Fred Steiner, who wrote numerous scores for the original Star Trek series and created the memorable theme music to the Perry Mason TV series and the beloved cartoon series The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, died of natural causes in Mexico at his home in the Mexican state of Jalisco at the age of 88.
Leonard Nimoy’s non-retirement continues with a surprising new addition. Today Electra Records released an "official alternative" music video from Bruno Mars hit "The Lazy Song," starring Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy having a very lazy day. It will definately be the coolest thing you see all day (all week?, all year?). [UPDATE: Nimoy explains how he got involved with Mars]
Next Wednesday NASA is holding a special musical event at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC celebrating 50 years of American spaceflight. On hand will be Star Trek’s original Uhura, Nichelle Nichols, who will be accompanying an orchestra playing the original Star Trek theme. Details below.
In the late 60s Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy dabbled in music releasing a number of albums. Now some of that music has been reborn with a series of animated videos created by a fan. Today Nimoy tweeted a link to one of these videos, check it out and more below.
Last night Star Trek’s William Shatner added another award to his bookcase to sit alongside his Emmys and lifetime achievement awards. This time Bill was being honored at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards as an "Honorary Headbanger." Pictures from the event below, plus details on this year’s Shatner Charity Horse Show.
In addition to the earlier Shatner NASA news, Star Trek’s original Kirk also has news in the world of music. The final track listing for his upcoming album "Searching For Major Tom" has been released, along with the list of collaborators. The album is full of space/science themed music, including Bill returning to do "Rocket Man" one more time. See below for full list.
Today we have another musically themed video to share, this one a rather bizarre bit of street theater from a Carnival in Germany last week featuring a battle between Star Trek and Star Wars and Lady Gaga…hard to explain so just check it out, plus more Star Trek street music from the New York Subway.
Today we have a dancing theme for two viral videos to share. The first comes from the PAX gaming show held over the weekend with a Trekkie in TNG costume becoming a dancing machine. Then we have another recent upload with a group of Trekkies doing a TOS-era Starfleet v Klingon dance-off. Check them both out below.
Today the astronauts on Shuttle Discovery got a special bonus Star Trek wakeup call. We have previously reported that the original Star Trek theme was voted to be one of the final wakeup calls, but that wont be until next week, but this morning NASA sent up the fight song from Amok Time. Take a listen below.
In the last couple of weeks a Star Trek-themed song and video are going viral in a big way. "Star Trek Girl" my Meekakitty is a fun celebration of girl Trekking. Check it out below.
Today La-La Land Records announced they will be releasing a limited edition 2 CD set of Jerry Goldsmith’s soundtrack for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, which includes 45 minutes of previously unreleased material. More details below.
Our video of the day is a musical interlude from a fan who has recorded his version of the theme from the fan favorite episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation "The Inner Light" on a Theremin. Check it out below.
Over the weekend Star Trek composer (and Oscar-winner) Michael Giacchino was the guest speaker for a screening of the movie in West Los Angeles. The discussion covered his approach to the first Star Trek, the Klingon music that didn’t make it into the film, possible ideas for the sequel and more. We have full video from the event, plus some highlight bullet points on what he had to say.
The STAR TREK Simply Spectacular Saturdays Summer Series at the Royal Theater in West LA comes to an end tonight with the JJ Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek movie. And the special guest for the night will be Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino.
In September Film Score Monthly is taking on their most ambitious Star Trek project yet, and today the 14 CD "Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Ron Jones Project" is available for pre-order. We have more details and an exclusive look at some of the artwork from the set below.
NASA is holding an online poll for what will be some of the final wakeup songs for the Space Shuttle program, and the original Star Trek theme is currently in second place. More info (including how you can vote) below. Plus we have a full history of NASA’s Star Trek wakeup songs (including audio clips).
Oscar-winner Michael Giacchino, composer of the 2009 Star Trek movie, is now working on that that other ‘Star’ franchise. Giacchino is headed to a galaxy far far away to compose the music for the latest Star Wars-themed attraction opening at Disney parks in 2011.
Film Score Monthly, producers of the expanded Star Trek II and III soundtrack albums, have recently announced they are working on a big box set of Ron Jones music from Star Trek: The Next Generation. TrekMovie has now got some more excusive details on this exciting upcoming set.
If you are looking for something to do in the Indianapolis area this weekend, you may want to take in some culture with the original Sulu. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will be performing a concert of music from Sci-Fi TV and movies (including Star Trek), with special guest George Takei who will be proving a "dramatic narration"…oh my. More details below.
Following on from their excellent Expanded Star Trek II score from last year, FilmScore Monthly and Screen Archives Entertainment have just released the expanded score for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock by Oscar-winner James Horner. TrekMovie gets into the groove with this review of TSFS expanded soundtrack, available now.
Fans of Michael Giacchino’s score for the 2009 Star Trek movie are in for a treat. Varese Sarabande has announced they will be releasing a limited edition 2-disc version of the film’s soundtrack in June. More details below.
Do you like 19th century musical theater and Star Trek? Are you looking for something to do in Los Angeles this weekend (or a weekend in June). Well you are luck as a local theater company is performing "USS Pinafore", a live mashup of Gilbert & Sullivan and Star Trek. See below for video and more info.
Next week Star Trek fans in and around Ontario, Canada will have a chance to hear the music of Star Trek performed live by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. And hosting the show will be veteran Trek actors John de Lancie and Robert Picardo. You can even go to an after-party with Q and The Doctor. Details below.
Dennis McCarthy, the prolific composer who scored much of Star Trek on TV and Film from 1987-2005, is being honored by ASCAP this summer with the prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award. More details below.
Last summer Film Score Monthly and Screen Archives Entertainment released the complete soundtrack to James Horner’s classic Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan score. Today they have announced this summer they are releasing a 2-disk expanded edition of Horner’s Star Trek III: The Search For Spock soundtrack. More details below including exclusive first look at the CD art.
Often TrekMovie brings you links to the humorous trivial Trek, from LOL Cats meeting Trek to silly viral videos. Today we have links to some more serious takes on Trek. First up a recently unearthed and very thorough analysis and history of the score for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. We also link to an interesting look at the ‘minimalism’ of Star Trek TOS.
The Queen’s Guards at Buckingham Palace in London are famous for their elaborate ‘changing of the guard’ and their unflappable demeanor, but did you also know they have a band? The band accompanies the changing of the guard and often plays popular music, and one day last week they did a medley of Star Trek themes, check out video below.
Star Trek composer (and now Oscar-winner for Up) Michael Giacchino is heading back into space. Giacchino, who is expected to return for the Star Trek, has added another 2012 to his schedule, Disney’s upcoming sci-fi film John Carter of Mars.
Star Trek composer Michael Giacchino is riding high on his road to the Oscars with his score for Up. There are some new pre-Oscar interviews with the composer where he talks about Oscar and a little about the Star Trek sequel as well, see excerpts and video below.
It looks like we have one more set of awards to announce before the Oscars coming up this weekend, and this time it is some good news. Today the International Film Music Critics Association announced the winners of their 2009 Awards and Star Trek’s Michael Giacchino was the big winner with awards for both Up and Star Trek. More details below