Melodic Treks: A Star Trek Music Podcast
68: Merry Trekmas 2

The Melodic Treks Christmas Special.

Once again, the most wonderful time of the year is upon us: Trekmas! Trekmas time is a time for sharing and in this episode of Melodic Treks, Brandon-Shea Mutala reached out to the listeners of Trek FM to roast some marsh melons around the camp fire, sit next to the tree and pick a track or two that they enjoy and share it with you. The tracks are as varied as a present selection under a tree. Some of these tracks you may have guessed ahead of time, and some, like all good presents, are a surprise. So take a glass of egg nog or some nice mulled wine, and sit back as the listeners of Trek Fm wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Star Trek Style.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Contest Reminder and Feedback (00:01:17) 
"Make It So" (arr. by J. Covenant) (00:06:38) 
Chris Reeve's Message (00:07:48) 
"Into the Final Frontier" (E. Kunzel ft. L. Nimoy) (00:09:53) 
Chris Chaplain's Message (00:11:02) 
"First Contact" (from Star Trek: First Contact, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:12:24) 
Tony Robinson's Message (00:15:21) 
"Logo/Main Title" (from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, composed by L. Rosenman) (00:17:54) 

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

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

Direct download: mt-068.mp3
Category:Trekmas -- posted at: 3:00am MST

67: You Spelled "First Contact" Wrong

Comparing Film Scores.

When fans of Star Trek are asked what their favorite films are, an overwhelming majority will give you an odd numbered entry. These are the stories that seem to resonate the most with fans, except for one. The tenth Star Trek film, and the fourth in The Next Generation series of movies, generally doesn't make the list. The plot has many holes, and there are several story cliches that make this one of the weaker entries in the franchise. However, when looking beyond the story, how do fans feel some of the other elements of the film hold up?

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala discovered in a recent Facebook exchange that most people feel that the score to Star Trek: First Contact is considered by many to be the best of The Next Generation film scores. In an effort to plead his case that Star Trek: Nemesis is in fact the superior, he invited Erik Woods of Cinematic Sound Radio to put their top five tracks from each of these movies head to head.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Contest Reminder and Feedback (00:01:22) 
"Ooby Dooby" (performed by Roy Orbison) (00:05:39) 
Erik Woods, Cinematic Sounds, and Sound Cast Stereo (00:06:33) 
The Concept (00:15:17) 
Initial Impressions on the Films (00:17:06) 
"Red Alert" (from Star Trek: First Contact, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:23:09) 
"The Mirror" (from Star Trek: Nemesis, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:26:36) 
"Welcome Aboard" (from Star Trek: First Contact, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:32:53) 
"Ideals" (from Star Trek: Nemesis, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:36:10) 
"Magic Carpet Ride" (performed by Steppenwolf) (00:41:32) 
"Flight of the Phoenix" (from Star Trek: First Contact, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:42:02) 
"The Scorpion" (from Star Trek: Nemesis, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:48:20) 
"First Contact" (from Star Trek: First Contact, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:54:03) 
"Remus" (from Star Trek: Nemesis, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:58:24) 
A Detour Through Indiana (01:00:58) 
"End Titles" (from Star Trek: First Contact, composed by J. Goldsmith) (01:06:52) 
"Battle Stations" (from Star Trek: Nemesis, composed by J. Goldsmith) (01:10:53) 

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Erik Woods

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

Direct download: mt-067.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 3:00am MST

66: Stuck in the Middle With You: Even

Middle Tracks on Albums

Almost everyone has some form of device that can store music digitally. These devices are included, but not limited to, cellphones, laptops, tablets, and iPods. With the invention of the playlist, how often do you actually sit down and listen to a whole album, the whole way through?

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala creates his own playlist of tracks that you may not listen to very often. In this episode, we focus on the middle tracks from the extended releases of the even numbered Star Trek movies.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Contest Reminder (00:01:33) 
"The Briefing" (from Star Trek: Horizon, composed by T. Ktaft) (00:04:15) 
Speakpipe Draw (00:04:45) 
"Orbiting Earth" (from Star Trek: Horizon, composed by T. Kraft) (00:06:49) 
Playlist (00:07:17) 
"Kirk's Explosive Reply" (from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, composed by J. Jorner) (00:09:46) 
"Kirk Freed" (from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, composed by L. Rosenmann) (00:13:05) 
"Dining on Ashes" (from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, composed by C. Eidelman) (00:15:51) 
"The Undiscovered Country" (from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, composed by C. Eidelman) (00:16:48) 
"Stimulation" (from Star Trek: First Contact, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:18:59) 
"Lateral Run" (from Star Trek: Nemesis, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:21:19) 
"Scotty's Floored" (from Star Trek Into Darkness, composed by M. Giacchino) (00:25:13) 

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)

Direct download: mt-066.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 3:00am MST

S3: Melodic X

Mark Snow Interview.

One television show that had a major impact on pop culture in the early nineties was The X-Files, created by Chris Carter. Equal parts mystery, science fiction and horror, the show was about two FBI Agents investigating paranormal phenomenon and other worldly encounters. One of the pillars of the show was the moody, spooky score which was composed by Mark Snow.

In this supplemental episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala joins Tony Black, host of The X-Cast Podcast, for an interview with Mark Snow. We discuss how he came to compose for The X-Files, The Lone Gunmen, and Millennium, as well as his current work on Blue Bloods and how he mentored composer Sean Callery into the composing business.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
The X-Cast (00:01:25) 
I'm Tony Black (00:01:57) 
Welcome, Mark (00:06:08) 
La La Land Records (00:14:25) 
John Carpenter Influence? (00:16:03) 
Season 10 (00:17:35) 
Do You Compose to Video? (00:20:33) 
"Babylon" (00:22:30) 
Millennium, The Lone Gunmen, The Drum, and Minogue (00:25:58) 
Scoring the Films (00:31:36) 
Working With Jeff Charbonneau (00:37:10) 
Mark's Influence (00:41:49) 
What About Season 11? (00:43:58) 
Sean Callery (00:45:26) 
No, Really, What About Season 11? (00:48:05) 
More La La Land to Come? (00:49:05) 
Taxi Driver (00:52:42) 
The Truth and the Light (00:55:22) 
Final Thoughts (00:57:53) 

Music composed by M. Snow

Host
Tony Black

Guests
Mark Snow and Brandon-Shea Mutala

Production
Tony Black (Editor) Brandon-Shea Mutala ( 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)

Direct download: mt-s3.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 3:00am MST

65: Stuck in the Middle With You: Odd

Middle Tracks on Albums.

Almost everyone has some form of device that can store music digitally. These devices are included, but not limited to, cellphones, laptops, tablets, and iPods. With the invention of the playlist, how often do you actually sit down and listen to a whole album, the whole way through?

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala creates his own playlist of tracks that you may not listen to very often. In this episode, we focus on the middle tracks from the extended releases of the odd numbered Star Trek movies.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Contest Reminder (00:01:35) 
The Concept (00:02:47) 
"Leaving Drydock (Album Version)" (from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:04:59) 
"Returning to Vulcan" (from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, composed by J. Horner) (00:09:38) 
"A Busy Man" (from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:14:42) 
"Two Captains/Crash Recap" (from Star Trek: Generations, composed by D. McCarthy) (00:19:25) 
"The Drones Attack" (from Star Trek: Insurrection, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:22:31) 
"I've Fallen and I Can't Beam Up" (from Star Trek, composed by M. Giacchino) (00:25:22) 
"Franklin, My Dear" (from Star Trek Beyond, composed by M. Giacchino) (00:28:14) 

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)

Direct download: mt-065.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 3:30am MST

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