Melodic Treks: A Star Trek Music Podcast (Interviews)

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

When the Train Stops. 
 
Clive Emerson (Darren Jacobs) is a young fugitive with a troubled past and bleak future. When the law catches up with him, he's taken into custody by U.S. Marshal Preston Booth (Michael Forest) and begins a long train trip across the American southwest back to prison.
Though Booth takes a personal interest in the case when Clive insists upon his innocence, the young man ultimately resigns himself to his sad fate. But little does Clive know that the future waiting for him when the train stops isn't at all what he expects - and neither, for that matter, is Marshal Booth...

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by James Kerwin, Mike Avenaim, and Rekha Sharma to discuss the score to the short film When the Train Stops. They talk about the sarangi, what they feel this instrument represents, recording sessions, teachers and father figures, and some of the challenges in  distribution of a short film. 

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:00:58) 
Not What I Was Expecting (00:04:05) 
Sarangi (00:06:30) 
Incorporating the Sarangi (00:13:00) 
A Drummer (00:17:34) 
What Does the Sarangi Represent? (00:24:14) 
"Don't Call Me Ma'am" (00:26:31) 
"Quite a Story" (00:31:50) 
Finding Rekha (00:33:53) 
Short vs Feature (00:35:32) 
Finding Mike and James (00:40:34) 
"You Got No Rights" (00:43:41) 
Closing (00:47:23)

all music composed by Mike Avenaim except the opening and closing which is composed by Cliff Eidelman and taken from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guests
James Kerwin, Mike Avenaim, and Rekha Sharma
 
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-096.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 4:50am 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

Jeff Russo Interview.

Two-time Grammy Award nominee and Emmy Award-winning composer Jeff Russo is at the top of his field, scoring varied and compelling music for television, film, and video games. Russo won an Emmy and received two additional nominations for his thrilling and angst-producing score the FX series Fargo, which itself has been honored by the Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. Two recent shows, The Night Of and Counterpart, as well as the currently airing Legion, are fine examples of this young composer’s stylistic work, and he scored the first season of the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery. In addition to film and television, Russo recently received a BAFTA nomination for Best Music for Annapurna Interactive’s indie video game, What Remains of Edith Finch.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala talks with Russo about his early days with his band Tonic and how he progressed to become one of the hottest composers for film and television.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Welcome Back (00:00:55)
“Milton's Tower” from What Remains of Edith Finch (00:06:05)
The Jeff Hello (00:06:18)
Becoming A Composer (00:08:38)
The Launch Point (00:11:30)
Blew My Socks Off (00:13:46)
A Singular Voice (00:16:15)
“Main Title” from The Night Of (00:16:35)
Lush Emotional Feeling (00:20:27)
“Edith’s Theme” from What Remains of Edith Finch (00:23:03)
The Audition for Star Trek: Discovery (00:26:05)
The Theme (00:34:00)
“Main Title” from Star Trek: Discovery (00:37:17)
“Persistence” from Star Trek: Discovery (00:40:00)
“Captain Mudd” from Star Trek: Discovery (00:41:04)
Final Thoughts and Finding Jeff (00:44:26)
“Milton’s Tower” from What Remains of Edith Finch (00:46:26)
Closing (00:48:58)

All tracks composed by J. Russo.

Hosts
Brandon Shea Mutala

Guests
Jeff Russo

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

Direct download: mt-087.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 2:55am MST

Escape from the Planet of the Apes With John Jackson Miller.

One of the most famous franchises in the history of science fiction is The Planet of the Apes, originally written as a novel by Pierre Boulle. This one book inspired a film, four sequels, a remake, a prequel series, a television series, and animated series, comics, books, and so much more. In January of 2017, Titan Books released and anthology of 16 short stories called Tales From the Forbidden Zone. These 16 stories are set in a variety of time periods of the rich history of the Planet of the Apes mythology.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Apes fan Nicolas Anastassiou to talk with author John Jackson Miller about his new short story, "Murderer's Row," which is his contribution to the anthology. We also discuss the music for the film Escape from the Planet of the Apes, which is the period in which his story is set.


Chapters
Opening (00:00:00) 
Welcome, John and Nicolas! (00:00:59)
Tales from the Forbidden Zone (00:01:55) 
A Sequel to a Sequel-Proof Movie (00:07:21) 
Murderer's Row (00:10:22) 
Short Fiction vs Long (00:22:39) 
Cinematic Continuity (00:26:32) 
An Excellent Book of Short Stories (00:31:35) 
Escape From the Planet of the Apes Score (00:32:46) 
A Few Words From Julie Kurgo (00:41:52) 
"Main Title" (00:42:56) 
"Shopping Spree" (00:45:44) 
An Interesting Listen on its Own(00:47:59) 
Huge Swaths of This Film Where No Music is Possible (00:51:59) 
"A Little History" (00:55:38) 
Final Thoughts (00:56:55) 

all music from Escape From the Planet of the Apes composed by J. Goldsmith

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
John Jackson Miller and Nicolas Anastassiou

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-076.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 1:00am MST

"Yeoman on the Bridge" With Leslie Hudson.

Star Trek has inspired many people in many different ways. It has inspired people to write stories, paint, and write songs. Leslie Hudson, a Canadian singer and song writer, describes herself as a powerhouse at the mic, and a person who can cut through a crowd of sound with a caress. With eight solo albums under her belt her songs span more than 25 years of writing every genre from rock to geek to faerie and demonstrate not only her versatility as a musician but her refusal to be contained.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by singer/songwriter Leslie Hudson, to discuss her new album of Star Trek inspired songs called "Yeoman on the Bridge." We also discuss her album "The Redhead League," red-headed characters in pop culture, how song writing has changed, and CBC television.


Chapters
Opening (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Leslie! (00:01:00) 
Leslie's Story (00:02:05) 
How Has the Writing Experience Changed? (00:04:10) 
Messages (00:06:12) 
Influences (00:07:29) 
The Redhead League (00:08:40) 
"Underground" (00:13:07) 
Star Trek (00:17:05) 
Inspired (00:18:45) 
"DMZ" (00:24:04) 
"Children of Light" (00:30:01) 
Talking Trek (00:34:14) 


Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Leslie Hudson

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-075.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 1:00am MST


La La Land Record's 50th Anniversary Collection.

After fifty years, there have been many releases of Star Trek music from all across the franchise. La La Land Records had to create something very special in order to celebrate the monumental milestone for Star Trek, and they delivered it with their four disc set last December. Each disc is filled with rare music from all of the series including synth demo mock ups for main titles, bumpers, and new transfers of music from newly found first generation masters. Also inclusded on the set is an amazing disc of music from the animated series that many fans thought we would never get.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Neil S. Bulk, Associate Producer for La La Land Record's Star Trek 50th Anniversary Collection to discuss how new masters of the music were discovered, fixing previous errors, responding to fan criticism, and creating a music selection from stems.


Chapters
Opening (00:00:00) 
News (00:01:16) 
Charles-Henri Avelange's Star Trek Track (00:02:40) 
"Act 1 Card" (from "Where No Man Has Gone Before" composed by A. Courage) (00:07:16) 
Welcome, Neil! (00:07:52) 
Scraping the Barrel (00:09:18) 
Where Were the Tapes Found? (00:11:20) 
Disc One (00:11:43) 
"Captain Playoff No. 2 (New Set)" (composed by A. Courage) (00:15:35) 
"Captain Playoff No. 2 (15 CD Set)" (composed by A. Courage) (00:15:45) 
"Bumpers" (composed by W. Hatch) (00:17:17) 
"Ship in Orbit (New Set)" (composed by A. Courage) (00:18:30) 
"Ship in Orbit (15 CD Set)" (composed by A. Courage) (00:19:10) 
Stems From the Animated Series (00:19:47) 
"Sensor Data" (composed by Y. Blais and J. Michael) (00:27:43) 
"Trouble in Engineering" (composed by Y. Blais and J. Michael) (00:28:46) 
"Spock's Analysis" (composed by Y. Blais and J. Michael) (00:29:13) 
The Rest of the Set (00:29:52) 
"Main Title Demo (from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)" (composed by D. McCarthy) (00:30:32) 
"Main Title Demo (from Star Trek: Voyager)" (composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:31:35) 
"Communique (C)" (composed by D. Reilly) (00:38:24) 
Finding Neil and Current Projects (00:39:22) 

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Neil S. Bulk

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-073.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 1:00am MST

71: This Has to Be the Greatest Piece of Music
Nicholas Pike Interview.

One of the most iconic images that comes to mind when people think of Star Trek would be Spock.  In 2014, Adam Nimoy approached his dad, Leonard Nimoy, about the possibility of working together on a film about Mr. Spock. With the 50th anniverasary of the series coming up, the timing seemed right for a deeper exploration of the iconic character, Mr. Spock. 
In this episode of Melodic Treks, Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Nicholas Pike, composer of the documentary For the Love of Spock to discuss the music for the film. We also discuss conducting via Skype, working with a Macedonia Symphony, working with Mick Garris on Stephen King films, and meeting Alice Krige.


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
News (00:00:58) 
"Mom" (00:03:32) 
Nicholas Pike (00:04:13) 
Scoring a Documentary (00:05:21) 
Conducting Through Skype (00:10:39) 
Direction From Adam (00:12:04) 
"Burning Man" (00:13:30) 
The Thing About a Documentary (00:15:33) 
"Opening" (00:17:17) 
How Do You Write Music? (00:18:18) 
Mick Garris, Stephen King, and Alice Krige (00:20:27) 
Current Projects (00:23:06) 
Finding Nicholas (00:25:04) 
Buying the Score to For the Love of Spock (00:26:24) 
One More Story (00:27:13) 
Shatner (00:19:35) 
"The New Enterprise" (00:30:09)

*all music from For the Love of Spock composed by N. Pike

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Nicholas Pike

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)
Direct download: mt-071.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 1:00am MST

S3: Melodic X

Mark Snow Interview.

One television show that had a major impact on pop culture in the early nineties was The X-Files, created by Chris Carter. Equal parts mystery, science fiction and horror, the show was about two FBI Agents investigating paranormal phenomenon and other worldly encounters. One of the pillars of the show was the moody, spooky score which was composed by Mark Snow.

In this supplemental episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala joins Tony Black, host of The X-Cast Podcast, for an interview with Mark Snow. We discuss how he came to compose for The X-Files, The Lone Gunmen, and Millennium, as well as his current work on Blue Bloods and how he mentored composer Sean Callery into the composing business.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
The X-Cast (00:01:25) 
I'm Tony Black (00:01:57) 
Welcome, Mark (00:06:08) 
La La Land Records (00:14:25) 
John Carpenter Influence? (00:16:03) 
Season 10 (00:17:35) 
Do You Compose to Video? (00:20:33) 
"Babylon" (00:22:30) 
Millennium, The Lone Gunmen, The Drum, and Minogue (00:25:58) 
Scoring the Films (00:31:36) 
Working With Jeff Charbonneau (00:37:10) 
Mark's Influence (00:41:49) 
What About Season 11? (00:43:58) 
Sean Callery (00:45:26) 
No, Really, What About Season 11? (00:48:05) 
More La La Land to Come? (00:49:05) 
Taxi Driver (00:52:42) 
The Truth and the Light (00:55:22) 
Final Thoughts (00:57:53) 

Music composed by M. Snow

Host
Tony Black

Guests
Mark Snow and Brandon-Shea Mutala

Production
Tony Black (Editor) Brandon-Shea Mutala ( 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)

Direct download: mt-s3.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 3:00am MST

64: It Sounds Much Better on a Wood Piccolo

Sheridon Stokes Interview.

Sheridon Stokes was hired as a piccolo player in the Denver Symphony when he was 16 years old and was the youngest contract musician in Hollywood at age 20. At this young age, he was working with the 20th Century Fox Orchestra under Alfred Newman.  He has been featured in many television and film scores, including the television series Mission Impossible, Roots, and Kung Fu, as well as the films Jaws, E.T., Ghost, Glory, Patriot Games, and more recently, Mission Impossible, Waterworld, Jumanji, Independence Day, and Rush Hour II. He was solo flute at the Academy Awards in 1997 and 1998 and played the famous penny whistle solo from the Titanic song “My Heart Will Go On” with Celine Dion.

In this episode on Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Andy Farber, composer for two episodes of Star Trek: Continues, and Sheridon Stokes. We discuss his early works in film and television, the kind of flutes he has in his arsenal, many of the composers he worked with, and some fun memories of Bernard Hermann.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Contests (00:01:30) 
Review and Feedback (00:03:53) 
"Two-Edged Surveillance" (from Patriot Games, composed by J. Horner) (00:07:40) 
Welcome, Sheridon (00:09:16) 
I Grew Up in the Music Business (00:14:15) 
Instruments (00:16:16) 
There's So Many Good Ones (00:20:06) 
James Horner (00:23:23) 
Sheridon's Arsenal (00:24:26) 
Kung Fu (00:28:50) 
"The Paradise Syndrome" (00:33:44) 
Rosenman, Shiffron, Kaplan, and Courage (00:35:33) 
Pop Music (0038:04) 
Albums (00:40:08) 
Buddy Baker and Electronics (00:42:34) 
Currently (00:47:50) 
"Main Title" (from Patriot Games, composed by J. Horner) (00:51:27) 
A Bit More From Andy (00:52:54)   

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guests
Sheridon Stokes
Andy Farber

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-064.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 4:00am MST

63: The Devil's Interval

Gerald Fried Interview.

Born in the Bronx on February 13th, 1928, Gerald Fried began learning about music in the High School of Music and Art. He graduated in 1945, and started his career composing short films by his friend Stanley Kubrick.  He has scored many cultural cornerstones of television including Lost in Space, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Gilligan's Island, Riverboat, Shotgun Slade, and Star Trek.

In this episode on Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Gerald Fried to discuss his work, form the beginnings with Stanley Kubrick, to his current work on a Star Trek parody film. We talk about his hectic work schedule, which sometimes included three scoring sessions a day, composing his Emmy Award winning score for the cultural phenomenon Roots, and his work on Star Trek.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Contests, Reviews, and Thanks (00:01:18) 
"Main Title" (from The Killing) (00:07:15) 
Welcome, Gerald! (00:08:22) 
Kubrick (00:08:44) 
The Killing (00:10:42) 
Beginnings (00:13:06) 
Corman (00:15:15) 
Roots (00:16:28) 
Star Trek and Library Music (00:19:37) 
Classic Film and Television (00:27:01) 
Three Scoring Sessions a Day (00:29:37) 
Challenges and Favorites (00:32:04) 
Current Projects (00:35:38) 
"The Patrol" (from Paths of Glory) (00:42:66) 

All music composed by G. Fried

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Gerald Fried

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-063.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 4:00am MST

S1: A Las Vegas Quartet

Star Trek Las Vegas 2016 Interviews.

One of Star Trek's biggest celebrations takes place each year at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Organized by Creation Entertainment, the event brings together producers, actors, writers, and others to discuss Star Trek—past, present, and future. This year, the STLV convention was extended to a fifth day in honor of the 50th anniversary.

In this Melodic Treks away mission, host Brandon-Shea Mutala sits down with a few familiar faces to discuss their musical careers outside of Star Trek. J.G Hertzler (Martok) and Robert O'Reilly (Gowron) talk about their Klingon- and Blues Brothers-inspired group. James Darren (Vic Fontaine) discusses how he came to Deep Space Nine. And Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) talks about working with Duke Ellington and shares details of her newest album. Also presented here is composer Jay Chattaway's panel and a chat with Andy Farber—composer for episodes four, five, and six of Star Trek: Continues—in which we discuss the score for "The Man Trap."

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
J.G Hertzler and Robert O'Reilly Interview (00:03:03)
Jay Chattaway Panel (00:17:10)
Andy Farber Interview (00:42:32)
James Darren Interview (01:04:54)
Nichelle Nichols Interview (01:11:24)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guests
Jay Chattaway, James Darren, Andy Farber, J.G. Hertzler, Adam Malin, Nichelle Nichols, Robert O'Reilly

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-s1.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 5:10pm MST

46: There are 14 Discs!

Lukas Kendell Interview.

To the general public in 1990, the word “soundtrack” meant only a compilation of popular songs from movies such as Top Gun and Footloose. So, to help expand knowledge of and appreciation for the fine art of composing for film, Lukas Kendell created Film Score Monthly. FSM began as a one-page newsletter sent to 11 people. Since then, it has grown into a magazine, a record label, a website, and the home of other publishing endeavors.

In addition to releasing the complete scores for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, FSM has also produced a massive fourteen-disc box set that includes almost every note composed by Ron Jones for Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as music from the PC games Starfleet Academy and Starfleet Command.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Kendell to discuss the early days of his magazine, the challenges of CD production, and The Ron Jones Project. We also talk about some holy grail releases that Kendell helped produce such as those for White Dog, The Wrong Man, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, and the eight-disc Superman box set.

Chapters
News (00:02:08)  
Hollywood in Vienna: The World of James Horner (00:02:22)  
Jerry Goldsmith’s Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame (00:03:54)  
“Sledgehammer” (00:05:27)  
Family Guy Soundtrack (00:08:41)  
“System Failure” (From Star Trek: The Next Generation “Evolution,” composed by R. Jones) (00:10:02)  
Meeting Lukas (00:10:50)  
FSM’s Beginnings (00:12:32)  
Elliot Goldenthal (00:14:13)  
The Most Challenging Releases (00:18:00)  
White Dog (00:21:42)  
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (00:23:22)  
The Wrong Man (00:24:47)  
The Wrath of Khan and The Search for Spock (00:28:25)  
The Ron Jones Project (00:34:42)  
Star Trek 2017 (00:47:35)  
“Terrorist Attack” (From Star Trek: The Next Generation “The High Ground,” composed by R. Jones) (00:49:46)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Lukas Kendell

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)

Direct download: mt-046.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 6:21am MST

38: An Artistic Approach

Mark Banning Interview.

For almost 30 years, Mark Banning, co-founder of BSX Records, has had a hand in producing some of the most outstanding soundtracks, including more than 20 Star Trek releases. He has worked with many record labels, including GNP Crescendo, La-La Land Records, Silva Screen Records, and Creative Sound Production, where his primary duty has been art direction.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Mark to discuss some of the film and television soundtracks he has helped to produce, as well as the process behind the art direction. Mark also recounts a heart-warming story of the healing power of music, how he met his best friend and co-founder of BSX Records, Ford A. Thaxton, and even teases us with a few details about upcoming Star Trek releases.

Chapters
"Smooth Talker/Attitude Adjustment" (excerpt from "Our Man Bashir," composed by J. Chattaway) (00:02:00)
Meeting Mark (00:03:03)
Early Television Score Releases (00:04:06)
What Is Involved in Art Direction? (00:09:05)
Quantum Leap and the Healing Power of Music (00:11:43)
Challenges (00:16:01)
On Stage with the Goldsmiths (00:17:09)
How Banning Met Ford (00:20:27)
Buysoundtrax and GNP's Slowdown (00:22:17)
Limited Editions and Interesting People (00:24:32)
Passionate Fans (00:26:47)
Differences (00:28:37)
Duties on the New Star Trek Sets (00:32:19)
Upcoming Productions (00:33:06)
Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen and a Bit More (00:33:50)
Finding Mark (00:37:38)
"Cost of Victory" (excerpt from "The Siege of AR-588," composed by P. Baillargeon) (00:38:40)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Mark Banning

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-038.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 5:30am MST

36: A 24th-Century Production

Ford A. Thaxton Interview.

With a hand in producing soundtracks going back to GNP Crescendo's first-ever Star Trek release, Ford A. Thaxton has worked on more albums than he can count, including: the expanded soundtrack to "Encounter at Farpoint," Star Trek: The Next Generation, Volumes One and Two; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Volume One; Star Trek: Enterprise, Volume One; Battlestar Galactica; and Frankenhooker.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Ford to discuss some of the memorable film and television soundtracks he has produced, such as those for Blade Runner, The Twilight Zone, and Zulu Dawn. Ford also talks about becoming a radio DJ at the age of 16, creating his own record label, his dream composer for the new Trek series, and his opinion on the possibility of Brian Reitzell getting that gig.

Chapters
News (00:03:21)
"Daniels Arrives" (excerpt from "Shockwave, Part 1") (Composed by D. McCarthy and K. Kiner) (00:05:01)
Meeting Ford (00:06:36)
Special Projects (00:12:28)
Blade Runner (00:15:41)
Zulu Dawn (00:18:40)
The Twilight Zone (00:20:23)
Let's Talk Trek Music (00:23:50)
It Depends on What Your Goal Is (00:28:15)
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Volume One (00:31:07)
Fleshing Out the "Conspiracy" Score for Volume Two (00:33:55)
The Enterprise Box Set (00:38:47)
The Same But Different (00:42:34)
Other Projects (00:45:20)
Trek 2017 Dream Composer (00:52:16)
"Warm Welcome" (from "Desert Crossing") (Composed by V.R. Bunch) (00:57:01)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Ford A. Thaxton

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-036.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 5:30am MST

34: Soundtrack Savant

Neil S. Bulk Interview.

La-La Land Records has become synonymous with Star Trek soundtracks. And not just any soundtracks, but the kind that bring history to life by delving more deeply into the rich tapestry of sounds that is a cornerstone of Gene Roddenberry's creation. One of the men behind this success is Neil S. Bulk. No stranger to film music, he is the producer of many film soundtrack releases including Batman, Batman Returns, Total Recall, Days of Heaven, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Police Academy, Dances with Wolves, and the massive 15-disc Star Trek: The Original Series Soundtrack Collection.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Neil to find out what it means to be a producer of film soundtrack releases, what sort of difficulties come up during production, and the process of transferring tape to digital. Neil also talks about his dream projects and the current status of music from Star Trek: The Animated Series.

Chapters
"The Force Field (Alternate)" (excerpt) (Composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:02:39)
Meeting Neil (00:04:47)
What Does a Producer Do? (00:06:18)
How Long Does It Take? (00:07:39)
Sorting out the Star Trek Box Set (00:08:58)
Transferring the Tapes (00:10:30)
Other Star Trek Duties (00:18:38)
Editing The Undiscovered Country Soundtrack (00:19:53)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture 3-disc Release (00:23:52)
Where's the Soundtrack for TAS? (00:30:41)
Which Is the Proper Take? (00:32:22)
Other Awesome Releases (00:34:08)
Days of Heaven for Film Score Monthly (00:36:36)
A Dream Project… or 10 (00:39:02)
"Main Theme (Pop Version)" (excerpt) (Performed by Bob James) (00:42:10)
News (00:49:12)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Neil S. Bulk

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-034.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 7:47am MST

31: His Name is Bond, Jeff Bond

Jeff Bond Interview and Five Favorites.

Jeff Bond is one of the foremost authors on the subject of film and television scoring. Having written books, articles, and countless liner notes on the subject, he is also one of the producers of the massive 15-disc Star Trek: The Original Series Soundtrack Collection from La-La Land Records. He has even tried his hand at acting in the independent production "Mind Sifter" by Star Trek New Voyages.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, Jeff joins host Brandon-Shea Mutala to talk about Jerry Goldsmith, Vangelis, Planet of the Apes, eight-track players, his book The Music of Star Trek, the demographic of collectors, and Jeff's five favorite tracks from Star Trek.

Chapters
"Klingon Battle" (excerpt composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:02:25)
Meeting Jeff Bond (00:03:22)
Sound Effects Inseparable from the Music (00:05:40)
The Score for Planet of the Apes (00:07:48)
The First Scores Jeff Bought Were On Eight-Track (00:10:00)
Blade Runner (00:12:47)
Writing Liner Notes and Books About Music (00:15:29)
The Film Score Demographic (00:23:02)
The Double-edged Sword of the Internet (00:24:00)
The Flash and the Change In Scoring (00:28:08)
Ron Jones Was Why Jeff Watched TNG (00:32:24)
Five Favorites (00:37:10)
"2nd Kroykah" from "Amok Time" (Excerpt composed by G. Fried) (00:39:28)
"Ruk Protect" from "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" (Excerpt by F. Steiner) (00:43:13)
"Violent Shakes" from "The Doomsday Machine" (Excerpt by S. Kaplan) (00:46:14)
"The Little Visitor" From "Plato's Stepchildren" (Composed by A. Courage) (00:49:27)
"Sad and Thoughtful on Captain's Theme" Library Music (Excerpt composed by A. Courage) (00:51:40)
Runners Up (00:54:27)
Where You Can Find Jeff (01:02:30)
Star Trek 2 (01:03:06)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Jeff Bond

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-031.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 5:25am MST

28: The Logical Music of Tim Russ

Tim Russ Interview.

Most Star Trek fans know Tim Russ best for his role of Tuvok on Voyager. But Tim has a passion for music that stretches far back beyond his acting career—four decades in fact. It was acting that pushed music to the backseat for a while … although it never stopped him from playing gigs along the way. From his first album, 1998's Only a Dream In Rio to his fifth, 2007's Second Thoughts, Tim has kept music as an important part of his life even as he continues acting and producing. In this episode Melodic Treks, Tim joins host Brandon-Shea Mutala for a chat about his career behind the mic.

Chapters
"Brave New World" (excerpt) (00:02:59)
Interview Part 1 (00:04:18)
"Kushengaza" (excerpt) (00:07:16)
Interview Part 2 (00:09:52)
"We" (excerpt) (00:13:15)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Tim Russ

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-028.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 7:12am MST

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