Melodic Treks: A Star Trek Music Podcast
64: It Sounds Much Better on a Wood Piccolo

Sheridon Stokes Interview.

Sheridon Stokes was hired as a piccolo player in the Denver Symphony when he was 16 years old and was the youngest contract musician in Hollywood at age 20. At this young age, he was working with the 20th Century Fox Orchestra under Alfred Newman.  He has been featured in many television and film scores, including the television series Mission Impossible, Roots, and Kung Fu, as well as the films Jaws, E.T., Ghost, Glory, Patriot Games, and more recently, Mission Impossible, Waterworld, Jumanji, Independence Day, and Rush Hour II. He was solo flute at the Academy Awards in 1997 and 1998 and played the famous penny whistle solo from the Titanic song “My Heart Will Go On” with Celine Dion.

In this episode on Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Andy Farber, composer for two episodes of Star Trek: Continues, and Sheridon Stokes. We discuss his early works in film and television, the kind of flutes he has in his arsenal, many of the composers he worked with, and some fun memories of Bernard Hermann.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Contests (00:01:30) 
Review and Feedback (00:03:53) 
"Two-Edged Surveillance" (from Patriot Games, composed by J. Horner) (00:07:40) 
Welcome, Sheridon (00:09:16) 
I Grew Up in the Music Business (00:14:15) 
Instruments (00:16:16) 
There's So Many Good Ones (00:20:06) 
James Horner (00:23:23) 
Sheridon's Arsenal (00:24:26) 
Kung Fu (00:28:50) 
"The Paradise Syndrome" (00:33:44) 
Rosenman, Shiffron, Kaplan, and Courage (00:35:33) 
Pop Music (0038:04) 
Albums (00:40:08) 
Buddy Baker and Electronics (00:42:34) 
Currently (00:47:50) 
"Main Title" (from Patriot Games, composed by J. Horner) (00:51:27) 
A Bit More From Andy (00:52:54)   

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guests
Sheridon Stokes
Andy Farber

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

Direct download: mt-064.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 4:00am MST

63: The Devil's Interval

Gerald Fried Interview.

Born in the Bronx on February 13th, 1928, Gerald Fried began learning about music in the High School of Music and Art. He graduated in 1945, and started his career composing short films by his friend Stanley Kubrick.  He has scored many cultural cornerstones of television including Lost in Space, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Gilligan's Island, Riverboat, Shotgun Slade, and Star Trek.

In this episode on Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Gerald Fried to discuss his work, form the beginnings with Stanley Kubrick, to his current work on a Star Trek parody film. We talk about his hectic work schedule, which sometimes included three scoring sessions a day, composing his Emmy Award winning score for the cultural phenomenon Roots, and his work on Star Trek.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Contests, Reviews, and Thanks (00:01:18) 
"Main Title" (from The Killing) (00:07:15) 
Welcome, Gerald! (00:08:22) 
Kubrick (00:08:44) 
The Killing (00:10:42) 
Beginnings (00:13:06) 
Corman (00:15:15) 
Roots (00:16:28) 
Star Trek and Library Music (00:19:37) 
Classic Film and Television (00:27:01) 
Three Scoring Sessions a Day (00:29:37) 
Challenges and Favorites (00:32:04) 
Current Projects (00:35:38) 
"The Patrol" (from Paths of Glory) (00:42:66) 

All music composed by G. Fried

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Gerald Fried

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

Direct download: mt-063.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 4:00am MST

62: The Voice of the New Universe

Michael Giacchino and Star Trek.

Michael Giacchino was born on October 10th, 1967 in Riverside Township, New Jersey. At the young age of 10, he began exploring music and film by creating stop-motion animation movies and putting music to the images that he created. A high school art teacher that mentored and encouraged Giacchino recommended that he attend the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Giacchino's first compositions were in the 16-bit universe with games for Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo including the Sega Genesis game Gargoyles , the SNES game Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow and the various console versions of The Lion King. His first big break came when he was given the opportunity to score the Dreamworks video game adaptation of the 1997 film The Lost World: Jurassic Park. This was the first Play Station game to have a live orchestral score.

In this episode on Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Lee Hutchison, co-host of Earl Grey, to discuss Giacchino's early work in video games, television and film as well as the first score for the 2009 Kelvin Timeline film, Star Trek.


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Contests (00:01:24) 
Reviews (00:03:28) 
"Star Trek" (from the movie Star Trek) (00:06:51) 
The Kelvin Timeline Composer (00:07:44) 
"Primordial Forest" (from the video game The Lost World: Jurassic Park) (00:12:32) 
"Into the Trees" (from the video game The Lost World: Jurassic Park) (00:13:52) 
"Medal of Honor" (from the video game Medal of Honor) (00:18:53) 
"Panzer Attack" (from the video game Medal of Honor) (00:20:18) 
"The Streets of Paris" (from the video game Medal of Honor: Underground) (00:26:12) 
"The Motorcycle Attack" (from the video game Medal of Honor: Underground) (00:27:51) 
"Red Hair is Better" (from the television show Alias) (00:31:22) 
"Bandweiler" (from the television show Alias) (00:32:52) 
"End Credits" (from movie The Incredibles) (00:39:33) 
"Oceanic 815" (from the television show Lost) (00:43:27) 
"Life and Death" (from the television show Lost) (00:44:57) 
"Zauara" (from the video game Secret Weapons Over Normandy) (00:53:10) 
"Midway" (from the video game Secret Weapons Over Normandy) (00:55:13)
"The Family Stone Suite" (from the movie The Family Stone) (01:00:34) 
"Narada Boom" (from the movie Star Trek) (01:06:57) 
"Labour of Love" (from the movie Star Trek) (01:13:42) 
"Main Title" (from the movie Star Trek) (01:22:08) 
"Jehosafats" (from the movie Star Trek) (01:26:23) 
"Spock Goes Spelunking" (from the movie Star Trek) (01:29:26) 
"An Endangered Species" (from the movie Star Trek) (01:33:04) 
"Nero Death Experience" (from the movie Star Trek) (01:37:23) 
"Black Holes Have a Lot of Pull" (from the movie Star Trek) (01:47:01) 
"End Credits" (from the movie Star Trek) (01:50:49) 

All music composed by M. Giacchino

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Lee Hutchicon

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

Direct download: mt-062.mp3
Category:Michael Giacchino -- posted at: 7:13am MST

61: The Dogs of War

Battle Music in Star Trek.

The Star Trek franchise tells many stories including stories of love, betrayal, exploration, mystery, and intrigue. One type of story has been told several times in Star Trek, and that story is WAR. It is a story that can be told in many ways. Sad. Melancholy. Epic. Brave.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala focuses on the militaristic side of the final frontier, and shares a special themed episode on the battle music of Star Trek.


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Contests (00:01:23) 
"Bird of Prey Decloaks" (from Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, composed by J. Horner) (00:05:24) 
"Wolf 359" (from "Emissary," composed by D. McCarthy) (00:08:32) 
"Yo!" (from "The Way of the Warrior," composed by D. McCarthy) (00:11:54) 
"Battle Preparations" (from "Call to Arms," composed by J. Chattaway) (00:14:46) 
"Defiant Ending" (from "The Changing Face of Evil," composed by J. Chattaway) (00:17:06) 
"War Adagio" (from "The Siege of AR-558", composed by P. Baillargeon) (00:19:29) 
"A Swarm Reception" (from Star Trek Beyond, composed by M. Giacchino) (00:23:14) 
"The Riker Maneuver" (from Star Trek: Insurrection, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:26:08) 
"Battle Stations" (from Star Trek: Nemesis, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:28:32) 
"Sleep Command/Destruct Mode/Picard is Back" (from "The Best of Both Worlds Part II," composed by R. Jones) (00:31:56) 
"Battle in the Mutara Nebula" (from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, composed by J. Horner) (00:36:34) 

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

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

Direct download: mt-061.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 3:00am MST

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