Melodic Treks: A Star Trek Music Podcast
30: Kraft Theatre Presents

The Music of Star Trek Horizon.

Tommy Kraft has labored for three long years as the main creative force behind the film Star Trek Horizon. Now the release date has finally arrived, and Tommy has a lot to say about the rigors of being a one-man-band filmmaker … and composer.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Tommy to discuss the score to his film, which he also composed. Dennis Castello, host of Continuing Mission, also joins in this second installment of our two-part interview as we discuss Tommy's schooling, Bear McCreary's influence, how the score is more calm and toned down than we've heard before, Tommy's comping methods, and more.

Listen to part one of the interview on Continuing Mission 28:
http://www.trek.fm/continuing-mission/28

Chapters
"Remembering Who We Are" (composed by T. Kraft) (00:01:33)
Meeting Tommy (00:04:31)
Schooling (00:05:15)
A Bear's Influence (00:05:55)
A Calmer Score (00:08:43)
Counterpoint or Underscore? (00:10:24)
A Score Should Also Stand on Its Own (00:13:23)
There's Something About Film Scoring (00:15:54)
How Do You Like to Compose? (00:16:18)
Some of Tommy's Favorites (00:18:22)
How Long Does it Take to Settle on an Idea? (00:19:58)
"The World Gate" (composed by T. Kraft) (00:24:12)
"Learning From the Past" (composed by T. Kraft) (00:33:59)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guests
Tommy Kraft and Dennis Castello

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-030.mp3
Category:Star Trek Horizon -- posted at: 6:49am MST

29: Cracked Mirrors and Imperfect Futures

The (Musical) Mirror Universe.

Alternate melodies? Alternate keys? You never know what you'll find on the soundscape of the Mirror Universe. In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala responds to Meta Treks 16: "All the Bubbles," which was itself a response to Standard Orbit 115: "Wibbly Wobbly Primey Wimey," as he takes you on a musical journey into the Mirror Universe. We play music from "In a Mirror Darkly," "Mirror, Mirror," "The Visitor," Star Trek (2009), and Star Trek Into Darkness as we explore alternate timelines, alternate dimensions, and alternate futures. Brandon also shares music by three composers who he wishes would score the next Star Trek Series: Bear McCreary, Ramin Djawadi and Brian Reitzell. (Can you tweet #reitzellfortrek2017?)

Chapters
"T'Pol Interrogation" (excerpt) (Music by D. McCarthy and K. Kiner) (00:02:32)
"Blackship In Space" (Music by F. Steiner) (00:04:09)
"One Last Visit" (excerpt) (Music by D. McCarthy) (00:05:18)
"I Gotta Beam Me" (excerpt) (Mussic by M. Giacchino) (00:08:07)
"Ode to Harrison" (excerpt) (Music by M. Giacchino) (00:10:09)
"Something Dark is Coming" (excerpt) (Music by B. McCreary) (00:16:10)
"Theme from Black Sails" (excerpt) (Music by B. McCreary) (00:21:06)
"Valar Morghulis" (excerpt) (Music by R. Djawadi) (00:23:24)
"All In" (excerpt) (Music by R. Djawadi) (00:25:06)
"Aperitif" (excerpt) (Music by B. Reitzell) (00:28:47)
"Amus-Bouche" (excerpt) (Music by B. Reitzell) (00:32:23)
"Trou Normand" (excerpt) (Music by B. Reitzell) (00:35:27)

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-029.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 6:35am MST

28: The Logical Music of Tim Russ

Tim Russ Interview.

Most Star Trek fans know Tim Russ best for his role of Tuvok on Voyager. But Tim has a passion for music that stretches far back beyond his acting career—four decades in fact. It was acting that pushed music to the backseat for a while … although it never stopped him from playing gigs along the way. From his first album, 1998's Only a Dream In Rio to his fifth, 2007's Second Thoughts, Tim has kept music as an important part of his life even as he continues acting and producing. In this episode Melodic Treks, Tim joins host Brandon-Shea Mutala for a chat about his career behind the mic.

Chapters
"Brave New World" (excerpt) (00:02:59)
Interview Part 1 (00:04:18)
"Kushengaza" (excerpt) (00:07:16)
Interview Part 2 (00:09:52)
"We" (excerpt) (00:13:15)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Tim Russ

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-028.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 7:12am MST

27: Scoring the New Ship Enterprise

Ron Jones Interview, Part 2.

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."
In this conclusion to our interview, Jones recounts his time working on the show and how he approached TNG during the seasons in which Picard and his crew came of age.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:59)
Suspicion / J'Dan (Excerpt from "The Drumhead") (00:02:01)
Getting Involved with TNG (00:03:15)
Sequel Episodes (00:12:02)
A Variety of Music (00:14:22)
Film Score Monthly Release: The Ron Jones Project (00:16:40)
"Skin of Evil" / Stress (00:19:09)
The Voice of Star Trek (00:29:39)
The Borg (00:31:32)
"Who Watches the Watchers" (00:38:12)
"The Drumhead" (00:41:53)
The Pink Slip (00:45:25)
Current Projects and Closing (00:49:25)
Observations / The Price (Excerpt from "The Drumhead") (00:53:02)

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-027.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 7:24am MST

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