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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

92: Do I Have the Job?

10/13/2018
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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...

Duration:01:20:23

94: Do I Have the Job?

10/13/2018
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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...

Duration:01:20:23

93: Sound Always Dominates Pictures

10/7/2018
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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...

Duration:01:00:19

Like a Movie of the Week

9/30/2018
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"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...

Duration:00:58:46

92: Like a Movie of the Week

9/30/2018
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"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...

Duration:00:58:46

91: A Spiritual Sequel Score

9/2/2018
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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...

Duration:01:52:05

91: A Spiritual Sequel Score

9/2/2018
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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...

Duration:01:52:05

90: Noticing it For the First Time.

8/20/2018
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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...

Duration:02:59:16

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: Melodic Treks 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. Two recent shows, The Night Of and Counterpart, as well as the currently airing Legion, are fine examples...

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 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...

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 the...

Duration:00:41:40