Melodic Treks: A Star Trek Music Podcast
50: Electric (Violin) Boogaloo

The Music of The Man Trap.

One reason that the music of The Original Series are memorable because it was only necessary to compose and record for a certain number of episodes each season. The rest would be tracked with previously recorded material. Gene Roddenberry was extremely happy with the music that Alexander Courage created for the two pilot episodes, "The Cage" and "Where No Man Has Gone Before." Therefore it was no surprise that he didn't hesitate to enlist Courage's talents once again when it was decided that the first episode to air would be "The Man Trap."

In this special 50th episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by soundtrack producer Neil S. Bulk to discuss the score to "The Man Trap" fifty years after its first airing. We talk about the use of the electric violin and Gene Roddenberry's reaction to this interesting instrument. We also delve into the history of the TOS's title theme, as well as Neil's passion for pinpointing when the cello version of the theme was first used.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
"Small Planet Visit" (00:02:05)
LP Singles for Wonder Woman and Star Trek (00:03:38)
The 50th (00:07:53)
"The Changeling" (00:08:45)
"Main Title" (Electric Violin Version) (00:14:07)
"Conference" (00:21:25)
"Trailer" ("The Man Trap") (00:26:36)
"Warp One" (00:32:58)
"Salt Chaser" (00:40:05)

All music from "The Man Trap" composed by A. Courage.

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) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

Direct download: mt-50.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 8:08am MST

49: Solid Gold

In Memorial of Jerry Goldsmith.

On July 21, 2004, cancer took one of the most talented and prolific film composers at the age of 75. Star Trek fans know Jerry Goldsmith best for his contributions to Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: Nemesis, and for the main title for Star Trek: Voyager. However, his extensive list of film, television, and video game credits exceeds 250 titles. Goldsmith was nominated for 18 Academy Awards and nine Golden Globes. Two of his scores—Planet of the Apes and Chinatown—are on the American Film Institute‘s list of the 25 best film scores of all time.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala reflects on Goldsmith and plays tracks from five of his non-Trek scores, including Logan‘s Run, Rio Lobo, The Sum of All Fears, Warning Shot, and Bad Girls.

Chapters
Jerry Goldsmith (00:00:00)
"Ice Sculpture" (from Logan‘s Run) (00:02:43)
"Main Title" (from Rio Lobo) (00:05:59)
"Do It / I‘ll Go" (fro The Sum of All Fears) (00:08:33)
"Back to the Seascape" (from Warning Shot) (00:10:57)
"The John" (from Bad Girls) (00:13:19)

All music composed by J. Goldsmith

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) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

Direct download: mt-049.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 8:06am MST

48: From Whose Bourn No Traveler Returns

A Musical Journey to the Sadder Side of Trek.

The Star Trek franchise is filled with epic heroes who overcome conflict and battles—even when the odds are stacked against them. It is a universe filled with hope and optimism in which humanity can achieve anything. Every once in a while, however, they are called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala takes a look at the music that transports us to the sadder side of Star Trek, focusing on the ways in which composers honor fallen heroes.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
"Tasha's Goodbye" (from "Skin of Evil," composed by R. Jones) (00:02:19)
"He's Toast" (from "Life Support," composed by D. McCarthy) (00:05:59)
"Spock (Dies)" (from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, composed by J. Horner) (00:08:41)
"Amazing Grace" (from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, composed by J. Horner) (00:10:30)
"Picard's Nightmare" (from "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II," composed by R. Jones) (00:12:20)
"Labour of Love" (from Star Trek, composed by M. Giacchino) (00:13:32)
"The Death of Gorkon" (from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, composed by C. Eidleman) (00:15:19)
"Sarek Drifts Away" (from "Unification, Part I," composed by D. McCarthy) (00:17:38)
"Painful Revelations" (from "Dark Page," composed by J. Chattaway) (00:20:38)
"The Captain of the Enterprise (Kirk's Death)" (from Star Trek Generations, composed by D. McCarthy) (00:24:45)
"A New Friend" (from Star Trek: Nemesis, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:27:40)
"Trip Hurt" (from "These Are the Voyages…" composed by D. Mccarthy and K. Kiner) (00:30:24)
"One Last Visit" (from "The Visitor," composed by D. McCarthy) (00:33:29)

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) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: mt-048.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 6:01am MST

47: Sounds Cut Short

In Memoriam of James Horner.

One of the most successful film composers of the past half century, James Horner began scoring films at the age of 25. By the time of his unfortunate passing, he had amassed a resume comprising more than 150 titles. Some of his most notable works include Braveheart, Krull, The Rocketeer, Clear and Present Danger, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. He was the winner of two Academy Awards for Titanic—one for Best Music, Original Dramatic Score and the other for Best Music, Original Song—and was nominated for an additional eight. In October 2013, Horner received the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award at the Hollywood in Vienna gala. With so much success and so many years ahead of him, it seemed even the stars were no limit for Horner. Sadly, he died at the age of 61 when he crashed his turboprop plane on June 22, 2015.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala reflects on Horner and plays tracks from five of his non-Trek scores, including Titanic, Patriot Games, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Jade, and Apollo 13.

Chapters
Intro to James Horner (00:00:00) 
“Never an Absolution” (from Titanic) (00:02:27) 
“Main Title” (from Apollo 13) (00:05:47) 
“Main Title” (from Jade) (00:08:11) 
“Josh vs. Dad” (from Searching for Bobby Fischer) (00:10:59) 
“Main Title” (from Patriot Games) (00:13:56) 
“Attempt on the Royals” (from Patriot Games) (00:17:25)

All music composed by J. Horner.

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) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: mt-047.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 7:09am MST

46: There are 14 Discs!

Lukas Kendell Interview.

To the general public in 1990, the word “soundtrack” meant only a compilation of popular songs from movies such as Top Gun and Footloose. So, to help expand knowledge of and appreciation for the fine art of composing for film, Lukas Kendell created Film Score Monthly. FSM began as a one-page newsletter sent to 11 people. Since then, it has grown into a magazine, a record label, a website, and the home of other publishing endeavors.

In addition to releasing the complete scores for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, FSM has also produced a massive fourteen-disc box set that includes almost every note composed by Ron Jones for Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as music from the PC games Starfleet Academy and Starfleet Command.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Kendell to discuss the early days of his magazine, the challenges of CD production, and The Ron Jones Project. We also talk about some holy grail releases that Kendell helped produce such as those for White Dog, The Wrong Man, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, and the eight-disc Superman box set.

Chapters
News (00:02:08)  
Hollywood in Vienna: The World of James Horner (00:02:22)  
Jerry Goldsmith’s Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame (00:03:54)  
“Sledgehammer” (00:05:27)  
Family Guy Soundtrack (00:08:41)  
“System Failure” (From Star Trek: The Next Generation “Evolution,” composed by R. Jones) (00:10:02)  
Meeting Lukas (00:10:50)  
FSM’s Beginnings (00:12:32)  
Elliot Goldenthal (00:14:13)  
The Most Challenging Releases (00:18:00)  
White Dog (00:21:42)  
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (00:23:22)  
The Wrong Man (00:24:47)  
The Wrath of Khan and The Search for Spock (00:28:25)  
The Ron Jones Project (00:34:42)  
Star Trek 2017 (00:47:35)  
“Terrorist Attack” (From Star Trek: The Next Generation “The High Ground,” composed by R. Jones) (00:49:46)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Lukas Kendell

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) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: mt-046.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 6:21am MST

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