Melodic Treks: A Star Trek Music Podcast

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


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

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:00) 
Trouble on the Set (00:09:00) 
Chopping it Up (00:13:00) 
"Combat Drop" (00:21:07) 
James Cameron's Thoughts (00:25:55) 
"Bishop's Countdown" (00:30:14) 
Self Referencing (00:35:25) 
"Going After Newt" (00:39:51) 
Aram Khachaturian's "Gayane Ballet Suite (Adagio)" (00:45:01) 
"Main Title" (00:50:39) 
"Combat Drop (percussion only)" (00:56:52) 
"Resolution And Hyperspace" (01:04:56) 
Final Thoughts and Finding Carl (01:10:11) 
Closing (01:19:26)
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Carl Wonders
 
Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: mt-103.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 4:21am MST

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


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


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

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:00) 
Matthew, Dave, and Buster (00:01:48) 
Dave and Buster's Commercial (00:04:56) 
Finding Matthew (00:17:13) 
"Summer 2018 Login" from Kingdom Craft (00:19:35) 
"Flip the World" Arena of Valor (00:21:18) 
Closing (00:26:43)
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Matthew Carl Earl
 
Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: mt-102.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 9:31am MST

"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

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

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

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

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

"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

Cliff Eidelman Interview.
 
Jerry Goldsmith created an epic and memorable theme when he composed the 1979 film Star Trek: The Motion Picture, a theme that would become synonymous with Star Trek due to its use as the main title for the hit television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. In 1989, the theme would be used again for the film Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. Given its popularity, many Trek fans were surprised when this theme did not greet them for the 25th anniversary film of their beloved franchise. Instead of Goldsmith's bright patriotic tones, a dark and moody operatic piece with an unusual addition of male choir greeted cinema goers. 


In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Cliff Eidelman to discuss his career as a composer. We talk about his new project that was inspired by art, working with the both the London and Munich Symphony Orchestras, his vocal album, and getting the job as the composer for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:00) 
Inspired by The Louvre (00:02:33) 
"Untitled Piano Piece 1" (00:08:56) 
Writing (00:09:38) 
"Untitled Piano Piece 2" (00:12:24) 
L.S.O. (00:13:17) 
"Untitled Piano Piece 3" (00:19:35) 
My Muse (00:21:05) 
"In Your Eyes" (00:25:09) 
Consistency of the Vocals (00:28:13) 
How Has Your Style Changed? (00:30:45) 
From Ballet to Film (00:33:48) 
Munich Symphony (00:36:59) 
I Gotta Gush For a Bit (00:42:10) 
"Overture" From Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (00:42:54) 
Male Choir (00:45:33) 
"Rura Penthe" From Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (00:48:59) 
The Captain's Theme (00:54:54) 
"Clear All Moorings" From Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (00:56:48) 
Getting the Job (00:58:18) 
Listener Questions (01:08:45) 
Finding Cliff (01:24:15) 
Closing (01:27:29)
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Cliff Eidelman
 
Production
Tony Robinson (Editor and Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: mt-094.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 8:57pm MST

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

"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

James Horner's Clear and Present Danger.
 
After the success of the 1992 film Patriot Games, a third film in the Jack Ryan series was quickly produced. With the powerful combination of star Harrison Ford, director Phillip Noyce, and composer James Horner, all of whom would return for the project, a box office smash was basically guaranteed. While different in tone, there were many similar aspects of the production that would cement this film as a classic piece of American cinema.


In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by film score expert John Takis to discuss James Horner's score to the 1994 film Clear and Present Danger. We discuss its importance in Horner's career, the complexity of the film's plot, Star Trek actors, and how this score is a spiritual sequel to Patriot Games, while still standing on its own.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:10) 
Welcome Back, John! (00:02:58) 
A Horner Staple (00:04:52) 
"Operation Reciprocity" (00:06:13) 
The Film (00:09:04) 
The Score (00:14:26) 
"Main Title: Clear and Present Danger" (00:17:29) 
The Jack Ryan Theme (00:20:15) 
"Ambush" (00:25:58) 
"Deleting the Evidence" (00:37:50) 
"Greer's Funeral/Betrayal" (00:44:37) 
"Blow Up Narcotics Plane" (00:50:24) 
"Woodroom/Finale" (00:56:50) 
Final Thoughts and Finding John (01:00:23) 
Closing (01:08:44)

All music composed by James Horner
Intro and exit music from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country composed by Cliff Eidelman
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Jon Takis
 
Production
Tony Robinson (Editor and Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: mt-091.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 12:01am MST

Star Trek Beyond at the Albert Hall. 

Over the past several years, film scoring has started to become more mainstream and has become more of a noticeable part of a movie due to documentaries and specialty labels placing emphasis on this often overlooked art. Another special event that has occurred in some major centers is a live orchestra performing the score to a film while it is being projected to an audience.


In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Tony Robinson, host of Continuing Mission, to discuss the showing of the film Star Trek Beyond at the Royal Albert Hall, with the score provided by a live symphony.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks! (00:01:40) 
Recent Visit to the Hall (00:02:35) 
"Star Trek Main Theme" (00:03:57) 
"Night on the Yorktown" (00:12:55)
Final Thoughts (00:27:15) 
Closing (00:31:53)

All music used in this episode from Star Trek Beyond composed by Michael Giacchino.
Opening and closing music from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country composed by Cliff Eidelman.
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Tony Robinson
 
Production
Tony Robinson (Editor and Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: mt-090.mp3
Category:Michael Giacchino -- posted at: 10:07pm MST

Dennis McCarthy Interview.
 
Dennis McCarthy defined the sound of Star Trek by composing 257 episodes and movies of the franchise. However, the road to Trek was paved with hard work and trial-by-fire education sessions. McCarthy learned how to compose and orchestrate while on the road as a young man, playing various musical shows. McCarthy ever refers to his education as the  "college of the road." After working with composers such as Nelson Riddle and Alex North, his first big break would come with the 1983 phenomenon V: The Final Battle. Dennis showcased his ability to write good quality music quickly, and this would lead him to many other opportunities, which continue to this day.


In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala has an in depth discussion with Dennis McCarthy, the person who has composed the most Star Trek episodes and films. We talk about getting into the business, working with Kevin Kiner, as well as his extensive career composing for Star Trek.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:14) 
"Good Question" (from The Curse of Oak Island)(00:02:44) 
What's Up With "Yo!"? (00:02:54) 
Education (00:04:17) 
"Main Title" (from V) (00:11:50) 
Brass (00:14:34) 
Transposing (00:16:58) 
"Suite from "Voices in the Earth") (from The Twilight Zone) (00:23:21) 
"About Your Words" (from The Curse of Oak Island)" (00:26:50) 
Kevin Kiner (00:28:37) 
"Main Titles" (from "In A Mirror Darkly") (00:32:12) 
"Archer's Theme" (00:33:50) 
Musical Alzheimer's (00:35:09) 
The "Haven" Score (00:38:32) 
"I Have a Gun" (from "All Good Things...") (00:41:42) 
Stand Out Scores: "The Arsenal of Freedom" and "Conspiracy" (00:42:58) 
"Surface Jaunt/Image/Encased" (from "The Arsenal of Freedom") (00:43:48) 
"Worf Down/Invader/Dinner Treats/Retching Remmick/Recovery/Cliff Hanger" (from "Conspiracy) (00:45:47) 
Emmy Award Winning Main Title (00:47:35) 
"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Main Title (Seasons 1-3)" (00:50:02) 
"Farewell" (from "What You Leave Behind") (00:53:31) 
"Generations Overture" (from Star Trek: Generations) (00:57:41) 
Thank You, Dennis (00:58:56) 
Closing (01:05:30)
 
Host
Brandon Shea-Mutala
 
Guest
Dennis McCarthy
 
Production
Tony Robinson (Editor and Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: mt-089.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 12:01am MST

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

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

Restarting the music.

In November 2017, Melodic Treks came to an untimely end when Suliban experimentation with temporal mechanics sent ripples throughout the universe that stopped the turntable’s spin. But when associate producer Tony Robinson heard Brandon-Shea Mutala say that episode 85 was the last in the series, he knew something was wrong. From a nearby transporter room, he was able to beam to planet Gateway and engage with the Guardian of Forever to correct the timeline.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, we recount these events as Tony explains to Brandon what went wrong, why the show must go on, and plays a clip from the next episode that has yet to be recorded … or already was.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Thank You (00:00:19)
What Did I Just Hear? (00:00:25)
Welcome (00:00:39)
Turbolift (00:0:38)
GOF (00:02:13)
Back to the Future (00:06:42)

Host
Brandon Shea-Mutala

Guests
Tony Robinson, Colin Higgins, and the Guardian Of Forever

Production
Tony Robinson (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Music heard on Melodic Treks is used under license from the Performing Rights Society.

Direct download: mt-086.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:35am MST

Jefferson Russo and Erich Kunzel.
 
An omnipotent entity once was quoted as saying “All good things must come to an end,” and the time has come to say good bye to Trek FM’s podcast on the music of Star Trek after 85 episodes and three supplemental releases. With the arrival of the newest Star Trek television series, Star Trek: Discovery, the baton has been passed to a young mind with fresh ideas, and in this episode, your hosts try and examine where these ideas will take us.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, hosts Colin Higgins and Brandon-Shea Mutala discuss several projects in the career of Jefferson Russo, the new composer for Star Trek: Discovery.

In the second part of the episode, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by film score expert Erik Woods to discuss conductor Erich Kunzel, and how he contributed to the rise of the home media release of film scores.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Part 1: Welcome to the Final Episode/Welcome Back, Colin (00:00:00) 
“If You Could Only See Me” (performed by Tonic) (00:14:45) 
Fargo Main Title (00:21:18) 
Tut Main Title (00:24:51) 
The Night Of Main Title (00:29:01) 
“Caper One” from Legion (00:33:50) 
“Milton’s Tower” from What Remains of Edith Finch (00:42:58) 
“Edith’s Theme” from What Remains of Edith Finch (00:44:02) 
Star Trek: Discovery Main Title (00:49:05) 
Messages (01:00:44) 
“Into the Final Frontier” (01:07:20) 
Part 2: Erich Kunzel (01:08:23) 
“Cybergenesis”/”Terminator: Theme” (01:15:19) 
“The Raiders’ March” (01:22:25) 
“The Imperial March” (01:29:00) 
Star Trek: Voyager Main Title (01:35:31) 
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Main Title (01:43:19) 
Closing (01:45:48)
“Farewell” (composed by D. McCarthy) (01:49:43) 

(all music in Part One composed by J. Russo, except “If You Could Only See Me” and all music in Part Two conducted by E. Kunzel, except “Farewell”)

Hosts
Colin Higgins and Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Erik Woods

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

Direct download: mt-085.mp3
Category:Star Trek: Discovery -- posted at: 12:01am MST

The Music of Star Trek: Voyager
 
The music for the later Star Trek series has been described by some as 'wallpaper' music, or music that is just there as filler, without substance. While it may be challenging to come up with new music after having scored 183 episodes (Jay Chattaway) or 256 episodes (Dennis McCarthy), there were still plenty of opportunities for the composers to stretch their legs and compose some truly brilliant music, even in the third Star Trek spin off series.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala takes a look at the new 4-Disc Star Trek: Voyager soundtrack release from La La Land Records. He focuses on the music from the episodes that truly had a shining score which were composed by three different composers.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:29) 
"Scorpion" (music composed by J. Chattaway) (00:04:42) 
"Lifesigns" (music composed by P. Baillargeon) (00:11:03) 
"Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy" (music composed by D. McCarthy) (00:17:13) 
"Spirit Folk" (music composed by J. Chattaway) (00:23:22) 
"Concerning Flight" (music composed by D. McCarthy) (00:29:07) 
Closing (00:34:24)
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (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) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: mt-084.mp3
Category:Voyager -- posted at: 9:21pm MST

Matthew Hightshoe Interview. 
  
In the eighties and nineties, buying a soundtrack usually meant an album full of hit songs that were used in a film, and every once in a while, you would get a track or two of the score included. Some labels would release an album of only score music, but. due to the costs involved with licensing the music, these albums would usually be 30 minutes in length. Over the last two decades, many new film labels have emerged and begun to release rare scores, and usually complete scores for films. But how do these releases come to be?
In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala interviews Matthew Hightshoe about his upcoming documentary. We talk also talk about the quipment he uses to conduct the interviews, crowdfunding, favorite composers, and his process of pre-interviewing guests.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Matthew! (00:01:29) 
History (00:02:53) 
Noticed (00:07:18) 
The Documentary (00:10:20) 
Interviews and Archival Footage (00:23:32) 
Equipment, Crew, and Time Frame (00:24:25) 
Favorites (00:32:53) 
Finding Matthew (00:35:33) 
Closing (00:38:30) 
 
Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Matthew Hightshoe
 
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, Show Art) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: mt-083.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:01am MST

The Songs of Leonard Nimoy. 
  
Many Star Trek actors have expanded their talents to include other areas of artistic exploration. Some have tried their hand at directing or photography. Some have gone on to write, and some have gone on to to take a stab at a singing career. Leonard Nimoy was one of the Trek celebrities to attempt the musical arts and, in fact, released five separate albums of music.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Tony Robinson to talk about the singing career of Leonard Nimoy and weather or not the record labels were taking advantage of the Spock character when they released the first album. 

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Tony and News (00:01:29) 
"The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" (00:12:18) 
"Humans Are Highly Illogical (00:17:27) 
"Proud Mary" (00:24:50) 
"If I Were a Carpenter" (00:28:23) 
"Let it Be Me" (00:35:33) 
Closing (00:41:52)
 
Hosts
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guests
Tony Robinson
 
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-082.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:01am MST

The Hunt for Red October with Lukas Kendall.
 
For eighty episodes and three supplementals, Melodic Treks has explored the world of Star Trek composers and their works outside of the Star Trek franchise. Basil Poledouris is a talented composer, and while he never composed for the franchise, he did appear in roles as an extra for three episode of the original Star Trek.
In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by film music historian Lukas Kendall to discuss the score for the film The Hunt for Red October. We also talk about Poledouris' career, why soundtracks used to be so short, the meaning of a "cult film," and how the budget for the scoring of the film was truncated during production and how that affected the score.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Lukas! (00:01:28) 
Basil Poledouris (00:02:50) 
The Hunt for Red October (00:13:38) 
"Main Titles" (00:16:31) 
"Course Two Five Zero" (00:20:30) 
"Opening Title" (from The Abyss composed by A. Silvestri) (00:20:50) 
"Two Wives" (00:24:44) 
"The Payoff" (from the film No Man's Land) (00:25:50) 
"Nuclear Scam" (00:28:45) 
Finding Lukas (00:33:33) 
Closing (00:37:37)
*all music composed by B. Poledouris, except where noted
**all music from
The Hunt for Red October, except where noted

Hosts
Brandon-Shea Mutala
 
Guest
Lukas Kendall

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-081.mp3
Category:Soundtracks -- posted at: 12:01am 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 Fantastic Voyage score with Brandi Jackola.

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

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

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

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Brandi Jackola

Production
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: mt-079.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 12:01am MST

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

Star Trek Movie Source Music with Tony Robinson.

The scores to the films and episodes of Star Trek have been analyzed and studied for over five decades and are the primary focus of this podcast. One episode of Melodic Treks has even focused on instances of singing on screen throughout the 729 episodes and films. However, there are many instances of music that are designed as background filler, and are used to enhance the mood of scenes that are on screen. This type of music placement is called "source music."

In this episode of Melodic Treks, Host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Tony Robinson, host of Continuing Mission, to discuss five instances of source music in the Star Trek films, as well as the song created for the end titles of Star Trek Beyond, "Sledgehammer" by Rihanna.


Chapters
Opening (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Tony! (00:01:01) 
"Magic Carpet Ride" (performed by Steppenwolf) (00:04:14) 
"Les Troyens" (written by H. Berlioz) (00:13:59) 
"I Hate You" (written by K. Thatcher) (00:25:03) 
"Make Over Mambo" (composed by  A. Silvestri) (00:35:22) 
"Sabotage" (performed by The Beastie Boys) (00:36:47) 
"Sledgehammer" (performed by Rihanna) (00:45:10) 
Final Thoughts (00:51:50) 

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Tony Robinson

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-077.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am 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

"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


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

72: Another Dimension

Dust and The Invaders with Tom Elliot.

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

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


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

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Tom Elliot

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

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

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

70: Guys and Lals

Family Guy and "The Offspring" with John Takis.

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

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

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

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



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

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
John Takis

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

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

69: Jerry Gold-Liszt

The Mephisto Waltz with John Takis.

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

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

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

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

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
John Takis

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

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

68: Merry Trekmas 2

The Melodic Treks Christmas Special.

Once again, the most wonderful time of the year is upon us: Trekmas! Trekmas time is a time for sharing and in this episode of Melodic Treks, Brandon-Shea Mutala reached out to the listeners of Trek FM to roast some marsh melons around the camp fire, sit next to the tree and pick a track or two that they enjoy and share it with you. The tracks are as varied as a present selection under a tree. Some of these tracks you may have guessed ahead of time, and some, like all good presents, are a surprise. So take a glass of egg nog or some nice mulled wine, and sit back as the listeners of Trek Fm wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Star Trek Style.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Contest Reminder and Feedback (00:01:17) 
"Make It So" (arr. by J. Covenant) (00:06:38) 
Chris Reeve's Message (00:07:48) 
"Into the Final Frontier" (E. Kunzel ft. L. Nimoy) (00:09:53) 
Chris Chaplain's Message (00:11:02) 
"First Contact" (from Star Trek: First Contact, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:12:24) 
Tony Robinson's Message (00:15:21) 
"Logo/Main Title" (from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, composed by L. Rosenman) (00:17:54) 

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

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-068.mp3
Category:Trekmas -- posted at: 3:00am 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

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

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

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

62: The Voice of the New Universe

Michael Giacchino and Star Trek.

Michael Giacchino was born on October 10th, 1967 in Riverside Township, New Jersey. At the young age of 10, he began exploring music and film by creating stop-motion animation movies and putting music to the images that he created. A high school art teacher that mentored and encouraged Giacchino recommended that he attend the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Giacchino's first compositions were in the 16-bit universe with games for Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo including the Sega Genesis game Gargoyles , the SNES game Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow and the various console versions of The Lion King. His first big break came when he was given the opportunity to score the Dreamworks video game adaptation of the 1997 film The Lost World: Jurassic Park. This was the first Play Station game to have a live orchestral score.

In this episode on Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Lee Hutchison, co-host of Earl Grey, to discuss Giacchino's early work in video games, television and film as well as the first score for the 2009 Kelvin Timeline film, Star Trek.


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Contests (00:01:24) 
Reviews (00:03:28) 
"Star Trek" (from the movie Star Trek) (00:06:51) 
The Kelvin Timeline Composer (00:07:44) 
"Primordial Forest" (from the video game The Lost World: Jurassic Park) (00:12:32) 
"Into the Trees" (from the video game The Lost World: Jurassic Park) (00:13:52) 
"Medal of Honor" (from the video game Medal of Honor) (00:18:53) 
"Panzer Attack" (from the video game Medal of Honor) (00:20:18) 
"The Streets of Paris" (from the video game Medal of Honor: Underground) (00:26:12) 
"The Motorcycle Attack" (from the video game Medal of Honor: Underground) (00:27:51) 
"Red Hair is Better" (from the television show Alias) (00:31:22) 
"Bandweiler" (from the television show Alias) (00:32:52) 
"End Credits" (from movie The Incredibles) (00:39:33) 
"Oceanic 815" (from the television show Lost) (00:43:27) 
"Life and Death" (from the television show Lost) (00:44:57) 
"Zauara" (from the video game Secret Weapons Over Normandy) (00:53:10) 
"Midway" (from the video game Secret Weapons Over Normandy) (00:55:13)
"The Family Stone Suite" (from the movie The Family Stone) (01:00:34) 
"Narada Boom" (from the movie Star Trek) (01:06:57) 
"Labour of Love" (from the movie Star Trek) (01:13:42) 
"Main Title" (from the movie Star Trek) (01:22:08) 
"Jehosafats" (from the movie Star Trek) (01:26:23) 
"Spock Goes Spelunking" (from the movie Star Trek) (01:29:26) 
"An Endangered Species" (from the movie Star Trek) (01:33:04) 
"Nero Death Experience" (from the movie Star Trek) (01:37:23) 
"Black Holes Have a Lot of Pull" (from the movie Star Trek) (01:47:01) 
"End Credits" (from the movie Star Trek) (01:50:49) 

All music composed by M. Giacchino

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Lee Hutchicon

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-062.mp3
Category:Michael Giacchino -- posted at: 7:13am MST

61: The Dogs of War

Battle Music in Star Trek.

The Star Trek franchise tells many stories including stories of love, betrayal, exploration, mystery, and intrigue. One type of story has been told several times in Star Trek, and that story is WAR. It is a story that can be told in many ways. Sad. Melancholy. Epic. Brave.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala focuses on the militaristic side of the final frontier, and shares a special themed episode on the battle music of Star Trek.


Chapters
Intro (00:00:00) 
Contests (00:01:23) 
"Bird of Prey Decloaks" (from Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, composed by J. Horner) (00:05:24) 
"Wolf 359" (from "Emissary," composed by D. McCarthy) (00:08:32) 
"Yo!" (from "The Way of the Warrior," composed by D. McCarthy) (00:11:54) 
"Battle Preparations" (from "Call to Arms," composed by J. Chattaway) (00:14:46) 
"Defiant Ending" (from "The Changing Face of Evil," composed by J. Chattaway) (00:17:06) 
"War Adagio" (from "The Siege of AR-558", composed by P. Baillargeon) (00:19:29) 
"A Swarm Reception" (from Star Trek Beyond, composed by M. Giacchino) (00:23:14) 
"The Riker Maneuver" (from Star Trek: Insurrection, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:26:08) 
"Battle Stations" (from Star Trek: Nemesis, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:28:32) 
"Sleep Command/Destruct Mode/Picard is Back" (from "The Best of Both Worlds Part II," composed by R. Jones) (00:31:56) 
"Battle in the Mutara Nebula" (from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, composed by J. Horner) (00:36:34) 

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 Creator)

Direct download: mt-061.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 3:00am 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


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

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

S2: Fan Favorites

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

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

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


Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guests
The fans from STLV50

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

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

55: Space Opera 1991

Star Trek VI and Cliff Eidelman.

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

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

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

* All music composed by C. Eidelman unless otherwise noted

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Matthew Rushing

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

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

54: The Second Note

Jay Chattaway Interview.

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

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

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

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guests
Jay Chattaway and Andy Farber

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

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

53: Clash of the Titans

Jerry Goldsmith vs. John Williams.

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

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

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

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guests
Jason Cullimore, Suzanne Williamson, and David Grayson

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

Direct download: mt-053.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 6:54am MST

52: One Minute Anticipated

Discovering Fil Eisler.

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

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

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

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Andy Farber

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

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

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

51: The Princess, the Dragon, and the BBQ

Imagining "Caretaker."

When separated from the episode, a really good score should conjure up images in the mind of the listener. These could be images from the story itself, or they could be something altogether new.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by young Trekker Aubrey Mutala and Women at Warp co-host Jarrah Hodge to listen to Jay Chattaway's score for the Star Trek: Voyager pilot “Caretaker.” Join us as one young Trekker tells you what she hears when she listens to music from a Star Trek episode that she has never seen.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
"The Caretaker's Hoedown" (00:01:45)
"Prologue" (00:04:13)
"70 Thousand Light Years From Home" (00:06:38)
"Beamed to the Farm" (00:09:38)
"Lifesigns in the Barn" (00:14:05)
"Paris Takes the Helm" (00:19:05)
"Escape from the Ocampa Underground" (00:24:43)
"Not Enough Time" (00:30:14)
"Battle for the Array" (00:35:42)
"Set Course for Home" (00:41:27)
"Main Title: Short" (composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:44:33)
We Are Back (00:44:49)
"End Credits" (composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:54:00)

All music from the episode "Caretaker" composed by J. Chattaway, unless otherwise noted.

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guests
Aubrey Mutala and Jarrah Hodge

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-051.mp3
Category:Voyager -- posted at: 5:32am 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

49: Solid Gold

In Memorial of Jerry Goldsmith.

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

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

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

All music composed by J. Goldsmith

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

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

Direct download: mt-049.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 8:06am 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

47: Sounds Cut Short

In Memoriam of James Horner.

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

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

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

All music composed by J. Horner.

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

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

Direct download: mt-047.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 7:09am 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

45: Any Questions?

A Musical AMA.

Host Brandon-Shea Mutala loves music in all forms. The sounds of Star Trek are great, but this love was making him antsy. He wanted to play different kinds of music on Melodic Treks.

Inspired by Reddit's popular "Ask Me Anything," Brandon-Shea opened the floodgates on Twitter, Facebook, and in The Babel Conference. He hoped listeners would ask him to play some other music. They responded admirably.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, we take a more intimate look at the man behind the mic. So listen on and discover Brandon-Shea's favorite composer, his favorite summer tunes, the music that changed his life, his five favorite scores, his happy song, and his three favorite albums of all time. He also talks about his faith journey, his favorite character in each Star Trek series, and who he thinks was the best Batman!

Chapters
Anton Yelchin (00:00:00)
"I Gotta Beam Me" (from Star Trek, composed by M. Giacchino) (00:00:47)
"Main Title" (from Sisters, composed by B. Herrmann) (00:06:06)
"Main Title" (from Vertigo, composed by B. Herrmann) (00:06:57)
"The Enterprise" (from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:08:50)
"007 (Shanty Town)" (from The Harder They Come, composed by D. Dekker) (00:11:22)
"The Son of Flynn" (from Tron: Legacy, composed and performed by Daft Punk) (00:13:12)
"The Last Man" (from The Fountain, composed by C. Mansell, and performed by Kronos Quartet and Mogwai) (00:15:09)
"D1T1 (Cliffs)" (from Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2 by Aphex Twin) (00:24:28)
"Part 1" (from Rubycon by Tangerine Dream) (00:26:25)
"Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" (from Graceland by P. Simon) (00:28:38)
"A Clearing" (Ambient 4: On Land by B. Eno) (00:31:14)
"Moxica and the Horse" (from 1492 Conquest of Paradise, composed by Vangelis) (00:37:30)
"An Itch" (from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, composed by T. Reznor and A. Ross) (00:40:05)
"The Feeling Begins" (from The Last Temptation of Christ, composed and performed by P. Gabriel) (00:42:07)
"Main Title" (from Planet of the Apes, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:44:44)
"Main Title" (from The Hunt for Red October, composed by B. Poledouris) (00:46:21)
"Paradise Circus" (from Heligoland by Massive Attack) (00:49:19)
"A Walk" (from Dive by Tycho) (00:51:21)
"White Cyclosa" (from Tomorrow's Harvest by Boards of Canada) (00:54:12)
"Nothing Is Real" (from Tomorrow's Harvest by Boards of Canada) (00:55:40)

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-045.mp3
Category:AMA -- posted at: 5:30am MST

44: From One Generation to Another

Star Trek Generations and Dennis McCarthy.

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

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

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

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

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

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Zach Moore

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

Direct download: mt-044.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 5:30am MST

43: Androids and Aliens

Goldsmith vs. Jones.

Ron Jones has said that one of the major influencers on his work was Jerry Goldsmith. The latter brought fans incredible scores for film’s such as Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Final Frontier, and First Contact, as well as the Emmy Award-winning theme from Star Trek: Voyager. The former was a prolific composer of the music that brought TNG to life.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala compares the plots of and scores for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Datalore” and the 1979 Sci-Fi/Horror film Alien, which was scored by Goldsmith. He also conducts an in-depth analysis of the themes and motifs used by Ron Jones in the music of “Datalore.”

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Alien vs ”Datalore” (00:01:48)
”Data's Beginning” (00:04:02)
”Hypersleep” (00:05:21)
”Sleepy Alien” (00:06:46)
”Knock Out” (00:07:15)
”Welcome Home” (00:10:23)
”Omicron Arrival” (00:10:54)
”The Lab” (00:12:40)
”Data's Brother” (00:14:00)
”Trick Question” (00:15:12)
”Suspicion” (00:15:30)
”Perfect Android” (00:16:48)
”Bad Champagne” (00:18:01)
”Deception” (00:19:53)
”Head Kick” (00:21:36)
”Crystal Attacks” (00:22:15)
”Knock Out” (00:23:14)
”Droid Battle” (00:24:03)

(All tracks composed by R. Jones except ”Hypersleep” and ”Sleepy Alien,” composed by J. Goldsmith)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

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

Direct download: mt-043.mp3
Category:Soundtracks -- posted at: 5:30am MST

42: Six Degrees of Avery Brooks

Melodic Connections: Avery Brooks and Kevin Conroy.

Have you ever played Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon? It's a now-classic game based on the idea that any two people on Earth are just six or fewer acquaintance links apart. While Kevin Bacon has become the game's bundled playing piece, it works with other people too … even in the 24th century.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala casts galactic distances aside to put a Star Trek twist on Six Degrees. We challenged the members of The Babel Conference, Trek.fm's listeners' group on Facebook, to come up with the name of an actor to connect to Avery Brooks. The winning choice, submitted by listener Davis Grayson, was Kevin Conroy. These two actors have been in many films and television productions, so we decided to use only movies whose scores were composed by Star Trek composers. Listen on to trace a path from Brooks to Conroy.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
"Suspicions" (from Dynasty "Suspicions," composed by D. McCarthy) (00:03:12)
"Haven/Harpies/Gifts" (from Star Trek: The Next Generation "Haven," composed by D. McCarthy) (00:04:56)
"Happy Ending" (from Roots: The Next Generations, composed by G. Fried) (00:06:46)
"Thicker Fog/Witches" (from Star Trek "Catspaw," composed by G. Fried) (00:07:57)
"Suite from The Leap Home" (from Quantum Leap "The Leap Home," composed by V.R. Bunch) (00:09:47)
"Pathogen Bomb" (from Star Trek: Enterprise "The Augments," composed by V.R. Bunch) (00:11:35)
"End Titles" (from Air Force One, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:13:33)
"Main Titles" (from Star Trek: Voyager, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:15:29)
"End Titles (from Apollo 13, composed by J. Horner) (00:17:35)
"Stealing the Enterprise" (from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, composed by J. Horner) (00:19:32)
"Farewell" (from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "What You Leave Behind," composed by D. McCarthy) (00:22:35)
"Revelation/Poloiusized" (from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "Duet," composed by D. McCarthy) (00:24:28)

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-042.mp3
Category:Musical Connections -- posted at: 6:11pm MST

41: Supreme Sounds

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage.

In the summer of 2015, a series of concerts was announced that would celebrate Star Trek's 50th anniversary in a very special way. With the baton first falling on January 17 in West Palm Beach Florida, Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage is a performance that will visiting 100 cities across North American in 2016. Comprising over 100 minutes of music from the television series and films—and even some from the video game Star Trek: Starfleet Academy—this musical endeavor sets the sounds of the future against footage beamed in high definition to a 40-foot wide screen.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Richard Marquez and Zach Moore to discuss the event, including the venues, stage design, cosplay, and presentation. Also presented is a brief interview with the tour's system engineer, Chris Dietrich, and conductor Nicholas Buc.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Favorite Scores and Composers (00:04:08)
Venues (00:06:50)
Tickets (00:07:19)
Stage (00:08:45)
Cosplay (00:10:32)
Capacity (00:13:07)
Population (00:14:01)
Program: Music Presentation (00:15:23)
Program: Series Representation (00:19:40)
"The Captain" (excerpt from "Year of Hell, Part II" composed by D. McCarthy) (00:21:04)
Program: Michael Dorn (00:24:13)
Program: Tracks Not Played (00:27:06)
Program: Starfleet Academy (00:28:37)
Like No Event We've Ever Seen Before (00:29:56)
"Opening" (excerpt from Star Trek: Starfleet Academy composed by R. Jones) (00:36:58)
Interview: Chris Dietrich, system engineer (00:38:54)
Interview: Nicholas Buc, conductor (00:41:53)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guests
Zach Moore and Richard Marquez

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-041.mp3
Category:Events -- posted at: 7:07am 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

39: There Be Whales Here

Star Trek IV and Leonard Rosenman.

With a career that spans five decades and includes more than 100 films and television productions, Leonard Rosenman was once regarded as one of the most promising young composers in America—yet he was never a Hollywood favorite. He sometimes publicly chastised producers and directors for what he felt was musical ignorance and a lack of taste, but managed to make his voice heard by using film scoring as a way to experiment with advanced musical ideas. Some of the memorable movies that he worked on include East of Eden, Rebel without a Cause, A Man Called Horse, The Car, 1978's animated The Lord of the Rings, The Jazz Singer, and RoboCop 2. His final film was Jurij, an Italian work about a young violinist, released in 2001.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala begins a 13-part series on the Star Trek films. Joining him to examine Rosenman's life and career is Standard Orbit co-host Ken Tripp. Beginning with some of Rosenman's television work from the 1950s and '60s, including The Twilight Zone and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, we also focus on big-screen works such as Fantastic Voyage, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, and, of course, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. We also discuss his awards and nominations, and listen to the trailer for the low-budget horror film The Car.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
September 7, 1924 (00:01:27)
The Twilight Zone (00:05:46)
"And When the Sky Was Opened" (excerpt) (00:06:19)
The Alfred Hitchock Hour (00:11:17)
"Beast in View" (excerpt) (00:11:49)
"One of the Family" (excerpt) (00:14:25)
Films, Awards, and Nominations (00:17:28)
The Car (00:19:20)
Trailer for The Car (00:21:45)
Fantastic Voyage (00:24:46)
"The Proteus" (excerpt) (00:25:48)
The Planet of the Apes Franchise (00:32:33)
"Ape Soldiers Advancing" (excerpt) (00:37:16)
"Main Title (Battle for the Planet of the Apes)" (excerpt) (00:39:58)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (00:44:30)
"Main Title" (excerpt) (00:52:24)
"Time Travel" (excerpt) (00:55:08)
"Chekov's Run" (00:58:50)
"Hospital Chase" (01:02:41)
"Crash/Whale Fugue" (excerpt) (01:04:15)
"Home Again/End Credits" (excerpt) (01:12:06)
"Kirk Freed" (01:20:34)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Ken Tripp

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-039.mp3
Category:Soundtracks -- posted at: 5:30am 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

37: Faith of the Heart

The Enterprise Theme.

The main title sequence is very important for establishing a show's tone and identity. With limited changes over the course of the series, it can become highly memorable and sometimes takes on a life of its own. Star Trek has had some of the most memorable, thanks in part to the music. When Enterprise rolled around, however, many fans were outraged when they heard "Where My Heart Will Take Me." The theme for the new series was a rock ballad? Had lyrics? Was originally written for the 1998 film Patch Adams? Sacrilege!

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala takes a look at the song originally title "Faith of the Heart," the careers of the song's writer, Dianne Warren, and vocalist, tenor Russell Watson. In addition to the two versions used for Enterprise, we showcase three others that have been released, as well as Dennis McCarthy's vocal-free variant, "Archer's Theme."

Chapters
September 26, 2001 (00:01:05)
Dianne Warren (00:02:42)
"Faith of the Heart" (excerpt, performed by R. Stewart) (00:04:56)
Susan Ashton (00:06:52)
"Faith of the Heart" (excerpt, performed by S. Ashton) (00:07:39)
Russell Watson and Changes to the Series (00:10:03)
"Where My Heart Will Take Me" (Season 1 version, performed by R. Watson) (00:12:35)
"Where My Heart Will Take Me" (Season 3 version, performed by R. Watson) (00:14:12)
"Where My Heart Will Take Me" (instrumental end titles by D. McCarthey) (00:15:43)
"Archer's Theme" (composed by D. McCarthy) (00:16:58)
"Archer's Theme" (end titles version composed by D. McCarthy) (00:18:27)
"Where My Heart Will Take Me" (excerpt, performed by K. Campbell) (00:20:12)

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-037.mp3
Category:Themes -- posted at: 5:34pm 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

35: To Be Continued...

Andy Farber Interview.

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

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

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

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Andy Farber

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

Direct download: mt-035.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 6:00am 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

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

32: Six Degrees of William Shatner

Connecting William Shatner and John Lithgow Musically.

Have you ever played Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon? In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala head into the Star Trek universe to play the classic game of Six Degrees of Separation… but with a musical twist. We challenged the members of Trek.fm’s Facebook listeners’ group, The Babel Conference, to come up with the name of an actor to connect to William Shatner. The winning choice, submitted by listener Carl Morries, was John Lithgow. These two actors have been in many films and television productions, so we decided to use only movies whose scores were composed by Star Trek composers. Listen on to trace a path back to Lithgow to Shatner. And how does Jamie Lee Curtis fit into all of this?

Chapters
“Surprise Attack” (Excerpt from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) (Composed by J. Horner) (00:03:16)
“The Katra Ritual” (Excerpt from Star Trek III:The Search for Spock) (Composed by J. Horner) (00:06:36)
“Main Title” (Excerpt from Escape From the Planet of the Apes) (Composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:09:09)
“Overture” (Excerpt from Star Trek: The Motion Picture) (Composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:11:33)
“A Simple Gift” (Excerpt from Christmas with The Kranks) (Composed by J. Debney) (00:13:11)
“The Discovery” (Excerpt from “The Pegasus”) (Composed by J. Debney) (00:15:31)
“Theme” (Excerpt from My Girl 2) (Composed by C. Eidelman) (00:17:59)
“Escape From Rura Penthe” (Excerpt from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) (Composed by C. Eidelman) (00:21:16)
“Cabin Fever” (Excerpt from Twilight Zone: The Movie) (Composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:24:48)
“The Scorpion” (Excerpt from Star Trek: Nemesis) (Composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:27:07)

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-032.mp3
Category:William Shatner -- posted at: 7:55am 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

30: Kraft Theatre Presents

The Music of Star Trek Horizon.

Tommy Kraft has labored for three long years as the main creative force behind the film Star Trek Horizon. Now the release date has finally arrived, and Tommy has a lot to say about the rigors of being a one-man-band filmmaker … and composer.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Tommy to discuss the score to his film, which he also composed. Dennis Castello, host of Continuing Mission, also joins in this second installment of our two-part interview as we discuss Tommy's schooling, Bear McCreary's influence, how the score is more calm and toned down than we've heard before, Tommy's comping methods, and more.

Listen to part one of the interview on Continuing Mission 28:
http://www.trek.fm/continuing-mission/28

Chapters
"Remembering Who We Are" (composed by T. Kraft) (00:01:33)
Meeting Tommy (00:04:31)
Schooling (00:05:15)
A Bear's Influence (00:05:55)
A Calmer Score (00:08:43)
Counterpoint or Underscore? (00:10:24)
A Score Should Also Stand on Its Own (00:13:23)
There's Something About Film Scoring (00:15:54)
How Do You Like to Compose? (00:16:18)
Some of Tommy's Favorites (00:18:22)
How Long Does it Take to Settle on an Idea? (00:19:58)
"The World Gate" (composed by T. Kraft) (00:24:12)
"Learning From the Past" (composed by T. Kraft) (00:33:59)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guests
Tommy Kraft and Dennis Castello

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-030.mp3
Category:Star Trek Horizon -- posted at: 6:49am 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

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

27: Scoring the New Ship Enterprise

Ron Jones Interview, Part 2.

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

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

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Ron Jones

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

Direct download: mt-027.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 7:24am MST

26: A Long Progression

Ron Jones Interview, Part 1.

Fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation know the music of Ron Jones well. He composed for 42 episodes of the series during the first four seasons, including the score considered by many to be the finest in all of TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds." By the time Jones became part of Star Trek, he had been putting notes to paper for many years—including hundreds of cartoon episodes for Hanna-Barbera. His work on TNG contributed greatly to the creative boldness of the seasons during which Picard and his crew came of age.

But before we get to Star Trek, there's a lot of Jones's story to be told. So in this episode of Melodic Treks, the composer himself joins host Brandon Mutala to discuss his introduction to music, why he decided to be a composer, how to capture the tone of a show and connect with the audience, and more—all with a focus on his non-Trek work such as DuckTales and Family Guy.

Chapters
Intro (00:01:00)
Meeting Ron Jones (00:02:28)
Early Musical Interests (00:04:16)
Process, Inspiration, and Influences (00:07:12)
Mentors and Training (00:14:00)
DuckTales (00:16:27)
Family Guy and Seth MacFarlane (00:26:09)
"This House is Freakin' Sweet" Emmy Nomination (00:31:01)
Closing of Part 1 (00:34:48)

Host
Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest
Ron Jones

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

Direct download: mt-026.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:54am 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

24: Skye Boat from Scotland

Music can do many things to a person. It take ease your pain, make you cry and at times help you to relax. To some music can stir memories and evoke warm comforting memories. This week we experience this sentiment in its fullest. We are joined by Paul Finch a fellow podcaster from Scotland. Paul takes a break from talk all things Enterprise on Previously In The Alpha Quadrant to pick his top 5 tracks. As always with this process we have some firm favorites and some curve balls. But all the tracks have deep meaning to Paul and hold a personal resonance with him. You heart strings and your mind will enjoy this particular ride. Stick around at the end of the show for an announcement about this podcast. 

 

Hosts

Colin Higgins

 

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Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Guests

Paul Finch 

 

Chapters

Intro (00:01:15)  

Miles the Minstral (00:09:31)  

Skye boat (00:18:06)  

Farewell Enterprise (00:28:42)  

The Cage (00:34:28)  

Hello London (00:41:45)  

The Future (00:52:00)  

Audible (00:54:11)  

Wrap up (00:57:00) 

Direct download: MT-ep24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04pm MST

23: Merry Trekmas

Trekmas or in this case Trackmas time, is a time for sharing and in this episode of Melodic Treks, the crew of the USS TREK FM roast some marsh melons around the camp fire, sit next to the tree and pick a track or two that they enjoy and share it with you. The tracks are as varied as a present selection under a tree. Some you may have guessed ahead of time and some like all good presents are a surprise. Some take a glass of egg nog or some nice mulled wine. sit back plug in your newly aquired ipod and let the crew of Trek Fm wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year, Star Trek Style.

Hosts
Colin Higgins

Editor and Producer
Colin Higgins

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

Guests

A plethora of Trek FM hosts

Release Date
22/12/2014
Duration
43 minutes 17 seconds

Chapters
Intro (00:01:30)  
Tristan (00:02:46)  
Matt (00:10:16)  
Phil (00:16:44)  
Mike (00:24:31)  
Charlynn (00:32:29)  
Audible (00:38:56)  
Wrap up and exit (00:41:50)

 
Direct download: MT-EP23.mp3
Category:Melodic Treks, Podcasts, Music, Movies -- posted at: 11:40am MST

The Unexpected Music in Star Trek.

Elvis Presley. Frank Sinatra. Billie Holiday. Some of the greatest names in music pop up in your favorite Star Trek episodes, either by association or by actually having their music featured—and it's not all classical as you might expect. Do your ears perk up? In this episode of Melodic Treks we delve into this diverse collection, which includes a dose of classical Japanese and some classic rock. So plug in your earphones and find out what Zefram Cochrane listened to on his jukebox.

 

Host

Colin Higgins

 

Editor and Producer

Colin Higgins

 

Associate Producer

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Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

The King (00:01:56)

Vic and Frank (00:05:16)

In Passing (00:08:59)

Cochrane’s iPod (00:10:44) 

The Jazz Goes On (00:12:56)

Minezaki Koto (00:15:28)

Closing (00:17:46)

 

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Direct download: mt-022.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 7:25pm MST

21: Shatner "Sings"

Musical Shatner.

Mr. William Shatner has many strings to his bow. Beyond acting, writing, and directing, he is also a commercially viable audio artist with many albums and performances to his name. In this episode of Melodic Treks, we delve into the world of musical Shatner from his first album in 1968 to his most recent in 2013. The man has continued to perform and record his own unique style of music, delivered as only he can, and this in itself adds to the unique nature of his musical intepretations. From Transformed Man to Ponder the Mystery via the Rocket Man and a tribute to George Lucas,  journey with us through the singing career of William Shatner.

 

Hosts

Colin Higgins

 

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Colin Higgins

 

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Chapters

A Transformed Man (1:16)

Musical Adverts (5:47)

Rocket Man (7:29)

A Varied Work Diet (14:08)

Common People (18:59)

Closing (28:45)

 

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Direct download: mt-021.mp3
Category:William Shatner -- posted at: 8:00am MST

20: The Discovered Composer

Cliff Eidelman.

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

 

Host

Colin Higgins

 

Editor and Producer

Colin Higgins

 

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Chapters

Magdalene (3:00)

Early Break (7:30)

The Discovered Country (11:08)

Dodging Holst (18:50)

Post Star Trek (23:16)

Closing (31:07)

 

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Direct download: mt-020.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 1:11am MST

Star Trek Bands: Five Year Mission and Warp 11.

There are many bands out in the cosmos that compose and write Star Trek songs—and two of them are here on Earth. With bands like these playing not only conventions but concerts, its yet another string to the fandom and creative diversity that Star Trek invokes. In this episode of Melodic Treks we look at the formation and background of these two bands, their genesis and history, their very different musical styles, and their lyrical approaches that are as different as a Gorn is from an Orion.

 

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Colin Higgins

 

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Colin Higgins

 

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Chapters

Five Year Mission (1:16)

Year Two (9:01)

The Trouble with Tribbles (13:57)

Warp 11 (21:15)

Albums and Venues (29:01) 

Closing (33:36)

 

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Direct download: mt-019.mp3
Category:Bands -- posted at: 8:30am MST

18: Wireless Mics

The Holographic, Operatic Doctor.

Previously on Melodic Treks we talked about Robert Picardo and his parody singing. But we're not always about the actors and composers, sometimes we're about the characters themselves! And since you really can't get enough holographic melodies, we're joined in this episode of Melodic Treks by Charlynn Schmiedt and Tristan Riddell of To The Journey to talk about the opera-loving Doc. Char and Tristan add their own unique flavor to the discussion as we delve into a variety of episodes covering every aspect of the EMH.

 

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Chapters

The Doctor Sings (4:02)

Tristan In a Tux (7:46)

On the Railroad (11:01)

You Are My Sunshine (18:01)

Cheesecake (21:46)

I'm That Good (30:07)

The Last Song (34:12)

Final Thoughts (37:01)

Closing (51:40)

Direct download: mt-018.mp3
Category:Voyager -- posted at: 8:17am 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

16: The Prolific Composer

Brian Tyler.

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

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

 

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Chapters

Tyler's Background (2:21)

Life and Work (5:26)

Composing Music for Enterprise (10:56)

In His Own Words (20:56)

Awards and Recognition (22:56)

Previously on Trek.fm (26:31)

Direct download: mt-016.mp3
Category:Composers -- posted at: 7:05am MST

15: Exile In Vegas

Jerry Fielding.

The name Jerry Fielding doesn't readily spring to mind when asked to name famous composers of film scores, yet he is a composer with a long pedigree in the industry. Having penned a large number of film scores from the 1960s onwards, Fielding composed the music for two episodes of Star Trek in 1966—both now iconic—"Spectre of the Gun" and "The Trouble with Tribbles."

In this episode of Melodic Treks we take a look at Jerry and his life, including his forced exile from Hollywood and the early radio plays, including the now famous War of the Worlds adaptation by Orson Welles, from which he drew inspiration. We also talk about his extraordinary life and struggle to create a style all his own, as well as his collaboration with a diverse group of producers and directors that included Groucho Marx, Michael Winner, and Clint Eastwood.

 

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Chapters 

Working for Clint Eastwood (3:16)

The Early Years (5:02)

The McCarthy Era (10:33)

Moving into TV Work (12:46)

Scoring the Movies (15:41)

His Epitaph (19:51)

Closing (24:51)

Direct download: mt-015.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am MST

14: The Doctor Parodies

The Vocal Talents of Robert Picardo.

Most of us have heard the Doctor sing on Voyager, but he also has carried his fair share of tunes outside of Star Trek both on stage and screen. In this episode of Melodic Treks we take a look at the man behind the hologram and his singing. This aspect of his life, which began from a very early age, has seen him perform in a variety of roles and styles—some of which may surprise you.

 

Chapters

Bio (1:31)

Star Trek Thoughts (6:45)

Early Work (9:31)

Parodies (14:11)

Scrooge (19:13)

Bitrekual (23:31)

Closing (28:15)

Direct download: mt-014.mp3
Category:Vocals -- posted at: 8:00am MST

13: Darkness In the Hall

The Royal Albert Hall Concerts.

Recently two concerts took place at the Royal Albert Hall in London England in which Michael Giacchino led performances of his scores from Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness. Each film received its own night, and the consecutive concerts both sold out. In this episode of Melodic Treks we talk to two people who were there: Jon Taylor and Laura Fawcett. They tell us about the concert, the mood of the event, and the surprise guests. They also talk to us about the music they like from the two films and highlight some of the wonderful aspects of hearing this live.

Direct download: MT-013.mp3
Category:Michael Giacchino -- posted at: 2:00am 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

11: Composition of the Wormhole

The Deep Space Nine Theme Variations.

One series that departed from the traditional Star Trek fare was Deep Space Nine. Now a firm fan favorite, this particular incarnation of Trek had two opening themes. The first, which began each episode during Seasons One through Three, was a beautifully haunting and majestic piece. Beginning with Season Four and running through to the end of the series was a pepped up, driving version of the original whose mismatched bass line and melody somehow captured the spirit of DS9. In this episode of Melodic Treks we delve into these two variations, the imagery behind them, how the composition played into what was occurring on the station, and also into some of the thoughts behind the sounds as seen by composer Dennis McCarthy himself. 

Direct download: mt-011.mp3
Category:Deep Space Nine -- posted at: 8:35am MST

10: Composing Into Darkness

Michael Giacchino.

One of the most delightful part of the J.J. Abrams reboot of Star Trek has been the music. Michael Giacchino has continued the franchise's rich tradition of beautiful scores and has joined the Alexander Courage, Gerald Fried, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, and Ron Jones as one of the great voices behind the visuals. In this episode of Melodic Treks we delve into the man behind the sound of the Abramsverse, his education, inspiration, and early work in video games. Plus, we learn how he came to the attention of J.J.

Direct download: mt-010.mp3
Category:Michael Giacchino -- posted at: 1:54am MST

9: James's Wrath

James Horner.

One of the film favorites for many people is Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Its story, action, and acting are all held in wide regard not just by fans, but by other members of the film industry. The music of The Wrath of Khan plays no small part in its success, and the man who created that music is none other than James Horner. In this episode of Melodic Treks we delve into the man behind the score, how he came to work on the project, his music history, and some of the other projects he has undertaken.

Direct download: mt-009.mp3
Category:Melodic Treks, Podcasts, Music, Movies -- posted at: 9:31am 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

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