Melodic Treks: A Star Trek Music Podcast

Melodic Treks is a podcast dedicated entirely to the music of Star Trek. Host Brandon-Shea Mutala explores the themes, orchestral scores, and incidental compositions that bring Star Trek episodes and films to life, as well as the composers, singers and musicians behind the sounds.


episode 105: It Was in Music That I Found the Answer

Music that Inspires David Mack to Write.

***Please note that this podcast contains spoilers for the entire Star Trek: Vanguard series of novels.***
Writing novels can be challenging, considering the amount of details needed to flush out a entertaining story. Each author has their own method for keeping track of the details, but sometimes detailed plan for plot and character developments aren't enough, and writers can find themselves stuck with where to go, or they may have difficulty in conveying the proper emotional tone on the page. So where can an author turn when they need to find just the right inspiration for the key moments in their book? 

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by New York Times Best-Selling author David Mack to discuss the music that inspired Mack in writing certain elements of the Star Trek: Vanguard series of novels. In addition to an in depth, spoiler filled discussion of the Vanguard novels, we also discuss how the series came to be, how David started to write for Star Trek, and what David is doing for Star Trek on television right now.

Intro (00:00:00) 
Welcome to Melodic Treks (00:00:58) 
A Bit About David Mack (00:02:57) 
What is Star Trek: Vanguard? (00:16:22) 
Jazz and T'Prynn (00:22:52) 
"Summertime" performed by Gene Harris (00:30:47) 
T'Prynn's New Relationship (00:35:43) 
"Together We Will Live Forever" composed by Clint Mansell (00:38:45) 
Defining the Tempestuous Relationship (00:43:11) 
"What Am I to You?" performed by Norah Jones (00:47:34) 
Does the Song Spark the Idea or the Emotion? (00:49:36) 
"Number One Crush" performed by Garbage (00:55:09)
Always on the Lookout (00:57:18) 
"Mars, the Bringer of War" composed by Gustov Holst, conducted by John Williams (01:04:31) 
Monster of a Score (01:11:17) 
"Beauty Killed the Beast, Parts I-V" composed by James Newton Howard (01:19:59) 
Our First Star Trek Family Member (01:35:17) 
"My Favorite Plague" composed by Jerry Goldsmith (01:37:36) 
That's the Whole Universe (01:41:26) 
"A Dream Within a Dream" composed by Hans Zimmer (01:44:38) 
Inspired the Ending of the Novella (01:49:38) 
"Waiting for a Train" composed by Hans Zimmer (01:51:56) 
Declassified (02:01:07) 
"Beowolf Slays the Beast" composed by Alan Silvestri (02:11:46) 
Why Rush (02:17:37) 
"Bravado" preformed by Rush (02:22:18) 
Finding David (02:26:35) 
Closing (02:34:57)
Brandon-Shea Mutala
David Mack
Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)


 2020-01-21  2h38m