Melodic Treks: A Star Trek Music Podcast

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

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