The excitement continues to build over the upcoming series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, set to debut in May. We now have some more details on the music for the show set on Captain Pike’s USS Enterprise, with some exclusive comments from the newly revealed composer, Nami Melumad. She was also nice enough to provide us with some images from recording sessions.
Melumad on scoring Strange New Worlds
In an appearance on Strange New Pod, Star Trek: Prodigy composer Nami Melumad revealed she has been tapped to take on double duty, now also scoring the music for Strange New Worlds. Melumad became the first female composer for Star Trek when she scored the Star Trek: Short Treks episode “Q&A” back in 2019.
TrekMovie reached out to Melumad for some additional details on the music for Strange New Worlds. She confirmed she is scoring all the episode music for the series, with Discovery and Picard composer Jeff Russo composing the main and end themes. Work on recording the music for the first season is already well underway.
Regarding how she feels about being chosen for the new live-action series, Melumad was ecstatic, telling TrekMovie:
To quote my favorite captain: “Dream big, kid” (Prodigy “Starstruck”)… After attending the dub of “Q&A” back in 2019, Bartholomew Burcham (the editor) and I were walking back to our cars. Then he said something along the lines of “They love your music. They’ll call you to do the Pike show, I’m sure”. That’s when I began to dream about it, and ultimately, it came true. I’m very grateful. ‘Being’ on the bridge of the Enterprise is quite surreal. Sometimes I have to remind myself this is for real!
The composer also gave us a sense of how she is approaching the music for Strange New Worlds:
I’m going for a cinematic approach, quite similar to what I do with Prodigy: I address it as if this was a feature film. Though less animated, it is a very active score that addresses most if not all scene changes throughout. There are reoccurring themes/motifs, as the story permits, and a couple of musical callbacks I’m sure you’ll recognize.
Melumad and her team have already recorded over half of the episodes for the first season, which is being done on the Eastwood Scoring Stage at Warner Brothers, Burbank. The composer also gave us some details on the orchestra:
This is not the same orchestra as Picard and Discovery, it’s actually a smaller ensemble for season one, but it does feature some of the same brilliant players. Similar to Prodigy, which is recorded in Prague with a larger ensemble, I record this score tutti as well. Everyone records together in the same room (don’t worry, we’re keeping safe with all the Covid protocols!)
She also talked about the talented team she has assembled:
Fortunately, I was able to bring in Oscar-nominated score-mixer Dennis Sands (Avengers: Endgame, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Back to the Future) to record and mix most of the score, and along with my lead orchestrator Jeff Kryka (Spiderman: No Way Home, The Batman, Star Trek: Prodigy), they elevated the score to a whole new level. Matt Decker, music-editor-extraordinaire is handling editing, and he’s phenomenal (He also got a very Trekkie name!…). I’m super lucky to work with such a great creative team!
Strange New Worlds arrives in May
Season one of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will arrive on May 5th. A teaser poster was revealed earlier this month.
Stranged New Worlds will stream exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., Latin America and Australia. The series will air on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and stream on Crave in Canada with additional international availability to be announced at a later date.
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