Los Angeles Times, April 6, 2005
Calendar Desk; Part E; Pg. 5
"Musician has big dreams for small screen"
By Adam Baer
A plane has crashed on a mysterious island in the South Pacific. The ominous pluck of a low harp captures the sense of doom as survivors inspect the fuselage, searching for a radio. Violins tremble. Suddenly, alarm. Syncopated beats erupt like the plane's walls struck by a frantic timpanist. A monster is hunting the castaways, and it won't take no for an answer.
Such is life on the ABC series "Lost," the brainchild of J.J. Abrams ("Alias," "Felicity") currently reviving the redemptive virtues of well-crafted fictional television.
But while the quickly beloved serial drama has drawn acclaim for its spellbinding narrative, it is also among only a handful of shows resurrecting the use of strong original scores and live orchestras, under the hand of rising composer Michael Giacchino.
For film and television music aficionados, Giacchino, 37, a boyish young man with a friendly demeanor, may well be the next John Williams, the dean of Hollywood composers responsible for iconic scores to "Jaws," "Star Wars" and "Superman." Except, in addition to scoring blockbuster films like "The Incredibles," Giacchino brings his music into living rooms on the small screen -- each week.