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 Posted:   Dec 26, 2014 - 7:38 AM   
 By:   other tallguy   (Member)

Here we are at the tail end of season 2! Today we’re doing Steiner’s By Any Other Name and a Charlie X library cue. On Monday (12/29) we’ll do Return to Tomorrow and Patterns of Force. (All six and half minutes of it!)

Give me a moment while I listen to the second season main titles…

I suppose I could go back and watch the episode first (sometimes handy on these partial episodes). But I’m not going to.

Ahhh, that sweet Steiner sound. Someone mentioned that they use Neutralizer for their notification sound on their phone. Not a bad idea that.

The first few acts of this episode are actually rather dire. What most people seem to remember are the wacky hijinks at the end of it. I know it’s a partial episode but Scotty’s “bagpipe” music was so integral to the score that it almost seems like a shame to not include it. But I’m not going to.

I’m pretty sure Steiner could have written an entire episode of nothing but stings.

This is great music, to be sure. But it doesn’t quite have the “hooks” of a Balance of Terror or Mudd’s Women.

Pretty Words: Hey! What’s What are Little Girls Made of doing in here? Get back to work, Fred! Given the many examples of Star Trek “Ooh la la” music, this is fairly understated.

Short Playoff is another track that I’ll always associate with The Ultimate Computer. There’s probably a few of them.

Thematic Playoff: Now there’s a fine statement of the Fanfare.

I like Steiner’s library stuff. He was quite good at it. Hey, speaking of The Ultimate Computer, there’s Doctor Daystrom losing his mind to Goodbye Charlie!

See you Monday!

 Posted:   Dec 30, 2014 - 7:57 PM   
 By:   other tallguy   (Member)

Ah, maybe not MONDAY as such...

Ok, the end of Season 2! (The next new Star Trek score will be Spectre of the Gun on July 25th, 1968.)

We open with The Voice. Definitely that George Duning sound. Jumping ahead 25 years, it sounds a bit like A Christmas Hug from Generations.

I run a little hot and cold on Duning. On the one hand his work is lovely. On the other hand it can seem to drone on a bit. (I may have said this before...) And I’ve never been much of a fan of his organ music. (Is that an organ?) This will reach its peak with The Empath.

The other Star Trek work that seems a little Duning-esque would be The Voyage Home.

It would have been interesting to see what Duning might have done with a Doomsday Machine or a Friday’s Child. His action bits on Star Trek are interesting but somewhat spread apart. He didn’t get any “ACTION” type episodes. Jumping ahead, his most different sounding episode, “And the Children Shall Lead”, was also the most different plot that he received. I know they generally picked him for the Big Emotion episodes.

Ahhhh, Kirk’s Philosophy. A huge reason I wanted the BOX was this one single track. Excuse me while I play it again. Thanks. I wonder what kind of take Duning could have given the main Star Trek theme. (Which no one but Mulendore ever tried until the movies.)

Nice choice to use the “Black Fleet” music for Henoch. Interesting that he’d use Steiner’s theme rather than tracking it from another episode. It sounds even better here than it did in Captain America.

Duning does good fanfare. The last of Last Moments is rousing.

Well, there has to be a last something of everything. And as far as last things go, this is a good one.


*Plays 6 1/2 minutes of Military Mite* City on the Edge of Forever it is not.

Looking forward to hearing what everyone else has to say. And after that I’ll be back in this thread next summer.

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