CBS just announced the upcoming global release of Jeff Russo’s original score for the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery.
The album will be distributed by Lakeshore Records and will be available digitally on Friday, December 15th, with presales beginning on December 8th. A vinyl album will be available in early 2018
Here is the track listing:
1. MAlN TITLE (AIRED VERSION)
2. WE COME IN PEACE
3. FIRST OFFICER’S LOG
4. I’LL GO
5. THE DAY IS SAVED
10. WHAT DID YOU MEAN BY THAT?
11. I CAN’T DANCE
12. CAPTAIN MUDD
14. FACING OFF
16. WATCH THE STARS FALL
17. WEAKENED SHIELDS
18. WHAT’S HAPPENING?
19. PERSONAL LOG
20. THE CHARGE OF MUTINY
21. MAIN TITLE (EXTENDED)
And here is the official artwork for the soundtrack:
Co-creator Alex Kurtzman discussed Russo and Discovery music in the official release saying:
“Grand, glorious, hopeful, heartbreaking, intimate, bittersweet, tense, soaring, surprising. Over 51 years, in its many iterations, there’s been no shortage of adjectives to describe the music of Star Trek. On the other hand, the list of composers capable of capturing them all is short, and this is where Jeff Russo comes in. Jeff manages to hold each note in beautiful balance, evoking the nostalgia of Alexander Courage’s original theme while scoring Discovery with his own unique ear and heart. We’re lucky to have him, and we hope you’ll love his music as much as we do.”
Composer Jeff Russo’s also was quoted in the release, saying:
“The producers and I talked a lot about telling this story from an emotional point of view. Relationships play a big role in this incarnation of the series, so trying to be true to that and create themes that connect characters is important.”
In September CBS released this video showing Russo recording the show’s main theme:
Star Trek: Discovery is available on CBS All Access on in the US and airs in Canada on the Space Channel. It is available on Netflix outside the USA and Canada.
Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.
Like every other aspect of this show Russo’s music hasn’t been without controversy, but I’ve come to appreciate it for the most part, including the much-derided main theme. Since I own much of the franchise music (with the exception of the Abrams films), I’ll probably pick this up as well.
I LOVE Giacchino’s scores, that’s crazy to me you don’t have them! But same I have like too much Trek music.
Agreed, Giacchino’s music is amazing in all three of those films. I happily listen to those every now and again.
Star Trek film music has set a very high bar (Goldsmith’s multiple scores, Horner, and Eidelman), so Giacchino had his work cut out for him. I’ve enjoyed his scores, particularly for BEYOND, although I’d still say I prefer the TOS-TNG film music.
There’s also the minor problem that those composers all elevated strong stories, which is less the case for JJ.
The funny thing is that I also tend to like Giacchino’s work—but not on Trek, sorry. His main theme still strikes me as dopey and repetitive, much like the films themselves.
I mostly agree about his non-Trek stuff being better (I love The Incredibles), but I think the track “Night on the Yorktown” from ST:Beyond is wonderful. It’s the only Giacchino Trek track I listen to repeatedly.
THANK GOD, its nothing like Dennis McCarthy’s music style from TNG DS9 and Voyager. It was so bland and boring. in the same way TOS changed the special effects for the blu-rays I wish they change the music in the later series. Maybe not the first 3 years of TNG that wasn’t too bad just after the other junk took over.
THIS! Most of the TNG~ENT-era ST music on television WAS bland and boring.
On the movie front too. Even Jerry Goldsmith’s work on the films seemed to suffer (most notably Insurrection), as though they were reining him in. The one time they couldn’t get Goldsmith they settled for… Dennis McCarthy. Perhaps thinking ST’s movie audiences would at least recognize the bland style of TNG’s background music, even in the absence Goldsmith’s borrowed TMP theme.
Rick Berman’s attitude towards film scoring mirrored his attitude toward lighting, cinematography, production design and Trecknobabble. Everything had to be completely consistent with what came before (what came before under his regime) and it had to be inoffensive.
The music of “earlier”-season was usually McCarthy and Ron Jones trading off every other episode. Ron Jones’ eventual firing during TNG Season 4 exemplified the lack of freedom enjoyed by Berman Trek’s TV composers up until the second half of ENT.
Much of McCarthy’s music was recycled from “V” I find….
I feel like I haven’t heard any truly memorable cues from DISCO yet, but I’m sure isolated in soundtrack form it’ll be truly epic
I’m going to skip this. The theme is like subdued interlude music with no actual theme.
I love the music for DSC, so I’m all over this.
Underwhelming just like the series.