Melodic Treks 94: Do I Have the Job? / by Brandon-Shea Mutala

Cliff Eidelman Interview.


Running Time: 1 hour 29 minutes 55 seconds
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Jerry Goldsmith created an epic and memorable theme when he composed the 1979 film Star Trek: The Motion Picture, a theme that would become synonymous with Star Trek due to its use as the main title for the hit television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. In 1989, the theme would be used again for the film Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. Given its popularity, many Trek fans were surprised when this theme did not greet them for the 25th anniversary film of their beloved franchise. Instead of Goldsmith's bright patriotic tones, a dark and moody operatic piece with an unusual addition of male choir greeted cinema goers.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Cliff Eidelman to discuss his career as a composer. We talk about his new project that was inspired by art, working with the both the London and Munich Symphony Orchestras, his vocal album, and getting the job as the composer for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.


Intro (00:00:00)
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:01:00)
Inspired by The Louvre (00:02:33)
"Untitled Piano Piece 1" (00:08:56)
Writing (00:09:38)
"Untitled Piano Piece 2" (00:12:24)
L.S.O. (00:13:17)
"Untitled Piano Piece 3" (00:19:35)
My Muse (00:21:05)
"In Your Eyes" (00:25:09)
Consistency of the Vocals (00:28:13)
How Has Your Style Changed? (00:30:45)
From Ballet to Film (00:33:48)
Munich Symphony (00:36:59)
I Gotta Gush For a Bit (00:42:10)
"Overture" From Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (00:42:54)
Male Choir (00:45:33)
"Rura Penthe" From Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (00:48:59)
The Captain's Theme (00:54:54)
"Clear All Moorings" From Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (00:56:48)
Getting the Job (00:58:18)
Listener Questions (01:08:45)
Finding Cliff (01:24:15)
Closing (01:27:29)

All music composed by Cliff Eidelman Intro and exit music from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country composed by Cliff Eidelman


Brandon Shea Mutala


Cliff Eidelman


Tony Robinson (Editor and Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

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