Melodic Treks: A Star Trek Music Podcast
56: Star Trek: The Musical

Singing in Star Trek.

The music of Star Trek is known for its diversity to convey many emotions and feelings. It can be sad, happy, bombastic, action filled, tense, and melancholy. The music has filled the viewers with a sense of adventure and longing; but every once in a while, the script calls for something else. There are many instances of singing in Star Trek. These have been portrayed in holodeck adventures, down time in a rec room, wedding ceremonies, and love-ins.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Bobby Tucker to examine sixteen instances of singing in Star Trek. While discussing the music, we determine if it fits the story and the portrayal of the character. We visit the first four television series and three motion pictures. So pull up a comfy chair and sit back and relax. Do you reach, brother?

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
"Charlie is My Darling" (from "Charlie X," arranged by F. Steiner) (00:10:33) 
"Hey Out There" (from "The Way to Eden," written by A. Heinemann, C. Napier, C. Robertson) (00:15:31) 
"Headin' Out to Eden" (from "The Way to Eden," written by A. Heinemann, C. Napier, C. Robertson) (00:18:20) 
"Like Hail" (from "The Way to Eden," written by A. Heinemann, C. Napier, C. Robertson) (00:19:25) 
"Looking For a New Land" (from "The Way to Eden," written by A. Heinemann, C. Napier, C. Robertson) (00:19:40) 
"Row, Row, Row Your Boat" (from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, traditional) (00:23:55) 
"The Moon's a Window to Heaven" (from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, written by J. Goldsmith, J. Bettis) (00:24:49) 
"Aktuh and Maylota" (from "Unification II" written by D. McCarthy) (00:30:44) 
"A British Tar" (from Star Trek: Insurrection, written by W. S. Gilbert, A. Sullivan) (00:32:55) 
"Blue Skies" (from Star Trek: Nemesis, written by I. Berlin) (00:34:36) 
"You Are My Sunshine" (from "Someone to Watch Over Me," written by J. Davis) (00:39:46) 
"La Donna e Mobile" (from "Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy," written by G. Verdi) (00:42:19) 
"Do Re Mi" (from "Chrysalis," written by J. Chattaway) (00:47:28) 
"Fever" (from "His Way," written by J. Davenport, E. Cooley, arranged by J. Chattaway) (00:52:32) 
"The Best is Yet to Come" (from "Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang," written by C. Leigh and C. Coleman) (00:55:00) 
"The Way You Look Tonight" (from "What You Leave Behind," written by J. Kern) (00:57:34) 
"The Moon's a Window to Heaven" (from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, written by J. Goldsmith, J. Bettis) (01:05:26) 

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Bobby Tucker

Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman Lao (Associate Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

Direct download: mt-056.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 5:30am MST

S2: Fan Favorites

Star Trek can be very important and influential in people's lives. There are many stories of people becoming doctors or engineers because of their heroes portrayed on the screen.  Sometimes, the music of Star Trek can be a soundtrack to our own lives. People use the music for weddings, graduations and birthdays.

In this special supplemental episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala walks the hallways of the Rio All Suites Hotel during the 50th anniversary convention and asks the fans what music from the franchise is memorable or has a special place in their hearts.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
"Doctor Bartender" ("The Cage" A. Courage) (00:01:50) 
"Meet Andrea" ("What Are Little Girls Made Of?" F. Steiner) (00:02:50) 
"The Ancient Combat" ("Amok Time" G. Freid) (00:03:46) 
"Where My Heart Will Take Me" (R. Watson) (00:05:24) 
"Night on the Yorktown" (Star Trek Beyond M. Giacchino) (00:07:00) 
"Star Trek Main Title (Soprano Version)" (A. Courage) (00:09:48) 
"Farewell" ("What You Leave Behind" D. McCarthy) (00:10:55) 
"You Gotta Beam Me" (Star Trek M. Giacchino) (00:12:44) 
"Main Title" (Star Trek: First Contact J. Goldsmith) (00:14:38) 
"Main Title" (Star Trek: The Motion Picture J. Goldsmith) (00:16:44) 
"Suite from The Inner Light" (J. Chattaway) (00:18:37) 


Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guests
The fans from STLV50

Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Norman Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

Direct download: mt-s2.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 5:00am MST

55: Space Opera 1991

Star Trek VI and Cliff Eidelman.

One of the youngest composers to score a feature film, Cliff Eidelman was only 22 when he wrote for Magdalene. Since then, he has amassed an impressive body of work—from film to concert hall. He has written a number of scores including Triumph of the Spirit (1989), Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992), Crazy People (1990), Untamed Heart (1992), Leap of Faith (1992), Now and Then (1995), If These Walls Could Talk (1996), Witness Protection (1999), An American Rhapsody (2001), Ocean Men: Extreme Dive (2001), The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants (2005), Open Window (2006), and Big Miracle (2012), which was Eidelman’s fifth collaboration with director Ken Kwapis.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Matthew Rushing of The Orb, The 602 Club, and Literary Treks to reflect upon Eidelman's career, from his composing credits to his solo album. We also take a look at some of his work conducting scores by other composers, and conclude with the soundtrack for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the film.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Eidelman's Bio (00:08:42)
"Discovery at Sea" (Christopher Columbus: The Discovery) (00:16:46)
"Lost" (Untamed Heart) (00:26:35)
"Prologue" (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) (00:33:54)
"Bam Bam is Gone/A Prayer" (Big Miracle) (00:40:04)
My Muse (00:44:36)
"Watching for the Willows" (My Muse) (00:45:27)
"Hey Little Baby Girl" (My Muse) (00:47:01)
"Adagio" (Alien 3 E. Goldenthol) (00:52:25)
"Adagio" (Alien 3 E. Goldenthol; conducted by C. Eidelman) (00:54:07)
"The Emperor Arrives" (Star Wars: Return of the Jedi J. Williams) (01:00:46)
"Introduction" (The Firebird Suite I. Stravinsky) (01:07:15)
"Neptune, The Mystic" (The Planets G. Holst) (01:08:48)
"Spacedock/Clear All Moorings" (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) (01:11:48)
"Spock's Wisdom" (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) (01:15:44)
"The Death of Gorkon" (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) (01:19:23)
"The Trial/Morally Unjust Evidence" (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) (01:24:08)
"Escape from Rura Penthe" (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) (01:28:19)
"Mind Meld" (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) (01:33:01)
"The Battle for Peace" (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) (01:38:09)

* All music composed by C. Eidelman unless otherwise noted

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Matthew Rushing

Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

Direct download: mt-055.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 6:38am MST

54: The Second Note

Jay Chattaway Interview.

Born in Monongahela, Pennsylvania on July 8, 1946, Jay Allen Chattaway was conscripted into the military while working on his graduate degree. He joined the Navy Band and served as the unit's chief arranger and composer. After his discharge, Chattaway moved to New York City to write music, and later moved to Los Angeles to compose for film. His diverse scoring career began with many slasher and action films. Eventually he landing the job of composer for Star Trek: The Next Generation, alternating scoring duties with Dennis McCarthy.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala and Andy Farber, composer for Star Trek Continues, are joined by Chattaway for a candid conversation about his work as composer for 183 episodes of Star Trek. We also discuss some of his early composing credits in the slasher genre, including Maniac and Silver Bullet, as well as the Chuck Norris action films Missing in Action, Invasion U.S.A., and Braddock: Missing in Action III. Back in the realm of Star Trek, we talk about his audition for TNG's "Tin Man" and his work all the way through his Emmy Award-winning score for Voyager's "Endgame." Then we finish up with fan favorite "The Inner Light."

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Feedback (00:01:26)
"Major Gigabytes" (from "Our Man Bashir," composed by J. Chattaway) (00:09:02)
The Ultimate Voyage (00:10:15)
Firepower (00:13:10)
Missing in Action and Invasion U.S.A. (00:14:52)
Maniac (00:19:19)
Larry Cohen (00:22:56)
Silver Bullet (00:23:38)
"Tin Man" (00:27:26)
"The Outcast" and "The Host" (00:28:46)
Auditioning for "Tin Man" (00:30:30)
Technical Questions (00:34:37)
Wanna Hear a Funny Banjo Story? (00:40:29)
The Emmys (00:42:34)
Approaching Two Series at Once (00:43:27)
Spotting and Time Frames from Script to Scoring (00:46:59)
"A Fistful of Datas" (00:49:00)
James Darren (00:51:56)
How Jay Writes (00:54:02)
"Counterpoint" (01:02:21)
"The Inner Light" (01:03:52)
One Other Convention (01:21:52)
Seventeen Years (01:24:23)
Jay's Current Projects (01:26:11)
The "Endgame" Emmy Story (01:32:56)
"Old Friend/Return to Starbase" (from "Remember Me," composed by J. Chattaway) (01:36:57)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guests
Jay Chattaway and Andy Farber

Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

Direct download: mt-054.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 6:30am MST

53: Clash of the Titans

Jerry Goldsmith vs. John Williams.

Science Fiction fans tend to be a polarized bunch when it comes to the two biggest franchises: Star Trek and Star Wars. Both have huge fan followings and both have had an enormous impact on pop culture. While Star Trek has featured many different composers, the legendary Jerry Goldsmith is responsible in large part for the film scores. Meanwhile, to date, all of the Star Wars films have been composed by John Williams. Both of these composers are outstanding, but when the fan debate turns to these two men, the question often asked is "Who is a better composer: Jerry Goldsmith or John Williams?"

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Jason Cullimore, Suzanne Williamson, and Davis Grayson to determine—in game-show style—which best conveys the desired feelings in their music. We take a look at nine different categories of film scoring and rate them. Who will win? Listen and find out!

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Jason Cullimore (00:01:17)
"The Sparrow and the Hawk" (J. Cullimore) (00:09:19)
"All That We Leave Behind" (J. Cullimore) (00:15:22)
"Remus" (from Star Trek Nemesis, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:19:40)
The Judges (00:21:11)
"The Battle of Endor III" (from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, composed by J. Williams) (00:25:15)
The Format of the Game (00:29:42)
Round One: Patriotic (00:30:47)
"Equality Under the Law" (from Lincoln, composed by J. Williams) (00:31:53)
"Main Title" (from Air Force One, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:34:15)
Round One: Scariest (00:38:00)
"The Eggs" (from Alien, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:39:37)
"Barry's Kidnapping" (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, composed by J. Williams) (00:44:50)
Round One: Happiest (00:49:06)
"Our Town" (from Dennis the Menace, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:49:28)
"Raider's March" (from Raiders of the Lost Ark, composed by J. Williams) (00:52:46)
Round Two: Love Theme (00:56:07)
"Superman Love Theme" (from Superman, by J. Williams) (00:57:36)
"Love Theme (1)" (from The Blue Max, composed by J. Goldsmith) (01:00:43)
Round Two: Saddest (01:03:10)
"Quiet Isolation" (from Seconds, composed by J. Goldsmith) (01:03:53)
"Binary Sunset" (from Star Wars, composed by J. Williams) (01:07:15)
Round Two: Battle (01:10:19)
"Anakan versus Obi-Wan" (from Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, composed by John Williams) (01:11:32)
"Klingon Battle" (from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, composed by J. Goldsmith) (01:15:22)
Round Three: Disco (01:20:22)
"Main Title (Pop Version)" (from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, composed by J. Goldsmith) (01:20:42)
"Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk" (from Star Wars: A New Hope, composed by J. Williams) (01:22:44)
Round Three: Strangest (01:25:56)
"The Luau Dance" (from Diamond Head, composed by J. Williams) (01:26:52)
"Fatal Games" (from Logan's Run, composed by J. Goldsmith) (01:29:45)
Round Three: Favorite (01:33:12)
"Main Title" (from Planet of the Apes, composed by J. Goldsmith) (01:33:59)
"End Credits" (from E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, composed by J. Williams) (01:38:09)
"Theme From Jurassic Park" (from Jurassic Park, composed by J. Williams) (01:43:23)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guests
Jason Cullimore, Suzanne Williamson, and David Grayson

Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

Direct download: mt-053.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 6:54am MST

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