Melodic Treks: A Star Trek Music Podcast
41: Supreme Sounds

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage.

In the summer of 2015, a series of concerts was announced that would celebrate Star Trek's 50th anniversary in a very special way. With the baton first falling on January 17 in West Palm Beach Florida, Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage is a performance that will visiting 100 cities across North American in 2016. Comprising over 100 minutes of music from the television series and films—and even some from the video game Star Trek: Starfleet Academy—this musical endeavor sets the sounds of the future against footage beamed in high definition to a 40-foot wide screen.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Richard Marquez and Zach Moore to discuss the event, including the venues, stage design, cosplay, and presentation. Also presented is a brief interview with the tour's system engineer, Chris Dietrich, and conductor Nicholas Buc.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Favorite Scores and Composers (00:04:08)
Venues (00:06:50)
Tickets (00:07:19)
Stage (00:08:45)
Cosplay (00:10:32)
Capacity (00:13:07)
Population (00:14:01)
Program: Music Presentation (00:15:23)
Program: Series Representation (00:19:40)
"The Captain" (excerpt from "Year of Hell, Part II" composed by D. McCarthy) (00:21:04)
Program: Michael Dorn (00:24:13)
Program: Tracks Not Played (00:27:06)
Program: Starfleet Academy (00:28:37)
Like No Event We've Ever Seen Before (00:29:56)
"Opening" (excerpt from Star Trek: Starfleet Academy composed by R. Jones) (00:36:58)
Interview: Chris Dietrich, system engineer (00:38:54)
Interview: Nicholas Buc, conductor (00:41:53)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guests
Zach Moore and Richard Marquez

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-041.mp3
Category:Events -- posted at: 7:07am MST

40: Nautical But Nice

Five Film Favorites with John Tenuto.

John Tenuto has been a sociology professor for 20 years, most of those at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. He and his wife, Maria Jose, have become experts on Star Trek through personal research and the friendships they have cultivated with talent from both behind and in front of the camera. Their research on Star Trek's production history, Star Trek library archives, and Star Trek's cultural influences have been featured on numerous radio stations, television shows, and newspapers including USA Today, BBC Radio, WGN News, and the Chicago Tribune—not to mention many podcast episodes right here on Trek.fm.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by John Tenuto to discuss the scores, composers, and behind-the-scenes information on the Star Trek films. We talk about the music that played at the Tenuto wedding, what part of Titanic inspired Michael Piller when writing Star Trek: Insurrection, the budget for film scores, Cliff Eidelman's influence on and Giacchino's additions to the franchise, and John's five favorites from the films. We also find out whom John would choose to compose for Star Trek 2017.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
"Nimbus III" (excerpt from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:02:23)
Meeting John (00:03:13)
Motivations and Intentions (00:06:47)
Star Trek's Footprint (00:09:08)
The Soundtrack of John's Life (00:10:52)
Overlap (00:14:20)
Insurrection and the Ba'ku Band (00:15:25)
The Budget for the Music for Star Trek II (00:19:52)
Holst was More Expensive than Goldsmith (00:26:20)
Eidelman's Influence on Goldsmith (00:29:58)
Goldsmith Returns for Star Trek V (00:33:17)
2009 and Beyond (00:38:08)
John's Five Favorite Film Tracks (00:41:46)
"Enterprising Young Men" (excerpt from Star Trek, composed by M. Giacchino) (00:42:33)
"The Mirror" (excerpt from Star Trek: Nemesis, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:44:50)
"The Battle For Peace" (excerpt from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, composed by C. Eidelman) (00:48:43)
"The Ba'ku Village" (excerpt from Star Trek: Insurrection, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:52:41)
"Genesis Countdown" (excerpt from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, composed by J. Horner) (00:58:02)
John's Composer of Choice for Star Trek 2017 (01:03:16)
"Enterprise Clears Moorings" (excerpt from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan composed by J. Horner) (01:07:33)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
John Tenuto

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-040.mp3
Category:Five Favorites -- posted at: 8:38am MST

39: There Be Whales Here

Star Trek IV and Leonard Rosenman.

With a career that spans five decades and includes more than 100 films and television productions, Leonard Rosenman was once regarded as one of the most promising young composers in America—yet he was never a Hollywood favorite. He sometimes publicly chastised producers and directors for what he felt was musical ignorance and a lack of taste, but managed to make his voice heard by using film scoring as a way to experiment with advanced musical ideas. Some of the memorable movies that he worked on include East of Eden, Rebel without a Cause, A Man Called Horse, The Car, 1978's animated The Lord of the Rings, The Jazz Singer, and RoboCop 2. His final film was Jurij, an Italian work about a young violinist, released in 2001.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala begins a 13-part series on the Star Trek films. Joining him to examine Rosenman's life and career is Standard Orbit co-host Ken Tripp. Beginning with some of Rosenman's television work from the 1950s and '60s, including The Twilight Zone and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, we also focus on big-screen works such as Fantastic Voyage, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, and, of course, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. We also discuss his awards and nominations, and listen to the trailer for the low-budget horror film The Car.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
September 7, 1924 (00:01:27)
The Twilight Zone (00:05:46)
"And When the Sky Was Opened" (excerpt) (00:06:19)
The Alfred Hitchock Hour (00:11:17)
"Beast in View" (excerpt) (00:11:49)
"One of the Family" (excerpt) (00:14:25)
Films, Awards, and Nominations (00:17:28)
The Car (00:19:20)
Trailer for The Car (00:21:45)
Fantastic Voyage (00:24:46)
"The Proteus" (excerpt) (00:25:48)
The Planet of the Apes Franchise (00:32:33)
"Ape Soldiers Advancing" (excerpt) (00:37:16)
"Main Title (Battle for the Planet of the Apes)" (excerpt) (00:39:58)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (00:44:30)
"Main Title" (excerpt) (00:52:24)
"Time Travel" (excerpt) (00:55:08)
"Chekov's Run" (00:58:50)
"Hospital Chase" (01:02:41)
"Crash/Whale Fugue" (excerpt) (01:04:15)
"Home Again/End Credits" (excerpt) (01:12:06)
"Kirk Freed" (01:20:34)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Ken Tripp

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-039.mp3
Category:Soundtracks -- posted at: 5:30am MST

38: An Artistic Approach

Mark Banning Interview.

For almost 30 years, Mark Banning, co-founder of BSX Records, has had a hand in producing some of the most outstanding soundtracks, including more than 20 Star Trek releases. He has worked with many record labels, including GNP Crescendo, La-La Land Records, Silva Screen Records, and Creative Sound Production, where his primary duty has been art direction.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Mark to discuss some of the film and television soundtracks he has helped to produce, as well as the process behind the art direction. Mark also recounts a heart-warming story of the healing power of music, how he met his best friend and co-founder of BSX Records, Ford A. Thaxton, and even teases us with a few details about upcoming Star Trek releases.

Chapters
"Smooth Talker/Attitude Adjustment" (excerpt from "Our Man Bashir," composed by J. Chattaway) (00:02:00)
Meeting Mark (00:03:03)
Early Television Score Releases (00:04:06)
What Is Involved in Art Direction? (00:09:05)
Quantum Leap and the Healing Power of Music (00:11:43)
Challenges (00:16:01)
On Stage with the Goldsmiths (00:17:09)
How Banning Met Ford (00:20:27)
Buysoundtrax and GNP's Slowdown (00:22:17)
Limited Editions and Interesting People (00:24:32)
Passionate Fans (00:26:47)
Differences (00:28:37)
Duties on the New Star Trek Sets (00:32:19)
Upcoming Productions (00:33:06)
Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen and a Bit More (00:33:50)
Finding Mark (00:37:38)
"Cost of Victory" (excerpt from "The Siege of AR-588," composed by P. Baillargeon) (00:38:40)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Mark Banning

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-038.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 5:30am MST

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