Melodic Treks: A Star Trek Music Podcast (Music from Episodes)

"Desert Crossing" With Jim Moorhouse. 
  
Once a podcaster has chosen a format for their show, one eseential element that is vital to help set the tone of their show is the main theme. Some shows will have a new theme created and others will choose apiece of Royalty free music. However, every once in a while, there exists a song that perfectly encapsulates exactly what the host  is looking for.


In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Jim Moorhouse of the Trek Ranks podcast to discuss the score to the episode "Desert Crossing" from the first season of Enterprise. We talk about composer Velton Ray Bunch, how the music fits the episode, the tone of the score, and choosing this score as the theme for Moorehouse's podcast.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:01) 
Velton Ray Bunch and the TrekRanks Theme? (00:02:37) 
"Warm Welcome" (00:09:06) 
"Geskana Match" (00:012:52) 
"Trip's Menu" (00:16:37) 
"The Rescue" (00:19:24) 
"Not Why We're Here" (00:24:36) 
Finding Jim (00:28:30) 
Closing (00:32:06)
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Jim Moorhouse
 
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-101.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 12:00am MST

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


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

Chapters 
Intro (00:00:00)  
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:01)  
Keeping up with Andy (00:01:30)  
The Musical Era of "Far Beyond the Stars" (00:04:50)  
R&B, Charts, and the Era (00:10:10)  
"Django" performed by the Modern Jazz Quartet (00:15:25)  
Dizzy Gillespy and Be Bop and More (00:18:33)  
"In a Sentimental Mood" performed by Sonny Rollins with the Modern Jazz Quartet  (00:23:02)  
Benny Russell Name Drops (00:25:00)  
"Miles Ahead" performed by Miles Davis (00:26:38)  
Racial Issues (00:28:47)  
"Potato Chips" performed by Slim Gaillard (00:34:29)    
The Score and Source Cues (00:38:00) 
"Back to the Future" composed by Dennis McCarthy (00:41:32)  
The Episode (00:43:43)  
Finding Andy (00:49:30)  
Closing (00:56:26)   
 
Hosts
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Andy Farber
 
Production
Tony Robinson (Editor) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: mt-097.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 8:19pm MST

"Code of Honor."
 
Considered by many to be one of the worst episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the first season episode "Code of Honor" portrays a planet of black people with many of the negative stereo types that have been associated with African culture on film and in literature. Fred Steiner, know to Star Trek fans as the composer of several original episodes, including "Charlie X," "What Are Little Girls Made Of?," "The Corbomite Maneuver," and "Balance of Terror," composed only one episode of The Next Generation. The score is filled with many familiar elements such as muted horns and stand up bass, however, the producers considered the music to be too "retro."


In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by trombonist Lance Laster to discuss the episode and the music of the episode "Code of Honor." We discuss racism, interpretations, muted trumpets and trombones, Fred Steiner, and weather or not this could be the score to a missing episode of TOS.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:01) 
A Trombonist (00:02:43) 
The Episode (00:11:10) 
Fred Steiner (00:23:30) 
The Music (00:27:18) 
"Bronze Horse/To the Holodeck/Snatch Natasha" (00:29:09) 
"Officer's Log/Competition" (00:35:21) 
"Chez Lutan/Lutan's Honor/The Centerpiece/Yareena Upset/Combat Ready/Htching a Plan/Code of Honor Again" (00:38:28) 
"Deadly Blow/She Lives/Poor Lutan/Mission Accomplished" (00:43:57)   
Closing (00:51:53)
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Lance Laster
 
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-095.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 5:04pm MST

"11001001" with Brian McVickar.
 
The majority of scores for season one of Star Trek: The Next Generation were primarily composed by two people; Dennis McCarthy and Ron Jones. It has been said in many interviews that the composers were directed to tone the music down, and it has been described by many as "wallpaper" music, but in the opinion of this host, that isn't a fair assessment. The score to the episode "11001001" was influenced by jazz, but it also had significant influence from James Horner's score from the film Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and even a famous jazz song called "Nearness of You" was arranged by Jones for the episode.


In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Brian McVickar, host of A Score to Settle, to discuss the music of the first season Next Generation episode "11001001." We discuss influences by Goldsmith, Riker and Troi's relationship, the Bynars, and Jazz. We also discuss Shatner's new Christmas album called "Shatner Claus: The Christmas Album."

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:00) 
William Shatner's Christmas Album (00:10:18) 
"11001001" (00:14:33) 
"Back In Order" (00:18:06) 
"Jazz" (composed by John Beazley) (00:21:08) 
"The Nearness of You" (performed by Mel Torme) (00:23:21) 
"Nearness of You and Ending" (00:25:40) 
"Docking at Starbase 74/Eyes" (00:34:25) 
"Stealing the Enterprise" (00:39:14) 
Finding Brian (00:51:17)
Closing (00:54:40)
 
All music composed by Ron Jones, except where noted
Intro and exit music from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country composed by Cliff Eidelman

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Brian McVickar
 
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-092.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 12:01am MST

Remembering Harlan Ellison's "The City on the Edge of Forever."
 
Heralded by many as the greatest episode, not only of the original Star Trek, but the whole franchise, "The City on the Edge of Forever" was written by science-fiction legend Harlan Ellison. While Star Trek fans know him best for this episode, he is well know for writing books and episodes of many other shows including The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, and many more.

Harlan Ellison died at his home in Los Angeles in the morning of June 28, 2018 


In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala takes a look at the score to the episode that many fans consider to be the best episode of the original Star Trek. While this episode primarily used library cues recorded earlier in the season, composer Fred Steiner did write approximately ten minutes of music, not all of which was used. We play several tracks from the score, which is available in La La Land's 15 disc box set Star Trek: The Original Series Soundtrack Collection.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:07) 
"New York, 1930" (00:03:24) 
"Edith's Theme" (00:05:10) 
"Goodnight Sweetheart (vocal)" (00:06:58) 
"Edith's Death" (00:08:27) 
"Edith Falls" (00:09:49) 
Closing (00:13:09)

All Music in this episode composed by Fred Steiner from the episode "The City on the Edge of Forever."
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

 
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) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: mt-088.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 11:25pm MST

"The Doomsday Machine" With Dan Davidson and Andy Farber.

The music of Star Trek has become such a staple of fandom and the episodes that we love, that just playing a few notes of a score can conjure up images from the episode itself. One of the most memorable score from the original series' run was the freight-train like sounds of Sol Kaplan's "The Doomsday Machine."

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Trek Geeks co-host Dan Davidson and Star Trek: Continues composer Andy Farber to discuss the music of "The Doomsday Machine." We talk about Sol Kaplan and his Hollywood exile during the McCarthy hearings, comparing the score to "The Enemy Within," and the proper pronunciation of several words.


Chapters
Opening (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Dan and Andy! (00:01:00) 
Our Stories (00:03:05) 
Sol Kaplan (00:12:21) 
"The Doomsday Machine" (00:16:22) 
"The Dead Ship" (00:17:53) 
"Kirk Does it Again" (00:19:15) 
The Commodore (00:21:40) 
The Releases/Hooked on Phonics (00:23:09) 
Scoring: Kaplan, Steiner, and Freid (00:27:23) 
"The Enemy Within" (00:33:24) 
"What is a Doomsday Machine?" (00:37:30) 
Final Thoughts (00:38:28) 

all music from "The Doomsday Machine" composed by S. Kaplan


Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Dan Davidson and Andy Farber

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-074.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 1:00am MST

60: A Quote Unquote Halloween Episode

Star Trek has had a huge impact on pop culture throughout its 50 years. Many episodes have become a gold standard of television making, tackling issues of human interest and societal taboos. It has dealt with subjects such as love, death, sexuality, racism, racial and gender equality, and many more. Some episodes have even made lists of "Best episodes of television ever". And then there are episodes that fall short of the high bar that Star Trek is known for.  Some episodes miss the bar by a small amount, and others don't even come close to getting off the ground. One episode that sometimes shows up on worst of Trek lists is "Catspaw," the first episode produced for season two of the original Star Trek.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Adam Drosin, co-host of Saturday Morning Trek, to discuss the episode "Catspaw" and its music composed by Gerald Fried.  Adam is one who champions and supports "Catspaw" with love, as a personal favorite episode, not deserving of its not-so-stellar reputation. So turn on a bright light and lock the doors as we dive into the spooky side of Trek.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Contests (00:01:25) 
"Wand-Breaking/The Prototypes/Five to Beam Up" (00:04:40) 
The Star Trek High Bar of Excellence (00:05:31) 
Initial Impressions (00:08:40) 
Robert Bloch and The Old Ones (00:13:45) 
Gerald Fried (00:15:27) 
A Stanley Kubrick Tangent (00:16:02) 
Back to Gerald (00:19:24) 
Spooky and Off Kilter: The Music of "Catspaw" (00:21:26) 
"Starship/Captain Kirk" (00:23:52) 
"Thicker Fog/Witches" (00:26:39) 
A Tangent on Fear and Horror Movie Scores (00:29:25) 
"Bones the Zombie" (00:33:39) 
"Giant Cat" (00:35:20) 
Tracked with Fried's Music (00:37:33) 
"Cooking Lesson/Force Field" (00:40:00) 
"Fog Storm/Castle/Second Castle" (00:42:45) 


All music from "Catspaw," composed by Gerald Fried 


Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Adan Drosin

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-060.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 4:00am MST

56: Star Trek: The Musical

Singing in Star Trek.

The music of Star Trek is known for its diversity to convey many emotions and feelings. It can be sad, happy, bombastic, action filled, tense, and melancholy. The music has filled the viewers with a sense of adventure and longing; but every once in a while, the script calls for something else. There are many instances of singing in Star Trek. These have been portrayed in holodeck adventures, down time in a rec room, wedding ceremonies, and love-ins.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Bobby Tucker to examine sixteen instances of singing in Star Trek. While discussing the music, we determine if it fits the story and the portrayal of the character. We visit the first four television series and three motion pictures. So pull up a comfy chair and sit back and relax. Do you reach, brother?

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
"Charlie is My Darling" (from "Charlie X," arranged by F. Steiner) (00:10:33) 
"Hey Out There" (from "The Way to Eden," written by A. Heinemann, C. Napier, C. Robertson) (00:15:31) 
"Headin' Out to Eden" (from "The Way to Eden," written by A. Heinemann, C. Napier, C. Robertson) (00:18:20) 
"Like Hail" (from "The Way to Eden," written by A. Heinemann, C. Napier, C. Robertson) (00:19:25) 
"Looking For a New Land" (from "The Way to Eden," written by A. Heinemann, C. Napier, C. Robertson) (00:19:40) 
"Row, Row, Row Your Boat" (from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, traditional) (00:23:55) 
"The Moon's a Window to Heaven" (from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, written by J. Goldsmith, J. Bettis) (00:24:49) 
"Aktuh and Maylota" (from "Unification II" written by D. McCarthy) (00:30:44) 
"A British Tar" (from Star Trek: Insurrection, written by W. S. Gilbert, A. Sullivan) (00:32:55) 
"Blue Skies" (from Star Trek: Nemesis, written by I. Berlin) (00:34:36) 
"You Are My Sunshine" (from "Someone to Watch Over Me," written by J. Davis) (00:39:46) 
"La Donna e Mobile" (from "Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy," written by G. Verdi) (00:42:19) 
"Do Re Mi" (from "Chrysalis," written by J. Chattaway) (00:47:28) 
"Fever" (from "His Way," written by J. Davenport, E. Cooley, arranged by J. Chattaway) (00:52:32) 
"The Best is Yet to Come" (from "Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang," written by C. Leigh and C. Coleman) (00:55:00) 
"The Way You Look Tonight" (from "What You Leave Behind," written by J. Kern) (00:57:34) 
"The Moon's a Window to Heaven" (from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, written by J. Goldsmith, J. Bettis) (01:05:26) 

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Bobby Tucker

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-056.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 5:30am MST

50: Electric (Violin) Boogaloo

The Music of The Man Trap.

One reason that the music of The Original Series are memorable because it was only necessary to compose and record for a certain number of episodes each season. The rest would be tracked with previously recorded material. Gene Roddenberry was extremely happy with the music that Alexander Courage created for the two pilot episodes, "The Cage" and "Where No Man Has Gone Before." Therefore it was no surprise that he didn't hesitate to enlist Courage's talents once again when it was decided that the first episode to air would be "The Man Trap."

In this special 50th episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by soundtrack producer Neil S. Bulk to discuss the score to "The Man Trap" fifty years after its first airing. We talk about the use of the electric violin and Gene Roddenberry's reaction to this interesting instrument. We also delve into the history of the TOS's title theme, as well as Neil's passion for pinpointing when the cello version of the theme was first used.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
"Small Planet Visit" (00:02:05)
LP Singles for Wonder Woman and Star Trek (00:03:38)
The 50th (00:07:53)
"The Changeling" (00:08:45)
"Main Title" (Electric Violin Version) (00:14:07)
"Conference" (00:21:25)
"Trailer" ("The Man Trap") (00:26:36)
"Warp One" (00:32:58)
"Salt Chaser" (00:40:05)

All music from "The Man Trap" composed by A. Courage.

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) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

Direct download: mt-50.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 8:08am MST

48: From Whose Bourn No Traveler Returns

A Musical Journey to the Sadder Side of Trek.

The Star Trek franchise is filled with epic heroes who overcome conflict and battles—even when the odds are stacked against them. It is a universe filled with hope and optimism in which humanity can achieve anything. Every once in a while, however, they are called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala takes a look at the music that transports us to the sadder side of Star Trek, focusing on the ways in which composers honor fallen heroes.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
"Tasha's Goodbye" (from "Skin of Evil," composed by R. Jones) (00:02:19)
"He's Toast" (from "Life Support," composed by D. McCarthy) (00:05:59)
"Spock (Dies)" (from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, composed by J. Horner) (00:08:41)
"Amazing Grace" (from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, composed by J. Horner) (00:10:30)
"Picard's Nightmare" (from "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II," composed by R. Jones) (00:12:20)
"Labour of Love" (from Star Trek, composed by M. Giacchino) (00:13:32)
"The Death of Gorkon" (from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, composed by C. Eidleman) (00:15:19)
"Sarek Drifts Away" (from "Unification, Part I," composed by D. McCarthy) (00:17:38)
"Painful Revelations" (from "Dark Page," composed by J. Chattaway) (00:20:38)
"The Captain of the Enterprise (Kirk's Death)" (from Star Trek Generations, composed by D. McCarthy) (00:24:45)
"A New Friend" (from Star Trek: Nemesis, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:27:40)
"Trip Hurt" (from "These Are the Voyages…" composed by D. Mccarthy and K. Kiner) (00:30:24)
"One Last Visit" (from "The Visitor," composed by D. McCarthy) (00:33:29)

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)

Direct download: mt-048.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 6:01am MST

33: When the Child Podcasts

Imagining “When the Bough Breaks.”

A really good score should conjure up images when listened to without the episode. These could be images from the story itself, or they could something altogether new. In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by young Trekker Aubrey Mutala to listen to Ron Jones’ score for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "When the Bough Breaks." Join us as one young Trekker tells you what she hears when she listens to music from a Star Trek episode that she hasn't seen yet.

Chapters
“New Parents/Keep Them Talking” (excerpt) (00:01:48)
“Escape from Calculus/Myth Becomes Reality” (excerpt) (00:07:32)
“Aldean Log/Radue and Rashella” (00:08:56)
“Interesting Choices” (00:10:20)
“Scanning the Children” (00:11:49)
“The Trade” (excerpt) (00:13:10)
“Act of Barbarity/Hand Shake/Regrets” (excerpt) (0:14:39)
“Custodian/Power Source/Tricorder Fun/Demonstration of Power” (excerpt) (00:16:17)
“Music Lesson/Mind Music” (excerpt) (00:18:14)
“Diagnosis/Through the Hole” (excerpt) (00:19:18)
“Captain and Kids/Doomed by Technology” (excerpt) (00:21:34)
“Attack of the Killer Furball” (00:25:29)
“Log of Three Days/The Dolphin” (excerpt) (00:31:54)
(All tracks from the episode "When the Bough Breaks” composed by R. Jones)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Aubrey 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-033.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 7:32am MST

29: Cracked Mirrors and Imperfect Futures

The (Musical) Mirror Universe.

Alternate melodies? Alternate keys? You never know what you'll find on the soundscape of the Mirror Universe. In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala responds to Meta Treks 16: "All the Bubbles," which was itself a response to Standard Orbit 115: "Wibbly Wobbly Primey Wimey," as he takes you on a musical journey into the Mirror Universe. We play music from "In a Mirror Darkly," "Mirror, Mirror," "The Visitor," Star Trek (2009), and Star Trek Into Darkness as we explore alternate timelines, alternate dimensions, and alternate futures. Brandon also shares music by three composers who he wishes would score the next Star Trek Series: Bear McCreary, Ramin Djawadi and Brian Reitzell. (Can you tweet #reitzellfortrek2017?)

Chapters
"T'Pol Interrogation" (excerpt) (Music by D. McCarthy and K. Kiner) (00:02:32)
"Blackship In Space" (Music by F. Steiner) (00:04:09)
"One Last Visit" (excerpt) (Music by D. McCarthy) (00:05:18)
"I Gotta Beam Me" (excerpt) (Mussic by M. Giacchino) (00:08:07)
"Ode to Harrison" (excerpt) (Music by M. Giacchino) (00:10:09)
"Something Dark is Coming" (excerpt) (Music by B. McCreary) (00:16:10)
"Theme from Black Sails" (excerpt) (Music by B. McCreary) (00:21:06)
"Valar Morghulis" (excerpt) (Music by R. Djawadi) (00:23:24)
"All In" (excerpt) (Music by R. Djawadi) (00:25:06)
"Aperitif" (excerpt) (Music by B. Reitzell) (00:28:47)
"Amus-Bouche" (excerpt) (Music by B. Reitzell) (00:32:23)
"Trou Normand" (excerpt) (Music by B. Reitzell) (00:35:27)

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-029.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 6:35am MST

6: A Melodic Orbit

Amok Time.

The Vulcan marriage ritual gave us more than just epic fight scenes, it also gave us epic music. The theme from "Amok Time"—"The Ancient Battle/2nd Kroykah"—has transcended Star Trek and gone on to appear in numerous shows and films, ranging from Futurama to The Cable Guy. And as much as T'Pau would like to claim credit for this success, we really have Gerald Fried to thank. It was his creative genius and composition skills that brought the koon-ut-kal-if-fee to life through sound.

In this episode of Melodic Treks we're joined by Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler of Standard Orbit for a cross-show exploration of "Amok Time." We team up to discuss the music as well as Gerald Fried and his inspiration. Then, tune in to Standard Orbit for a discussion and commentary of the actual episode.

Direct download: mt-006.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

5: Don't Be a Square

Vic Fontaine and DS9's Jazz.

Deep Space Nine benefited from more of a hands-off approach from the studio compared to the other series. And the moment at which the writing staff really knew they could do whatever they wanted was when they introduced Vic Fontaine and no one said "stop." In this episode of Melodic Treks, Colin takes you on a trip to Quark's Bar to spend some time with DS9's King of Swing. We talk about the "man," his music, the effect he had on those around him, and, of course, we venture into Vic's real-life counterpart, James Darren—who, in addition to working with the DS9 crew, also worked with none other than William Shatner. Thankfully, in that case, no singing was involved.

Direct download: mt-005.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

2: The Pied Piper of Kataan

Picard’s Flute Solo from The Inner Light.

One of the most memorable musical elements from The Next Generation was the beautiful flute solo from “The Inner Light.” During his time on the planet Kataan, Captain Picard learned to play the Ressikan flute, and the journey to master the melody went hand in hand with the passing of the years. 

In this episode of Melodic Treks, Colin Higgins brings you the background of the melody that Picard (as Kamin) played at his son’s naming ceremony—a piece of music that is beloved by TNG fans and well known to nearly every Star Trek fan. We delve into the composer, Jay Chattaway, the performer, Brice Martin, and follow the journey of the actual flute through the series and up to its auction.

Direct download: mt-002.mp3
Category:Music from Episodes -- posted at: 8:00pm MST

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