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Melodic Treks: A Star Trek Music Podcast

Melodic Treks is a Trek.fm podcast dedicated entirely to the music of Star Trek. Host Brandon-Shea Mutala explores the themes, orchestral scores, and incidental compositions that bring Star Trek episodes and films to life, as well as the composers, singers and musicians behind the sounds.

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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)

1hr 52mins

18 Sep 2016

Rank #1

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85: Melodic Treks Part IV: The Final Chapter

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)

1hr 50mins

12 Nov 2017

Rank #2

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37: Faith of the Heart

The Enterprise Theme. The main title sequence is very important for establishing ashow's tone and identity. With limited changes over the course ofthe series, it can become highly memorable and sometimes takes on alife 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 HeartWill Take Me." The theme for the new series was a rock ballad? Hadlyrics? Was originally written for the 1998 film Patch Adams?Sacrilege! In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala takesa look at the song originally title "Faith of the Heart," thecareers of the song's writer, Dianne Warren, and vocalist, tenorRussell Watson. In addition to the two versions used forEnterprise, we showcase three others that have been released, aswell as Dennis McCarthy's vocal-free variant, "Archer's Theme." ChaptersSeptember 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) HostBrandon-Shea Mutala ProductionBrandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (ExecutiveProducer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao(Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) RichardMarquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

30mins

24 Apr 2016

Rank #3

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3: Holst the Klingon

The Klingon BattleTheme. To know that Klingons are going into battle, you don’t need tosee a Bird-of-Prey swooping across the screen or an armor-cladwarrior wielding a mek’leth. No, all you need to do is use yourears. The iconic music cues of the Klingons tell you all you needto know. In this episode of Melodic Treks, Colin Higgins delves intoanother iconic piece of music, the "Klingon Battle.” Originallyenvisaged as a stand-alone piece to convey one scene, it has becomesynonymous with the Klingons. We explore the piece’s composer, itsinfluence on all Trek that came after The Motion Picture, and howGustav Holst may have contributed to its sound.

39mins

1 Feb 2014

Rank #4

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78: A Colorist

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)

59mins

7 May 2017

Rank #5

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89: Yo!

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)

1hr 9mins

8 Jul 2018

Rank #6

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4: From TMP to Gamma Hydra

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

51mins

15 Feb 2014

Rank #7

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9: James's Wrath

JamesHorner.One of the film favorites for many people is Star Trek II: TheWrath of Khan. Its story, action, and acting are all held inwide regard not just by fans, but by other members of the filmindustry. The music of The Wrath of Khan plays no smallpart in its success, and the man who created that music is noneother than James Horner. In this episode of MelodicTreks we delve into the man behind the score, how he cameto work on the project, his music history, and some of the otherprojects he has undertaken.

33mins

9 May 2014

Rank #8

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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)

1hr 13mins

25 Sep 2016

Rank #9

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59: Lost in Space Trek

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)

1hr 32mins

23 Oct 2016

Rank #10

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19: Five Years to Warp 11

StarTrek Bands: Five Year Mission and Warp 11. There are many bands out in the cosmos that composeand write Star Trek songs—and two of them are here onEarth. With bands like these playing not only conventions butconcerts, its yet another string to the fandom and creativediversity that Star Trek invokes. In this episodeof Melodic Treks we look at the formationand background of these two bands, their genesis and history,their very different musical styles, and their lyricalapproaches that are as different as a Gorn is from an Orion. Host Colin Higgins Editor and Producer Colin Higgins Associate Producers Become one! Support Trek.fm and Melodic Treks at the$25/month level or higher! Visit patreon.com/trekfm 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) Support the Network! Become a Trek.fm Patron on Patreon and help uskeep Star Trek talk coming every week. We have great perks for youat http://patreon.com/trekfm Send us your feedback! Twitter: @trekfm Facebook: http://facebook.com/trekfm Voicemail: http://www.speakpipe.com/trekfm Contact Form: http://www.trek.fm/contact Visit the Trek.fm website at http://trek.fm/ Subscribe in iTunes: http://itunes.com/trekfm

43mins

28 Sep 2014

Rank #11

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30: Kraft Theatre Presents

The Music of Star Trek Horizon. Tommy Kraft has labored for three long years as the maincreative force behind the film Star Trek Horizon. Now the releasedate has finally arrived, and Tommy has a lot to say about therigors of being a one-man-band filmmaker … and composer. In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala isjoined by Tommy to discuss the score to his film, which he alsocomposed. Dennis Castello, host of Continuing Mission, also joinsin this second installment of our two-part interview as we discussTommy's schooling, Bear McCreary's influence, how the score is morecalm and toned down than we've heard before, Tommy's compingmethods, and more. Listen to part one of the interview on Continuing Mission28: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) HostBrandon-Shea Mutala GuestsTommy Kraft and Dennis Castello ProductionBrandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (ExecutiveProducer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao(Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) RichardMarquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

42mins

28 Feb 2016

Rank #12

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10: Composing Into Darkness

MichaelGiacchino. One of the most delightful part of the J.J. Abrams reboot ofStar Trek has been the music. Michael Giacchino has continued thefranchise's rich tradition of beautiful scores and has joined theAlexander Courage, Gerald Fried, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, andRon Jones as one of the great voices behind the visuals. In thisepisode of Melodic Treks we delve into the man behind thesound of the Abramsverse, his education, inspiration, and earlywork in video games. Plus, we learn how he came to the attention ofJ.J.

37mins

25 May 2014

Rank #13

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14: The Doctor Parodies

The Vocal Talents ofRobert Picardo. Most of us have heard the Doctor sing on Voyager, buthe also has carried his fair share of tunes outside of Star Trekboth on stage and screen. In this episode of Melodic Trekswe take a look at the man behind the hologram and his singing.This aspect of his life, which began from a very early age, hasseen him perform in a variety of roles and styles—some of which maysurprise 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)

33mins

19 Jul 2014

Rank #14

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25: A New Cap'n

Five Favorites. It's been a while since the music has played here on MelodicTreks, 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 StarTrek fan, how he fell in love with the music of Star Trek, andreveals his favorite tracks from the franchise. ChaptersIntro (00:00:00)Overture from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (CliffEidelman) (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," AlexanderCourage) (00:14:48)Episode Titles (From "Where No Man Has Gone Before," AlexanderCourage) (00:19:27)News (00:21:07) HostBrandon-Shea Mutala ProductionBrandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (ExecutiveProducer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao(Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) RichardMarquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

31mins

24 Jan 2016

Rank #15

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84: Stretching Their Legs

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)

38mins

20 Sep 2017

Rank #16

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82: Pon Farr Baby

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)

45mins

2 Jul 2017

Rank #17

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20: The Discovered Composer

CliffEidelman. Sometimes to get a break you need a few things to goin your favor. Cliff Eidelman had more than a few things go theright way for him. Fortune was indeed smiling on this relativelyunknown composer when he landed the job of scoring Star TrekVI: The Undiscovered Country. In this episode of MelodicTreks we look at how Cliff managed to land this prestigiousassignment and how a sequence of events worked in his favor. Wealso delve into his work prior to Star Trek, including his firstmovie score, composed at the age of just 22. Still, what happenedafter Star Trek may surprise you despite the score being a roundingsuccess his career did not follow a path most would haveassumed. Host Colin Higgins Editor and Producer Colin Higgins Associate Producers Become one! Support Trek.fm and Melodic Treks at the$25/month level or higher! Visit patreon.com/trekfm 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) Support the Network! Become a Trek.fm Patron on Patreon and help uskeep Star Trek talk coming every week. We have great perks for youat http://patreon.com/trekfm Send us your feedback! Twitter: @trekfm Facebook: http://facebook.com/trekfm Voicemail: http://www.speakpipe.com/trekfm Contact Form: http://www.trek.fm/contact Visit the Trek.fm website at http://trek.fm/ Subscribe in iTunes: http://itunes.com/trekfm

44mins

12 Oct 2014

Rank #18

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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)

47mins

6 Nov 2016

Rank #19

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34: Soundtrack Savant

Neil S. Bulk Interview. La-La Land Records has become synonymous with Star Treksoundtracks. And not just any soundtracks, but the kind that bringhistory to life by delving more deeply into the rich tapestry ofsounds that is a cornerstone of Gene Roddenberry's creation. One ofthe men behind this success is Neil S. Bulk. No stranger to filmmusic, he is the producer of many film soundtrack releasesincluding 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 SoundtrackCollection. In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala isjoined by Neil to find out what it means to be a producer of filmsoundtrack releases, what sort of difficulties come up duringproduction, and the process of transferring tape to digital. Neilalso talks about his dream projects and the current status of musicfrom 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) HostBrandon-Shea Mutala GuestNeil S. Bulk ProductionBrandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (ExecutiveProducer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao(Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) RichardMarquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

56mins

27 Mar 2016

Rank #20