Since I hadn’t shared this on the blog before, I thought I’d talk for a moment about what it felt like as a composer (and a Trekker) to contribute a little music to the Star Trek legacy.
Trek Nation is a documentary about the iconic science-fiction phenomenon. The documentary focuses particularly on Gene Roddenberry, who created the original Star Trek series, as well as Star Trek The Next Generation and the first six Star Trek films. Gene Roddenberry’s son, Eugene Wesley “Rod” Roddenberry Jr., executive-produced the documentary, which was nominated in 2012 for a Saturn Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.
I was one of a group of composers who contributed music to the project. Yesterday, I finished updating my web site to include a page devoted to video clips of my television and advertising credits, and in the process of compiling the list, the clip from Trek Nation made me pause, plunged in childhood memories. No matter how many times I see it, I’m always pleasantly startled to hear my own music playing under clips of Kirk and Spock from the original series.
As a kid, I was an avid Trekker, and throughout the years I’ve remained loyal. I’ve seen it all, from the Original Series, to the subsequent television incarnations and movies, to the recent cinematic reboot film and its sequel. Such was my loyalty that I even steadfastly watched those two other sci-fi TV series bearing Gene Roddenberry’s name (Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda and Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict). As a kid, running around my neighborhood while pretending to be on a perilous away mission, I couldn’t have dreamed that my music could ever be in a documentary produced by Gene Roddenberry’s son – a documentary in which my music would underscore some gentle sparring between the captain of the Enterprise and his pointy-eared science officer!
It’s a very small connection to a huge science fiction universe, but it thrills my inner Trekker. Here’s the video clip from Trek Nation: