Lukas Kendell Interview.
To the general public in 1990, the word “soundtrack” meant only a compilation of popular songs from movies such as Top Gun and Footloose. So, to help expand knowledge of and appreciation for the fine art of composing for film, Lukas Kendell created Film Score Monthly. FSM began as a one-page newsletter sent to 11 people. Since then, it has grown into a magazine, a record label, a website, and the home of other publishing endeavors.
In addition to releasing the complete scores for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, FSM has also produced a massive fourteen-disc box set that includes almost every note composed by Ron Jones for Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as music from the PC games Starfleet Academy and Starfleet Command.
In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Kendell to discuss the early days of his magazine, the challenges of CD production, and The Ron Jones Project. We also talk about some holy grail releases that Kendell helped produce such as those for White Dog, The Wrong Man, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, and the eight-disc Superman box set.
Hollywood in Vienna: The World of James Horner (00:02:22)
Jerry Goldsmith’s Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame (00:03:54)
Family Guy Soundtrack (00:08:41)
“System Failure” (From Star Trek: The Next Generation “Evolution,” composed by R. Jones) (00:10:02)
Meeting Lukas (00:10:50)
FSM’s Beginnings (00:12:32)
Elliot Goldenthal (00:14:13)
The Most Challenging Releases (00:18:00)
White Dog (00:21:42)
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (00:23:22)
The Wrong Man (00:24:47)
The Wrath of Khan and The Search for Spock (00:28:25)
The Ron Jones Project (00:34:42)
Star Trek 2017 (00:47:35)
“Terrorist Attack” (From Star Trek: The Next Generation “The High Ground,” composed by R. Jones) (00:49:46)
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.