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Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage – Review

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We had been banging on about it for while but did it live up to the hype? Yes Sir it did!

We arrived at the Royal Abert Hall early so we could meet friends and get acquainted with the bar. We were thrilled to bump into our friend Michael Clark from Visionary Trek and his friend Victoria.

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We don’t want to give spoilers about exactly what they played as the show has just started its tour but here’s an overview of how it went and what you can expect.

The live orchestra is positioned under a large screen that plays clips from all movies and series to accompany the music. It was split into segments that is narrated by Michael Dorn. The segments included dedications to different aspects for example; each crew, to the captains, to aliens and the Enterprise. There were also themes such as wisdom, family and allies. The clips they played on the screen weren’t necessarily related to the imagery shown with it. This worked well because we got to see how TOS would look with the new Movies soundtrack and visa versa.

There were other segments that were dedicated to individual scenes from a particular episode. In that case they would play just that one clip and music.

The attendance of Ron Jones and Jay Chattaway as guest composers was a real treat and the audience loved them. Ron played scores from early TNG but without any video to accompany it. This allowed us to refocus on the music as we kept finding ourselves slipping back to the visual.

Which reminds us of our last post where we discussed our expectations. We found it hard to isolate our favourite musical scores from our favourite scenes in Trek, but having attended this concert we have learned that our favourite scenes, have the best musical scores. And that’s not a coincidence. We have learnt that it’s not just good writing and visual effects that make a great scene, but it’s when good writing, acting, effects and music scenes all come together, that’s when the movie magic occurs.

The scores chosen for the concert managed a good balance, throwing the audience into laughter and lots of tears! (Holographic tissues please!). Although the clips chosen were very TOS centred with little DS9 and very little Voyager.

If Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage is coming to a town near you we recommend you book fast. With no new television series being aired, this is the perfect way to reconnect with the show and appreciate it in a new light.

Altogether it was a great evening. And much like choosing our favourite scenes, we have learnt that it’s not just a good concert that makes a great event. It’s the atmosphere of hundreds of Trekkies enjoying themselves, it’s the incredible location and helpful staff of The Royal Albert Hall and it’s the company, the friends you meet and make on the way. And yeah, the bottles of bubbly helped too!

Highlights: ok, can’t resist this spoiler! The mashup of First Contact and Best of Both Worlds.

Would have like to have seen: more from Enterprise, Voyager and DS9

Relieved because: we don’t need to eat our Tricorders as per a bet.

We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to come and see us and say hi, it is always great to see our Facebook and Twitter friends at Star Trek events. We are always overwhelmed by your kindness. Especially to Liam who saw that were were in need of TWOK insignia badges and made some for us himself and to Neil who saw we needed personalised Trekkie Girls coasters from all our champagne guzzling and made some for us! You’re all lovely.

Big thank you to Rick at The Royal Albert Hall for your support. Live along and Prosper!

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage Wishlist

After our cheeky question to Ron Jones (Star Trek TNG Composer) asking what can we expect from this Sunday’s concert being held at the Royal Albert Hall, we have been wondering what we’d like to hear.

We were pleased and fascinated by something that Ron said when we spoke to him, that they’ll be a lot of surprises and that they dug deep to find the pieces of music that aren’t embedded into the fans consciousness.

This makes it particularly hard to pick out the ‘best musical scores’ over our favourite scenes across the Star Trek franchise. But here’s a few!…

The Corbomite Manoeuvre

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This is very familiar to the fans but there is something iconic about this music. I’m not sure what feeling it was meant to evoke or what atmosphere it was trying to create but it goes wonderfully with Kirks blasé attitude towards Blalok.

Star Trek The Search for Spock

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Here we felt the music when Kirk and the crew steal the Enterprise,moist perfectly. It adds to the suspense of if they’d get the space doors open in time. It is quintessentially Trek, emphasising that even though what they are doing is technically bad, it’s THEIR ship!

Star Trek Insurrection

Whilst not our favourite movie, this has one of the best sound tracks. The opening credits are pretty and sweet. In fact, Sam used this soundtrack for her wedding. Starting off all sweet and wedding like, it builds up to the TNG theme tune. But it’s grander than the TV version. Next time you watch Insurrection, listen to the closing credits right to the end. Make sure you turn up the volume very loud. You won’t be disappointed.

Badda Bing Badda Bang

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This!

The Inner Light

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If they don’t play this, we’ll eat our tricorders.

So there’s just a few we’d like to hear. The more we though about it,  more scenes kept coming to us from all series and all movies. But we found ourselves falling in to the trap of picking the most popular scenes. We are looking forward to experiecing Star Trek from a new angle. An angle that has always been there, but perhaps we haven’t appreciated as much as we could have before.

What are your favourite scores and soundtracks?

Hopefully see you this Sunday at the Royal Albert Hall

 

Ron Jones Interview – Star Trek The Ulimate Voyage

Ahead of Sunday’s trektastic concert at the Royal Albert Hall, we were kindly offered the opportunity to talk to Ron Jones who was the composer on Star Trek The Next Generation on seasons 1-4.

Ron will be appearing as a guest conductor at Star Trek The Ultimate Voyage on Sunday 1st November and we understand there are still some tickets left, but be quick!

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TGs: You continued the theme of classical music scores in to TNG, do you know how that decision came about?

RJ: There was a lot of discussion between Gene Roddenberry and Bob Justman. Paramount and the executive side were worried as TNG was so different with a bald British captain, a Klingon on the bridge, a different cast. They were worried that the TOS fans would see this and be in shock. They told us liberally to use weed out the theme from Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage’s themes from the movies.

As the show progressed, we got our legs in the the middle of the second second and defiantly by the third season. Then the music got its own thing.

TGs: So much like how TNG is believed to have come in to its own by season 2/3, you felt the music had also came into its own by then?

RJ: As characters, when they started, they didn’t really know each other then after a while, they would add a sense of humour, become much more relaxed and figure out what they were all about. The writers too had to figure out what the show was all about. It evolved weekly but it hit critical mass about that time.

TGs: How connected were you to the development of the show?

RJ: I can’t tell the story visually so I have tell the listener and inform them as to the emotional content. I would read the script and before I start writing a note I would ask, ‘what is the show about? What is this character about’. If that character was a melodic device, turn it into a musical thing or that feeling, what would it be? What would the feeling of the situation they are in be? So I do a lot of work, I become totally submerged into the emotional content and tried to decipher as much as I can of those emotional queues, those emotional keys. And so those ideas start to collide. If it starts of they’re in adventure mode, They can be in in a scene that is scientific and exciting and then all of a sudden something crazy happens and it all changes. So I have to bat that all out, which is my own personal way. A lot of composers sit down and look at the show and do the first thing that come to their mind and there’s not any thought about it. for me I do so much work, it’s like building a giant structure and so even now when I look back now I have a portfolio of notes where I wrote down all of the characters and I think when people that really listen to the scores they’ll hear that, they’ll hear that jerry goldsmith style, they’ll hear my style. Some of the composers were sensitive to that and other composers have that all unique approach to it and don’t go to all that trouble.

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Trek Playlist Part Two

We all know what a great influence Star Trek has had on technology and the sciences but we hadn’t appreciated what a huge impact it has had on the music industry. In our first post we shared some of our favourite Star Trek bands and Fan created songs. In this post we will share with you more from our Trek Playlist including regular songs with Star Trek References and also some of the Actors from Trek who are also performers and have albums.
These blog posts were inspired by a thread on the Showmasters forum.

21st Century Star Trek Songs

 
This category is for contemporary songs with some reference to Star Trek. There must be loads that we don’t know about so please share. But these are some of our favs. See bottom of post for links to Amazon MP3s where available.
 
Herf Nerder – Mr Spock. Not only is the name of this band a Star Wars slur but they wrote the theme tune (and sang the theme tune) to Buffy. All Trekkie Girls can relate to this song. Look out for their video too, for green girls, tribbles and redshirts! There’s also an interview with them on StarTrek.com

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Trek Playlists

You’re in your bedroom fixing your latex ears or adjusting your ridges. You’re driving to a Star Trek convention the other side of the country or you’re wasted on Romulan Ale on Captain Picard Day. What’s on your playlist?

Remarkably, there is so much to choose from, we will have to do this post in two parts. We thought we’d share with you some of our favs. Split into different categories depending on your mood. In this post we bring you, Star Trek bands and Internet creations.
 
24th Century Rockbands, Marooned in the 21st Century.

WARP 11
Warp 11 were the first Star Trek themed Rockband we discovered and it was instant love. The band consists of Captain Karl Miller, Chief Engineer Brian Moore, Chief Science Officer Kiki Stockhammer and John ‘Number One’ Merlino.
The band have just released their 7th Album – Borgasm and if its anything like the 6 preceding it, we’re in for a treat. Our favourite albums are Red Alert and Boldly Go Down On Me – and with album covers like this, who can blame us! Whilst their style is predominately rock and punk, they dabble in a bit of country (Old Country Doctor) our tricorders even detected some ska.

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