Melodic Treks: A Star Trek Music Podcast
34: Soundtrack Savant

Neil S. Bulk Interview.

La-La Land Records has become synonymous with Star Trek soundtracks. And not just any soundtracks, but the kind that bring history to life by delving more deeply into the rich tapestry of sounds that is a cornerstone of Gene Roddenberry's creation. One of the men behind this success is Neil S. Bulk. No stranger to film music, he is the producer of many film soundtrack releases including Batman, Batman Returns, Total Recall, Days of Heaven, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Police Academy, Dances with Wolves, and the massive 15-disc Star Trek: The Original Series Soundtrack Collection.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Neil to find out what it means to be a producer of film soundtrack releases, what sort of difficulties come up during production, and the process of transferring tape to digital. Neil also talks about his dream projects and the current status of music from Star Trek: The Animated Series.

Chapters
"The Force Field (Alternate)" (excerpt) (Composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:02:39)
Meeting Neil (00:04:47)
What Does a Producer Do? (00:06:18)
How Long Does It Take? (00:07:39)
Sorting out the Star Trek Box Set (00:08:58)
Transferring the Tapes (00:10:30)
Other Star Trek Duties (00:18:38)
Editing The Undiscovered Country Soundtrack (00:19:53)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture 3-disc Release (00:23:52)
Where's the Soundtrack for TAS? (00:30:41)
Which Is the Proper Take? (00:32:22)
Other Awesome Releases (00:34:08)
Days of Heaven for Film Score Monthly (00:36:36)
A Dream Project… or 10 (00:39:02)
"Main Theme (Pop Version)" (excerpt) (Performed by Bob James) (00:42:10)
News (00:49:12)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Neil S. Bulk

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-034.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 7:47am MST

33: When the Child Podcasts

Imagining “When the Bough Breaks.”

A really good score should conjure up images when listened to without the episode. These could be images from the story itself, or they could something altogether new. In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by young Trekker Aubrey Mutala to listen to Ron Jones’ score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "When the Bough Breaks." Join us as one young Trekker tells you what she hears when she listens to music from a Star Trek episode that she hasn't seen yet.

Chapters
“New Parents/Keep Them Talking” (excerpt) (00:01:48)
“Escape from Calculus/Myth Becomes Reality” (excerpt) (00:07:32)
“Aldean Log/Radue and Rashella” (00:08:56)
“Interesting Choices” (00:10:20)
“Scanning the Children” (00:11:49)
“The Trade” (excerpt) (00:13:10)
“Act of Barbarity/Hand Shake/Regrets” (excerpt) (0:14:39)
“Custodian/Power Source/Tricorder Fun/Demonstration of Power” (excerpt) (00:16:17)
“Music Lesson/Mind Music” (excerpt) (00:18:14)
“Diagnosis/Through the Hole” (excerpt) (00:19:18)
“Captain and Kids/Doomed by Technology” (excerpt) (00:21:34)
“Attack of the Killer Furball” (00:25:29)
“Log of Three Days/The Dolphin” (excerpt) (00:31:54)
(All tracks from the episode "When the Bough Breaks” composed by R. Jones)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Aubrey 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-033.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 7:32am MST

32: Six Degrees of William Shatner

Connecting William Shatner and John Lithgow Musically.

Have you ever played Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon? In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala head into the Star Trek universe to play the classic game of Six Degrees of Separation… but with a musical twist. We challenged the members of Trek.fm’s Facebook listeners’ group, The Babel Conference, to come up with the name of an actor to connect to William Shatner. The winning choice, submitted by listener Carl Morries, was John Lithgow. These two actors have been in many films and television productions, so we decided to use only movies whose scores were composed by Star Trek composers. Listen on to trace a path back to Lithgow to Shatner. And how does Jamie Lee Curtis fit into all of this?

Chapters
“Surprise Attack” (Excerpt from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) (Composed by J. Horner) (00:03:16)
“The Katra Ritual” (Excerpt from Star Trek III:The Search for Spock) (Composed by J. Horner) (00:06:36)
“Main Title” (Excerpt from Escape From the Planet of the Apes) (Composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:09:09)
“Overture” (Excerpt from Star Trek: The Motion Picture) (Composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:11:33)
“A Simple Gift” (Excerpt from Christmas with The Kranks) (Composed by J. Debney) (00:13:11)
“The Discovery” (Excerpt from “The Pegasus”) (Composed by J. Debney) (00:15:31)
“Theme” (Excerpt from My Girl 2) (Composed by C. Eidelman) (00:17:59)
“Escape From Rura Penthe” (Excerpt from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) (Composed by C. Eidelman) (00:21:16)
“Cabin Fever” (Excerpt from Twilight Zone: The Movie) (Composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:24:48)
“The Scorpion” (Excerpt from Star Trek: Nemesis) (Composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:27:07)

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-032.mp3
Category:William Shatner -- posted at: 7:55am MST

31: His Name is Bond, Jeff Bond

Jeff Bond Interview and Five Favorites.

Jeff Bond is one of the foremost authors on the subject of film and television scoring. Having written books, articles, and countless liner notes on the subject, he is also one of the producers of the massive 15-disc Star Trek: The Original Series Soundtrack Collection from La-La Land Records. He has even tried his hand at acting in the independent production "Mind Sifter" by Star Trek New Voyages.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, Jeff joins host Brandon-Shea Mutala to talk about Jerry Goldsmith, Vangelis, Planet of the Apes, eight-track players, his book The Music of Star Trek, the demographic of collectors, and Jeff's five favorite tracks from Star Trek.

Chapters
"Klingon Battle" (excerpt composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:02:25)
Meeting Jeff Bond (00:03:22)
Sound Effects Inseparable from the Music (00:05:40)
The Score for Planet of the Apes (00:07:48)
The First Scores Jeff Bought Were On Eight-Track (00:10:00)
Blade Runner (00:12:47)
Writing Liner Notes and Books About Music (00:15:29)
The Film Score Demographic (00:23:02)
The Double-edged Sword of the Internet (00:24:00)
The Flash and the Change In Scoring (00:28:08)
Ron Jones Was Why Jeff Watched TNG (00:32:24)
Five Favorites (00:37:10)
"2nd Kroykah" from "Amok Time" (Excerpt composed by G. Fried) (00:39:28)
"Ruk Protect" from "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" (Excerpt by F. Steiner) (00:43:13)
"Violent Shakes" from "The Doomsday Machine" (Excerpt by S. Kaplan) (00:46:14)
"The Little Visitor" From "Plato's Stepchildren" (Composed by A. Courage) (00:49:27)
"Sad and Thoughtful on Captain's Theme" Library Music (Excerpt composed by A. Courage) (00:51:40)
Runners Up (00:54:27)
Where You Can Find Jeff (01:02:30)
Star Trek 2 (01:03:06)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Jeff Bond

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-031.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 5:25am MST

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