Melodic Treks: A Star Trek Music Podcast
26: A Long Progression

Ron Jones Interview, Part 1.

Fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation know the music of Ron Jones well. He composed for 42 episodes of the series during the first four seasons, including the score considered by many to be the finest in all of TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds." By the time Jones became part of Star Trek, he had been putting notes to paper for many years—including hundreds of cartoon episodes for Hanna-Barbera. His work on TNG contributed greatly to the creative boldness of the seasons during which Picard and his crew came of age.

But before we get to Star Trek, there's a lot of Jones's story to be told. So in this episode of Melodic Treks, the composer himself joins host Brandon Mutala to discuss his introduction to music, why he decided to be a composer, how to capture the tone of a show and connect with the audience, and more—all with a focus on his non-Trek work such as DuckTales and Family Guy.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:00)
Meeting Ron Jones (00:02:28)
Early Musical Interests (00:04:16)
Process, Inspiration, and Influences (00:07:12)
Mentors and Training (00:14:00)
DuckTales (00:16:27)
Family Guy and Seth MacFarlane (00:26:09)
"This House is Freakin' Sweet" Emmy Nomination (00:31:01)
Closing of Part 1 (00:34:48)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Ron Jones

Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: mt-026.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:54am MST

25: A New Cap'n

Five Favorites.

It's been a while since the music has played here on Melodic Treks, but with this episode there’s a new captain on the bridge. The baton has been passed from Colin Higgins to your new host, Brandon-Shea Mutala, who shares the story of how he became a Star Trek fan, how he fell in love with the music of Star Trek, and reveals his favorite tracks from the franchise.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Overture from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Cliff Eidelman) (00:06:53)
Knock Out (from "Datalore," Ron Jones) (00:09:28)
Worf Down / Invader (from "Conspiracy," Dennis McCarthy) (00:12:03)
Monster Illusion / Monster Fight (from "The Cage," Alexander Courage) (00:14:48)
Episode Titles (From "Where No Man Has Gone Before," Alexander Courage) (00:19:27)
News (00:21:07)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: mt-025.mp3
Category:Five Favorites -- posted at: 7:27am MST

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