Melodic Treks: A Star Trek Music Podcast

When the Train Stops. 
 
Clive Emerson (Darren Jacobs) is a young fugitive with a troubled past and bleak future. When the law catches up with him, he's taken into custody by U.S. Marshal Preston Booth (Michael Forest) and begins a long train trip across the American southwest back to prison.
Though Booth takes a personal interest in the case when Clive insists upon his innocence, the young man ultimately resigns himself to his sad fate. But little does Clive know that the future waiting for him when the train stops isn't at all what he expects - and neither, for that matter, is Marshal Booth...

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by James Kerwin, Mike Avenaim, and Rekha Sharma to discuss the score to the short film When the Train Stops. They talk about the sarangi, what they feel this instrument represents, recording sessions, teachers and father figures, and some of the challenges in  distribution of a short film. 

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:00:58) 
Not What I Was Expecting (00:04:05) 
Sarangi (00:06:30) 
Incorporating the Sarangi (00:13:00) 
A Drummer (00:17:34) 
What Does the Sarangi Represent? (00:24:14) 
"Don't Call Me Ma'am" (00:26:31) 
"Quite a Story" (00:31:50) 
Finding Rekha (00:33:53) 
Short vs Feature (00:35:32) 
Finding Mike and James (00:40:34) 
"You Got No Rights" (00:43:41) 
Closing (00:47:23)

all music composed by Mike Avenaim except the opening and closing which is composed by Cliff Eidelman and taken from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guests
James Kerwin, Mike Avenaim, and Rekha Sharma
 
Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: mt-096.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 4:50am MST

"Code of Honor."
 
Considered by many to be one of the worst episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the first season episode "Code of Honor" portrays a planet of black people with many of the negative stereo types that have been associated with African culture on film and in literature. Fred Steiner, know to Star Trek fans as the composer of several original episodes, including "Charlie X," "What Are Little Girls Made Of?," "The Corbomite Maneuver," and "Balance of Terror," composed only one episode of The Next Generation. The score is filled with many familiar elements such as muted horns and stand up bass, however, the producers considered the music to be too "retro."


In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by trombonist Lance Laster to discuss the episode and the music of the episode "Code of Honor." We discuss racism, interpretations, muted trumpets and trombones, Fred Steiner, and weather or not this could be the score to a missing episode of TOS.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:01) 
A Trombonist (00:02:43) 
The Episode (00:11:10) 
Fred Steiner (00:23:30) 
The Music (00:27:18) 
"Bronze Horse/To the Holodeck/Snatch Natasha" (00:29:09) 
"Officer's Log/Competition" (00:35:21) 
"Chez Lutan/Lutan's Honor/The Centerpiece/Yareena Upset/Combat Ready/Htching a Plan/Code of Honor Again" (00:38:28) 
"Deadly Blow/She Lives/Poor Lutan/Mission Accomplished" (00:43:57)   
Closing (00:51:53)
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Lance Laster
 
Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: mt-095.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 5:04pm MST

Cliff Eidelman Interview.
 
Jerry Goldsmith created an epic and memorable theme when he composed the 1979 film Star Trek: The Motion Picture, a theme that would become synonymous with Star Trek due to its use as the main title for the hit television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. In 1989, the theme would be used again for the film Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. Given its popularity, many Trek fans were surprised when this theme did not greet them for the 25th anniversary film of their beloved franchise. Instead of Goldsmith's bright patriotic tones, a dark and moody operatic piece with an unusual addition of male choir greeted cinema goers. 


In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Cliff Eidelman to discuss his career as a composer. We talk about his new project that was inspired by art, working with the both the London and Munich Symphony Orchestras, his vocal album, and getting the job as the composer for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:00) 
Inspired by The Louvre (00:02:33) 
"Untitled Piano Piece 1" (00:08:56) 
Writing (00:09:38) 
"Untitled Piano Piece 2" (00:12:24) 
L.S.O. (00:13:17) 
"Untitled Piano Piece 3" (00:19:35) 
My Muse (00:21:05) 
"In Your Eyes" (00:25:09) 
Consistency of the Vocals (00:28:13) 
How Has Your Style Changed? (00:30:45) 
From Ballet to Film (00:33:48) 
Munich Symphony (00:36:59) 
I Gotta Gush For a Bit (00:42:10) 
"Overture" From Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (00:42:54) 
Male Choir (00:45:33) 
"Rura Penthe" From Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (00:48:59) 
The Captain's Theme (00:54:54) 
"Clear All Moorings" From Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (00:56:48) 
Getting the Job (00:58:18) 
Listener Questions (01:08:45) 
Finding Cliff (01:24:15) 
Closing (01:27:29)
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Cliff Eidelman
 
Production
Tony Robinson (Editor and Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: mt-094.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 8:57pm MST

Nicholas Meyer Interview. 
  
The director of a film guides actors and creative elements of the crew, leading them to the ultimate goal of realizing their vision on the big screen. While not something seen, one of the most important elements for a film is the score. The score is important to help guide the viewers emotions so that they know how to interpret the scenes that they ae watching. If you change to score, then the exact same visuals could have multiple different interpretations. So how does a director choose and work with a composer to get the right emotional feel for their film?


In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Nicholas Meyer, writer and director of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, to talk about film composing from a director's perspective. We talk about temp scores, favorite scores, Bernard Herrmann, and we also discuss his friendship with James Horner. 

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:01)
"The Katra Ritual" (from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock) (00:02:08)
Welcome, Nicholas Meyer! (00:02:41)
"Battle on the Ice" from Alexander Nevsky composed by Sergei Prokofiev (00:04:34)
"Overture" From Citizen Kane, composed by Bernard Herrmann (00:09:57)
"Surprise Attack" from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (00:25:16)
"Amazing Grace" from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (00:32:37)
"End Credits" from Volunteers (00:36:44)
"Master Peter's Puppet Show" composed by Manuel de Falla (00:41:50)
"Pas de Deux Part One" (00:46:10)
Finding Nicholas Meyer (00:48:24)
"Main Title" from Jack the Bear (00:52:22)
Closing (00:56:45)
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Nicholas Meyer
 
Production
 Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager) 

Direct download: mt-093.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 6:27am MST

"11001001" with Brian McVickar.
 
The majority of scores for season one of Star Trek: The Next Generation were primarily composed by two people; Dennis McCarthy and Ron Jones. It has been said in many interviews that the composers were directed to tone the music down, and it has been described by many as "wallpaper" music, but in the opinion of this host, that isn't a fair assessment. The score to the episode "11001001" was influenced by jazz, but it also had significant influence from James Horner's score from the film Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and even a famous jazz song called "Nearness of You" was arranged by Jones for the episode.


In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Brian McVickar, host of A Score to Settle, to discuss the music of the first season Next Generation episode "11001001." We discuss influences by Goldsmith, Riker and Troi's relationship, the Bynars, and Jazz. We also discuss Shatner's new Christmas album called "Shatner Claus: The Christmas Album."

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:00) 
William Shatner's Christmas Album (00:10:18) 
"11001001" (00:14:33) 
"Back In Order" (00:18:06) 
"Jazz" (composed by John Beazley) (00:21:08) 
"The Nearness of You" (performed by Mel Torme) (00:23:21) 
"Nearness of You and Ending" (00:25:40) 
"Docking at Starbase 74/Eyes" (00:34:25) 
"Stealing the Enterprise" (00:39:14) 
Finding Brian (00:51:17)
Closing (00:54:40)
 
All music composed by Ron Jones, except where noted
Intro and exit music from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country composed by Cliff Eidelman

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

Direct download: mt-092.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 12:01am MST

James Horner's Clear and Present Danger.
 
After the success of the 1992 film Patriot Games, a third film in the Jack Ryan series was quickly produced. With the powerful combination of star Harrison Ford, director Phillip Noyce, and composer James Horner, all of whom would return for the project, a box office smash was basically guaranteed. While different in tone, there were many similar aspects of the production that would cement this film as a classic piece of American cinema.


In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by film score expert John Takis to discuss James Horner's score to the 1994 film Clear and Present Danger. We discuss its importance in Horner's career, the complexity of the film's plot, Star Trek actors, and how this score is a spiritual sequel to Patriot Games, while still standing on its own.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:10) 
Welcome Back, John! (00:02:58) 
A Horner Staple (00:04:52) 
"Operation Reciprocity" (00:06:13) 
The Film (00:09:04) 
The Score (00:14:26) 
"Main Title: Clear and Present Danger" (00:17:29) 
The Jack Ryan Theme (00:20:15) 
"Ambush" (00:25:58) 
"Deleting the Evidence" (00:37:50) 
"Greer's Funeral/Betrayal" (00:44:37) 
"Blow Up Narcotics Plane" (00:50:24) 
"Woodroom/Finale" (00:56:50) 
Final Thoughts and Finding John (01:00:23) 
Closing (01:08:44)

All music composed by James Horner
Intro and exit music from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country composed by Cliff Eidelman
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Jon Takis
 
Production
Tony Robinson (Editor and Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: mt-091.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 12:01am MST

Star Trek Beyond at the Albert Hall. 

Over the past several years, film scoring has started to become more mainstream and has become more of a noticeable part of a movie due to documentaries and specialty labels placing emphasis on this often overlooked art. Another special event that has occurred in some major centers is a live orchestra performing the score to a film while it is being projected to an audience.


In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Tony Robinson, host of Continuing Mission, to discuss the showing of the film Star Trek Beyond at the Royal Albert Hall, with the score provided by a live symphony.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks! (00:01:40) 
Recent Visit to the Hall (00:02:35) 
"Star Trek Main Theme" (00:03:57) 
"Night on the Yorktown" (00:12:55)
Final Thoughts (00:27:15) 
Closing (00:31:53)

All music used in this episode from Star Trek Beyond composed by Michael Giacchino.
Opening and closing music from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country composed by Cliff Eidelman.
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Tony Robinson
 
Production
Tony Robinson (Editor and Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: mt-090.mp3
Category:Michael Giacchino -- posted at: 10:07pm MST

Dennis McCarthy Interview.
 
Dennis McCarthy defined the sound of Star Trek by composing 257 episodes and movies of the franchise. However, the road to Trek was paved with hard work and trial-by-fire education sessions. McCarthy learned how to compose and orchestrate while on the road as a young man, playing various musical shows. McCarthy ever refers to his education as the  "college of the road." After working with composers such as Nelson Riddle and Alex North, his first big break would come with the 1983 phenomenon V: The Final Battle. Dennis showcased his ability to write good quality music quickly, and this would lead him to many other opportunities, which continue to this day.


In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala has an in depth discussion with Dennis McCarthy, the person who has composed the most Star Trek episodes and films. We talk about getting into the business, working with Kevin Kiner, as well as his extensive career composing for Star Trek.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:14) 
"Good Question" (from The Curse of Oak Island)(00:02:44) 
What's Up With "Yo!"? (00:02:54) 
Education (00:04:17) 
"Main Title" (from V) (00:11:50) 
Brass (00:14:34) 
Transposing (00:16:58) 
"Suite from "Voices in the Earth") (from The Twilight Zone) (00:23:21) 
"About Your Words" (from The Curse of Oak Island)" (00:26:50) 
Kevin Kiner (00:28:37) 
"Main Titles" (from "In A Mirror Darkly") (00:32:12) 
"Archer's Theme" (00:33:50) 
Musical Alzheimer's (00:35:09) 
The "Haven" Score (00:38:32) 
"I Have a Gun" (from "All Good Things...") (00:41:42) 
Stand Out Scores: "The Arsenal of Freedom" and "Conspiracy" (00:42:58) 
"Surface Jaunt/Image/Encased" (from "The Arsenal of Freedom") (00:43:48) 
"Worf Down/Invader/Dinner Treats/Retching Remmick/Recovery/Cliff Hanger" (from "Conspiracy) (00:45:47) 
Emmy Award Winning Main Title (00:47:35) 
"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Main Title (Seasons 1-3)" (00:50:02) 
"Farewell" (from "What You Leave Behind") (00:53:31) 
"Generations Overture" (from Star Trek: Generations) (00:57:41) 
Thank You, Dennis (00:58:56) 
Closing (01:05:30)
 
Host
Brandon Shea-Mutala
 
Guest
Dennis McCarthy
 
Production
Tony Robinson (Editor and Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: mt-089.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 12:01am MST

Remembering Harlan Ellison's "The City on the Edge of Forever."
 
Heralded by many as the greatest episode, not only of the original Star Trek, but the whole franchise, "The City on the Edge of Forever" was written by science-fiction legend Harlan Ellison. While Star Trek fans know him best for this episode, he is well know for writing books and episodes of many other shows including The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, and many more.

Harlan Ellison died at his home in Los Angeles in the morning of June 28, 2018 


In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala takes a look at the score to the episode that many fans consider to be the best episode of the original Star Trek. While this episode primarily used library cues recorded earlier in the season, composer Fred Steiner did write approximately ten minutes of music, not all of which was used. We play several tracks from the score, which is available in La La Land's 15 disc box set Star Trek: The Original Series Soundtrack Collection.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:07) 
"New York, 1930" (00:03:24) 
"Edith's Theme" (00:05:10) 
"Goodnight Sweetheart (vocal)" (00:06:58) 
"Edith's Death" (00:08:27) 
"Edith Falls" (00:09:49) 
Closing (00:13:09)

All Music in this episode composed by Fred Steiner from the episode "The City on the Edge of Forever."
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

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

Direct download: mt-088.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 11:25pm MST

Jeff Russo Interview.

Two-time Grammy Award nominee and Emmy Award-winning composer Jeff Russo is at the top of his field, scoring varied and compelling music for television, film, and video games. Russo won an Emmy and received two additional nominations for his thrilling and angst-producing score the FX series Fargo, which itself has been honored by the Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. Two recent shows, The Night Of and Counterpart, as well as the currently airing Legion, are fine examples of this young composer’s stylistic work, and he scored the first season of the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery. In addition to film and television, Russo recently received a BAFTA nomination for Best Music for Annapurna Interactive’s indie video game, What Remains of Edith Finch.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala talks with Russo about his early days with his band Tonic and how he progressed to become one of the hottest composers for film and television.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Welcome Back (00:00:55)
“Milton's Tower” from What Remains of Edith Finch (00:06:05)
The Jeff Hello (00:06:18)
Becoming A Composer (00:08:38)
The Launch Point (00:11:30)
Blew My Socks Off (00:13:46)
A Singular Voice (00:16:15)
“Main Title” from The Night Of (00:16:35)
Lush Emotional Feeling (00:20:27)
“Edith’s Theme” from What Remains of Edith Finch (00:23:03)
The Audition for Star Trek: Discovery (00:26:05)
The Theme (00:34:00)
“Main Title” from Star Trek: Discovery (00:37:17)
“Persistence” from Star Trek: Discovery (00:40:00)
“Captain Mudd” from Star Trek: Discovery (00:41:04)
Final Thoughts and Finding Jeff (00:44:26)
“Milton’s Tower” from What Remains of Edith Finch (00:46:26)
Closing (00:48:58)

All tracks composed by J. Russo.

Hosts
Brandon Shea Mutala

Guests
Jeff Russo

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

Direct download: mt-087.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 2:55am MST

Restarting the music.

In November 2017, Melodic Treks came to an untimely end when Suliban experimentation with temporal mechanics sent ripples throughout the universe that stopped the turntable’s spin. But when associate producer Tony Robinson heard Brandon-Shea Mutala say that episode 85 was the last in the series, he knew something was wrong. From a nearby transporter room, he was able to beam to planet Gateway and engage with the Guardian of Forever to correct the timeline.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, we recount these events as Tony explains to Brandon what went wrong, why the show must go on, and plays a clip from the next episode that has yet to be recorded … or already was.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Thank You (00:00:19)
What Did I Just Hear? (00:00:25)
Welcome (00:00:39)
Turbolift (00:0:38)
GOF (00:02:13)
Back to the Future (00:06:42)

Host
Brandon Shea-Mutala

Guests
Tony Robinson, Colin Higgins, and the Guardian Of Forever

Production
Tony Robinson (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Music heard on Melodic Treks is used under license from the Performing Rights Society.

Direct download: mt-086.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:35am MST

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