the opening gambit of Episode 2 (Metal Saw). This is the original by Bachmann Turner Overdrive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxXne70dg60


Posted by: Miasma 3 December 2016 - 07:24 AM
QUOTE (MacGyverGod @ 3 December 2016 - 11:41 PM)
Are they using songs? That's like the biggest turn-off for me. Soundtracks don't interest me, I just want instrumental musical scores. Call Ken, Randy, Dennis or William than.

One of my major complaints about this reboot is the score.

The soundtrack (meaning the instrumental background pieces, not the songs) really doesn't have any memorable themes so far. In the original show, there were certain music cues that were used for certain types of situations, and that gave the show a lot of its personality. When the reboot was announced, I was very optimistic about the music because even though the music was good in the original, there have been newer shows (Lost, Game Of Thrones, etc) that did an even better job with their music themes, and I had hoped this reboot would do something similar. Instead, we end up with a bunch of generic, highly forgettable music, and it's often used in places that feel completely inappropriate.

One thing about this show it wants to keep everything fast paced, as if the director (or editor?) is afraid the audience will walk away if there's a moment of quiet. So, even during exposition scenes, there will often be some sort of synth/techno beat going on in the background. For me, it's distracting and it cheapens the feel of the show.

Posted by: Joe SAKic 3 December 2016 - 07:33 AM
I thought I heard lynyrd skynyrd in one of the episodes ... sorry I can't remember the names of the episodes with regards to the plot .... it all blends together with their preferred format. Some of the music is not too bad, some not well thought out and more trying to appease the target demographic than setting a proper MacGyver ambience that was so well done and painstakingly thought out in the original series.

Posted by: DashboardOnFire 3 December 2016 - 10:13 AM
QUOTE (Joe SAKic @ 3 December 2016 - 05:33 PM)
I thought I heard lynyrd skynyrd in one of the episodes ... sorry I can't remember the names of the episodes with regards to the plot .... it all blends together with their preferred format.

I absolutely can't remember when that song was being played... but yes, there is a Lynrd Skynrd song listed on the same YT-Account: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35ILEviAf_Y


Posted by: Joe SAKic 3 December 2016 - 10:24 AM
Yes, that's it, Call me the Breeze. Guess it was in the repeated episode.

Posted by: DashboardOnFire 6 December 2016 - 03:27 PM
Huh? These videos have been up for weeks and months - I post them in here and they all get deleted within two days? Who ran out of here directly to YouTube to complain about copyrights? huh.gif

Posted by: denizen 6 December 2016 - 08:04 PM
No idea Dash. biggrin.gif But I was wondering the same thing.

It is possible that our site is being monitored as it has happened before.

Posted by: DashboardOnFire 6 December 2016 - 09:40 PM
I kinda feel spied upon laugh.gif

Posted by: denizen 6 December 2016 - 11:16 PM
Yup. smile.gif

Posted by: DashboardOnFire 11 December 2016 - 10:36 PM
THE APPLE BROS. "Good Ol' Boys" in Episode 10 during the police car chase via https://www.facebook.com/TheAppleBros?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf


Posted by: DashboardOnFire 11 December 2016 - 10:39 PM
Music from Episode 10 via http://www.tunefind.com/show/macgyver/season-1/38991#songs

Posted by: DashboardOnFire 11 December 2016 - 10:50 PM
Music used in the Pilot Episode: http://www.tunefind.com/show/macgyver/season-1/37604

Posted by: Miasma 5 September 2017 - 11:33 AM
One thing I really hope they improve in season 2 is the background score. I couldn't stand the dopey/whimsical music that they had throughout so much of season 1. It was incessant. There were exposition scenes when no music was needed at all, and yet there would still be some dopey little beat going on in the background. It really ruined the tone of the show for me.
If they felt they really NEEDED to have music during the exposition scenes, then at least have music that builds some excitement for what they're talking about, not some generic synth beat.

Ideally, they would come up with some dramatic themes for the big moments that deserve them, and keep relatively quiet the rest of the time.
The composer is a talented guy, so I don't blame him. Clearly he's been doing what they asked him to do, but I just hope they ask him to do something different in Season 2.

Posted by: DashboardOnFire 24 September 2017 - 06:14 AM
QUOTE (Miasma @ 5 September 2017 - 09:33 PM)
One thing I really hope they improve in season 2 is the background score.

Clearly he's been doing what they asked him to do, but I just hope they ask him to do something different in Season 2.

Yes, me too.

I thought it got better towards the end of the season, but since constant background score is the usual MO in modern TV shows, I doubt it will ever get the way I prefer.

Personally, I think it's unfair towards the actors to "drown" them out. Because I think all of the cast is able to pull off emotional and dramatic scenes without having constant music or background action going on.

That's also why I don't like the constant "team scenes" in team shows. You rarely have two actors facing each other without the camera panning onto the faces of others to show their reaction. Personally, I don't need to see the other's reactions because I know they're angry/hurt/devastated about some revelation and feel with the main characters.

"Hawaii Five-0" does a lot of "carversations" between McGarrett and Danno, but they're either in the middle of a car chase or there's music/people/cars in the background that takes your focus away. Also, one of the two is driving and needs to concentrate on the road, so they never really look at each other.

Don't know if you've seen Stargate SG-1 and the Episode "Abyss" of Season 6. It's Daniel and Jack (RDA) in a closed off (and boring) room; having a discussion about a topic they don't agree on. Acting-wise and writing-wise, these are the best scenes of the whole series; showing off their acting chops. There's no need for interesting background or even an overly interesting set. Even the colors are washed out and "boring" in a mutual tone.

Seeing some of their other work, I believe that George Eads and Lucas Till could do stuff like this - if they got the chance.

Posted by: DashboardOnFire 24 September 2017 - 06:31 AM
Although - I just realized Keith Power actually won the BMI Award this year blush.gif

source: http://www.imdb.com/event/ev0000106/

Posted by: DashboardOnFire 1 June 2018 - 01:56 AM
Hm. I kinda lost track of this post after all videos got deleted as soon as I posted them in here tongue.gif

Anyway.

Just stumbled over a post covering Episode 2x16 that is set in France. This is the song used in the beginning of the mission:


Posted by: DashboardOnFire 1 June 2018 - 02:00 AM
If you're looking for songs used in Season 2, you can check out on TuneFind: https://www.tunefind.com/show/macgyver/season-2

Posted by: DashboardOnFire 12 July 2018 - 11:52 AM
guess there's new trailer music:


Posted by: DashboardOnFire 5 October 2018 - 09:51 AM
via Kristin Diable - check the original Link to see the video: https://www.instagram.com/p/BojpBcGBghk/

Posted by: DashboardOnFire 12 October 2018 - 03:29 PM
for tonight's episode 3x03: https://twitter.com/defendmusic/status/1050882322050895872

Posted by: DashboardOnFire 25 July 2019 - 11:14 PM
so this thread doesn't feel too neglected tongue.gif


Posted by: Macgyver12186 4 April 2020 - 02:06 PM
Why canít I buy the new theme

Posted by: DashboardOnFire 4 April 2020 - 03:37 PM
QUOTE (Macgyver12186 @ 5 April 2020 - 12:06 AM)
Why canít I buy the new theme

to be honest, I have no clue if there's any TV shows themes that are available for purchase...

Posted by: MacGyverOnline 4 April 2020 - 04:21 PM
QUOTE (Macgyver12186 @ 5 April 2020 - 10:06 AM)
Why canít I buy the new theme

Because it hasn't been released for sale.

It's very rare for TV themes to be released as sellable music. They usually end up on a Themes album years later.



Posted by: MacGyverGod 5 April 2020 - 07:06 AM
QUOTE (DashboardOnFire @ 5 April 2020 - 12:37 AM)
QUOTE (Macgyver12186 @ 5 April 2020 - 12:06 AM)
Why canít I buy the new theme

to be honest, I have no clue if there's any TV shows themes that are available for purchase...

Lost had a few releases. I have music of the first three seasons that contains over 20 tracks of music each.

Xena Warrior Princess: Almost everything was released. Seasons 3 and 5 only contains music from their musical-episodes.

Seasons 1, 2, 4 and 6 contains about 90% of everything that was used. Those seasons contains each over 20 to 30 tracks each. Season 6 even has a double cd.

Season 1 contains 30 tracks, season 2 also contains 30 tracks, season 3 contains 9 tracks only from the musical episode: Bitter Suite. Season 4 contains 31 tracks, season 5 contains 20 tracks, 14 of them are songs from their 100th episode: Lyre, Lyre Hearts On Fire and 6 alternative dance songs. Season 6 disc 1 contains, 23 tracks from the fourth season finale and the fifth season opener and the last season Ring Trilogy and a few more episodes. Disc 2 contains 30 tracks from the series finale and a handful of other episodes.

24: Had some music released.

North and South by Bill Conti: Also one of the most complete releases, I have ever known for a tv-series. The music is released on 7 discs with 6 of them containing music of two episodes each.

What is known as Book I, has I think released everything! These are 4 discs. Disc 1 has 43 tracks, Disc 2 35 tracks, Disc 3 has 30 tracks. Every bit of score that was made for those episode is released. Even music that has been reused multiple times is released. This includes the action theme from the Mexican War "Churubusco Bridge" and the theme that I like to call "the argument theme" when someone goes out of line: "Whoremaster," "Huntoon's assertion" (though only the first few notes) and "Another breach" (my favorite version). "Trip To Harper's Ferry" is however unused in the series.

Disc 4 contains 37 tracks but is nothing more then background music whenever the characters attend parties or receptions.

Book II contains 3 discs. Disc 1 contains 29 tracks, disc 2 contain 42 tracks and disc 3 contains a whopping 54 tracks. These cd's contains about 98% music of Book II. There are two tracks missing if you know the series as detailed as me, but the endings of episode 2 and 4 are missing. Though both tracks are heard in Book I, they end differently. As much as most of the tracks, a lot of the tracks are heard on Book I but are sometimes shorter or end differently. These are mostly themes but there is also a lot of new material. These include jingles and more unused stuff. "Rafe buys the farm" for example is a totally different track then what was used in the series. The series reuses an old track, while it does here but from another track. Also "Bent buys the farm" reuses another track but sped up, while in the series no music was used at all even though it contained a fight sequence and explosions.

When it comes to released music of series: Xena Warrior Princess and North and South are amongst the best to fully release them that I know.

Posted by: mazinger 25 May 2020 - 01:58 AM
Episode 2, Season 2.

Rocking all over the world. I think the most famous version of this song is from Status Quo. The episode would have been perfect with the Status Quo song.

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