TREK SECRET VOYAGE
Episode 2: Rise of the Gongdea
all Tracks composed and produced by Michael Klubertanz Đ 2012-2014
contains quotes of Star Trek themes by Alexander Courage and Jerry Goldsmith
Star Trek Secret Voyage bridges the chronological gap between the old TV series (first aired in 1966) and the motion pictures (starting from 1979). The artistical challenge in creating music for this show was to meet the demand for an original score with an overall darker, action-oriented tone as well as incorporating elements from both ends of the timeline without actually stealing material from other scores. The only notable exception is quoting the famous fanfare and opening theme that Alexander Courage wrote in 1966, however heavily rearranged. As all the other Trek scores frequently allude to this famous music, it would have been a disappointment to miss the chance for tying it all to the Star Trek universe.
The new main theme has a many-faced character, embarking on a musical journey from quoting the old series opener to using the (reworked) TV theme, then blending into a new majestic motif and finally moving on to present a bright and flashy section that carries more than a hint at what will be coming in the Goldsmith scores. This way the first half of the intro tips itīs hat to history, the second half to future.
Other “historical” references in the score are the use of a glass harmonica for the Vulcan character T’Vas (as used by James Horner to represent Spock) or castanets and anvils for the Klingons (Goldsmith / Horner). Of course there are many more original details hidden in the music. The motifs for the opposed societies of the GimTao and Gongdea for example, or the high string chord representing the desert planet Altruon. In the score for Star Trek Secret Voyage the brass-and-percussion style of the old TV series meets the lush and spectacular orchestration of the movies, making the soundtrack both familiar and unique.
I am releasing these soundtracks to the Star Trek community. Having grown up with TOS and all itīs successive spin-offs, it was an immense pleasure to contribute to the body of music of the Star Trek universe that has been built by many composer legends. I hope that this small addition of mine finds favourable ears among the fans of the franchise.
Live long and prosper!