Melodic Treks: A Star Trek Music Podcast (Five Favorites)

Five Favorites with C Bryan Jones. 
  
Podcasting is a medium that provides an outlet for fans to discuss elements of their fandom in an inexpensive and easily accessible way. However, many podcasts don't last to make their milestone of a 100th episode. Beginning in December of 2013 with host Colin Higgins, Brandon-Shea Mutala would take the reigns with episode 25 in 2016. The show would have many tangents with non-Trek related scores by Trek composers, as well as many interviews with composers and producers of soundtrack releases. After all that, it seemed an easy choice for who to have on as a special guest for the 100th episode of the show.


In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by the founder of the TrekFM network, C Bryan Jones (for his first appearance on the show) to discuss his five favorite Star Trek score tracks in this special milestone episode. We also discuss Chris's history with music, Wil Wheaton's new polka album, and peak Star Trek.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:01) 
Christopher's Musical Background (00:03:00) 
"Main Title (from Star Trek: First Contact)" composed by J. Goldsmith (00:14:54) 
"The Mountain" composed by J. Goldsmith (00:25:58) 
"A Busy Man" composed by J. Goldsmith (00:33:00) 
"London Calling" composed by M. Giacchino (00:41:07) 
"One Last Visit" composed by D. McCarthy (00:52:28) 
"War Adagio" composed by P. Baillargeon (00:59:24) 
Closing (01:09:45)
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
C Bryan Jones
 
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-100.mp3
Category:Five Favorites -- posted at: 10:21pm MST

Five Favorites with Zach Moore.
 
Star Trek III: The Search For Spock continued the story of the Genesis planet and revealed the ultimate fate of Spock, who nobly sacrificed himself to save his crew mates at the end of the last film. One great success from the previous film was its score, composed by James Horner. When Leonard Nimoy came on board to helm the film, he wanted to go a different direction, utilizing his friend Leonard Rosenman, but the studio won the day, and Honorer returned, and, according to some, surpassed his previous Trek accomplishment.


In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Zach Moore of Standard Orbit to talk about his five favorite tracks from the score to Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, composed by James Horner. We also discuss why this is his favorite Trek film, and, as always, we have a few tangents along the way.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:00:57) 
Whys is This Your Favorite Star Trek Movie? (00:02:27) 
Zach Moore's Top 5 Tracks From the Film  (00:07:29) 
"The Mind Meld" (00:11:51) 
"A Fighting Chance to Live" (00:18:09) 
"End Titles" (00:24:58) 
"Bird of Prey Decloaks" (00:34:24) 
"Stealing the Enterprise" (00:41:47) 
Closing (00:57:41)
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Zach Moore
 
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-099.mp3
Category:Five Favorites -- posted at: 9:14pm MST


Irwin Allen's Lost In Space with Marc Cushman.

Regarded by many as the most thorough account of the production of Star Trek, Marc Cushman's three volumes of These are the Voyages chronicle every aspect of the difficulties behind the cameras for Gene Roddenberry and the other contributors to the show. Now, Marc has written another book on a production that is in many was an older sibling to Star Trek, Irwin Allen's Lost in Space. Launching a full year prior, in 1965, this show had many of the same difficulties as Star Trek did, including the production of a pilot episode that was later edited into other episodes.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Marc Cushman, author of These are the Voyages, to discuss his new book, Irwin Allen's Lost In Space, writing the episode "Sarek," and his five favorite Star Trek scores.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Feedback (00:01:33) 
Two Contests (00:04:23) 
"Main Title" (from Lost in Space, composed by J. Williams) (00:08:18) 
Irwin Allen's Lost in Space (00:09:12) 
Second Pilots and Competing Creators (00:13:15) 
"The Great Vegetable Rebellion" (00:25:26) 
"Sarek" (00:33:05) 
"Logging/Solution/Mind Meld/Angstosity/Back To Reality/Goodbyes" (from "Sarek," composed by D. McCarthy) (00:50:49) 
The List of Five (00:54:19) 
"Spock's Arrival" (from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:55:23) 
"Fesarius/Fesarius Approaches" (from "The Corbomite Maneuver," composed by F. Steiner) (00:58:51) 
"A Clue/Finnegan's Return/The Leg Trick/Dirt Trick" (from "Shore Leave," composed by G. Fried) (01:02:23) 
"Ritual/To The Death" (from "Amok Time," composed by G. Fried) (01:05:13) 
"The Right Button/Death Of Miramanee/End" (from "The Paradise Syndrome," composed by G. Fried) (01:10:55) 
Upcoming for Marc (01:19:32) 

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Marc Cushman

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

Direct download: mt-059.mp3
Category:Five Favorites -- posted at: 4:00am MST

58: Michael Rogers' Neighborhood

Five Favorites and Score Trek With Michael Rogers.

With the technological marvels of the modern computer age, fans of Star Trek have many avenues in which to express their fandom. Some of these include podcasting, writing stories or comics, creating fan films, setting up encyclopedic websites, and cosplaying. Sometimes fandom will inspire service of other fans by providing and managing forums for the discussion of common interests.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Michael Rogers, one of the moderators for the Facebook page "Score Trek: A Star Trek Music Appreciation Page," to discuss the fan page that is dedicated to the music of Star Trek. We also explore his five favorite tracks as well as a few runners up to his list.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Feedback on the Feedback (00:01:17) 
"To Live Forever" (from Star Trek: Generations, composed by D. McCarthy) (00:05:56) 
Cold Weather (00:07:32) 
Score Trek (00:09:19) 
Early Fandom (00:14:00) 
Runners Up (00:16:59) 
The List of Five (00:21:56) 
"Apollo's Kiss/Apollo's Storm/Final Battle" (from "Who Mourns for Adonais?," composed by F. Steiner) (00:24:52) 
"The Force Field" (from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:31:20) 
"Genesis Destroyed" (from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, composed by J. Horner) (00:37:05) 
"Tasha's Goodbye" (from "Skin of Evil," composed by R. Jones) (00:42:58) 
"Not Alone" (from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:47:47) 

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Michael Rogers

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

Direct download: mt-058.mp3
Category:Five Favorites -- posted at: 4:00am MST

57: Eliciting Emotions

Five Favorites With Alec Peters.

A fan of Star Trek since it first aired in September of 1966, Alec Peters has done an amazing feat by changing the way society sees an independent film production. Crowdfunding through  Kick Starter and other sites have resulted in approximately $1.15 million raised to produce his film, Axanar. However, a law suit by CBS in December of 2015 put this production to a halt.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Alec Peters, the star, writer, and producer of Axanar, to discuss the current situation of his film, our favorite episodes of each Star Trek series, the Cardassians, and Alec's five favorite tracks from the Star Trek franchise. Brandon-Shea also reads several pieces of listener feedback.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Feedback (00:01:28) 
News (00:17:35) 
"Captain April/The Burden of Leadership" (from Prelude to Axanar, composed by A. Bornstein) (00:20:54) 
The State of Axanar (00:22:59) 
Early Fandom (00:40:06) 
Five Favorites (00:51:21) 
"Enterprising Young Men" (from Star Trek, composed by M. Giacchino) (00:55:00) 
"Battle in the Mutara Nebula" (from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, composed by J. Horner) (00:59:07) 
"Kirk Saves the Day" (from Star Trek: Generations, composed by D. McCarthy) (01:06:02) 
"Home Again and End Credits" (from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, composed by L. Rosenman) (01:12:19) 
"Main Title" (from Star Trek: First Contact, composed by J. Goldsmith) (01:16:32) 
"The Journal/Federation's Future" (from Prelude to Axanar, composed by A. Bornstein) (01:21:28) 

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Alec Peters

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

Direct download: mt-057.mp3
Category:Five Favorites -- posted at: 5:00am MST

40: Nautical But Nice

Five Film Favorites with John Tenuto.

John Tenuto has been a sociology professor for 20 years, most of those at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. He and his wife, Maria Jose, have become experts on Star Trek through personal research and the friendships they have cultivated with talent from both behind and in front of the camera. Their research on Star Trek's production history, Star Trek library archives, and Star Trek's cultural influences have been featured on numerous radio stations, television shows, and newspapers including USA Today, BBC Radio, WGN News, and the Chicago Tribune—not to mention many podcast episodes right here on Trek.fm.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by John Tenuto to discuss the scores, composers, and behind-the-scenes information on the Star Trek films. We talk about the music that played at the Tenuto wedding, what part of Titanic inspired Michael Piller when writing Star Trek: Insurrection, the budget for film scores, Cliff Eidelman's influence on and Giacchino's additions to the franchise, and John's five favorites from the films. We also find out whom John would choose to compose for Star Trek 2017.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
"Nimbus III" (excerpt from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:02:23)
Meeting John (00:03:13)
Motivations and Intentions (00:06:47)
Star Trek's Footprint (00:09:08)
The Soundtrack of John's Life (00:10:52)
Overlap (00:14:20)
Insurrection and the Ba'ku Band (00:15:25)
The Budget for the Music for Star Trek II (00:19:52)
Holst was More Expensive than Goldsmith (00:26:20)
Eidelman's Influence on Goldsmith (00:29:58)
Goldsmith Returns for Star Trek V (00:33:17)
2009 and Beyond (00:38:08)
John's Five Favorite Film Tracks (00:41:46)
"Enterprising Young Men" (excerpt from Star Trek, composed by M. Giacchino) (00:42:33)
"The Mirror" (excerpt from Star Trek: Nemesis, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:44:50)
"The Battle For Peace" (excerpt from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, composed by C. Eidelman) (00:48:43)
"The Ba'ku Village" (excerpt from Star Trek: Insurrection, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:52:41)
"Genesis Countdown" (excerpt from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, composed by J. Horner) (00:58:02)
John's Composer of Choice for Star Trek 2017 (01:03:16)
"Enterprise Clears Moorings" (excerpt from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan composed by J. Horner) (01:07:33)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
John Tenuto

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)

Direct download: mt-040.mp3
Category:Five Favorites -- posted at: 8:38am MST

25: A New Cap'n

Five Favorites.

It's been a while since the music has played here on Melodic Treks, but with this episode there’s a new captain on the bridge. The baton has been passed from Colin Higgins to your new host, Brandon-Shea Mutala, who shares the story of how he became a Star Trek fan, how he fell in love with the music of Star Trek, and reveals his favorite tracks from the franchise.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Overture from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Cliff Eidelman) (00:06:53)
Knock Out (from "Datalore," Ron Jones) (00:09:28)
Worf Down / Invader (from "Conspiracy," Dennis McCarthy) (00:12:03)
Monster Illusion / Monster Fight (from "The Cage," Alexander Courage) (00:14:48)
Episode Titles (From "Where No Man Has Gone Before," Alexander Courage) (00:19:27)
News (00:21:07)

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) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: mt-025.mp3
Category:Five Favorites -- posted at: 7:27am MST

17: Hot Hands

Five Favorites.

We all have a piece of music from Star Trek that we love—an introduction, a battle scene, or a haunting melody that we listen to over and over again. And while learning more about composers and the inspirations for their music is fascinating, learning which pieces connect with a given fan is equally so. In this episode of Melodic Treks we do just that as we're joined by Matt Warwick, an avid supporter of the podcast who is also a big lover of movie and television music. Matt selects his five favorite Star Trek compositions and tells us why they mean so much to him. We also delve into his overall love of music, reaching all the way back to Glenn Miller and the big band sound.

Direct download: mt-017.mp3
Category:Five Favorites -- posted at: 8:59am MST

12: On My iPod

Five Favorites.

In past episode we've invited guests to share their five favorite pieces of music from Star Trek. Now it's time to find out what the host himself prefers. In the episode of Melodic Treks, Colin prepares for a holiday by loading his iPod with music from the future. Tune in and find out what he'll be listening to as he sits under the sun sipping a glass of wine and dreaming of traveling at Warp 9.

Direct download: mt-012.mp3
Category:Five Favorites -- posted at: 4:00am MST

7: Sina & Mahler

Five Favorites.

Everyone has their favorite Star Trek series, episodes, and characters. The elements of Star Trek connect with us each differently—and music is no exception. In the episode of Melodic Treks we invite Sina Alvarado (@QueenKatBlue on Twitter) aboard to share with us her favorite musical moments. Some you will agree with. Some you may not. Sina's picks run the spectrum, from intro themes to incidental music, Enterprise to Into Darkness; and she explains why they mean so much to her. See if you agree.

Direct download: mt-007.mp3
Category:Five Favorites -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

Five Favorites.

When La-La Land Records released a comprehensive collection of music from The Original Series, it required 15 CDs. And that was just the music from 80 episodes, many of which recycled elements. That’s a lot of music. So with 728 episodes and films in all, it’s an almost impossible task to pick just five favorites. But that is exactly what we aim to do in this episode of Melodic Treks as we’re joined by writer, composer, podcaster, and Trekkie Rick Moyer. Rick is the first guest to pick his five favorites compositions from across the Star Trek franchise. Some may surprise you, but there are some firm fan-favorites as well. So enjoy listening to Rick’s picks, and stick around for the end when we get to hear one of his own compositions from his parody website.

Direct download: mt-004.mp3
Category:Five Favorites -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

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