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Listen To 22 Minutes Of Star Trek Into Darkness Score + Giacchino Interview + Soundtrack Now Due May 28 May 9, 2013

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Star Trek Into Darkness composer Michael Giachino shared 22-minutes of music from his score during a great hour-long interview on WQXR radio. You can listen to the whole thing below. We also have an update on the soundtrack availability.


Preview of Giacchino’s Into Darkness Score + Interview

WQXR has a great hour-long interview with Star Trek Into Darkness composter Michael Giachino. You can listen to the full interview and all the music below.

Soundtrack now coming May 28 – available to pre-order on Amazon

Amazon has updated their listings for the Star Trek Into Darkness soundtrack. The CD version is now listed to be released on May 28th (previously it was listed as May 14th). Also the vynil version is no longer available for pre-order, but they now have a ‘signup’ to be notified when the item is being released. .




1. steve - May 9, 2013

Really stoked for this soundtrack!

2. Mad Mann - May 9, 2013

I wonder who the fan on Twitter was that gave Giacchino the idea to add in some TOS music. That dude’s gotta feel good.

3. Grand Marshal Skaldak - May 9, 2013

The Klingon bits sound very ‘Bane’ from Dark Knight Rises.

4. Jimtibkirk - May 9, 2013

“Jah-KEE-no” … now I know. Looking forward to this release.

5. Sunfell - May 9, 2013

Ah, finally got my email, I see… :-)

6. Captain, USS Northstar - May 9, 2013

Listening to the program now and I’ll share some impressions: “Ode to Harrison” — very mysterious, very complex. Spooky.

7. Aix - May 9, 2013

@3 Thought the same thing

8. Captain, USS Northstar - May 9, 2013

“Ship to Ship” is an impressive track. Lots of excitement and tension.

9. Drij - May 9, 2013


10. NCC-73515 - May 9, 2013

Even more repetitive than the last one, but I can’t get the Harrison theme out of my head! XD
I didn’t find any TOS music in the film besides the end credits (which is the same as in 2009)…

11. bjdcharlie - May 9, 2013

This is in the long tradition of great scoring for Hollywood movies, going way back to the silent period, when movies had orchestra or organ accompaniment. Movie Magic and Star Trek. Tickets at the ready May 15 8 pm. This was a very interesting interview, thanks for sharing it.

12. Stargazer54 - May 9, 2013

Thank you so much Anthony,, for all your efforts in bringing forth new info to us lowly fans. I know it is a lot of work putting content out that will keep spoilers to a minimum.

Listening to Michael Giacchino talk about his experiences with TOS and also wanting keep some secrets fresh for the first time viewer of the film reminded me of a friend doing their best to make the outcome the best for me.

Not to sound maudlin, but the interview indicates that he has a good sense of TOS canon and knows what it means, and that means a lot.

When talking about the characters he said: “There is this great idea of trust.” “I love that these characters respect each other.”

Considering that individually the director, actors, composer and film crew do good work on any given day of the week, hearing these track pieces (and comments) made me hopeful that the film I am about to see will exceed the sum of its parts.

I don’t think I could be any more sincere to all involved, except by saying, Kapla! (or qapla depending on the quadrant)

13. Julian - May 9, 2013

I am really appreciative that he gave a not to Jerry Goldsmith. Good stuff.

14. Nick Tierce - May 9, 2013

Having seen the movie last night, I did not spot the TOS music reference first time through. (And I know most of that music like the back of my hand.)

15. CarlG - May 9, 2013

I don’t suppose anyone has been able to translate the Klingon chanting? :)

16. jack Zymurgy - May 9, 2013

love this!

17. NX01 - May 9, 2013

Why is it coming out after the movie?
What fun is that? I like to listen to the soundtrack before I watch the movie.

18. Robert Karma - May 9, 2013

A key ingredient for every movie I have enjoyed in my life had a great soundtrack this is especially true for Star Trek. Star Trek also has a great history of having memorable music used for each of the series on TV. Yes, the theme song for Enterprise was an epic fail but otherwise Trek has a good track record for music. I liked Michael Giachino’s soundtrack for the last Trek film & these clips aired here are quite promising in the feeling that I will walk out of Into Darkness thinking that the soundtrack was an integral part of the story. Goldsmith remains the gold standard for me when it comes to Star Trek but I wouldn’t mind Giachino leaving a lasting impression on the franchise.

19. AyanEva - May 9, 2013

#4 I haven’t listend to the interview yet but it’s good to know how to finally say his name! I’ve been pronouncing it WAY wrong. I was like, “Gee-Ah-Cheeno.” I should have at least figured out the first bit was “Ja” with the Gi and that two c’s make a “k” sound and not a “ch.” :/

My art history professors from back in undergrad would be ashamed of me…

20. Mitchell - May 10, 2013

Giacchino’s score was severely lacking last time. I had high hopes for STID after The Video Game seemed to tease incredible evolution to the score but it was a ruse and i find all of Giacchino’s Star Trek music to be terribly bland while lacking depth and just far too generic.
I’m hoping John Ottman gets a shot at the score next, on X-Men and Superman he’s never been afraid to use classic themes And explore taking them to new places.

21. Elias Javalis - May 10, 2013

Good but short, only 42 min…Cmon!

22. CaptainDonovin - May 10, 2013

This was great, listened in my car on the way home from work tonight. Can’t wait until Friday, took the day off to get my Trek on!

23. fidelio - May 10, 2013

@20. That is totally funny, because I thought the Score this time was much more diversified than the last one. The was no “Einaudi-like” Piano track like that on the last Score, the new klingon theme, the Harrison theme. There were much more new ideas than compared to the score of the recent Batman trilogy, e.g.
All in all, it feels much more like a “classic” score, not so much like this “action-scores” that are so modern these days (but sound all the same)…

24. Beeline - May 10, 2013

So is the “Ode to Harrison” track going to be on the soundtrack coming out on the 28th? I didn’t see it on the track list unless it’s under a different name.

25. Eminiar7 - May 10, 2013

Has anybody seen the movie yet and identified what the bit of TOS soundtrack that Giacchino incorporated was? “Amok Time”?

26. STfanboy - May 10, 2013

What hit me the most was the chanting during the Qo’nos music. I think that adds some power and depth to the score. I just wish the piece was a little longer. The other ones are alight. Still like the main them at the end with the Star Trek fan fair.

27. fidelio - May 10, 2013

I am actually a little worried, that “ode to Harries” does not show on the track listing of the album :-/

28. davenetsoo - May 10, 2013

Maybe it’s just me but I enjoy the Main Theme Music I’m assuming we get an extended opening credit sequence this time out maybe as opposed to a longer end title series or both who knows…can’t wait for the 16th

29. (The Late) Richard Dawson's Ruffled Shirt - May 10, 2013

@ 22

WIth the release date for the soundtrack pushed back til AFTER the release of the movie (bonehead decision, IMHO), how have you been listening to the score? Please dish.

30. MG - May 10, 2013

Where is itunes release?

31. Mitchell - May 10, 2013

@23. fidelio:
it’s all preference, Goldmsith and Courage are my gold standards, with Horner not far behind but some believe the exact opposite or even place McCarthy at the front etc..etc…

Giacchino’s Trek music just doesn’t leave me with anything to sink into and enjoy. ID’s score sounds like the Boston Pops conducting notes John Williams toyed with and never used. but i can’t fault him completely JJ’s films i’m sure are incredibly difficult to conduct for. the pace of the films doesn’t leave you a lot of room to really explore a score on screen.

Both ’09 and This work when needed in the context of the films which i find strange you compared to the Dark Knight Trilogy which was exactly the same. Zimmer’s music is stirring when called upon as needed.

Regardless, we are all spoiled with a rich history of soundtracks.

32. Ivan - May 10, 2013

The Soundtrack is simply Epic!

33. WannaBeatle - May 10, 2013

I always look forward to movie scores, as I’m sure many of you here do, too. Many times, the soundtrack is better than the movie, itself…some Kim Basinger movie comes to mind (and I can’t remember the movie title at the moment).

I like this guy…ya know he’s a fan of the many composers we all know and love, too. Even he would rather have John Williams on SW than himself…no ego, he has.

He’s cool!!!

34. rogerachong - May 10, 2013

On the STID board someone posted the 5 complete tracks (full versions) highlghted here separately without interviews only music, about 4 days ago. The board has spoiler tabs so is safer than here anyways.

Klingon theme for the win and Harrison’s theme mentioned as a bonus track in second. I am hoping the delay in releasing the OST is them fitting this tack unto the CD.

35. - May 10, 2013

The music is sensational.

That voiceover? well 20 seconds were enough of that.

36. Matt - May 10, 2013

LOVE ode to Harrison

37. Winkie - May 10, 2013

Posted my review over in the fan review section

and I can safely say that the score was by far the most underwhelming aspect of an otherwise enjoyable movie.
I was disappointed with the Trek 09 score, and this is little different. And I feel bad saying that, as a fan of movie music and of Mr Giacchino particularly.
Maybe things will resonate more when I hear the music on its own, but that isn’t the point is it?

38. Jonboc - May 10, 2013

This sounds fantastic! I love a good soundtrack and this one is going to be on the summer playlist for sure!

39. Picard's Slappy Patty - May 10, 2013

Honestly, I find his music quite unengaging, unlike say John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and James Horner. I can’t explain why, but it just doesn’t work any magic on me. I am left craving.

40. trekman_dave - May 10, 2013

I think his style of sounds will always divide fans, I for one love the direction he has taken and pleased to say it will be played many times before wearing out.

I hope that he is involved in the third as I think his score like the cast and nu story play a very important role.

41. DIGINON - May 10, 2013

@ 29. davenetsoo: Just like with the last movie there’s an opening teaser followed by just the movie title. The full credit sequence comes at the end of the movie. The difference is just that last time they put the full end credit sequence music on the soundtrack CD. This time they haven’t.

42. Mitchell - May 10, 2013


he should be available. if giacchino scores Star Wars over John Williams, that’s a coup’ worthy of Poppa Palpatine.

43. SoonerDave - May 10, 2013

@40 Agree completely.

Have been entirely underwhelmed with Giacchino’s Trek work. Heard repeatedly that the muted score from ’09 was because the “relationships were incomplete,” “part of the story..” okay, fine, I’ll accept that…but the blurbs I’ve heard so far sound….underwhelming and muted.

Not bad, mind you, just disappointing. Chronically immemorable. You still hear rousing responses to Goldsmith’s TMP work 35 years after it was released. I have a hard time finding anything in MG’s work memorable much after the movie ends.

And I freely admit its probably unfair to even try to compare whatever MG does against the legendary work of Goldsmith, but that’s the legacy and inevitable comparison he inherits in taking over the musical aspect of the franchise.

I’ll apologize in advance for offending any MG fans. Don’t mean to slam or disparage him – its just that his work for this iteration of Trek is just, well, meh. Nice, pleasant, but unremarkable. If you’re a fan of MG and like what he’s done, hey, that’s great, power to you. That’s the beauty of differing opinions :)

44. JohnRambo - May 10, 2013

What i love the most is that at the end of the movie you can hear the the TOS theme but i sounded like it was direct taken from the Series.

This ending was exactly what i wanted:-) especially with that music

45. Exverlobter - May 10, 2013

All the critics of Giacchino should be glad that Hans Zimmer and his numerous clones kept their dirty hands of Star Trek.
Giacchino’s music is currently the closest thing that resembles a classic symphonic-score. I think he carrys very well the legacy of Williams, Goldsmith and Horner to a new generation.

46. Exverlobter - May 10, 2013

BTW, the Klingon choir.
Does anybody know if Marc Okrand was involved with the film?

47. NCC-73515 - May 10, 2013

45 JohnRambo
It was taken directly from the last film ;)

48. Michael Haggard - May 10, 2013

I saw the movie tonight. It opened today here in Taiwan. Better than the first movie in many ways… still has JJ Abrams plot holes and logical jumps… but all in all a better movie far more worthy of TREK.


The music was not nearly as memorable this time as it was in the first movie. Still great, but just not as noticeable nor memorable.

49. Markus - May 10, 2013

Does anybody know if and where to get notes for track 4?

50. Ctrl-Opt-Del - May 10, 2013

“London Calling” sounds like it was inspired by the work of Philip Glass… Very nice.

51. rogue_alice - May 10, 2013

DEFUND NPR!!!!11!!!!!!!

52. Elias Javalis - May 10, 2013


I think i know what you mean! I am a massive Goldsmith/Horner fan and i believe you re looking things through a fresh perspective..Well so am i and i hate to say it but Giancchino’s take is much better than trek 2,3,4,6,7,8,9…Star Trek TMP and the final frontier are marginal better than Giancchino’s work in XI and XII.

Thats my opinion!

53. Ctrl-Opt-Del - May 10, 2013

“Ode to Harrison” is oddly evocative of Goldsmith’s main theme from “Powder”…

54. pg - May 10, 2013

Giacchino’s work is awesome if you ask me. He created a perfect new theme for the reboot and it just works on so many levels.

These are different movies than the old ones. I think the old ones relied on bigger, more bombastic themes to sort of make up for the fact the visuals weren’t necessarily as big and bold to the audience in the 80s. This is more of a minimalist approach that serves what’s transpiring on screen very nicely.

Not underwelming at all if you consider the kind of film he’s scoring it to, but I’m sure I’ll get slammed for that opinion lol

Also, James Horner btw, my gosh he recycles so much stuff. Watch 48 hours, then watch Commando, then watch Clear and Present Danger and the overall main theme during car chases is the same. Only variation is the bongo drums are being used versus more of an orchestra sound in Clear and Present Danger.

55. Paul - May 10, 2013

Mixing in STID favours the dialog/sound FX the music is buried & hard to hear in many places sadly not as good a score as ST09 either not by a long way.

56. SoonerDave - May 10, 2013


I’d *almost* agree if it weren’t obvious that ST:TMP’s setpieces, effects, and visuals were at least conceived in a very Kubriesque way, very large, very majestic, and the music went right along with them.

I understand your point re the “kind” of film MG is working in these two Trek features, but it still seems so tentative. Certainly nothing as brash and challenging as, for example, his score for “The Incredibles.” Maybe he was intimidated (for lack of a better word) by the scope of Trek’s musical history? Don’t know. I did read that he was very frustrated in writing Trek’s score, couldn’t come up with what sounded “right” until Abrams gave him a different way of thinking about it.

Agree 100% on Horner rehashing things. You can hear the same stretches of music from Sneakers, TWOK, Cocoon, Pelican Brief, etc. Not a big fan.

57. sean - May 10, 2013

Love what I’m hearing, very different for Trek and interesting. No idea where people are getting the repetitive complaint from. A lot of these pieces couldn’t sound more different.

58. secondbassman - May 10, 2013

Giacchino’s work doesn’t have the same tonal themes as Goldsmith or Horner’s, but I don’t think that’s what he’s going for. It’s been stated before that he had composed a more ‘traditional’ Star Trek theme for the 2009 film but JJ opted for a different direction. I’ve always appreciated the organic and percussive nature of Giacchino’s music – he does an outstanding job composing work that builds tension without resorting to banging on the low end of a synth. This is good stuff.

59. DrumBeater - May 10, 2013

So, did anyone find the 10 measures of TOS-like music that he stuck into the STID score? Where is it? Please do tell as I won’t be able to get the OST anytime soon after its release.

60. Basil - May 10, 2013

You say “composter”…I say composer. :)

61. Keachick - rose pinenut - May 10, 2013

I did not notice the music that much in STID, but then again, film music is meant to complement the story, not overshadow it. For this reason, it worked.

62. cd - May 10, 2013

The Klingon chanting sounds more like the chanting at the end of Return of The Jedi.

63. Tuomas - May 10, 2013

Listening to this right now and loving it so far. I also loved the main theme from 2009 and I’m glad it’s there again.

64. Anti Red Matter - May 10, 2013

Oh My: Samberg, Takei & JJ interview of Facebook 8:30 PM ET:

65. singularity87 - May 10, 2013

I found that this new Trek didn’t really start to feel like Trek until some of the original musical cues were mixed in. Then it felt like Star Trek and the new music became associated with that feel as well. :)


66. (The Late) Richard Dawson's Ruffled Shirt - May 10, 2013

A shame that the record label decided to hold off on the release of this music until after the film is released — I personally enjoy listening to the soundtrack before the film — a sort of “amping myself up” ritual.

Aside from the above radio show link, is there any other way to catch music from the new film before it opens here?

67. JMC - May 10, 2013

Why? Its only mp3s of music.

68. dayxday - May 10, 2013

Blandiose is the word that comes to mind when I hear this music. Sure, it sounds big and epic, but I actually find it rather bland. What really bothers me is the lack of melody. Aside from the main score, there’s not a very much that sticks in my head. It’s ashame, because I really like a lot of his other work.

69. Trekbilly - May 11, 2013

Giacchino is no Jerry Goldsmith or John Williams but he’s a fine composer in his own right. At least his scores are thematic. I like what he does. I didn’t care for Ottman’s score for Superman Returns. Yes, he brought back some of the classic themes but all the new stuff he did was bland and not memorable at all…

I’d be hard pressed to think of a better composer for Trek right now except maybe Alan Sylvestri or Howard Shore.

70. Cygnus-X1 - May 11, 2013

Totally off-topic, but Zachary Quinto did a great little interview on Real Time with Bill Maher.

71. Elias Javalis - May 11, 2013


Perhaps they decided to add a couple of tracks more:)

72. Marja - May 11, 2013

Disappointed to hear some of the same figures and instrumentation from Nero’s “bad guy” theme [which was the only thing I really disliked in the music for ST2009] repeated herein for the Klingons in “Qo’Onos Wartet.” Mleah [that’s Meh and Bleah together].

On the positive side, Ode to Harrison has some brand-new and tricksy stuff, perfect for our antagonist. Some of the instrumentation sounds a wee bit … “Third Man”? Exotic? Hmmmmm….

73. singularity87 - May 11, 2013

There was a cut scene of Nero escaping from the Klingons for the last film.

It wouldn’t surprise me if the theme wasn’t originally meant for them, at least in part.

74. Mitchell - May 11, 2013

55. pg:
57. SoonerDave:

Horner rehashing is something all composer’s do.
John Williams stuff is all the swashbuckling same.
Jerry Goldsmith’s sounds are recognizable over decades:
Medicine Man & The Ghost and the Darkness borrow heavily from Star Trek.
U.S. Marshall’s, Insurrection & Nemesis showcase moderate evolution. And scene’s from Alien & ST:TMP are the same music so much i get a double rush of chills when i watch either film.

75. Mitchell - May 11, 2013

69. Trekbilly:
Ottman’s skill was poorly used by Bryan Singer. the score is anything but “bland” or “not memorable”.
Check out Superman Returns again and more of his work on X-2 and Valkyrie. you’ll hear traits near the best of Williams, Giacchino and Goldsmith.

John Ottman has more than enough of what it takes to add more heart and soul to the legacy of films for Star Trek

76. SoonerDave - May 11, 2013


There’s a difference between commonalities in style across works and cranking up a Xerox machine and changing titles.

I’m certainly no musical expert, but I credit myself with at least a minimalist ability to distinguish the difference. The obvious repetition from Horner is hard to ignore.

77. JA - May 11, 2013

The movie already opened here in Europe and I’ve seen it. I really like the score, it has epic moments and some very tender themes.

I even prefer it to his score of Star Trek (2009).
BUT, releasing a score today with a running-time of less than 45 minutes is a slap in the face of the fans (with a movie running 130 minutes!).

Seriously, I hope they will release a complete score like with the first movie. I’d get that as before. But I’ll skip this CD. It’s a clear attempt to milk every penny the fans have. :-(

78. thomoz - May 11, 2013

I listen to a lot of scores and a lot of classical and after careful thought, my suspicion is that the staccato nature of the Arrangements makes film fans connect less with the music as a separate element free of the movie. Within the context of the film it underscores the rapid pace of the direction and editing common in modern film. If MG were to rearrange the music without all the triplet/quadruplet business in the violins, holding sustained notes, the melody and emotional core of the music would be more obvious to us fans. John Williams more than once re-arranged Star Wars and other film themes for re-recordings that would stand better on their own, more pleasant to listen to without being chained to a film.

79. Konar - May 11, 2013

I think the opening Pranking the Natives sounds wonderfully like TOS — it’s like we just came back from a commercial break and are thrown into the climax of an “adventure in progress” — which I am sure is what they had in mind with the opening of this film.

80. Ralph Pinheiro - May 11, 2013

Box office STID. Anyone know?

81. Ralph Pinheiro - May 11, 2013

post 76 – JA

And about box office? what did you think about reaction of people?

82. Elias Javalis - May 11, 2013


Uhm, its a bit early, boxoffice stats available sunday night…i think!

83. JA - May 11, 2013

post 81 – Ralph Pinheiro

What do you mean? I haven’t heard about how much it made here. But with Iron Man 3 already in theatres, I guess not that much. Probably less than it should have.

The cinema I was in was completely booked (on a wednesday) and the people laughed a lot (intentional humor) and when we walked out we overheard some conversations. People generally were very pleased.
I defenitely got my money’s worth. A lot of entertainment and in the end, the true core of Star Trek comes through.

84. copper based blood - May 12, 2013


If anyone does not want to know where the music is in the movie and want to find it themselves, don’t read any furthur, this is just for the guys who asked.

You will find a snippet of Gerald Fried’s “Ancient Combat” from “Amok Time” in the scene where Spock fights Harrison on the barge in San Francisco. Very Brief though.

85. James L. - May 12, 2013

The Google Play store has the MP3 album available for purchase now!

86. Elias Javalis - May 12, 2013

First numbers are out, i wont comment on that. Anthony would want to create an article about it…

87. Copper Based Blood - May 13, 2013

I was wondering if anyone could help with a Question Regarding the soundtrack of “Into Darkness”.

While Watching the movie, there were 3 scenes that featured “Source Music”

1, Kirk with the 2 Cat girls (it sounded that maybe it was the Beastie Boys again???, but not really Sure.)
2, Kirk in Bar with Pike
3, Scotty in Night Club (Penelope Austin Did the track “The Dark Collide” for the Australian Market)

I have heard that JJ has chosen “Local Artists” (5 Different Artists, I think) to feature their music in the Night Club scene, so that when the Movie is shown in those Countries, you will get the song & Artist that is relevant to your area of the world. I Know Penelope Austin has done the Track “The Dark Collide” for Australia (But that was not the song I heard here in the UK)

I was wondering if anybody might know what the Songs that featured in the movie are? That is the first 2 + the 5 different tracks for the Night Club Scene, I would be most grateful if anyone could let me know.

88. Jake - May 13, 2013

FYI, the soundtrack is already up on iTunes (US)! I just downloaded it.

89. Nick - May 13, 2013

Me too Jake! Love it!

90. Greg - May 13, 2013

For the love of the Great Bird, will someone PLEASE get Ron Jones in to do a decent Trek score?!?!?

91. jerr - May 14, 2013

is “A..muck Time” the correct pronunciation?

92. William G - May 14, 2013

For everyone who can wait for a hard copy, it is out on iTunes now!

93. Phil - May 17, 2013

I really do enjoy his score, but I’m VERY disappointed that he omitted the wonderful Original Series theme (that was in the ending theme of the 2009 movie) this time around. :(

94. Jason - May 19, 2013

The song in the nightclub scene for the US market is also Penelope Austin’s The Dark Collide. Strange they would have different songs for different regions, yet they are the same in US and AU but not UK. Maybe it is because the singer is Australian and the producer is American….I just wish they would hurry up and release the song on US Itunes, right now it is only available everywhere else.

95. Tim Johnson - May 22, 2013

Was that an Albert King song playing in the bar when Kirk was drinking away his blues after being relieved of his command?

96. Mike Poteet (@Bibliomike) - May 23, 2013

@93 – What do you mean, he omitted the TOS theme? The end credits start off exactly as they did in 09, with the Courage theme in all its reorchestrated glory.

I have mixed feelings about the movie, but am really loving Giacchino’s music. I, too, have missed the supposed quotation of TOS music (apart from the Courage fanfare and main title). Can anybody point me toward it? is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.