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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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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


72: Another Dimension

2/12/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:54:29


71: This Has to Be the Greatest Piece of Music

2/5/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:36:57


70: Guys and Lals

1/8/2017
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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...

Duration: 01:08:18


69: Jerry Gold-Liszt

1/1/2017
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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...

Duration: 01:29:30


68: Merry Trekmas 2

12/25/2016
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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,...

Duration: 00:19:28


67: You Spelled "First Contact" Wrong

12/20/2016
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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...

Duration: 01:27:53


66: Stuck in the Middle With You: Even

12/11/2016
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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...

Duration: 00:33:21


S3: Melodic X

12/7/2016
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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...

Duration: 01:07:10


65: Stuck in the Middle With You: Odd

12/4/2016
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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...

Duration: 00:37:59

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