Melodic Treks: A Star Trek Music Podcast (Composers)

James Horner's score for Aliens.
 
Hot off the success of works such as Cocoon, Krull, Brainstorm, 48 HRS., and his two Star Trek sequels, James Horner was hired to score Aliens. Unfortunately, Horner’s experience on Aliens was one of the worst of his career. Thinking he had six weeks to write and record the score, Horner arrived on set to find Cameron still in the middle of editing, and pre-occupied with the film’s sound effects. The relationship between the two men deteriorated to such an extent that the two men would not reconcile for almost a decade, until they eventually came together to work on Titanic in 1997. 


In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Carl Wonders to discuss James Horner's Academy Award nominated score to the 1986 film Aliens. We talk about working with director James Cameron, self plagiarism, chopping up the score, and Die Hard.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:00) 
Trouble on the Set (00:09:00) 
Chopping it Up (00:13:00) 
"Combat Drop" (00:21:07) 
James Cameron's Thoughts (00:25:55) 
"Bishop's Countdown" (00:30:14) 
Self Referencing (00:35:25) 
"Going After Newt" (00:39:51) 
Aram Khachaturian's "Gayane Ballet Suite (Adagio)" (00:45:01) 
"Main Title" (00:50:39) 
"Combat Drop (percussion only)" (00:56:52) 
"Resolution And Hyperspace" (01:04:56) 
Final Thoughts and Finding Carl (01:10:11) 
Closing (01:19:26)
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Carl Wonders
 
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-103.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 4:21am MST

Star Trek: Dark Remnant with Matthew Carl Earl. 
 
Star Trek: Dark Remnant puts you in control of the U.S.S. Galileo, Starfleet’s latest and most advanced stellar research vessel, accompanying the U.S.S. Enterprise on a routine mission to evacuate a stellar observatory located in the middle of the Klingon Neutral Zone and learn more about the decaying neutron star it orbits. When the neutron star collapses prematurely it leaves the Enterprise incapacitated. It’s now up to YOU to protect her from stellar debris – and the unwelcome arrival of a Klingon ship out for vengeance.


With several completely different endings combined with other elements of variability, including subtle differences in gameplay, randomized player characters, and dialogue that responds real-time to your performance, Star Trek: Dark Remnant is never the same experience twice. You might even observe the fate of a poor redshirt ensign!


In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Matthew Carl Earl, composer for Star Trek: Dark Remnant to discuss the new VR experience. We also discuss working in the video game world, Giacchino's inspiring music, the sound design, and some of Matthew's other composing works.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:00) 
Matthew, Dave, and Buster (00:01:48) 
Dave and Buster's Commercial (00:04:56) 
Finding Matthew (00:17:13) 
"Summer 2018 Login" from Kingdom Craft (00:19:35) 
"Flip the World" Arena of Valor (00:21:18) 
Closing (00:26:43)
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Matthew Carl Earl
 
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-102.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 9:31am 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

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

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

The Fantastic Voyage score with Brandi Jackola.

Many composers will have periods in their careers where a sound or an instrument becomes extremely influential, and they will adapt and modify that inspiration for several film scores in a row. One composer, however, seems to have had a style stick with him for a longer period than average.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Brandi Jackola to discuss two scores by Leonard Rosenman: his Emmy award winning score for the 1976 mini-series Sybil, and the strange and moody score to the 1966 science fiction film Fantastic Voyage, and how that score seems to be mirrored in his Academy Award nominated score for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

Chapters
Opening (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Brandi! (A Hefty Tangent) (00:00:59) 
"Main Titles" (from Sybil) (00:19:34) 
"End Titles" (from Sybil) (00:25:04) 
"Group Leaves" (from Fantastic Voyage) (00:42:15) 
"Get the Laser" (from Fantastic Voyage) (00:45:10) 
"Optic Nerve" (from Fantastic Voyage) (00:48:36) 
"Whale Fugue" (from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home) (00:50:36) 
"Main Title"  (from Fantastic Voyage) (00:58:37) 

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Brandi Jackola

Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive 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-079.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 12:01am MST

72: Another Dimension

Dust and The Invaders with Tom Elliot.

Prolific composer Jerry Goldsmith, began his composing career with television in 1954 with the television series The Lineup. Throughout the fifties, his resume slowly started to grow until it exploded in the sixties with over forty different productions that he would work on. One of the television shows that he would compose for in the early sixties was the cult classic called The Twilight Zone.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Tom Elliot, host of The Twilight Zone Podcast, to discuss Goldsmith's contributions to two classic episodes from the second season of that show. We also compare the music of "The Invaders" to Bernard Herrmann's work on Psycho, as well as the effectiveness of the score in an episode that has almost no dialogue. We also talk about Goldsmith's Mexican influenced score to the episode "Dust," and the legacy of that episode.


Chapters
In Memorial: Richard Hatch (00:00:00) 
"Colonial Anthem" (composed by B. McCreary) (00:00:45) 
Intro (00:02:25) 
Welcome, Tom! (00:03:23) 
"The Invaders" (composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:12:59) 
"Dust" (composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:28:24) 
Finding Tom (00:47:06) 

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Tom Elliot

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) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: mt-072.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 3:00am MST

70: Guys and Lals

Family Guy and "The Offspring" with John Takis.

*I would like to apologize as there are some audio issues in this episode.

During the first four seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Ron Jones and Dennis McCarthy alternated scoring duties on the show, and Ron ended up composing 42 episodes including "Datalore," "Q Who," "The Drumhead," and "The Best of Both Worlds" Parts One and Two. After working on The Next Generation, an avid fan of Jones names Seth MacFarlane hired him to compose for a new project called Family Guy.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala and John Takis dive into the music from Family Guy composed by Ron Jones as well as Takis' favorite score by Jones, "The Offspring." We also discuss sound design style scoring, needle dropping, Elmer Bernstein and Airplane!, as well as scoring for comedy. We also might even bring up #ReitzellforTrek2017

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, John (00:01:14) 
Family Guy: Movement One
(00:02:27) 
"A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas" (00:07:30) 
"Emission Impossible" (00:13:16) 
"Ready, Willing, and Disabled" (00:16:02) 
"Mister Saturday Knight" (00:20:53) 
"Another Day in Space" (00:29:26) 
"Before the Storm / Lal's Death" (00:32:55) 
"Opinions / Interview / What it Means to Feel" (00:37:53) 
"Thanks for the Memory Chips" (00:40:23) 
"Learning to Sense" (00:50:23) 
"Beloved (Alternate)" (00:56:26) 
"Beloved" (00:56:58) 



*all music from Family Guy and "The Offspring" composed by Ron Jones

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
John Takis

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

Direct download: mt-070.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 3:00am MST

69: Jerry Gold-Liszt

The Mephisto Waltz with John Takis.

*I would like to apologize as there are some audio issues in this episode.

Released in 1971, The Mephisto Waltz was almost a response to the cult hit Rosemary's Baby. In this film,  Alan Alda plays a music journalist named Myles Clarkson, whose career as a piano player came to an end when his debut concert received terrible reviews. Then, Clarkson and his wife find themselves on the path of the Macabre when an aging pianist wants to trade souls with Myles so that he can become immortal.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by film score journalist Jon Takis to take a deep dive into Jerry Goldsmith's score to the film The Mephisto Waltz. We compare it to two of his other scores, Planet of the Apes and "The Invaders," an episode of The Twilight Zone. We talk about his techniques used for this score, including over dubbing, playing cues backwards, and the unique sound known as "The Lion's Roar," and determine that this is a strong contender for Goldsmith's creepiest score.

Chapters
In Memorial (00:00:00) 
"Princess Leia's Theme" (from Star Wars composed by J. Williams) (00:00:39) 
Melodic Treks Intro (00:03:04) 
Contest and Happy New Year! (00:04:02) 
"Part of the Bargain" (from The Mephisto Waltz composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:06:23) 
Welcome, John! (00:08:04) 
Let's Jump In (00:19:04) 
The Mephisto Waltz Trailer (00:24:16) 
"Main Title" (from The Mephisto Waltz composed by J. Goldsmith)  (00:27:52) 
"The Mephisto Waltz" (F. Liszt) (00:31:09) 
"Main Title" (from Planet of the Apes composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:36:25) 
"The Invaders" (from The Twilight Zone composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:40:00)
"End Title" (from The Mephisto Waltz composed by J. Goldsmith)  (00:45:09)
"Dogfight" (from The Mephisto Waltz composed by J. Goldsmith)  (00:50:34) 
"A New Miles" (from The Mephisto Waltz composed by J. Goldsmith)  (00:53:20) 
"The Search Continues" (from Planet of the Apes, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:55:58) 
"The Hospital" (from The Mephisto Waltz composed by J. Goldsmith)  (00:59:58) 
Spoilers! (01:02:53) 
"One Night in Mexico" (from The Mephisto Waltz composed by J. Goldsmith)  (01:05:11) 
Clip from "The Last Day of Scoring The Mephisto Waltz" (01:09:21) 

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
John Takis

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-069.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 3:00am MST

S2: Fan Favorites

Star Trek can be very important and influential in people's lives. There are many stories of people becoming doctors or engineers because of their heroes portrayed on the screen.  Sometimes, the music of Star Trek can be a soundtrack to our own lives. People use the music for weddings, graduations and birthdays.

In this special supplemental episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala walks the hallways of the Rio All Suites Hotel during the 50th anniversary convention and asks the fans what music from the franchise is memorable or has a special place in their hearts.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
"Doctor Bartender" ("The Cage" A. Courage) (00:01:50) 
"Meet Andrea" ("What Are Little Girls Made Of?" F. Steiner) (00:02:50) 
"The Ancient Combat" ("Amok Time" G. Freid) (00:03:46) 
"Where My Heart Will Take Me" (R. Watson) (00:05:24) 
"Night on the Yorktown" (Star Trek Beyond M. Giacchino) (00:07:00) 
"Star Trek Main Title (Soprano Version)" (A. Courage) (00:09:48) 
"Farewell" ("What You Leave Behind" D. McCarthy) (00:10:55) 
"You Gotta Beam Me" (Star Trek M. Giacchino) (00:12:44) 
"Main Title" (Star Trek: First Contact J. Goldsmith) (00:14:38) 
"Main Title" (Star Trek: The Motion Picture J. Goldsmith) (00:16:44) 
"Suite from The Inner Light" (J. Chattaway) (00:18:37) 


Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guests
The fans from STLV50

Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Norman Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

Direct download: mt-s2.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 5:00am MST

55: Space Opera 1991

Star Trek VI and Cliff Eidelman.

One of the youngest composers to score a feature film, Cliff Eidelman was only 22 when he wrote for Magdalene. Since then, he has amassed an impressive body of work—from film to concert hall. He has written a number of scores including Triumph of the Spirit (1989), Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992), Crazy People (1990), Untamed Heart (1992), Leap of Faith (1992), Now and Then (1995), If These Walls Could Talk (1996), Witness Protection (1999), An American Rhapsody (2001), Ocean Men: Extreme Dive (2001), The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants (2005), Open Window (2006), and Big Miracle (2012), which was Eidelman’s fifth collaboration with director Ken Kwapis.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Matthew Rushing of The Orb, The 602 Club, and Literary Treks to reflect upon Eidelman's career, from his composing credits to his solo album. We also take a look at some of his work conducting scores by other composers, and conclude with the soundtrack for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the film.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Eidelman's Bio (00:08:42)
"Discovery at Sea" (Christopher Columbus: The Discovery) (00:16:46)
"Lost" (Untamed Heart) (00:26:35)
"Prologue" (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) (00:33:54)
"Bam Bam is Gone/A Prayer" (Big Miracle) (00:40:04)
My Muse (00:44:36)
"Watching for the Willows" (My Muse) (00:45:27)
"Hey Little Baby Girl" (My Muse) (00:47:01)
"Adagio" (Alien 3 E. Goldenthol) (00:52:25)
"Adagio" (Alien 3 E. Goldenthol; conducted by C. Eidelman) (00:54:07)
"The Emperor Arrives" (Star Wars: Return of the Jedi J. Williams) (01:00:46)
"Introduction" (The Firebird Suite I. Stravinsky) (01:07:15)
"Neptune, The Mystic" (The Planets G. Holst) (01:08:48)
"Spacedock/Clear All Moorings" (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) (01:11:48)
"Spock's Wisdom" (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) (01:15:44)
"The Death of Gorkon" (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) (01:19:23)
"The Trial/Morally Unjust Evidence" (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) (01:24:08)
"Escape from Rura Penthe" (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) (01:28:19)
"Mind Meld" (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) (01:33:01)
"The Battle for Peace" (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) (01:38:09)

* All music composed by C. Eidelman unless otherwise noted

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Matthew Rushing

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

Direct download: mt-055.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 6:38am MST

54: The Second Note

Jay Chattaway Interview.

Born in Monongahela, Pennsylvania on July 8, 1946, Jay Allen Chattaway was conscripted into the military while working on his graduate degree. He joined the Navy Band and served as the unit's chief arranger and composer. After his discharge, Chattaway moved to New York City to write music, and later moved to Los Angeles to compose for film. His diverse scoring career began with many slasher and action films. Eventually he landing the job of composer for Star Trek: The Next Generation, alternating scoring duties with Dennis McCarthy.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala and Andy Farber, composer for Star Trek Continues, are joined by Chattaway for a candid conversation about his work as composer for 183 episodes of Star Trek. We also discuss some of his early composing credits in the slasher genre, including Maniac and Silver Bullet, as well as the Chuck Norris action films Missing in Action, Invasion U.S.A., and Braddock: Missing in Action III. Back in the realm of Star Trek, we talk about his audition for TNG's "Tin Man" and his work all the way through his Emmy Award-winning score for Voyager's "Endgame." Then we finish up with fan favorite "The Inner Light."

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Feedback (00:01:26)
"Major Gigabytes" (from "Our Man Bashir," composed by J. Chattaway) (00:09:02)
The Ultimate Voyage (00:10:15)
Firepower (00:13:10)
Missing in Action and Invasion U.S.A. (00:14:52)
Maniac (00:19:19)
Larry Cohen (00:22:56)
Silver Bullet (00:23:38)
"Tin Man" (00:27:26)
"The Outcast" and "The Host" (00:28:46)
Auditioning for "Tin Man" (00:30:30)
Technical Questions (00:34:37)
Wanna Hear a Funny Banjo Story? (00:40:29)
The Emmys (00:42:34)
Approaching Two Series at Once (00:43:27)
Spotting and Time Frames from Script to Scoring (00:46:59)
"A Fistful of Datas" (00:49:00)
James Darren (00:51:56)
How Jay Writes (00:54:02)
"Counterpoint" (01:02:21)
"The Inner Light" (01:03:52)
One Other Convention (01:21:52)
Seventeen Years (01:24:23)
Jay's Current Projects (01:26:11)
The "Endgame" Emmy Story (01:32:56)
"Old Friend/Return to Starbase" (from "Remember Me," composed by J. Chattaway) (01:36:57)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guests
Jay Chattaway and Andy Farber

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

Direct download: mt-054.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 6:30am MST

53: Clash of the Titans

Jerry Goldsmith vs. John Williams.

Science Fiction fans tend to be a polarized bunch when it comes to the two biggest franchises: Star Trek and Star Wars. Both have huge fan followings and both have had an enormous impact on pop culture. While Star Trek has featured many different composers, the legendary Jerry Goldsmith is responsible in large part for the film scores. Meanwhile, to date, all of the Star Wars films have been composed by John Williams. Both of these composers are outstanding, but when the fan debate turns to these two men, the question often asked is "Who is a better composer: Jerry Goldsmith or John Williams?"

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Jason Cullimore, Suzanne Williamson, and Davis Grayson to determine—in game-show style—which best conveys the desired feelings in their music. We take a look at nine different categories of film scoring and rate them. Who will win? Listen and find out!

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Jason Cullimore (00:01:17)
"The Sparrow and the Hawk" (J. Cullimore) (00:09:19)
"All That We Leave Behind" (J. Cullimore) (00:15:22)
"Remus" (from Star Trek Nemesis, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:19:40)
The Judges (00:21:11)
"The Battle of Endor III" (from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, composed by J. Williams) (00:25:15)
The Format of the Game (00:29:42)
Round One: Patriotic (00:30:47)
"Equality Under the Law" (from Lincoln, composed by J. Williams) (00:31:53)
"Main Title" (from Air Force One, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:34:15)
Round One: Scariest (00:38:00)
"The Eggs" (from Alien, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:39:37)
"Barry's Kidnapping" (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, composed by J. Williams) (00:44:50)
Round One: Happiest (00:49:06)
"Our Town" (from Dennis the Menace, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:49:28)
"Raider's March" (from Raiders of the Lost Ark, composed by J. Williams) (00:52:46)
Round Two: Love Theme (00:56:07)
"Superman Love Theme" (from Superman, by J. Williams) (00:57:36)
"Love Theme (1)" (from The Blue Max, composed by J. Goldsmith) (01:00:43)
Round Two: Saddest (01:03:10)
"Quiet Isolation" (from Seconds, composed by J. Goldsmith) (01:03:53)
"Binary Sunset" (from Star Wars, composed by J. Williams) (01:07:15)
Round Two: Battle (01:10:19)
"Anakan versus Obi-Wan" (from Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, composed by John Williams) (01:11:32)
"Klingon Battle" (from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, composed by J. Goldsmith) (01:15:22)
Round Three: Disco (01:20:22)
"Main Title (Pop Version)" (from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, composed by J. Goldsmith) (01:20:42)
"Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk" (from Star Wars: A New Hope, composed by J. Williams) (01:22:44)
Round Three: Strangest (01:25:56)
"The Luau Dance" (from Diamond Head, composed by J. Williams) (01:26:52)
"Fatal Games" (from Logan's Run, composed by J. Goldsmith) (01:29:45)
Round Three: Favorite (01:33:12)
"Main Title" (from Planet of the Apes, composed by J. Goldsmith) (01:33:59)
"End Credits" (from E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, composed by J. Williams) (01:38:09)
"Theme From Jurassic Park" (from Jurassic Park, composed by J. Williams) (01:43:23)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guests
Jason Cullimore, Suzanne Williamson, and David Grayson

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

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Category:Composers -- posted at: 6:54am MST

52: One Minute Anticipated

Discovering Fil Eisler.

On July 23rd, 2016, the world got a sneak peak at the newest addition to the Star Trek franchise in the form of a trailer for Star Trek: Discovery. Rarely has one minute of footage been met with such anticipation. Along with images of our newest hero ship, we were treated to a magnificent audio piece composed by Fil Eisler.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Andy Farber, composer for Star Trek Continues, to discuss four scores on which Eisler has worked, and to speculate on what approach he might take should he be chosen to score the new series. We also try to determine whether or not synth scores become dated, and if the main title for The Terminator was an influence on him.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Star Trek: Discovery (00:01:00)
On the Ice (00:17:44)
How to Be Single (00:31:30)
Revenge (00:37:27)
Natural Selection (00:55:07)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Andy Farber

Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

Direct download: mt-052.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 6:07am MST

49: Solid Gold

In Memorial of Jerry Goldsmith.

On July 21, 2004, cancer took one of the most talented and prolific film composers at the age of 75. Star Trek fans know Jerry Goldsmith best for his contributions to Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: Nemesis, and for the main title for Star Trek: Voyager. However, his extensive list of film, television, and video game credits exceeds 250 titles. Goldsmith was nominated for 18 Academy Awards and nine Golden Globes. Two of his scores—Planet of the Apes and Chinatown—are on the American Film Institute‘s list of the 25 best film scores of all time.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala reflects on Goldsmith and plays tracks from five of his non-Trek scores, including Logan‘s Run, Rio Lobo, The Sum of All Fears, Warning Shot, and Bad Girls.

Chapters
Jerry Goldsmith (00:00:00)
"Ice Sculpture" (from Logan‘s Run) (00:02:43)
"Main Title" (from Rio Lobo) (00:05:59)
"Do It / I‘ll Go" (fro The Sum of All Fears) (00:08:33)
"Back to the Seascape" (from Warning Shot) (00:10:57)
"The John" (from Bad Girls) (00:13:19)

All music composed by J. Goldsmith

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

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Category:Composers -- posted at: 8:06am MST

47: Sounds Cut Short

In Memoriam of James Horner.

One of the most successful film composers of the past half century, James Horner began scoring films at the age of 25. By the time of his unfortunate passing, he had amassed a resume comprising more than 150 titles. Some of his most notable works include Braveheart, Krull, The Rocketeer, Clear and Present Danger, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. He was the winner of two Academy Awards for Titanic—one for Best Music, Original Dramatic Score and the other for Best Music, Original Song—and was nominated for an additional eight. In October 2013, Horner received the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award at the Hollywood in Vienna gala. With so much success and so many years ahead of him, it seemed even the stars were no limit for Horner. Sadly, he died at the age of 61 when he crashed his turboprop plane on June 22, 2015.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala reflects on Horner and plays tracks from five of his non-Trek scores, including Titanic, Patriot Games, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Jade, and Apollo 13.

Chapters
Intro to James Horner (00:00:00) 
“Never an Absolution” (from Titanic) (00:02:27) 
“Main Title” (from Apollo 13) (00:05:47) 
“Main Title” (from Jade) (00:08:11) 
“Josh vs. Dad” (from Searching for Bobby Fischer) (00:10:59) 
“Main Title” (from Patriot Games) (00:13:56) 
“Attempt on the Royals” (from Patriot Games) (00:17:25)

All music composed by J. Horner.

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

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Category:Composers -- posted at: 7:09am MST

44: From One Generation to Another

Star Trek Generations and Dennis McCarthy.

Over the span of 18 years, Dennis McCarthy composed 257 pieces of music for Star Trek, making him the largest contributor to the sound of the franchise. During that period, he composed for 88 episodes of The Next Generation, 76 episodes of Deep Space Nine, 64 of Voyager, and 28 of Enterprise. He also scored the film Star Trek Generations.

This work received a fair amount of attention from the Emmy Awards, earning him nine nominations and one win. In addition to taking home the 1993 Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Main Title Theme Music for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, he was nominated in the category of Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) for the episodes “The Child,“ “Yesterday's Enterprise,“ “Half a Life,“ “Unification, Part I,“ “All Good Things…,“ “Heroes and Demons,“ “Workforce,“ and “The Expanse.“

In this episode of Melodic Treks, part 2 of a 13-part series on the Star Trek films, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Zach Moore to discuss McCarthy and his Star Trek contributions. We also cover his contributions to other television series including V, The Twilight Zone, MacGyver, and Sliders, as well as the film Letters from a Killer.

Some of the score analysis was taken from John Takis’s extended liner notes for Star Trek Generations, available at http://www.gnpcrescendo.com/generations

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
About Dennis McCarthy (00:01:20)
V (00:05:59)
“Aqueduct Attack/Planting the Charges/Brad's Sacrifice“ (V: “The Final Battle“) (00:06:56)
“Nathan's End“ (V: “The Betrayal“) (00:08:30)
The Twilight Zone (1986) (00:12:57)
“Voices in the Earth“ (The Twilight Zone) (00:14:08)
MacGyver (00:18:56)
“The Negotiator“ (MacGuyver) (00:19:39)
Star Trek on Television (00:23:21)
“Comedy Store/Code 47/Course Changed/Cavernous/Unconvinced“ (TNG: “Conspiracy“) (00:24:49)
“Main Title“ (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) (00:28:13)
“Where's Freya?/To the Rescue“ (Voyager: “Heroes and Demons“) (00:32:16)
Sliders (00:35:00)
“The First Slide“ (Sliders: “Pilot“) (00:36:34)
Letters from a Killer (00:38:25)
“Main Title“ (Letters from a Killer) (00:39:10)
Star Trek Generations (00:42:47)
“Main Title“ (Star Trek Generations) (00:44:03)
“Distress Call/Harriman and the Ribbon“ (Star Trek Generations) (00:51:28)
“Prisoner Exchange“ (Star Trek Generations) (00:57:30)
“A Christmas Hug/Kitchen Debate“ (Star Trek Generations) (01:00:35)
“Jumping the Ravine“ (Star Trek Generations) (01:07:50)
Overture from Star Trek Generations (01:13:56)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Zach Moore

Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

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35: To Be Continued...

Andy Farber Interview.

Star Trek Continues picks up the story of The Original Series right where it left off in 1969. Essentially a fourth season, the independent production features a talented cast that includes Vic Mignogna as Captain Kirk and Chris Doohan in the role made iconic by his father. Since 2013, Star Trek Continues has brought us five incredible stories from the 23rd century, with two more on the way—the next of which, "Come Not Between the Dragons," is set to premiere at FedCon in Germany on May 13, 2016.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Andy Farber to discuss his contributions to the fan series. As a teacher at the famous Juilliard School and a renowned saxophonist and composer, Andy has been lending his talents to the sound of Star Trek Continues. We talk with him about the influences on his music, what a leitmotif is, and why he feels that the music of the next Star Trek series should still be composed in a traditional manner.

Chapters
"M18 Flyby" (00:01:28)
Listener Feedback (00:01:43)
"M15 Flyby" (00:03:55)
"M13 Little Girl" (00:06:45)
Meeting Andy (00:07:13)
Conductor vs Orchestrator vs Composer (00:23:30)
Composing for a Documentary (00:31:37)
Leitmotifs (00:34:00)
Composing Continues (00:37:55)
The Process (00:40:28)
Discussing Rejected Scores (00:44:30)
The Changing Face of Scoring (00:49:28)
Star Trek Should Be Classically Scored (00:57:27)
Andy Farber: Composer for Star Trek 2017? (01:05:48)
Current Projects (01:17:25)
"M36" (01:20:38)
(All cues by A. Farber from the Star Trek: Continues episode "White Iris")

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Andy Farber

Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

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27: Scoring the New Ship Enterprise

Ron Jones Interview, Part 2.

Fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation know the music of Ron Jones well. He composed for 42 episodes of the series during the first four seasons, including the score considered by many to be the finest in all of TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds."
In this conclusion to our interview, Jones recounts his time working on the show and how he approached TNG during the seasons in which Picard and his crew came of age.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:59)
Suspicion / J'Dan (Excerpt from "The Drumhead") (00:02:01)
Getting Involved with TNG (00:03:15)
Sequel Episodes (00:12:02)
A Variety of Music (00:14:22)
Film Score Monthly Release: The Ron Jones Project (00:16:40)
"Skin of Evil" / Stress (00:19:09)
The Voice of Star Trek (00:29:39)
The Borg (00:31:32)
"Who Watches the Watchers" (00:38:12)
"The Drumhead" (00:41:53)
The Pink Slip (00:45:25)
Current Projects and Closing (00:49:25)
Observations / The Price (Excerpt from "The Drumhead") (00:53:02)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Ron Jones

Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

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Category:Composers -- posted at: 7:24am MST

20: The Discovered Composer

Cliff Eidelman.

Sometimes to get a break you need a few things to go in your favor. Cliff Eidelman had more than a few things go the right way for him. Fortune was indeed smiling on this relatively unknown composer when he landed the job of scoring Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. In this episode of Melodic Treks we look at how Cliff managed to land this prestigious assignment and how a sequence of events worked in his favor. We also delve into his work prior to Star Trek, including his first movie score, composed at the age of just 22. Still, what happened after Star Trek may surprise you despite the score being a rounding success his career did not follow a path most would have assumed.

 

Host

Colin Higgins

 

Editor and Producer

Colin Higgins

 

Associate Producers

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Chapters

Magdalene (3:00)

Early Break (7:30)

The Discovered Country (11:08)

Dodging Holst (18:50)

Post Star Trek (23:16)

Closing (31:07)

 

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Category:Composers -- posted at: 1:11am MST

16: The Prolific Composer

Brian Tyler.

Recently nominated for Film Composer of the Year by the International Film Music Critics Association, Brian Tyler has composed and conducted for over 50 films. Born and raised in California, Tyler attended UCLA and Harvard before becoming an award-winning film composer. And while he is known for his scores from The Expendables, Rambo, and Frailty, his talents have also helped to bring to life the world of Star Trek through Enterprise.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, we look at this prolific composer, his already impressive body of work, and of course his contributions to Star Trek, both on Enterprise—where he has two scores—and the trailer music for the 2009 Star Trek film.

 

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Chapters

Tyler's Background (2:21)

Life and Work (5:26)

Composing Music for Enterprise (10:56)

In His Own Words (20:56)

Awards and Recognition (22:56)

Previously on Trek.fm (26:31)

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Category:Composers -- posted at: 7:05am MST

1: The Beginning

Alexander Courage and the TOS Theme.

The first music ever heard in Star Trek was the theme composed by Alexander Courage. No one at the time could have imagined that the ascending minor seventh that would kick off a short-lived science fiction series would go on to be one of the most recognizable pieces of music in the world. Yet over the course of nearly fifty years Courage’s composition has spawned many others as the melodic foundation of the Star Trek franchise.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, Colin Higgins takes you through the history of the TOS theme, the career of Alexander Courage, and how the theme has been utilized throughout the evolution of the franchise. You’ll also learn about the classical inspirations from the work of Mahler and Bruckner, and the soprano behind the haunting sound of the theme, Loulie Jean Norman. Plus, you may want to throw on some bell-bottom pants as we get down with Nichelle Nichols for a disco version—complete with the original lyrics written by Gene Roddenberry.

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Category:Composers -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

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