Melodic Treks: A Star Trek Music Podcast
23: Merry Trekmas

Trekmas or in this case Trackmas time, is a time for sharing and in this episode of Melodic Treks, the crew of the USS TREK FM roast some marsh melons around the camp fire, sit next to the tree and pick a track or two that they enjoy and share it with you. The tracks are as varied as a present selection under a tree. Some you may have guessed ahead of time and some like all good presents are a surprise. Some take a glass of egg nog or some nice mulled wine. sit back plug in your newly aquired ipod and let the crew of Trek Fm wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year, Star Trek Style.

Hosts
Colin Higgins

Editor and Producer
Colin Higgins

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

Guests

A plethora of Trek FM hosts

Release Date
22/12/2014
Duration
43 minutes 17 seconds

Chapters
Intro (00:01:30)  
Tristan (00:02:46)  
Matt (00:10:16)  
Phil (00:16:44)  
Mike (00:24:31)  
Charlynn (00:32:29)  
Audible (00:38:56)  
Wrap up and exit (00:41:50)

 
Direct download: MT-EP23.mp3
Category:Melodic Treks, Podcasts, Music, Movies -- posted at: 11:40am MST

The Unexpected Music in Star Trek.

Elvis Presley. Frank Sinatra. Billie Holiday. Some of the greatest names in music pop up in your favorite Star Trek episodes, either by association or by actually having their music featured—and it's not all classical as you might expect. Do your ears perk up? In this episode of Melodic Treks we delve into this diverse collection, which includes a dose of classical Japanese and some classic rock. So plug in your earphones and find out what Zefram Cochrane listened to on his jukebox.

 

Host

Colin Higgins

 

Editor and Producer

Colin Higgins

 

Associate Producer

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Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

The King (00:01:56)

Vic and Frank (00:05:16)

In Passing (00:08:59)

Cochrane’s iPod (00:10:44) 

The Jazz Goes On (00:12:56)

Minezaki Koto (00:15:28)

Closing (00:17:46)

 

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Direct download: mt-022.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 7:25pm MST

21: Shatner "Sings"

Musical Shatner.

Mr. William Shatner has many strings to his bow. Beyond acting, writing, and directing, he is also a commercially viable audio artist with many albums and performances to his name. In this episode of Melodic Treks, we delve into the world of musical Shatner from his first album in 1968 to his most recent in 2013. The man has continued to perform and record his own unique style of music, delivered as only he can, and this in itself adds to the unique nature of his musical intepretations. From Transformed Man to Ponder the Mystery via the Rocket Man and a tribute to George Lucas,  journey with us through the singing career of William Shatner.

 

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Colin Higgins

 

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Colin Higgins

 

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Chapters

A Transformed Man (1:16)

Musical Adverts (5:47)

Rocket Man (7:29)

A Varied Work Diet (14:08)

Common People (18:59)

Closing (28:45)

 

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Direct download: mt-021.mp3
Category:William Shatner -- posted at: 8:00am MST

20: The Discovered Composer

Cliff Eidelman.

Sometimes to get a break you need a few things to go in your favor. Cliff Eidelman had more than a few things go the right way for him. Fortune was indeed smiling on this relatively unknown composer when he landed the job of scoring Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. In this episode of Melodic Treks we look at how Cliff managed to land this prestigious assignment and how a sequence of events worked in his favor. We also delve into his work prior to Star Trek, including his first movie score, composed at the age of just 22. Still, what happened after Star Trek may surprise you despite the score being a rounding success his career did not follow a path most would have assumed.

 

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Colin Higgins

 

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Colin Higgins

 

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Chapters

Magdalene (3:00)

Early Break (7:30)

The Discovered Country (11:08)

Dodging Holst (18:50)

Post Star Trek (23:16)

Closing (31:07)

 

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Direct download: mt-020.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 1:11am MST

Star Trek Bands: Five Year Mission and Warp 11.

There are many bands out in the cosmos that compose and write Star Trek songs—and two of them are here on Earth. With bands like these playing not only conventions but concerts, its yet another string to the fandom and creative diversity that Star Trek invokes. In this episode of Melodic Treks we look at the formation and background of these two bands, their genesis and history, their very different musical styles, and their lyrical approaches that are as different as a Gorn is from an Orion.

 

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Chapters

Five Year Mission (1:16)

Year Two (9:01)

The Trouble with Tribbles (13:57)

Warp 11 (21:15)

Albums and Venues (29:01) 

Closing (33:36)

 

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Direct download: mt-019.mp3
Category:Bands -- posted at: 8:30am MST

18: Wireless Mics

The Holographic, Operatic Doctor.

Previously on Melodic Treks we talked about Robert Picardo and his parody singing. But we're not always about the actors and composers, sometimes we're about the characters themselves! And since you really can't get enough holographic melodies, we're joined in this episode of Melodic Treks by Charlynn Schmiedt and Tristan Riddell of To The Journey to talk about the opera-loving Doc. Char and Tristan add their own unique flavor to the discussion as we delve into a variety of episodes covering every aspect of the EMH.

 

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Chapters

The Doctor Sings (4:02)

Tristan In a Tux (7:46)

On the Railroad (11:01)

You Are My Sunshine (18:01)

Cheesecake (21:46)

I'm That Good (30:07)

The Last Song (34:12)

Final Thoughts (37:01)

Closing (51:40)

Direct download: mt-018.mp3
Category:Voyager -- posted at: 8:17am MST

17: Hot Hands

Five Favorites.

We all have a piece of music from Star Trek that we love—an introduction, a battle scene, or a haunting melody that we listen to over and over again. And while learning more about composers and the inspirations for their music is fascinating, learning which pieces connect with a given fan is equally so. In this episode of Melodic Treks we do just that as we're joined by Matt Warwick, an avid supporter of the podcast who is also a big lover of movie and television music. Matt selects his five favorite Star Trek compositions and tells us why they mean so much to him. We also delve into his overall love of music, reaching all the way back to Glenn Miller and the big band sound.

Direct download: mt-017.mp3
Category:Five Favorites -- posted at: 8:59am MST

16: The Prolific Composer

Brian Tyler.

Recently nominated for Film Composer of the Year by the International Film Music Critics Association, Brian Tyler has composed and conducted for over 50 films. Born and raised in California, Tyler attended UCLA and Harvard before becoming an award-winning film composer. And while he is known for his scores from The Expendables, Rambo, and Frailty, his talents have also helped to bring to life the world of Star Trek through Enterprise.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, we look at this prolific composer, his already impressive body of work, and of course his contributions to Star Trek, both on Enterprise—where he has two scores—and the trailer music for the 2009 Star Trek film.

 

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Chapters

Tyler's Background (2:21)

Life and Work (5:26)

Composing Music for Enterprise (10:56)

In His Own Words (20:56)

Awards and Recognition (22:56)

Previously on Trek.fm (26:31)

Direct download: mt-016.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 7:05am MST

15: Exile In Vegas

Jerry Fielding.

The name Jerry Fielding doesn't readily spring to mind when asked to name famous composers of film scores, yet he is a composer with a long pedigree in the industry. Having penned a large number of film scores from the 1960s onwards, Fielding composed the music for two episodes of Star Trek in 1966—both now iconic—"Spectre of the Gun" and "The Trouble with Tribbles."

In this episode of Melodic Treks we take a look at Jerry and his life, including his forced exile from Hollywood and the early radio plays, including the now famous War of the Worlds adaptation by Orson Welles, from which he drew inspiration. We also talk about his extraordinary life and struggle to create a style all his own, as well as his collaboration with a diverse group of producers and directors that included Groucho Marx, Michael Winner, and Clint Eastwood.

 

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Chapters 

Working for Clint Eastwood (3:16)

The Early Years (5:02)

The McCarthy Era (10:33)

Moving into TV Work (12:46)

Scoring the Movies (15:41)

His Epitaph (19:51)

Closing (24:51)

Direct download: mt-015.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am MST

14: The Doctor Parodies

The Vocal Talents of Robert Picardo.

Most of us have heard the Doctor sing on Voyager, but he also has carried his fair share of tunes outside of Star Trek both on stage and screen. In this episode of Melodic Treks we take a look at the man behind the hologram and his singing. This aspect of his life, which began from a very early age, has seen him perform in a variety of roles and styles—some of which may surprise you.

 

Chapters

Bio (1:31)

Star Trek Thoughts (6:45)

Early Work (9:31)

Parodies (14:11)

Scrooge (19:13)

Bitrekual (23:31)

Closing (28:15)

Direct download: mt-014.mp3
Category:Vocals -- posted at: 8:00am MST

13: Darkness In the Hall

The Royal Albert Hall Concerts.

Recently two concerts took place at the Royal Albert Hall in London England in which Michael Giacchino led performances of his scores from Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness. Each film received its own night, and the consecutive concerts both sold out. In this episode of Melodic Treks we talk to two people who were there: Jon Taylor and Laura Fawcett. They tell us about the concert, the mood of the event, and the surprise guests. They also talk to us about the music they like from the two films and highlight some of the wonderful aspects of hearing this live.

Direct download: MT-013.mp3
Category:Michael Giacchino -- posted at: 2:00am MST

12: On My iPod

Five Favorites.

In past episode we've invited guests to share their five favorite pieces of music from Star Trek. Now it's time to find out what the host himself prefers. In the episode of Melodic Treks, Colin prepares for a holiday by loading his iPod with music from the future. Tune in and find out what he'll be listening to as he sits under the sun sipping a glass of wine and dreaming of traveling at Warp 9.

Direct download: mt-012.mp3
Category:Five Favorites -- posted at: 4:00am MST

11: Composition of the Wormhole

The Deep Space Nine Theme Variations.

One series that departed from the traditional Star Trek fare was Deep Space Nine. Now a firm fan favorite, this particular incarnation of Trek had two opening themes. The first, which began each episode during Seasons One through Three, was a beautifully haunting and majestic piece. Beginning with Season Four and running through to the end of the series was a pepped up, driving version of the original whose mismatched bass line and melody somehow captured the spirit of DS9. In this episode of Melodic Treks we delve into these two variations, the imagery behind them, how the composition played into what was occurring on the station, and also into some of the thoughts behind the sounds as seen by composer Dennis McCarthy himself. 

Direct download: mt-011.mp3
Category:Deep Space Nine -- posted at: 8:35am MST

10: Composing Into Darkness

Michael Giacchino.

One of the most delightful part of the J.J. Abrams reboot of Star Trek has been the music. Michael Giacchino has continued the franchise's rich tradition of beautiful scores and has joined the Alexander Courage, Gerald Fried, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, and Ron Jones as one of the great voices behind the visuals. In this episode of Melodic Treks we delve into the man behind the sound of the Abramsverse, his education, inspiration, and early work in video games. Plus, we learn how he came to the attention of J.J.

Direct download: mt-010.mp3
Category:Michael Giacchino -- posted at: 1:54am MST

9: James's Wrath

James Horner.

One of the film favorites for many people is Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Its story, action, and acting are all held in wide regard not just by fans, but by other members of the film industry. The music of The Wrath of Khan plays no small part in its success, and the man who created that music is none other than James Horner. In this episode of Melodic Treks we delve into the man behind the score, how he came to work on the project, his music history, and some of the other projects he has undertaken.

Direct download: mt-009.mp3
Category:Melodic Treks, Podcasts, Music, Movies -- posted at: 9:31am MST

8: Swedish Tea

The Borg in Music.

The Borg are one of the most iconic "baddies" ever to appear on Star Trek. They have a profound effect on fans and are a long-time favorite in the franchise. As they were introduced to us on The Next Generation, it's only fitting that in this episode of Melodic Treks the dynamic trio from Earl Grey joins us to talk about the music of the Borg. Not music written by Borg composers, but rather the music created by the great Ron Jones to represent them. The music was so powerful and resonated so well with fans that its release was rushed in order to capitalize on the success of the episode. Along the way we cover "Q Who," "The Best of Both Worlds," and, of course, First Contact. So "buckle up" and enjoy the ride.

Direct download: mt-008.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

7: Sina & Mahler

Five Favorites.

Everyone has their favorite Star Trek series, episodes, and characters. The elements of Star Trek connect with us each differently—and music is no exception. In the episode of Melodic Treks we invite Sina Alvarado (@QueenKatBlue on Twitter) aboard to share with us her favorite musical moments. Some you will agree with. Some you may not. Sina's picks run the spectrum, from intro themes to incidental music, Enterprise to Into Darkness; and she explains why they mean so much to her. See if you agree.

Direct download: mt-007.mp3
Category:Five Favorites -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

6: A Melodic Orbit

Amok Time.

The Vulcan marriage ritual gave us more than just epic fight scenes, it also gave us epic music. The theme from "Amok Time"—"The Ancient Battle/2nd Kroykah"—has transcended Star Trek and gone on to appear in numerous shows and films, ranging from Futurama to The Cable Guy. And as much as T'Pau would like to claim credit for this success, we really have Gerald Fried to thank. It was his creative genius and composition skills that brought the koon-ut-kal-if-fee to life through sound.

In this episode of Melodic Treks we're joined by Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler of Standard Orbit for a cross-show exploration of "Amok Time." We team up to discuss the music as well as Gerald Fried and his inspiration. Then, tune in to Standard Orbit for a discussion and commentary of the actual episode.

Direct download: mt-006.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

5: Don't Be a Square

Vic Fontaine and DS9's Jazz.

Deep Space Nine benefited from more of a hands-off approach from the studio compared to the other series. And the moment at which the writing staff really knew they could do whatever they wanted was when they introduced Vic Fontaine and no one said "stop." In this episode of Melodic Treks, Colin takes you on a trip to Quark's Bar to spend some time with DS9's King of Swing. We talk about the "man," his music, the effect he had on those around him, and, of course, we venture into Vic's real-life counterpart, James Darren—who, in addition to working with the DS9 crew, also worked with none other than William Shatner. Thankfully, in that case, no singing was involved.

Direct download: mt-005.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

Five Favorites.

When La-La Land Records released a comprehensive collection of music from The Original Series, it required 15 CDs. And that was just the music from 80 episodes, many of which recycled elements. That’s a lot of music. So with 728 episodes and films in all, it’s an almost impossible task to pick just five favorites. But that is exactly what we aim to do in this episode of Melodic Treks as we’re joined by writer, composer, podcaster, and Trekkie Rick Moyer. Rick is the first guest to pick his five favorites compositions from across the Star Trek franchise. Some may surprise you, but there are some firm fan-favorites as well. So enjoy listening to Rick’s picks, and stick around for the end when we get to hear one of his own compositions from his parody website.

Direct download: mt-004.mp3
Category:Five Favorites -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

3: Holst the Klingon

The Klingon Battle Theme.

To know that Klingons are going into battle, you don’t need to see a Bird-of-Prey swooping across the screen or an armor-clad warrior wielding a mek’leth. No, all you need to do is use your ears. The iconic music cues of the Klingons tell you all you need to know.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, Colin Higgins delves into another iconic piece of music, the "Klingon Battle.” Originally envisaged as a stand-alone piece to convey one scene, it has become synonymous with the Klingons. We explore the piece’s composer, its influence on all Trek that came after The Motion Picture, and how Gustav Holst may have contributed to its sound.

Direct download: mt-003.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

2: The Pied Piper of Kataan

Picard’s Flute Solo from The Inner Light.

One of the most memorable musical elements from The Next Generation was the beautiful flute solo from “The Inner Light.” During his time on the planet Kataan, Captain Picard learned to play the Ressikan flute, and the journey to master the melody went hand in hand with the passing of the years. 

In this episode of Melodic Treks, Colin Higgins brings you the background of the melody that Picard (as Kamin) played at his son’s naming ceremony—a piece of music that is beloved by TNG fans and well known to nearly every Star Trek fan. We delve into the composer, Jay Chattaway, the performer, Brice Martin, and follow the journey of the actual flute through the series and up to its auction.

Direct download: mt-002.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

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