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 Posted:   Feb 12, 2022 - 9:05 AM   
 By:   DaveM   (Member)

Nami will compose the underscore and Jeff Russo provides the Intro & End Credit music.
https://filmmusicreporter.com/2022/02/11/nami-melumad-scoring-paramounts-star-trek-strange-new-worlds/



Now that Russo is not going to score the whole thing, I'm a bit more interested in seeing this show. Don't get me wrong, I like Jeff's music and I really love his Discovery S2 album but Nami's Prodigy score had a more wondrous and adventure like feel to it, which is more fitting to Star TREK than Russo's dark and drony stuff.

 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2022 - 9:15 AM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

Can only be good.

 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2022 - 9:38 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Stop with Jeff Russo already. Lord, he's not a go-to guy for good Trek themes.

I don't think I've seen a composer announcement for a Trek series or film that I gave a damn about since J.J. took over. I'm done.

"Star Trek: Lower Decks" was a pleasant surprise, but that was after-the-fact.


Now, outside of that, the upcoming Deep Space Nine documentary is being co-scored by Dennis McCarthy, so I am looking forward to that, but I suspect the budget will be small and the score will be an unremarkable synth work.

 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2022 - 7:44 PM   
 By:   Landstander   (Member)

I can't separate my pure loathing and hatred of these new "Star Trek" shows from the music. As a result, maybe I'm missing out on some good music. But judging from what I've heard from Russo, I'm confident I'm not.

 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2022 - 8:14 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

Zero interest in new shitty ST shows since the demise of Brannon Braga/Rick Berman.
At least the music won't suck for a change.

I doubt it will ever reach The Orville level.

 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2022 - 9:23 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

It really doesn't matter whether the producers hire Russo, Melumad, or the reanimated corpse of Erich Wolfgang Korngold – it's the producers who will decide the character of the music. I'm not saying a composer has no bearing on it, but if the Discovery/Picard sound is what the producers want for this new show, that's what they'll get.

But maybe that's not what they want this time.

Now, outside of that, the upcoming Deep Space Nine documentary is being co-scored by Dennis McCarthy, so I am looking forward to that, but I suspect the budget will be small and the score will be an unremarkable synth work.

Do you mean What We Left Behind? That came out in 2018.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2022 - 5:36 PM   
 By:   musicpaladin2007   (Member)

It really doesn't matter whether the producers hire Russo, Melumad, or the reanimated corpse of Erich Wolfgang Korngold – it's the producers who will decide the character of the music. I'm not saying a composer has no bearing on it, but if the Discovery/Picard sound is what the producers want for this new show, that's what they'll get.

But maybe that's not what they want this time.

Now, outside of that, the upcoming Deep Space Nine documentary is being co-scored by Dennis McCarthy, so I am looking forward to that, but I suspect the budget will be small and the score will be an unremarkable synth work.

Do you mean What We Left Behind? That came out in 2018.


He may mean To the Journey, the Voyager Doc that is in production now.

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2022 - 10:07 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

He may mean To the Journey, the Voyager Doc that is in production now.

Ah, you're probably right.

It's interesting, because for years, film score fans complained about the Rick Berman approach to scoring "Star Trek," and bemoaned McCarthy's contributions. And now, it seems a lot of people miss him!

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2022 - 10:22 PM   
 By:   Replicant006   (Member)

He may mean To the Journey, the Voyager Doc that is in production now.

Ah, you're probably right.

It's interesting, because for years, film score fans complained about the Rick Berman approach to scoring "Star Trek," and bemoaned McCarthy's contributions. And now, it seems a lot of people miss him!


We're an illogical bunch, to be sure. I've bought every single Star Trek TV soundtrack release up through Enterprise, and will continue to purchase them. But I rarely play them. The only ST music that gets regular attention from me, outside of the film scores, is the TOS box set.

 
 Posted:   Feb 14, 2022 - 11:09 PM   
 By:   Landstander   (Member)

He may mean To the Journey, the Voyager Doc that is in production now.

Ah, you're probably right.

It's interesting, because for years, film score fans complained about the Rick Berman approach to scoring "Star Trek," and bemoaned McCarthy's contributions. And now, it seems a lot of people miss him!


No matter how bad things get, there can always be something worse. For example, after the Star Wars sequels came out, people all of a sudden started singing the praises of the Prequels.

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2022 - 8:31 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

It really doesn't matter whether the producers hire Russo, Melumad, or the reanimated corpse of Erich Wolfgang Korngold – it's the producers who will decide the character of the music. I'm not saying a composer has no bearing on it, but if the Discovery/Picard sound is what the producers want for this new show, that's what they'll get.

But maybe that's not what they want this time.


Considering the bold and in-your-face thematic orchestral music Nami Melumad has written for Star Trek: Prodigy, I'm sure the showrunners of Strange New Worlds want something more like that for their show, as opposed to the Russo sound (and I say that as a fan of some of his pre-Trek work). The showrunners of Prodigy got to select a more bold approach for their Trek show just like the showrunners of Lower Decks, and even if their bosses are the same people behind selecting the approach for Discovery and Picard, I have hopes that Strange New Worlds will be the first current live action Trek show to break out of that musical box. The two animated shows have certainly shown the path...

No matter how bad things get, there can always be something worse. For example, after the Star Wars sequels came out, people all of a sudden started singing the praises of the Prequels.

And it's one of the most bizarre phenomenons I have ever seen, because even the sequels at their very worst (and Rise of Skywalker was an absolute mess) were still better than the prequels at their "best" (the propping up of Revenge of the Sith has more to do with the spectacle of it all, I think, than any good storytelling).

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2022 - 9:00 AM   
 By:   Khan   (Member)

Zero interest in new shitty ST shows since the demise of Brannon Braga/Rick Berman.
At least the music won't suck for a change.

I doubt it will ever reach The Orville level.


If there's one thing we can count on at FSM, it's someone coming into a thread for the sole purpose of telling everyone how much something sucks.

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2022 - 10:37 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

New interview with Melumad:
https://trekmovie.com/2022/02/15/composer-nami-melumad-talks-about-her-cinematic-score-for-star-trek-strange-new-worlds/?fbclid=IwAR2xRAOUfThYci-sUszQUHB_r6r3IUQqDtwLO8eExXWheqj_92PyOoKKsQQ

"I’m going for a cinematic approach, quite similar to what I do with Prodigy: I address it as if this was a feature film. Though less animated, it is a very active score that addresses most if not all scene changes throughout. There are reoccurring themes/motifs, as the story permits, and a couple of musical callbacks I’m sure you’ll recognize."

I wish she had been tapped to write the main and end titles as well, but there we have it. Her work on Prodigy is night and day different from Russo Trek music.

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2022 - 10:56 AM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Considering the bold and in-your-face thematic orchestral music Nami Melumad has written for Star Trek: Prodigy, I'm sure the showrunners of Strange New Worlds want something more like that for their show, as opposed to the Russo sound (and I say that as a fan of some of his pre-Trek work).

I'll hold out hope. It's not uncommon for animated scores to be more thematic and foregrounded than live-action scores (I know you know this). Russo may have been too busy, and if I were Melumad, I'd certainly welcome the gig even if it weren't her dream, compositionally.

But again – let's hope! I'm not expecting The Motion Picture or "Amok Time," musically. I would just like the music to make some choices, which Russo's rarely seems to do. Or I should say "seemed," because I finally gave up on "Discovery" when the stories basically started to consist of each of the characters telling the others that whatever emotions they were feeling were okay, culminating in the crew giving a pep talk to the ship itself!

I'm very open to "Star Trek" being a wide variety of things, but their apparent indifference to character and basic storytelling finally wore me out. And I wish they understood that continually telling us how incredibly large their latest mysterious threat is doesn't make it dramatic, it just makes it dull.

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2022 - 10:57 AM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

New interview with Melumad

Oh! My last post got interrupted by a phone call, so I hadn't seen this. Hoping for the best!

 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2022 - 11:21 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Agreed with you 100% on Discovery, Schiffy. And I also gave up on Picard pretty quickly, though I confess the presence of Q and Guinan in season 2 has me tempted to give it one more shot (and didn't the showrunner change?)

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2022 - 3:18 PM   
 By:   DaveM   (Member)

The Intro sequence with Russos music
https://twitter.com/ansonmount/status/1520041750005493764



If you don't like it, the twitter account TimelinesTalk did a more improved and FAITHful version smile
https://twitter.com/Timelines_Talks/status/1520075169921998848

 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2022 - 3:35 PM   
 By:   JGouse0498   (Member)

And I also gave up on Picard pretty quickly, though I confess the presence of Q and Guinan in season 2 has me tempted to give it one more shot (and didn't the showrunner change?)

Yavar


It's an absolute mess. I gave up on it after Season 2, Episode 2 because I could already see the writing on the wall of it being just a bunch of plot threads piled on each other. I've been keeping track of the story via extremely detailed recaps. Next week is the season finale, and it's still just a tangled mess of plot threads:

One with the Borg Queen.
One with Picard's ancestor.
One with Brent Spiner's latest Soong and a daughter played again by Isa Briones.
One with a character who is a doppelganger for a future-time character (trying to avoid spoilers for you there).
One with Q and--to an extent--Guinan.

And a "side quest" for Jeri Ryan, Michelle Hurd, and Santiago Cabrera.

I'm not even going to bother with Season 3. Bringing back almost the rest of the Enterprise-D crew...how many more random threads are they going to throw on us.

Plus, it's getting tiresome that the entire fabric of time, the universe, and reality seems to revolve around Jean-Luc Picard and some type of Soong or Soong creation.

It's a shame too as this show had potential in the beginning, and I really really wanted to like it frown

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2022 - 4:05 PM   
 By:   jb1234   (Member)

Yeah, Picard S2 is the worst season of Nu-Trek so far. Just a mess. And after a relatively strong start by his standards, Russo's music has followed suit with virtually nothing notable after the second episode. To be fair, being stuck in Earth 2024, it's not like he's had a lot of epic space scenes to score.

The one clip I've seen of Strange New Worlds promises good things for Melumad's score.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2022 - 2:47 AM   
 By:   Willgoldnewtonbarrygrusin   (Member)

http://filmmusicreporter.com/2022/04/29/jeff-russos-star-trek-strange-new-worlds-theme-revealed/#more-89521

 
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