We’ve quickly settled back into life in Vancouver.  Well, most of us.  Lulu clearly misses her daily visits to the dog park while Suji doesn’t have a clue what’s going on but seems be enjoying the backyard.  For our part, Akemi and I are happy to be back – working out every morning in the basement gym, shopping for fresh fish every morning at Seafood City at the Granville Island Market, talking books with the well-read staff at The Book Warehouse, and simply sleeping in our own bed (albeit somewhat fitfully from 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.).  Still, decisions will have to be made about the house.

Eventually.  For now, I’ve got to focus on fleshing out my ideas for the looming season 4 writers’ room…which is, admittedly, really hard to do just coming off production on season 3.

And what a third season we have in store for you.  The show keeps getting better and better because everyone involved makes concerted effort to improve upon what has come before.  And nowhere is this more evident than in the show’s music produced by composer Ben Pinkerton under the guidance of music supervisor Jody Colero.  In fact, one of the most oft-asked questions I get thrown my way is: “When are you releasing the Dark Matter soundtrack?”.  It’s a great question and here’s your chance to ask the man himself because Dark Matter composer Ben Pinkerton has agreed to field your queries (after much cajoling and a promise I would make it as painless as possible).

So, if you’ve got a question for Ben, please post them in the comments section before this weekend!

Today, I leave you with yet another Dark Matter sneak peek screen cap:

May 15, 2017: Dark Matter Composer Ben Pinkerton Q&a Announcement!

What the heck is going on in this pic?  Any guesses?

15 thoughts on “May 15, 2017: Dark Matter composer Ben Pinkerton Q&A announcement!

  1. Glad everyone is settling in. I’m sure Suji loves the house. It must be so hard to decide what to do, when work life is so uncertain. Good luck!

  2. Be careful in your workouts. You don’t want to hurt your other spleen. Joe, pssst, didn’t you already announce the Q&A with Ben Pinkerton a couple weeks ago. I’m pretty sure…. okay, I’m just kidding. I’m pulling your leg. Your good leg.

  3. S02e06 “we should have seen this coming”, when Nyx is crying in her room at the end of the episode. Did we hear it previously? What is the name of the song, and where can I buy (the full version of) it? That was an extraordinarily emotional scene to compose for- an influenced suicide. How do you start?

    Huge fan of the music on the show, keep up the great work!

  4. Glad you are home. There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home… I was just gone 5 days and feel like it was a month. You must feel like it’s been forever.

  5. I’ve been watching some back episodes of some shows filmed in Vancouver. If you decide to do another Q & A soon, perhaps you can answer how homes are chosen for shots? Are there a bunch of houses that are always available, or do you negotiate with each home owner? How does that work?

  6. Hi there! I love the work you guys do on the show and have been following for ages. I’ll be that guy and ask; are there any plans to release the soundtrack for the series, whether through Spotify or as a physical album?

  7. Welcome home!

    I wish we had a fresh fish market. Still blows my mind that even our inland supermarkets offer sushi these days.

    What’s going on? Uber has a jump on transportation technology?

  8. Questions for Ben –
    What was the first instrument you learned to play?
    What were your first musical experiences?
    Who has been your major influence?
    What is your process when writing a piece?
    What is your favourite genre of music?

    Sneak peek screen cap – Android, but which one? 🤔

  9. Ponytail: 😆

    We got our passports yesterday but I’m still flabbergasted, they were sitting in the mailbox. No security, what-so-ever….. 🙄

    Ben Pinkerton: When you compose music for an episode, do they ask for a general mood or tempo? Or do you have some idea of the content for that scene? Thank you and I love your work!

    It is amazing how much the music helps the story along. I tense up when the “danger” music starts and sit up straight then the tempo gets upbeat for a chase scene. Music is definitely a character of the episode.

    I was just thinking about this the other day. I recommended the Longmire series to someone and they were complaining about the writer describing the scenery in Montana. Montana is a character in the book! Overcoming the environment, which sounds difficult in winter, is part of the story. If she asks for another recommendation, I’ll give her something a little more fluffy, I guess. Anyway, the scenery of a book is similar to the musical score in film. Music sets the scene, the emotion and so forth.

    Off the soap box. Hope today is great and you re-discover all your Vancouver haunts!

  10. Just one simple question for Ben from one simple mind: Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night with the perfect tune for a scene in your head?

  11. As I’ve said before, I believe the soundtrack is one of the most important (and under appreciated) aspects of a production. For me, it’s right up there with the writing in conveying the meaning and mood of a scene.

    Questions: Further to Thogar’s question – do you wake up in the middle of the night with a perfect tune… but then forget it by morning? 🙂

    Also, this one is kind of like Tam Dixon’s – when writing something for a scene, do you try to convey the overall feeling of what’s going on, or to you try to score around certain moments/beats (pardon the expression) or dialogue for emphasis? Or maybe both?

    Also, love your work! I actually have the DM closing theme as my phone ringtone!

  12. How are the teeth? Your spleen? Shoulder? Hope you are holding together! Say Hi to Akemi & hugs to the pups! Have a great rest of the week!!

  13. Q for Ben: what are your go to pieces of software/hardware for music production. Have you ever got a new piece of gear and found that it was so inspiring it became a huge part of your music making process, or conversely were you ever hyped to get something and it turned out to be a big letdown… Thanks

  14. RE: The pic — they’ve landed in an Earth time prior to space travel and someone is coming up to look at the ship.

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