Melodic Treks: A Star Trek Music Podcast
37: Faith of the Heart

The Enterprise Theme.

The main title sequence is very important for establishing a show's tone and identity. With limited changes over the course of the series, it can become highly memorable and sometimes takes on a life of its own. Star Trek has had some of the most memorable, thanks in part to the music. When Enterprise rolled around, however, many fans were outraged when they heard "Where My Heart Will Take Me." The theme for the new series was a rock ballad? Had lyrics? Was originally written for the 1998 film Patch Adams? Sacrilege!

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala takes a look at the song originally title "Faith of the Heart," the careers of the song's writer, Dianne Warren, and vocalist, tenor Russell Watson. In addition to the two versions used for Enterprise, we showcase three others that have been released, as well as Dennis McCarthy's vocal-free variant, "Archer's Theme."

Chapters
September 26, 2001 (00:01:05)
Dianne Warren (00:02:42)
"Faith of the Heart" (excerpt, performed by R. Stewart) (00:04:56)
Susan Ashton (00:06:52)
"Faith of the Heart" (excerpt, performed by S. Ashton) (00:07:39)
Russell Watson and Changes to the Series (00:10:03)
"Where My Heart Will Take Me" (Season 1 version, performed by R. Watson) (00:12:35)
"Where My Heart Will Take Me" (Season 3 version, performed by R. Watson) (00:14:12)
"Where My Heart Will Take Me" (instrumental end titles by D. McCarthey) (00:15:43)
"Archer's Theme" (composed by D. McCarthy) (00:16:58)
"Archer's Theme" (end titles version composed by D. McCarthy) (00:18:27)
"Where My Heart Will Take Me" (excerpt, performed by K. Campbell) (00:20:12)

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-037.mp3
Category:Themes -- posted at: 5:34pm MST

36: A 24th-Century Production

Ford A. Thaxton Interview.

With a hand in producing soundtracks going back to GNP Crescendo's first-ever Star Trek release, Ford A. Thaxton has worked on more albums than he can count, including: the expanded soundtrack to "Encounter at Farpoint," Star Trek: The Next Generation, Volumes One and Two; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Volume One; Star Trek: Enterprise, Volume One; Battlestar Galactica; and Frankenhooker.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Ford to discuss some of the memorable film and television soundtracks he has produced, such as those for Blade Runner, The Twilight Zone, and Zulu Dawn. Ford also talks about becoming a radio DJ at the age of 16, creating his own record label, his dream composer for the new Trek series, and his opinion on the possibility of Brian Reitzell getting that gig.

Chapters
News (00:03:21)
"Daniels Arrives" (excerpt from "Shockwave, Part 1") (Composed by D. McCarthy and K. Kiner) (00:05:01)
Meeting Ford (00:06:36)
Special Projects (00:12:28)
Blade Runner (00:15:41)
Zulu Dawn (00:18:40)
The Twilight Zone (00:20:23)
Let's Talk Trek Music (00:23:50)
It Depends on What Your Goal Is (00:28:15)
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Volume One (00:31:07)
Fleshing Out the "Conspiracy" Score for Volume Two (00:33:55)
The Enterprise Box Set (00:38:47)
The Same But Different (00:42:34)
Other Projects (00:45:20)
Trek 2017 Dream Composer (00:52:16)
"Warm Welcome" (from "Desert Crossing") (Composed by V.R. Bunch) (00:57:01)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Ford A. Thaxton

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-036.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 5:30am MST

35: To Be Continued...

Andy Farber Interview.

Star Trek Continues picks up the story of The Original Series right where it left off in 1969. Essentially a fourth season, the independent production features a talented cast that includes Vic Mignogna as Captain Kirk and Chris Doohan in the role made iconic by his father. Since 2013, Star Trek Continues has brought us five incredible stories from the 23rd century, with two more on the way—the next of which, "Come Not Between the Dragons," is set to premiere at FedCon in Germany on May 13, 2016.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Andy Farber to discuss his contributions to the fan series. As a teacher at the famous Juilliard School and a renowned saxophonist and composer, Andy has been lending his talents to the sound of Star Trek Continues. We talk with him about the influences on his music, what a leitmotif is, and why he feels that the music of the next Star Trek series should still be composed in a traditional manner.

Chapters
"M18 Flyby" (00:01:28)
Listener Feedback (00:01:43)
"M15 Flyby" (00:03:55)
"M13 Little Girl" (00:06:45)
Meeting Andy (00:07:13)
Conductor vs Orchestrator vs Composer (00:23:30)
Composing for a Documentary (00:31:37)
Leitmotifs (00:34:00)
Composing Continues (00:37:55)
The Process (00:40:28)
Discussing Rejected Scores (00:44:30)
The Changing Face of Scoring (00:49:28)
Star Trek Should Be Classically Scored (00:57:27)
Andy Farber: Composer for Star Trek 2017? (01:05:48)
Current Projects (01:17:25)
"M36" (01:20:38)
(All cues by A. Farber from the Star Trek: Continues episode "White Iris")

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Andy Farber

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-035.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 6:00am MST

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