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 Posted:   Feb 10, 2014 - 7:57 PM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

synth drone? What kind of a track title is that?

The track title is the slate number “MFX53.” The description is “synth drone.”


I just don't think that the word "drone" is a good one to associate with music.


When you hear it, you'll understand..

Ford A. Thaxton

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2014 - 9:19 PM   
 By:   betenoir   (Member)



I just don't think that the word "drone" is a good one to associate with music.


It certainly is with highland bagpipes. I don't know about here with synths.

 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2014 - 9:33 PM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

Wow! An expanded remaster “Encounter At Farpoint” (which I'm pretty pleased about) paired with a great unreleased episode score!!! I like how this was done.

I wonder if “Captain Picard's Theme” is the alternate main title without the Alexander Courage preamble that appeared on the original album.

I'm now hoping that GNP does another couple of re-releases of this ilk…



I think the Alternate Version of the Main Title is track No.31 although it doesn't say on the track list.


Good to have the 'Arsenal of Freedom' tagged along (was watching it this weekend) ! Leaves much more space for other great scores on ST:TNG Volume 2!

Thanks again GNP!

here is bigger resolution picture of the cover



and the run down at Trekcore.com

http://trekcore.com/blog/2014/02/expanded-encounter-at-farpoint-and-arsenal-of-freedom-soundtrack-coming-february-26/

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2014 - 9:36 PM   
 By:   Nicholas_DW   (Member)

This is great! I've always enjoyed "The Arsenal of Freedom". Maybe my other beloved McCarthy scores from TNG ("Pen Pals", "Home Soil", and "Peak Performance") will make it to disc one day. I'd nearly given up hope.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2014 - 9:40 PM   
 By:   jb1234   (Member)

Definitely great to have more early TNG McCarthy!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2014 - 9:50 PM   
 By:   Dave Frolik   (Member)

This is great! I've always enjoyed "The Arsenal of Freedom". Maybe my other beloved McCarthy scores from TNG ("Pen Pals", "Home Soil", and "Peak Performance") will make it to disc one day. I'd nearly given up hope.

Yes, Peak Performance is a must, and generally there is a lot of superb unreleased season 1-3 music left which deserves attention. Contagion, The Hunted, The Ensigns of Command to name a few more. I believe LaLaLand has hinted further TNG releases, so let's keep our fingers crossed. For sure my list has become a lot shorter today

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2014 - 12:17 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

Wow! This really is a surprise. And it looks like they did everything right with it. Not only finally improved sound on Farpoint but also a great bonus score! smile

After all the recommendations for Peak Performance over the last months here I finally re-watched that episode. I cannot understand why I totally forgot that music! It really has cinematic proportions.

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2014 - 12:19 AM   
 By:   Jörn   (Member)

BRAVO to this release!!!

The old ENCOUNTER CD was truly awfull in sound.

Early TNG-Scores + McCarthy (and his "Picard Theme") are allways welcome!

Thanks GNP.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2014 - 3:11 AM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)

For some reason, *all* of GNP's older recordings of McCarthy's Trek scores sound AWFUL. That includes the "Best Of" compilations and Generations. None of them showed off the complexities in his music to their fullest potential.

The remastered Generations sounds sublime, as do his remastered TV scores on LLL.

Let's hope this is similarly improved.

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2014 - 4:02 AM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

I just don't think that the word "drone" is a good one to associate with music.

Oh, you were being funny.

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2014 - 5:51 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Nice surprise, Encounter at farpoint was one of the first Star Trek scores I got and like it; it sounds outdated by later TNG sound and it isn't the best episode, but there are some standout cues. Great to see they included another episode, looks like my Trek collection will be expanding soon!

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2014 - 6:31 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

Jeff Bond did indeed write the notes:






STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION Encounter at Farpoint / The Arsenal of Freedom

Expanded Collector's Edition 


 
Fans of Star Trek TM were thrilled in 1987 to welcome the launch of a new series expanding the Trek universe: Star Trek: The Next Generation. Soon after, GNP Crescendo Records was equally excited to release Dennis McCarthy’s score for the opening two-hour pilot episode, “Encounter at Farpoint.” Now, GNP Crescendo is releasing an Expanded Collector’s Edition of that same pioneering score, including even more of McCarthy’s dramatic music, newly mixed and mastered from the original multi-track elements under the supervision of the composer.
 
McCarthy—who has written more music for the franchise than any other composer—wrote over 40 minutes of brash and colorful music for “Encounter at Farpoint,” establishing the bright, dynamic style he would maintain throughout the show’s first season. He made frequent use of Alexander Courage’s iconic Star Trek fanfare, as well as a new, heroic theme for the captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Jean-Luc Picard. Typical of early Next Generation scores, the music manifests a post-Star Wars sound, symphonic and often reflective of the hammering rhythms and surging chords of Holst’s “Mars, the Bringer of War” from The Planets in its treatment of action and space battles.
 
As a bonus, this new CD also includes the world premiere release of McCarthy’s score to “The Arsenal of Freedom,” an action-packed episode from late in the first season. The CD concludes with several bonus and alternate cues from “Encounter at Farpoint”—including McCarthy’s unused main title theme (which was replaced with Jerry Goldsmith’s theme from Star Trek: The Motion Picture for the series). This latest release in GNP Crescendo’s continuing commitment to preserving the musical legacy of Star Trek includes a 16-page booklet with informative notes by Jeff Bond, author of The Music of Star Trek—incorporating comments from the composer.




TRACK LIST

1. Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title (1st Season) 1:45
 
Encounter at Farpoint
2. Stardate 1:42
3. Troi Senses / First Freeze 2:15
4. Stalled / Picard's Plan / First Chase 4:48
5. Detaching / Saucer Separation 2:38
6. Shaken / Court Time / Freeze Out / Fair Trial / Out of Order 2:57
7. There Goes Da Judge / U.S.S. Hood / Magic Apples / Magic Apples (alternate) / Dialog-osity / Shopping Twitch 2:25
8. Hovering / On Manually 3:19
9. First Look / Admiral 1:04
10. Orbiting / Personal Log 0:53
11. Old Lovers 1:14
12. Sensing / Tasty / The Woods 1:39
13. Splashing / Planet Surface / Underground / Caverns 2:25
14. Memories / Unknown 2:27
15. Scanned / Big Guns / Typical 2:42
16. Inside / Q Returns 2:35
17. Revealed / Reaching Out 4:11
18. Departure 1:09
  Total Time 41:07
 
The Arsenal of Freedom
19. Minos / Promo 2:18
20. Surface Jaunt / Image / Encased 4:05
21. Circling / Beaming / Second Wave / Shields Up 2:00
22. Cloaking / Tossed / Near Miss 4:17
23. Hit or Miss / Global / Separation / Sales Pitch / Bad News 4:33
24. Earned the Right / Ralph Williams 5:02
25. Star Trek: The Next Generation End Title (1st Season - long version) 1:02
  Total Time 22:31
 
Encounter at Farpoint Bonus Tracks
26. Picard's Theme 0:22
27. MFX53 (synth drone) 0:24
28. M15 (unused sting) / M16 (unused sting) 0:16
29. M25A / M25B / M25B-2 (unused source) 0:48
30. M52A / M52B (unused stings) 0:21
  Total Time 2:22
 
31. Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title (1st Season) 1:44
  Total Disc Time 70:44



http://store.gnpcrescendo.com/new/
 
http://store.gnpcrescendo.com/new/product_info.php?products_id=236
 
http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/26712/

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2014 - 6:48 AM   
 By:   wayfarer_1969   (Member)

This is great news! I was only thinking the other day, how Encounter At Farpoint was due for a re-release. Having Arsenal of Freedom cues on the release is a big bonus. Thanks GNP Crescendo!

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2014 - 11:15 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

It's really great that they've remastered their worst sounding modern Trek release. Farpoint *really* needed it, honestly. I'm excited to hear the new music too (a bigger chunk unreleased than for BoBW). But it's absolutely OUTSTANDING that they went above and beyond and included another complete score from the early years before everything became Bermanized wallpaper. I'm glad LLL is no longer the only label releasing *new* (ie. previously unreleased) episode scores, and I hope GNP keeps it up, should they reissue/expand the pilot scores for DS9 or Voyager.

A shame they couldn't have started sooner and put McCarthy's Family on the end of their Best of Both Worlds reissue as some people here suggested, since the episode finished up the storyline. Maybe they didn't because they didn't want to mix composers, or maybe it was their first episode score expansion and they hadn't worked out the details of licensing an extra episode to tack on to the expansion of an earlier album. In any case, I'm still grateful to get that fantastic album and any other Trek GNP feels like refreshing.

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2014 - 12:50 PM   
 By:   Accidental Genius   (Member)

FYI, 'Encounter at Farpoint" was remixed and edited from the GROUND UP under the supervision of Mr. McCarthy with his current mixer Matt La Point.

There were some performances problems that we wanted to fix back in 1988 and couldn't, but this time we were able to.


Ford, are you able to clarify: By performance problems do you mean parts that needed to be re-performed/re-recorded for this reissue, or rather problems with sound quality that today's technology could address?

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2014 - 12:53 PM   
 By:   Accidental Genius   (Member)

Very cool! Did you pen notes for this, Jeff?

Yavar


As you probably now know, he did indeed. And here's a neat thing: For those of you who weren't able to buy a copy of Jeff's now out-of-print and essential The Music of Star Trek tome, by the time all these releases are done you should have so much Bond/Trek content you won't need to pay the exorbitant fees on ebay... not that his book isn't worth them. smile

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2014 - 1:24 PM   
 By:   David (Giacchino-fan)   (Member)

Very cool! Did you pen notes for this, Jeff?

Yavar


As you probably now know, he did indeed. And here's a neat thing: For those of you who weren't able to buy a copy of Jeff's now out-of-print and essential The Music of Star Trek tome, by the time all these releases are done you should have so much Bond/Trek content you won't need to pay the exorbitant fees on ebay... not that his book isn't worth them. smile


Well, I think there have been so many Trek releases since then than an updated book is due! When did it go OOP? I recall having heard the name before, but I don't know if it was still in print when I became interested in film scores.

GNP, why don't you just mug me? Instead of trying to take all my money slowly like this. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2014 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   catboy19   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2014 - 1:50 PM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

FYI, 'Encounter at Farpoint" was remixed and edited from the GROUND UP under the supervision of Mr. McCarthy with his current mixer Matt La Point.

There were some performances problems that we wanted to fix back in 1988 and couldn't, but this time we were able to.


Ford, are you able to clarify: By performance problems do you mean parts that needed to be re-performed/re-recorded for this reissue, or rather problems with sound quality that today's technology could address?


Most likely it's probably just different takes of certain cues, all recorded at the time for the episode's scoring session. New recordings of parts of the score just for an expanded would be prohibitively expensive, especially when dealing with paying musician fees, renting studio performance space, getting copies of the score for the musicians, etc.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2014 - 3:09 PM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

FYI, 'Encounter at Farpoint" was remixed and edited from the GROUND UP under the supervision of Mr. McCarthy with his current mixer Matt La Point.

There were some performances problems that we wanted to fix back in 1988 and couldn't, but this time we were able to.


Ford, are you able to clarify: By performance problems do you mean parts that needed to be re-performed/re-recorded for this reissue, or rather problems with sound quality that today's technology could address?


Most likely it's probably just different takes of certain cues, all recorded at the time for the episode's scoring session. New recordings of parts of the score just for an expanded would be prohibitively expensive, especially when dealing with paying musician fees, renting studio performance space, getting copies of the score for the musicians, etc.


It's more of a case of a little retuning here and there, sweetening a bit of the strings with some samples to fatten it up (He did this on the show throughout the run), it's mostly spit and polish work then anything else.

Ford A. Thaxton

 
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