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INTERVIEW: Composer Cliff Eidelman Looks Back at Star Trek VI 25 Years Later

Cliff Eidelman, the man who composed the score for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, fondly recalls his experience working on the final Star Trek film to star the entire original cast. We sat down with the composer who discussed his thematic choices for the score, his approach to publishing the original soundtrack, and how he worked with Nicholas Meyer.


The Score – Classical music celebrates 50 years of Trek

All Classical Portland the public classical radio station of Portland, Oregon produces a radio show called “The Score” which focuses on film music. Their latest episode celebrates the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, airing Saturday October 8 at 2PM PST. It can be heard in multiple cities and of course can be streamed online. Read on for more details.


“The World of James Horner” Blu-ray a Fitting Tribute to Star Trek II and III Composer’s 30-Year Career

Grieving over the tragic news one year ago of the untimely death of Star Trek II and III composer James Horner, fans of the musician poured onto social media to celebrate, lament and share stories of the famed composer. One of those fans just happened to be Varèse Sarabande’s Robert Townson, who as luck would have it, was able to share a very special career moment in 2013 with Horner at the Hollywood in Vienna concert. While commiserating with fans online, Townson noticed the one sliver of sunshine for everyone was his posts about the concert itself and time he spent with Horner. Thus was born, Hollywood in Vienna: The World of James Horner project.











Star Trek Live In Concert Series Headed To Australia

Earlier this summer we reported on the US debut of ‘Star Trek Live In Concert’ series of orchestral performances of the music of Star Trek shown along with screenings of JJ Abrams Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. And now new dates have been added to the schedule, this time down under in Australia. Details below.


Deluxe Soundtrack For Star Trek Into Darkness Released + Giacchino Contrasts ST09 & STID Scores

Composer Michael Giacchino is headed to Philadelphia this week to perform the score for Star Trek Into Darkness with a screening of the film. He is also talking about why that score is ‘darker’ than his score for 2009′ Star Trek. In addition Varèse Sarabande has just released a Deluxe Edition of the Into Darkness score. Details on that below as well.


‘Star Trek Live In Concert’ With Giacchino This Wkd In Houston + Next Wkd At SDCC + More Cities

This weekend composer Michael Giacchino brings his “Star Trek Live in Concert” screenings of Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness with a full orchestra to the USA, performing with the Houston Symphony. Next weekend he does it again at San Diego Comic Con and then moves on to Philadelphia at the end of the month and more cities after that. More details below.



Review: Star Trek Into Darkness Sound Track

While Star Trek films have had 8 different directors (Wise, Meyer, Nimoy, Shatner, Carson, Frakes, Baird, and Abrams), the composer club is slightly more exclusive with six (Goldsmith, Horner, Rosenman, Eidelman, McCarthy, and Giacchino). It is arguable that amongst all the behind the scenes artists, the composer has the most power to influence the emotional energy of a film, perhaps even more than the director or cinematographer. The music influences what the audience feels, and when it is done right, it enhances the actor’s performances, the director’s vision, and the cinematographer’s created mood. When the music fails to resonate, it harms a film through distraction or obvious manipulation. Michael Giacchino’s music for Star Trek Into Darkness is one of the former soundtracks, helping to enhance the story and giving STID additional emotional life. Hit the jump for our full review of the Star Trek Into Darkness sound track.




Michael Giacchino Talks Star Trek Into Darkness Score (& Movie) Details + Listen To Clip Of Harrison’s Theme From STID + more [UPDATED]

Speaking at the concert performances of "Star Trek Live" in Lucerne, Switzerland over the weekend, composer Michael Giacchino has talked in detail about his score for Star Trek Into Darkness including giving insights into the characters of the film. We have all the details below plus a short clip of music from this Star Trek Into Darkness score which was preformed at the event and an a bonus interview too! Beware of minor spoilers. [UPDATE: Added longer clip from STID]


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