Melodic Treks: A Star Trek Music Podcast (general)

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 episode of Melodic Treks, we recount these events as Tony explains to Brandon what went wrong, why the show must go on, and plays a clip from the next episode that has yet to be recorded … or already was.

Intro (00:00:00)
Thank You (00:00:19)
What Did I Just Hear? (00:00:25)
Welcome (00:00:39)
Turbolift (00:0:38)
GOF (00:02:13)
Back to the Future (00:06:42)

Brandon Shea-Mutala

Tony Robinson, Colin Higgins, and the Guardian Of Forever

Tony Robinson (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Music heard on Melodic Treks is used under license from the Performing Rights Society.

Direct download: mt-086.mp3
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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 usually complete scores for films. But how do these releases come to be?
In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala interviews Matthew Hightshoe about his upcoming documentary. We talk also talk about the quipment he uses to conduct the interviews, crowdfunding, favorite composers, and his process of pre-interviewing guests.

Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Matthew! (00:01:29) 
History (00:02:53) 
Noticed (00:07:18) 
The Documentary (00:10:20) 
Interviews and Archival Footage (00:23:32) 
Equipment, Crew, and Time Frame (00:24:25) 
Favorites (00:32:53) 
Finding Matthew (00:35:33) 
Closing (00:38:30) 
Brandon-Shea Mutala
Matthew Hightshoe
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, Show Art) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Direct download: mt-083.mp3
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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 called "source music."

In this episode of Melodic Treks, Host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Tony Robinson, host of Continuing Mission, to discuss five instances of source music in the Star Trek films, as well as the song created for the end titles of Star Trek Beyond, "Sledgehammer" by Rihanna.

Opening (00:00:00) 
Welcome, Tony! (00:01:01) 
"Magic Carpet Ride" (performed by Steppenwolf) (00:04:14) 
"Les Troyens" (written by H. Berlioz) (00:13:59) 
"I Hate You" (written by K. Thatcher) (00:25:03) 
"Make Over Mambo" (composed by  A. Silvestri) (00:35:22) 
"Sabotage" (performed by The Beastie Boys) (00:36:47) 
"Sledgehammer" (performed by Rihanna) (00:45:10) 
Final Thoughts (00:51:50) 

Brandon-Shea Mutala

Tony Robinson

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)

Direct download: mt-077.mp3
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26: A Long Progression

Ron Jones Interview, Part 1.

Fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation know the music of Ron Jones well. He composed for 42 episodes of the series during the first four seasons, including the score considered by many to be the finest in all of TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds." By the time Jones became part of Star Trek, he had been putting notes to paper for many years—including hundreds of cartoon episodes for Hanna-Barbera. His work on TNG contributed greatly to the creative boldness of the seasons during which Picard and his crew came of age.

But before we get to Star Trek, there's a lot of Jones's story to be told. So in this episode of Melodic Treks, the composer himself joins host Brandon Mutala to discuss his introduction to music, why he decided to be a composer, how to capture the tone of a show and connect with the audience, and more—all with a focus on his non-Trek work such as DuckTales and Family Guy.

Intro (00:01:00)
Meeting Ron Jones (00:02:28)
Early Musical Interests (00:04:16)
Process, Inspiration, and Influences (00:07:12)
Mentors and Training (00:14:00)
DuckTales (00:16:27)
Family Guy and Seth MacFarlane (00:26:09)
"This House is Freakin' Sweet" Emmy Nomination (00:31:01)
Closing of Part 1 (00:34:48)

Brandon-Shea Mutala

Ron Jones

Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: mt-026.mp3
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24: Skye Boat from Scotland

Music can do many things to a person. It take ease your pain, make you cry and at times help you to relax. To some music can stir memories and evoke warm comforting memories. This week we experience this sentiment in its fullest. We are joined by Paul Finch a fellow podcaster from Scotland. Paul takes a break from talk all things Enterprise on Previously In The Alpha Quadrant to pick his top 5 tracks. As always with this process we have some firm favorites and some curve balls. But all the tracks have deep meaning to Paul and hold a personal resonance with him. You heart strings and your mind will enjoy this particular ride. Stick around at the end of the show for an announcement about this podcast. 



Colin Higgins


Associate Producer

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Production Manager

Richard Marquez


Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen



Paul Finch 



Intro (00:01:15)  

Miles the Minstral (00:09:31)  

Skye boat (00:18:06)  

Farewell Enterprise (00:28:42)  

The Cage (00:34:28)  

Hello London (00:41:45)  

The Future (00:52:00)  

Audible (00:54:11)  

Wrap up (00:57:00) 

Direct download: MT-ep24.mp3
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15: Exile In Vegas

Jerry Fielding.

The name Jerry Fielding doesn't readily spring to mind when asked to name famous composers of film scores, yet he is a composer with a long pedigree in the industry. Having penned a large number of film scores from the 1960s onwards, Fielding composed the music for two episodes of Star Trek in 1966—both now iconic—"Spectre of the Gun" and "The Trouble with Tribbles."

In this episode of Melodic Treks we take a look at Jerry and his life, including his forced exile from Hollywood and the early radio plays, including the now famous War of the Worlds adaptation by Orson Welles, from which he drew inspiration. We also talk about his extraordinary life and struggle to create a style all his own, as well as his collaboration with a diverse group of producers and directors that included Groucho Marx, Michael Winner, and Clint Eastwood.


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Working for Clint Eastwood (3:16)

The Early Years (5:02)

The McCarthy Era (10:33)

Moving into TV Work (12:46)

Scoring the Movies (15:41)

His Epitaph (19:51)

Closing (24:51)

Direct download: mt-015.mp3
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