Star Trek Magazine #21 is just arriving on newstands and Titan has provided TrekMovie with excerpts of their interview Star Trek sound designer Benn Burtt. We also have some previews from the issue, which has a focus on the lighter side of Trek, plus images of the two available covers.
Excerpts from Star Trek Magazine #21
Excerpt of Interview with Star Trek Sound Designer Ben Burtt
Sound Designer Ben Burtt talks about the elements of the original Star Trek TV show that he tried to emulate in the new movie…
Two things in the original Star Trek effects were revolutionary: Roddenberry had his team create lots of detail. Every room in the ship sounded different. Every button made a noise, when you pressed a lever or a switch. Not only were there sounds articulating all these things to make them sound like they were real, but they were very musical sounds. Somebody pressed a button, there was a little melody. That was not in the movie at the point I came on: you’d just hear a little beep. If it was Star Trek, it needed to sing a little bit and feel like it was alive. You really felt there was a complex operation going on and it was fun to listen to. The ships and the weapons and the ambiences of the places they went to were a form of music. When they went to planets there was always a tone going on, like a ringing bell, or chimes in echo. I tried to create sounds in that style.
The other thing that was used a lot in the original show a lot was shortwave radio recordings and sounds off of transmissions and Morse code, things you can pick up in-between the dials on a shortwave radio.
I love that sort of thing and I’ve collected it for years. There’s some of that in the original Star Trek television show – and the whole beginning of the movie, that first minute or two where the Kelvin is coming into view, is all short wave radio sounds. It reads to the audience that you’re way the heck out at the edge of the universe, barely in contact. Things are far away: there’s these disembodied sounds that are being transmitted back and forth. That’s not the way the sound was, but I wanted to make it seem like the ships were way out there. They’re supposed to be encountering something new so I tried to capitalize on this legacy in science fiction of using radio.
Spread from interview with Ben Burtt in Star Trek Magazine
In other related news, it was recently announced that Ben Burtt is being honored by The Hollywood Post Alliance and will receive the organization’s Charles S. Swartz Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Post Production. The award will be bestowed on Mr. Burtt on November 12th during the Hollywood Post Alliance Awards gala at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles. More info at hpaonline.com.
Much more in Star Trek Magazine on sale now
Issue 21 of the official Star Trek Magazine is on sale now, and it has an emphasis on the lighter side of Star Trek, including an interview with Armin Shimmerman (DS9: Quark) and a column by "Trouble with Tribbles" writer David Gerrold looking back at the production of that classic episode. Here are some sample spreads (click to see larger versions at STM Facebook Page).
And here are the two covers
The magazine should be arriving on newstands this week and can be ordered (at a discount) from TFAW.
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