Melodic Treks: A Star Trek Music Podcast

Charles-Henri Avelange Interview.
 
Composer Charles-Henri Avelange grew up in France, inspired by the sounds of John Williams in the Star Wars films. Williams' music would inspire Avelange to compose themes in his head while playing out fantasy=tical stories in the corridors of the  12th century Knight Templar castle in Southwest France that he lived in for seven years as a youth. With these amazing pillars holding up the imagination of a young boy, what possible journey could lead him to compose a synth version of the theme song to Star Trek: Voyager?


In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala interviews composer Charles-Henri Avelange. We discuss growing up in a castle, writing a score in five hours, composing theme songs, the status of film scoring, his passion project of creating the Star trek: Voyager theme song on the now discontinued minimoog voyager synthesizer. We also play for you Avelange's submission to become a compser for Star Trek: Discovery.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:00) 
Welcome, Charles-Henri (00:01:17) 
12th Century Knight Templar Castle (00:03:33) 
Making Music (00:09:28) 
The Seatle International Film Festival (00:13:44) 
"The Seatle International Film Festival Opening Theme (synth mock up)" (00:17:07) 
5 Hours to Score a % Minute Film (00:20:21) 
"Main Theme from G-32851" (00:23:41) 
Current State of Composing (00:25:20) 
Minimoog (00:34:38) 
"Main Theme From Star Trek: Voyager" (Minimoog Version) (00:39:28) 
Discovering Star Trek (00:41:44) 
Applying for the New Show (00:48:35) 
"Star Trek: Discovery Main Title Submission" (00:51:50) 
Finding Charles-Henri (00:53:58) 
"Commandment of Valor" (00:56:05) 
Closing (01:01:54)
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Charles-Henri Avelange
 
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) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: mt-098.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 10:47pm MST

The Musical Era of "Far Beyond the Stars."
  
According to the novelization of the episode "Far Beyond the Stars" by Steve Barnes, the episode takes place in 1953. A time of societal unrest, racism was affecting people all over the world. This episode tackles the issue head on, showing us the struggles of Benny Russel, a science-fiction writer whose race is kept hidden from the readers of the pulp magazine that publishes his stories. During this era, several important musical artists including Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, and Ralph Ellison, as well th epoet Langston Hughes were mentioned as inspirations for Benny.  


In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Andy Farber to discuss the music of the early 1950's. We talk about different styles of music, artists that Benny Russel name drops in the episode, the charts, source music, and the score.

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00)  
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:01)  
Keeping up with Andy (00:01:30)  
The Musical Era of "Far Beyond the Stars" (00:04:50)  
R&B, Charts, and the Era (00:10:10)  
"Django" performed by the Modern Jazz Quartet (00:15:25)  
Dizzy Gillespy and Be Bop and More (00:18:33)  
"In a Sentimental Mood" performed by Sonny Rollins with the Modern Jazz Quartet  (00:23:02)  
Benny Russell Name Drops (00:25:00)  
"Miles Ahead" performed by Miles Davis (00:26:38)  
Racial Issues (00:28:47)  
"Potato Chips" performed by Slim Gaillard (00:34:29)    
The Score and Source Cues (00:38:00) 
"Back to the Future" composed by Dennis McCarthy (00:41:32)  
The Episode (00:43:43)  
Finding Andy (00:49:30)  
Closing (00:56:26)   
 
Hosts
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Andy Farber
 
Production
Tony Robinson (Editor) 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-097.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 8:19pm MST

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