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Melodic Treks is a Trek.fm podcast dedicated entirely to the music of Star Trek. Every other week host Colin Higgins 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.

Melodic Treks is a Trek.fm podcast dedicated entirely to the music of Star Trek. Every other week host Colin Higgins 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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Melodic Treks is a Trek.fm podcast dedicated entirely to the music of Star Trek. Every other week host Colin Higgins 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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Episodes

89: Yo!

7/8/2018
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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...

Duration:00:59:49

89: Yo!

7/8/2018
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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...

Duration:00:59:49

88: Goodnight, Harlan

7/1/2018
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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...

Duration:00:17:18

88: Goodnight, Harlan

7/1/2018
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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...

Duration:00:17:18

87: Part V: A New Beginning

6/24/2018
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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. Three current shows, The Night Of, Legion and Counterpoint are fine examples of this young composer’s...

Duration:01:14:31

86: The City on the Edge of Saskatchewan

6/17/2018
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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...

Duration:00:07:47

85: Melodic Treks Part IV: The Final Chapter

11/12/2017
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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 televison 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...

Duration:01:50:48

84: Stretching Their Legs

9/19/2017
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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...

Duration:00:38:28

84: Stretching Their Legs

9/19/2017
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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...

Duration:00:38:28

83: We Don't Drive Expensive Cars

7/16/2017
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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...

Duration:00:42:33

82: Pon Farr Baby

7/2/2017
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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...

Duration:00:45:55

81: A Truck Driver in a Tuxedo

6/18/2017
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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...

Duration:00:41:40

80: Is He?

6/4/2017
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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...

Duration:00:27:30

79: Scientifically Accurate

5/21/2017
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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...

Duration:01:09:27

78: A Colorist

5/7/2017
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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...

Duration:00:59:35

77: Follicle Profiling

4/23/2017
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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...

Duration:01:00:56

76: Rhymes With Logan

4/9/2017
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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 18 short stories called Tales From the Forbidden Zone. These 18 stories are set...

Duration:01:08:16

75: Goddess Revolution Rock

3/26/2017
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"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...

Duration:00:51:15

74: Giant General Mills Bugle in Space!

3/12/2017
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"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...

Duration:00:54:54

73: A Compelling Listen

2/26/2017
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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...

Duration:00:50:27