The Gold(smith) Standard

The Music of STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE

In the coming weeks, I will be taking a look at each of the scores to the films in the Star Trek franchise. Here, I will talk a bit about the first film, which really set the template for what Trek film music would sound like for more than 35 years.

In 1979, Star Trek, a TV show that had been on the air only for three short seasons yet drew a fan base unequaled for its time through syndication, was reborn as a feature film. While the music written for the series by Alexander Courage, Gerald Fried, Fred Steiner, and others had often been memorable but not what I would call “cinematic.” To bring Trek to the big screen would require the skills of one of the biggest names in film music: Jerry Goldsmith.

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Continuing the Musical Saga of Star Wars

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

Update: If you’d like to hear more about what I thought about the movie itself, I recently joined the folks on the Talking Stars Podcast to talk about ROGUE ONE.

With the recent release of ROGUE ONE, I figured what better way to kick off this blog than with a discussion of the score to that film. In addition to being the first “anthology” film in the Star Wars saga, ROGUE ONE also marks the first time a composer other than John Williams was tasked with scoring a film in the series.

starwars_premiere_1-768x1152Originally, the filmmakers decided on Alexandre Desplat to compose the score for ROGUE ONE; however, owing to the significant number of reshoots that occurred in postproduction, Desplat became unavailable. To replace him, the producers turned to Michael Giacchino, who, in my humble opinion, is one of the hottest composers working in Hollywood. I’ve been a fan of Giacchino’s work ever since his score for THE INCREDIBLES (2004), and he had already made a mark in another iconic science fiction franchise in scoring the recent Star Trek reboot films.

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