Music is an essential element of our TV shows and feature films. Everything else can be perfect, but without the right music the whole thing can fall apart.
Nowhere is that clearer than in the geeky properties we all know and love. It's thanks to the composers of these properties that we feel the pull of adventure, the sadness of a character's loss, and the danger of dastardly villains. Whether it's Star Trek or Star Wars, without the right music many iconic franchises would not be the same.
Over the years there have been numerous talented composers who have given us remarkable scores for geeky television and movies. However, even among these there are a few that stand apart from the rest as being true masters of their craft. That's why I wanted to feature the top 11 composers I believe have had a huge impact in this area and highlight one piece of music each has created that particularly stands out amid their work.
Of course, like too many other industries, this area is still unfortunately very white and very male-dominated. While I love the music these composers have created, I can only imagine the wonderful scores we've been missing due to the lack of diversity among those given the chance to completely compose those scores. I can only hope more women and people of color will be able to show off their musical talents in the field sooner rather than later!
Here's my ranking of the top geeky composers and my choices for their most notable pieces of music, counting down to the very best ...