Five Film Favorites with John Tenuto.
John Tenuto has been a sociology professor for 20 years, most of those at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. He and his wife, Maria Jose, have become experts on Star Trek through personal research and the friendships they have cultivated with talent from both behind and in front of the camera. Their research on Star Trek's production history, Star Trek library archives, and Star Trek's cultural influences have been featured on numerous radio stations, television shows, and newspapers including USA Today, BBC Radio, WGN News, and the Chicago Tribune—not to mention many podcast episodes right here on Trek.fm.
In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by John Tenuto to discuss the scores, composers, and behind-the-scenes information on the Star Trek films. We talk about the music that played at the Tenuto wedding, what part of Titanic inspired Michael Piller when writing Star Trek: Insurrection, the budget for film scores, Cliff Eidelman's influence on and Giacchino's additions to the franchise, and John's five favorites from the films. We also find out whom John would choose to compose for Star Trek 2017.
"Nimbus III" (excerpt from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:02:23)
Meeting John (00:03:13)
Motivations and Intentions (00:06:47)
Star Trek's Footprint (00:09:08)
The Soundtrack of John's Life (00:10:52)
Insurrection and the Ba'ku Band (00:15:25)
The Budget for the Music for Star Trek II (00:19:52)
Holst was More Expensive than Goldsmith (00:26:20)
Eidelman's Influence on Goldsmith (00:29:58)
Goldsmith Returns for Star Trek V (00:33:17)
2009 and Beyond (00:38:08)
John's Five Favorite Film Tracks (00:41:46)
"Enterprising Young Men" (excerpt from Star Trek, composed by M. Giacchino) (00:42:33)
"The Mirror" (excerpt from Star Trek: Nemesis, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:44:50)
"The Battle For Peace" (excerpt from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, composed by C. Eidelman) (00:48:43)
"The Ba'ku Village" (excerpt from Star Trek: Insurrection, composed by J. Goldsmith) (00:52:41)
"Genesis Countdown" (excerpt from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, composed by J. Horner) (00:58:02)
John's Composer of Choice for Star Trek 2017 (01:03:16)
“Enterprise Clears Moorings“ (excerpt from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan composed by J. Horner) (01:07:33)
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)
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Ten tracks from fifty years of fan favorites. We talk with the fans at the convention in Las Vegas and find out what music from Star trek holds a special place in their hearts.
Star Trek VI and Cliff Eidelman. Brandon-Shea Mutala and Matthew Rushing discuss the career of singer/songwriter/composer Cliff Eidelman and the score of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the film's release.
Jay Chattaway Interview. Brandon-Shea Mutala and Andy Farber are joined by the famed Star Trek composer to talk about his audition for TNG's "Tin Man," his work throughout Star Trek, Emmy Awards, other film scores, and more.
Jerry Goldsmith vs. John Williams. Both of these composers are outstanding, but when the fan debate turns to these two men, the question often asked is which is better? In game shows style, we debate who best captured the emotions called for in their scores.
Discovering Fil Eisler. We take a look at the career of the newest person to score music for Star Trek: Fil Eisler. Could his music for the Star Trek: Discovery trailer win him the job of scoring the new series?
Star Trek Las Vegas 2016 Interviews. We bring you four interviews from the floor of the official 50th anniversary Star Trek celebrations: J.G Hertzler and Robert O'Reilly; Jay Chattaway; Andy Farber; James Darren; and Nichelle Nichols.
Imagining "Caretaker." Join us for a dive into the imaginative mind of young Trekker Aubrey Mutala as she listens to the score for a Star Trek episode that she has never seen—and conjures up images of princesses, dragons, and BBQ.
The Music of The Man Trap. In this special 50th episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Neil S. Bulk to discuss the score to "The Man Trap" and the use of the electric violin in the score of the first episode of Star Trek to air.
In Memorial of Jerry Goldsmith. On July 21, 2004, cancer took one of the most talented and prolific film composers at the age of 75. We reflect on his contributions to Star Trek and the wider world of cinema.
A Musical Journey to the Sadder Side of Trek. In a universe filled with hope and optimism—in which humanity can achieve anything—every once in a while a hero is called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice. We look at the music that honors them.
In Memoriam of James Horner. He was one of the most successful film composers of the past half century, and earned a special place in the hearts of Star Trek fans. Sadly, his melodic vision was taken from us too soon. Join us for a musical tribute.
Lukas Kendell Interview. Public perception of soundtracks has come a long way over the years, thanks in part to the efforts of Lukas Kendell. We talk to the Film Score Monthly founder about the challenges of CD production, The Ron Jones Project, and more.
A Musical AMA. Inspired by Reddit's popular "Ask Me Anything," Brandon-Shea opens the floodgates and out pours favorite composer, his favorite summer tunes, the music that changed his life, his three favorite albums of all time, and more.
Star Trek Generations and Dennis McCarthy. In part 2 of a 13-part series on the Star Trek films, we take a look at the career of Dennis McCarthy, his contributions to Star Trek Generations and the franchise, as well as television and film at large.
Goldsmith vs. Jones. Looking at one great composer's influence on another, we analyze Ron Jones's score for ”Datalore” by comparing it to that of Alien, by Jerry Goldsmith.
Melodic Connections: Avery Brooks and Kevin Conroy. Have you ever played Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon? We cast galactic distances aside to put a Star Trek twist on Six Degrees, all while keeping it musical.
Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage. Comprising over 100 minutes of music from the television series and films, this series of concerts will visiting 100 cities across North American in 2016. We share our experiences at the event.
Five Film Favorites with John Tenuto. One of Star Trek's most knowledgable film historians takes you behind the scenes of the music—from The Motion Picture through Nemesis—and shares his five favorite melodic moments.
Star Trek IV and Leonard Rosenman. In part 1 of a 13-part series on the Star Trek films, we take a look at the career of Leonard Rosenman and his contribution to The Voyage Home and the franchise.
Mark Banning Interview. There's a lot more than just the music that makes a soundtrack great. The design and content of the accompanying booklet completes the package. We take a behind-the-scenes look at soundtrack art direction with a 30-year veteran.
The Enterprise Theme. When Enterprise rolled around, many fans were outraged when they heard "Where My Heart Will Take Me." The theme for the new series was a rock ballad? Sacrilege! We look at the song and its variations.
Ford A. Thaxton Interview. With a hand in producing soundtracks going back to GNP Crescendo's first-ever Star Trek release, Thaxton has worked on more albums than he can count. He joins us to talk about some of his most memorable projects.
Andy Farber Interview. Star Trek Continues is an independent production that's essentially a fourth season of TOS. We talk to the Juilliard teacher and renowned saxophonist/composer about crafting the sound of that lost period of the 23rd century.
Neil S. Bulk Interview. La-La Land Records has become synonymous with Star Trek soundtracks. We're joined by one of the producers behind this success to learn about the production of a film score and the process that leads to its release.
Imagining "When the Bough Breaks." A good score should conjure up images when listened to without the episode. Join us as one young Trekker tells you what she hears when she listens to music from an episode she hasn't seen yet.
Connecting William Shatner and John Lithgow Musically. Have you ever played Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon? We head into the Star Trek universe to play the classic campfire game… but with a musical twist.
Jeff Bond Interview and Five Favorites. One of the foremost authors on the topic of film and television scoring joins us to discuss his early interest in scores and how it led to a career writing about them.
The Music of Star Trek Horizon. The Enterprise-era fan film is more than just a treat for the eyes, it's a treat for the ears, too. The man behind it all—including the music—joins us to talk about how he composed it all.
The (Musical) Mirror Universe. Alternate melodies? Alternate keys? You never know what you'll find on the soundscape of the Mirror Universe. We dive into the alternate realities and timelines of Star Trek's music.