Melodic Treks: A Star Trek Music Podcast (Movies)

Star Trek: The Motion Picture's 40th Anniversary. 
 
After its cancellation in 1969, Star Trek fans didn't have many options for new adventures of Captain Kirk and the Enterprise aside from a few comics and novels, and a short lived Saturday morning animated series. Even with very limited new material, television reruns fanned the flames of fandom. Star Trek conventions began to pop up, and one burning question that every fan asked was whether or not their show would return to television. Attributed by many to the success of Star Wars, Paramount shelved the plans of a new series in favor of a big screen voyage. Over the years, the first movie of the franchise has been very divisive among fans. While there are many people who pan the film, there are just as many loyal lovers who continue to champion the originality of the movie. Now, with the 40th anniversary upon us, Star Trek: The Motion Picture is having a renaissance with many people giving it a new look with a fresh perspective.


In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Neil Shurley to discuss the score to the first Star Trek film. In addition to the main bookend hosts, we have 14 additional guests comment on the music and the film itself. We discuss our impressions on the film and how our opinions have changed, our thoughts on Goldsmith, and the place of The Motion Picture in the current Star Trek landscape.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
"Overture (Long Version)" (00:00:02) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:02:46) 
"Leaving Drydock" (00:07:44) 
"Total Logic" (00:11:11) 
Fandom (00:14:50) 
"Malfunction" (00:18:47) 
The Cult of Jerry (00:20:02) 
"The Enterprise" (00:31:29) 
Re-Appreciation (00:37:18) 
"A Good Start" (00:39:47) 
Its Own (00:42:12) 
"TV Theme/Warp Point Nine" (00:44:50) 
The Klingon Theme (00:46:29) 
"Klingon Battle" (00:50:11) 
The Blaster Beam (00:55:32) 
"The Meld" (00:59:21) 
Composer Michael Stearns on the Blaster Beam (01:02:22) 
"The Force Field" (01:07:01) 
"Ilia's Theme" (01:12:00) 
Revisiting (01:14:57) 
"The Cloud" (01:17:45) 
"Games" (01:22:26) 
"End Title" (01:26:14)
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Neil Shurley

Featuring
Mike Schindler, Laurie Ulster, Tristan Ridell, Chrissie De Cleck-Szilagyi, John Mills, Clara Cook, Tony Robinson, Charles-Henri Avelange, Neil Bulk, Rosie Varela, Justin Oser, Colin Higgins, Kevin Dilmore, and Amy Nelson.
 
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)

Direct download: mt-104.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 12:00am MST

Main Titles with Mike Schindler. 
  
Main Titles are an interesting and important part of a film's score. Generally the first thing that you see during the cinematic experience, they are designed to audibly paint a landscape, provide an emotional anchor for the viewer, and to provide expectations for what they are about to see.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Mike Schindler, host of Trek FM's Stage Nine, to discuss Main Titles. We talk about their purpose in the film, how they differ from End Titles, and weather or not Jerry Goldsmith is better than John Williams. (He is.) (Or is he?)

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Mike (00:01:00) 
"Main Title" (from Star Trek, composed by M. Giacchino) (00:10:10) 
"Overture" (from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, composed by C. Eidelman) (00:14:30) 
"Main Title" (from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:18:45) 
Closing (00:20:10)
 
Hosts
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guests
Mike Schindler
 
Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor) 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) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: mt-080.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 12:01am MST

The Patriot Games score with John Takis.

One of the most respected and loved film composers was James Horner, who composed two scores for the Star Trek films: The Wrath of Khan and The Search for Spock. The 1990s were a very busy time for Horner, and a few films would inspire him to develop a sound that would lead him to his first Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1997 for the film Titanic. One of those important scores was 1992's Patriot Games.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by film score specialist John Takis to discuss the score for Patriot Games and how it would influence Horner's work. We also discuss Horner's ability to write extended tracks, synth elements in scores, and fully synthesized scores for films.

** please note that at 17:31, I incorrectly refer to the vocalist in the "Main Titles" as Marie Brennan from Clannad. Her correct name is Maggie Boyle, and she was not a member of Clannad.

Chapters
Opening (00:00:00) 
I Apologize / Welcome, John!  (00:01:00) 
The Movie and Tom Clancy (00:03:02) 
How Does This Rank for You? (00:12:19) 
"CNN News Report" (00:14:26) 
An Understated Score (00:15:52) 
"Main Titles" (00:17:57) 
"Attempt on the Royals" (00:21:06) 
Fitting Into Horner's Career (00:23:06) 
Synth Elements (00:27:10) 
"Electronic Battlefield" (00:37:05) 
Long Tracks (00:38:55) 
"Hospital Vigil" (00:43:42) 
Final Thoughts / Finding John (00:45:18) 
Previously on Trek FM (00:54:01) 

*all music from the film Patriot Games composed by J. Horner

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
John Takis

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-078.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 12:01am MST

67: You Spelled "First Contact" Wrong

Comparing Film Scores.

When fans of Star Trek are asked what their favorite films are, an overwhelming majority will give you an odd numbered entry. These are the stories that seem to resonate the most with fans, except for one. The tenth Star Trek film, and the fourth in The Next Generation series of movies, generally doesn't make the list. The plot has many holes, and there are several story cliches that make this one of the weaker entries in the franchise. However, when looking beyond the story, how do fans feel some of the other elements of the film hold up?

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala discovered in a recent Facebook exchange that most people feel that the score to Star Trek: First Contact is considered by many to be the best of The Next Generation film scores. In an effort to plead his case that Star Trek: Nemesis is in fact the superior, he invited Erik Woods of Cinematic Sound Radio to put their top five tracks from each of these movies head to head.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Contest Reminder and Feedback (00:01:22) 
"Ooby Dooby" (performed by Roy Orbison) (00:05:39) 
Erik Woods, Cinematic Sounds, and Sound Cast Stereo (00:06:33) 
The Concept (00:15:17) 
Initial Impressions on the Films (00:17:06) 
"Red Alert" (from Star Trek: First Contact, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:23:09) 
"The Mirror" (from Star Trek: Nemesis, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:26:36) 
"Welcome Aboard" (from Star Trek: First Contact, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:32:53) 
"Ideals" (from Star Trek: Nemesis, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:36:10) 
"Magic Carpet Ride" (performed by Steppenwolf) (00:41:32) 
"Flight of the Phoenix" (from Star Trek: First Contact, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:42:02) 
"The Scorpion" (from Star Trek: Nemesis, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:48:20) 
"First Contact" (from Star Trek: First Contact, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:54:03) 
"Remus" (from Star Trek: Nemesis, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:58:24) 
A Detour Through Indiana (01:00:58) 
"End Titles" (from Star Trek: First Contact, composed by J. Goldsmith) (01:06:52) 
"Battle Stations" (from Star Trek: Nemesis, composed by J. Goldsmith) (01:10:53) 

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Erik Woods

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-067.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 3:00am MST

66: Stuck in the Middle With You: Even

Middle Tracks on Albums

Almost everyone has some form of device that can store music digitally. These devices are included, but not limited to, cellphones, laptops, tablets, and iPods. With the invention of the playlist, how often do you actually sit down and listen to a whole album, the whole way through?

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala creates his own playlist of tracks that you may not listen to very often. In this episode, we focus on the middle tracks from the extended releases of the even numbered Star Trek movies.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Contest Reminder (00:01:33) 
"The Briefing" (from Star Trek: Horizon, composed by T. Ktaft) (00:04:15) 
Speakpipe Draw (00:04:45) 
"Orbiting Earth" (from Star Trek: Horizon, composed by T. Kraft) (00:06:49) 
Playlist (00:07:17) 
"Kirk's Explosive Reply" (from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, composed by J. Jorner) (00:09:46) 
"Kirk Freed" (from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, composed by L. Rosenmann) (00:13:05) 
"Dining on Ashes" (from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, composed by C. Eidelman) (00:15:51) 
"The Undiscovered Country" (from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, composed by C. Eidelman) (00:16:48) 
"Stimulation" (from Star Trek: First Contact, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:18:59) 
"Lateral Run" (from Star Trek: Nemesis, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:21:19) 
"Scotty's Floored" (from Star Trek Into Darkness, composed by M. Giacchino) (00:25:13) 

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

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)

Direct download: mt-066.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 3:00am MST

65: Stuck in the Middle With You: Odd

Middle Tracks on Albums.

Almost everyone has some form of device that can store music digitally. These devices are included, but not limited to, cellphones, laptops, tablets, and iPods. With the invention of the playlist, how often do you actually sit down and listen to a whole album, the whole way through?

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala creates his own playlist of tracks that you may not listen to very often. In this episode, we focus on the middle tracks from the extended releases of the odd numbered Star Trek movies.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Contest Reminder (00:01:35) 
The Concept (00:02:47) 
"Leaving Drydock (Album Version)" (from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:04:59) 
"Returning to Vulcan" (from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, composed by J. Horner) (00:09:38) 
"A Busy Man" (from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:14:42) 
"Two Captains/Crash Recap" (from Star Trek: Generations, composed by D. McCarthy) (00:19:25) 
"The Drones Attack" (from Star Trek: Insurrection, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:22:31) 
"I've Fallen and I Can't Beam Up" (from Star Trek, composed by M. Giacchino) (00:25:22) 
"Franklin, My Dear" (from Star Trek Beyond, composed by M. Giacchino) (00:28:14) 

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

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)

Direct download: mt-065.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 3:30am MST

8: Swedish Tea

The Borg in Music.

The Borg are one of the most iconic "baddies" ever to appear on Star Trek. They have a profound effect on fans and are a long-time favorite in the franchise. As they were introduced to us on The Next Generation, it's only fitting that in this episode of Melodic Treks the dynamic trio from Earl Grey joins us to talk about the music of the Borg. Not music written by Borg composers, but rather the music created by the great Ron Jones to represent them. The music was so powerful and resonated so well with fans that its release was rushed in order to capitalize on the success of the episode. Along the way we cover "Q Who," "The Best of Both Worlds," and, of course, First Contact. So "buckle up" and enjoy the ride.

Direct download: mt-008.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

3: Holst the Klingon

The Klingon Battle Theme.

To know that Klingons are going into battle, you don’t need to see a Bird-of-Prey swooping across the screen or an armor-clad warrior wielding a mek’leth. No, all you need to do is use your ears. The iconic music cues of the Klingons tell you all you need to know.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, Colin Higgins delves into another iconic piece of music, the "Klingon Battle.” Originally envisaged as a stand-alone piece to convey one scene, it has become synonymous with the Klingons. We explore the piece’s composer, its influence on all Trek that came after The Motion Picture, and how Gustav Holst may have contributed to its sound.

Direct download: mt-003.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

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