Melodic Treks: A Star Trek Music Podcast

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

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