Giacchino’s Star Trek Soundtrack Announced – Available For Pre-order

We have heard about the toys, the book the comic prequel and lots of other merchandising, and today the final piece of the multimedia event of the new Star Trek is now official. The Michael Giacchino sountrack for the film is now available for pre-order at Amazon. TrekMovie has that and more details below.


Star Trek’s new score

The Amazon listing for the Star Trek Soundtrack is quite sparse, only noting that it comes out May 5th and it retails for $17.98. It is being published by Varese Sarabande, who are the largest publishers of film soundtracks. Varese Sarabande published most of Giacchino’s previous soundtracks, including the various seasons of Lost, Alias as well as the soundtrack for Mission: Impossible: III, JJ Abrams’ first feature film.

TrekMovie has checked with Varese Sarabande and confirmed that the new soundtrack will be on one CD and final details are being worked out. It will also be available for download at Amazon, and at iTunes. In addition, Varese Sarabande confirmed, even though Amazon lists it as ‘Various Artists’, the soundtrack is solely the score from Giacchino, and apparently that is just an Amazon glitch. When Album art and a track list are available we will provide an update here at TrekMovie will also be doing a review of the soundtrack are the time of its release. 

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Still waiting to hear (and see)
The previous trailers for Star Trek have used music made specifically for trailers, so we have yet to hear any music from the film. However the official site for the Star Trek movie recently added background music, which has been assumed to be (but not confirmed by Paramount) music from Giacchino’s score. You can listen to that piece of music in this YouTube embed. had the opportunity to attend a session for Star Trek and in December they put up some sketches. Hopefully they will be putting up the actual pictures and video soon.

Giacchino and his crew wore TOS era uniforms the day came to visit

Tyler talks Star Trek trailer music
As noted before the theatrical trailers for Star Trek used music specifically made for trailers. The first theatrical trailer used an extended version of music taken from Brian Tyler’s Children of Dune score. In a new podcast interview with ScoreNotes, Tyler talks about how Trek uses his score, list to that HERE.


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I love it!

Cool! Soundtrack time!

reminds me of ST3….very good

Finally. I’ve been waiting for the OST details forever.

I am hoping that the Season 4 BSG disk drops about the same time.

oh, this is the part i really can’t wait for, i love movie soundtracks, and if the stuff on the site is giachinno’s, then i’m sure it will be good

THEY BETTER ALSO BE SPITTIN OUT A ‘SONGS INSPIRED BY’ DISC… WITH REAL SONGS ON IT TOO… now that thats over with seriously to anyone associated with the film you really should make an accompanying disc of songs by big artists that fit the theme of the film… its a KEY way to reel in the MTV/One Tree Hill crowd…

$17 is way too much anyway, waiting for the MP3 store to get it.

I get a very “Dune” vibe from the music in the YouTube video… the 80s Dune… I dig it. The sleeper must awaken (in Iowa).

Jeff Bond from FilmScoreMonthly apparently had some information that the website music contains the film’s main theme, but is not the main title cue. But he didn’t say what his source was or if he just made it up. ;)

Already preordered ;-)

SACD, please.

9 – Coming from Jeff Bond, it’ll be very reliable.

This guy is an afficionado on the music of Star Trek, as his book demonstrates :)

BTW, Jeff, if you are reading this, WE NEED A SECOND EDITION AFTER THE FILM IS RELEASED !!!!

There is so much more music now.

This should signify that we are THAT frakking close to May 8th.

I will probably order on iTunes though. $17.99 is a bit steep but I’m still supporting the cause!

Any confirmation one way or the other about the inclusion of the fanfare from TOS being in it anywhere??

We need a re-release, re-mastering of most of the soundtrack films. Many are incomplete. And SACD/DVD-A versions to boot.

T’Cal, I have no connection with the movie, but I’m pretty sure even I can confirm the fanfare will be all over the movie. Giachinno doesn’t shy away from old themes, as evidenced from his great score for Mission Impossible 3. I’d actually be surprised if there isn’t more from TOS, such as the famous fight song.

YES! I’m loving the music on the site. Gives me chills!
As a soundtrack/score collector, I can’t wait!!

Tyler’s Children of Dune is excellent, BTW.

Love the score. The first 10 seconds of it tho, sound like Lost ;)

One word: bongos.

Really looking forward to hearing the music for the film. Also has anyone else seen the new commercial yet? Just saw it earlier today on VH-1. There were alot of new shots in this one with the titles “Forget Everything You Know.”

#16—“I’d actually be surprised if there isn’t more from TOS, such as the famous fight song.”

I would love to hear something of that in the score…But there is no way I will be buying the soundtrack.

I love a good movie score—but it isn’t exactly the sort of thing I would play in my car.

I’m really excited for this soundtrack! I’ll wait for a pre-order from iTunes though.

No matter whether the background music on the official side is from Giacchino – I like it. it really reminds me of the james horner scores from STII & STIII.

23 – Not sure I can hear that. It appears to be a lot more understated than James Horner’s scores for Star Trek’s II and III.

I enjoyed it though, and I think the rest of the score might put this sample in a bigger context.

I’m not sure, based on the aims of the movie, that we’ll get the Original Series theme all over the score, but the fanfare may be brought in a key moments, the iconic moments, like Kirk sitting in the Captain’s Chair and taking command, or for the finale.

When it comes, it should have a strong impact, and if it’s littered throughout the score, it loses its effectiveness at key moments.

@#20 There’s a new commercial since the Super Bowl ad?

@15 – Couldn’t agree more, there are so many cues from films 2-7 & 9 missing. I think something along the lines of the re-release they did for the TMP score or that bootleg version of First Contact.

Of course I’d love something as big as the LOTR complete scores but I can’t imagine that’ll ever happen! Also, can’t wait for Giacchino’s!

hmm…needs more cowbell…

@#26 The complete LOTR recordings were a dream come true. I listen to them daily! Unfortunately I don’t see them doing something like that for Star Trek :-/ One can dream!


Been waiting for this for sooo long. Been checking the Varese Sarabande website every day, and trawling all the soundtrack retailers….

Finally. I love ST scores, and I’m pretty sweet on Giacchino, so I have high hopes.

Thanks for the heads up Anthony


What? Is there a new spot on TV?

Off topic, but:

Just saw a new trek trailer on Spike TV @ 5:30 p.m. Eastern.

If the music on the clip above is supposed to be from the new movie, I am NOT impressed! People here are comparing it to Horner’s music in ST:II+III. I think that does a terrible disservice to James Horner, who did a masterful job on those soundtracks.

Giacchino’s music isn’t exactly soul-inspring, is it? As a matter of fact, it strikes me as rather dull, listless and almost boring. Unforgivable for the scoring of the first film in the relaunch of a major franchise!

I read an interview with Giacchino in a Sci-Fi magazine today… and btw, I just bought my tickets for the May 6th preview here :D

Since its not been released yet,,,

Isnt the offical poster for ST: TFB the “last” piece of the multimedia event ??


Where’s the Vulcan harp?


I agree with you, Harry. Let’s hope that Giacchino is up to his usual super level of quality for this one.

The piece from the trailer is a bit melancholy, and may do better with some context.

The ST II/III music from James Horner is wonderful, and he went on to do massive business later with James Cameron, and if I recall, Ron Howard.

If that’s the main theme, it’s interesting stuff. Very moody & late-Romantic.

I love Giacchino. His music for “Lost” is one of the show’s constant pleasures.

Let me just state it again: the background music from the website is MEH. It’s SOOOO generic these days. It has no ST feel at all. Goldsmith and McCarthy did the best job.

sounds like it vaguely pays homage to the original tos score, with the last 3 descending notes early in the song. not sure if its just wishful thinking on my part. sounds great though. i’ll be buying the soundtrack.

There’s a definite sense of a journey being undertaken in that snippet. Very epic, very emotional! It’s kind of good that they didn’t include some of the more familiar Trek musical cues. We know those already. Can’t wait to hear this in a theater with all elements coming into play!

Eh. Seems a little sleepy to me. I love soundtracks, and this one so far doesn’t impress me. I’ll wait and see.

no where near as good as jerry Goldsmith or James Horner or Jay Chattaway. Too generic and not as epic sounding as the others.

#6…are you serious?

^^Why does it need to sound like Goldsmith, Horner or Chattaway? Why does it need to sound epic?

Answer: It doesn’t. It needs to sound whatever is appropriate for that scene, and whatever on the site was written for whatever scene. It sounds fine, stop comparing when you have nothing to compare.

#39 – I think I know what part you are talking about and I agree.

How is $17.99 steep for a CD? Most CD’s are in the 19.99 and up range these days. I swear, some of us must be tight-fisted as hell. I’m preordering it, if only because I have no idea if it’ll be released where I am. Not a huge Trekkie market here. :(

#6 and #43 Just so we don’t get ” Faith of the Heart- The Remix”!!!! has a little feature on the new movie.

Nothing trekmovie hasn’t covered already though.

Another sign of the mainstream media jumping in the Star Trek

re:43. Imrahil – March 23, 2009
“#6…are you serious?”

Let’s hope not

I thought the music in the clip above was good. Whether or not it is in the movie and how it is used within the movie remains to be seen. It did not strike me immediately as “Star Trek” music, but of course a number of different styles have been used throughout the years. It is certainly one of the least objectionable aspects of the production I have encountered.

#6, I hope youre kidding with that, really, I do. Because yes, why dont they put out the star trek hip hop mix? Rollin down the sector in my 1701, jockin the orions, slappin the borg. Went to the…yeah, no. As for the music that’s up there, its actually a lot better than I expected, reminds me the most of ST:VI with maybe a little Insurrection and ST:III thrown in there to, but sounds good, and serious.