Melodic Treks: A Star Trek Music Podcast
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."

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)

Brandon-Shea Mutala

Jay Chattaway and Andy Farber

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
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