Star Trek

"But I thought you said we couldn't use music that players would recognise?" I did. "So what's going on?"

Let me explain . . . No, let me clarify. I said you shouldn't use music the characters would recognise. How many of your players would recognise the music to 1492 or The Last of the Mohicans? How many of you pay attention to the music of the movie you're watching? Not many on both counts I could presume.

Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who and the likes are different. Everyone recognises them. However, a lot of the Star Trek music isn't very Star Trek-like. In fact, so of it is down right good. So as I once again stress to you not to use the theme to Star Trek, some of the incidental music is very useful.


The Best of Star Trek

30th Anniversary Special

  • Original Score Composed by: Alexander Courage, Jerry Fielding, Jerry Goldsmith, Ron Jones, Dennis McCarthy and Jay Chattaway
  • Label: GNP Crescendo

A nice collection of music from all four Star Trek series which give you a fair idea of what to expect from each one. The music from the classic series is probably too "fun" to be of use and the music from "Heart of Glory" and "Heroes and Demons" is a little bland. However the music from "The Visitor" must be some of McCarthy's best - slow, understated and very nice. Also good is Chattaway's suite from "Inner Light" also available on Star Trek: The Next Generation - Volume 4 (though I enjoyed this much more).

  1. Star Trek Original Series Main Title (1:02)
  2. Suite from "The Trouble with Tribbles"

  3. Bartended Bit/They Quibble Over Quibble/Kirk Out/Barrel of Trouble/Tribble Hooks Kirk/Poor Jonesy/A Matter of Pride/Come On Spock/Hissing Tribbles/Dead Heap (5:19) - happy ~ quirky
  4. The Muzak Maker/The Scherzo maker (1:36) - slow ~ quirky
  5. A Matter of Pride/No Tribble At All/Big Fite (4:05) - quirky ~ fight
  6. Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title(1:48)
  7. Suite from "Heart of Glory"

  8. Moment of Decision/Battle Signs/Geordi Vision/Looking For Life Signs/Imminent Destruction (8:29) - danger ~ tension ~ happy ~ undercurrent ~ destruction
  9. A Klingon's Feelings/Let's Make A phaser/Heart of Glory (6:30) - uncomfortable ~ tension ~ confrontation
  10. Orchestral Suite from "Inner Light" (6:36) - heartache (flute)
  11. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Main Title - Season IV (1:54)
  12. Suite from "The Visitor"

  13. Rainy Night (1:08) - sad
  14. Steve O's Cue/Freaked Out (3:07) - bitter sweet
  15. Dad Admonishes (3:11) - tension ~ sad
  16. One Last Visit (2:57) - realisation
  17. Second Chance (1:13) - ending
  18. Star Trek: Voyager Main Title - Extended Version(2:22)
  19. Suite from "Heroes and Demons"

  20. Last Hope (2:31) - quiet
  21. Dr. Schweitzer (1:19) - pride
  22. Armagonnen (2:47) - undercurrent
  23. Where's Freya/to The Rescue (6:46) - fight ~ quiet ~ uneasy ~ ending

Total Running Time: 63:49


Star Trek: The Motion Picture

20th Anniversary Collector's Edition

  • Original Score Composed, Conducted and Produced by: Jerry Goldsmith
  • Label: Sony Legacy/Columbia

A very good score by Jerry Goldsmith, but not particularly useful for running a general science fiction campaign. The Star Trek theme is so masterfully interwoven in so many tracks that it makes it almost impossible to use without players recognising the melody. I've also noted the use of the "Love" theme (Illia's Theme) as some die-hard Trekkers may also recognise this theme. However, the score would be very useful in a Star Trek campaign.

Disc One

  1. Ilia's Theme ++ (3:2)
  2. Main Title + (1:23)
  3. Klingon Battle (5:27)
  4. Total Logic * + (3:44)
  5. Floating Office * (1:03) - quiet
  6. The Enterprise + (6:00)
  7. Leaving Drydock + (3:30)
  8. Spock's Arrival * + (2:00)
  9. The Cloud (4:59) - danger
  10. Vejur Flyover (4:58) - tension
  11. The Force Field * (5:03) - strange
  12. Games * ++ (3:41)
  13. Spock Walk (4:20) - danger
  14. Inner Workings * (3:02) - revelations
  15. Vejur Speaks * (3:50) - tension
  16. The Meld (3:09)
  17. A Good Start * (2:27)
  18. End Title (3:16)

+ Contains the "Star Trek" Theme
++ Contains the "Love" Theme

Total Running Time: 65:04

Disc Two

  1. Star Trek Theme (1:31)
  2. Introduction: Nichelle Nichols * (1:12)
  3. Inside Star Trek (1:04)
  4. William Shatner Meets Captain Kirk (9:11)
  5. Introduction to Live Show (0:25)
  6. About Science Fiction * (0:40)
  7. The Origin of Spock (1:44)
  8. Sarek's Son Spock (7:20)
  9. The Questor Affair (3:49)
  10. The Genesis II Pilot * (2:34)
  11. Cyborg Tools and E.T. Life Forms * (4:05)
  12. McCoy's Rx for Life (6:14)
  13. The Star Trek Philosophy (4:39)
  14. Asimov's World of Science Fiction (6:27)
  15. The Enterprise Runs Around (1:49)
  16. A Letter From a Network Censor (5:03)
  17. The Star Trek Dream (Ballad I/Ballad II) (5:47)
  18. Sign Off: Nichelle Nichols * (0:45)

Total Running Time: 64:27

* Previously unreleased tracks.


Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn

Except for Star Trek VI, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn is certainly the best out of the Classic Trek movies. James Horner comes up with a more inventive score, and the action sequences lend themselves to other roleplaying adventures. Well worth a look at.

  1. Main Title (3:08)
  2. Surprise Attack (5:08) - fight
  3. Spock (1:13) - mystical
  4. Kirk's Explosive Reply (4:02) - battle
  5. Kahn's Pets (4:19) - tension
  6. Enterprise Clears Moorings (3:36) - journey
  7. Battle in the Mutara Nebula (8:05) - battle
  8. Genesis Countdown (6:36) - tension/fight
  9. Epilogue/End Title (8:43)

Total Running Time: 44:54


Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

After his success with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, Star Trek III is a less successful score to a less successful film. It is much more Star Trek than the previous score making it more difficult to find suitable music.

  1. Prologue and Main Title (6:34)
  2. Klingons (5:59)
  3. Stealing the Enterprise (8:35)
  4. The Mind Meld (2:35) - mystical
  5. Bird of Prey Decloaks (3:41) - battle
  6. Returning to Vulcan (4:54) - mystical
  7. The Karma Ritual (4:34) - change
  8. End Title (6:18)
  9. The Search for Spock (3:43) - funky

Total Running Time: 46:56


Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

  • Original Score Composed by: Leonard Rosenman
  • Label: MCA Records

This score I would avoid completely, it sounds too much like Lord of the Rings. Considering both were written by the same person, this isn't very surprising. Stick to Lord of the Rings.

  1. Main Title (2:39)
  2. The Whaler (2:00) - fight
  3. Market Street (4:37) - bar music
  4. Crash-Whale Fugue (8:15) - danger ~ happy
  5. Ballad of the Whale (4:59) - new age
  6. Gillian Seeks Kirk (2:41) - loss
  7. Chekov's Run (1:19) - chase
  8. Time Travel (1:28) - danger
  9. Hospital Chase (1:14) - chase
  10. The Probe (1:16) - ending
  11. Home Again: End Credits (5:36)

Total Running Time: 36:09


Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

  • Original Score Composed by: Jerry Goldsmith
  • Label: EPIC

Jerry Goldsmith returns to the helm, but we'll have to wait till the eighth movie to truly see his greatness. Star Trek V is a pretty decent score to an otherwise unremarkable film. The liberal use of the Klingon theme makes it a little more difficult to use, but otherwise well worth a look.

  1. The Mountain (3:53)
  2. The Barrier (2:53) - danger
  3. Without Help (4:21)
  4. A Busy Man (4:42) - reflective
  5. Open The Gates (3:02) - fight
  6. An Angry God (6:58) - arrival ~ magic ~ danger
  7. Let's Get Out Of Here (5:15)
  8. Free Minds (3:19) - quiet
  9. Life Is A Dream (3:59)
  10. The Moon's A Window To Heaven (4:00)

Total Running Time: 42:25


Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

  • Original Score Composed by: Cliff Eidelman
  • Label: MCA Records

All of the tracks that contain the theme of Star Trek on this soundtrack should disregarded. The soundtrack is very dark and brooding overall, starting with the chilling opening theme and ending in the dangerous battle in the end. This soundtrack would be very suitable for dark and gritty campaigns and/or adventures. If some of the music sounds familiar, it should. Originally the producers wanted to use Holst's The Planets for the soundtracks, but couldn't for various legal reasons. They got the next best thing, with Eidelman getting a lot of his "inspiration" from the originals. I always thought it was a pretty good soundtrack.

  1. Overture (2:57) - main title
  2. An Incident (0:53) - danger
  3. Clear All Moorings (1:39)
  4. Assassination (4:44) - mystery ~ danger
  5. Surrender for Peace (2:45) - hint of danger
  6. Death of Gorkon (1:09) - mystery
  7. Rura Penthe (4:22) - mining ~ danger
  8. Revealed (2:38) - spooky ~ danger
  9. Escape from Rura Penthe (5:33) - evil ~ danger
  10. Dining on Ashes (0:59) - sad
  11. The Battle for Peace (8:02) - battle
  12. Sign Off (3:12)
  13. Star VI Suite (6:18)

Total Running Time: 45:16


Star Trek: The Next Generation

Volume 1 - Encounter at Farpoint

  • Original Score Composed by: Dennis McCarthy
  • Label: GNP Crescendo

This soundtrack is a lot more Star Trek-like than the rest in this list, but there is a few suitable tracks. Most (and I mean all bar three) contain the theme from Star Trek: The Next Generation that makes this unsuitable as a whole.

  1. Star Trek: The Next Generation - Main Title (1:45)
  2. Star Date (1:43)
  3. Troi Senses (1:42)
  4. Picard's Plan
    First Chase
    First Chase (Part 2) (4:31)
  5. Detaching
    Separation (2:41)
  6. Shaken
    Court Tie
    There Goes Da Judge (2:29) - spooky
  7. U.S.S. Hood
    On Manual (3:18)
  8. Star Trek: The Next Generation - End Credit (1:03)
  9. Personal Log
    Admiral
    Old Lovers (2:24)
  10. Caverns (1:27) - danger
  11. Splashing
    The Woods
    Memories (2:45)
  12. Scanned
    Big Guns
    Unknown (3:04) - danger
  13. Revealed
    Reaching Out (4:39)
  14. Departure (1:07)
  15. Main Title - Version #2 (Alternative) (1:43)

Total Running Time: 36:27


Star Trek: The Next Generation

Volume 2 - The Best of Both Worlds

One of the most chilling soundtracks that I have heard. The haunting melodies of the engagement of the Borg, and the climax of the first episode provide material for the darker, larger adventures, as well as gloomy campaigns. The short tracks times, and the fact these pieces were set to certain events, makes them better for events or descriptions. Science Fiction or Fantasy.

  1. Star Trek: The Next Generation - Main Title (1:44)
  2. New Providence (1:22) - mystery/danger
  3. Hansen's Message (1:27) - suspicion
  4. Borg Engaged (1:18) - danger/climax
  5. First Attack (5:04) - battle
  6. Borg Take Picard (3:05) - hint of danger ~ climax
  7. Death is Irrelevant (1:35) - death/deadly enemy
  8. Away Team Read (1:29) - exploring/mystery
  9. On the Borg Ship (1:28) - exploring/mystery
  10. Nodes (2:53) - being stalked
  11. Captain Borg (3:56) - danger/battle ~ sad ~ climax
  12. Energy Weapon Fails (3:16) - climax
  13. Humanity Taken (0:57) - spooky
  14. Contact Lost (0:38)
  15. Cemetery of Dead Ships (1:45) - sad/angry
  16. Intervention (4:23)
  17. The Link (2:58)
  18. Sleep Command (3:54)
  19. Destruct Mode/Picard Is Back (1:36)
  20. Picard's Nightmare (1:02) - sad ~ spooky
  21. Star Trek: The Next Generation - End Credit (1:02)

Total Running Time: 46:54


Star Trek: The Next Generation

Volume 3 - Yesterday's Enterprise * Unification I & II * Hollow Pursuits

  • Original Score Composed by: Dennis McCarthy
  • Label: GNP Crescendo

This is typical Dennis McCarthy. It is a serviceable score that will happily find a use in any science fiction campaign. The music is very understated and never really takes to the forefront.

  1. Star Trek: The Next Generation - Main Title (1:50)
    Yesterday's Enterprise
  2. Duality/Enterprise C (2:55) - undercurrent
  3. Averted/Richard/Guinan/Back to Battle/Cmdr. Garrett (4:31) - incidental ~ tension ~ happy ~ magical ~ danger
  4. First Kiss/Not to Be/Empty Death/Reporting for Duty (3:45) - quiet
  5. Klingons/Skin of Teeth (5:42) - battle
    Unification I & II
  6. In Case You Forgot (1:36) - tension
  7. Sarek (1:46) - sad
  8. Sarek Drifts Away (2:34) - revelations
  9. Another Captain/Food Fight (0:58) - danger
  10. Victims of Holography (3:44) - tension
  11. Sacrificed/Mind Meld (2:41) - discovery
    Hollow Pursuits
  12. Barclay Mitty (2:23) - something in the air
  13. Tissue Sample/Sad Sack/Staff Confab/Hololust (3:01) - happy
  14. Lady Gates (2:14) - happy ~ danger
  15. Madame Troi/Blissful/Out of Control/Warp Nine (1:54) - happy ~ tension
  16. Warposity (3:21) - confrontation
  17. Plan 9 (0:19) - endings
  18. Star Trek: The Next Generation - End Credit (0:48)

Total Running Time: 46:54


Star Trek: The Next Generation

Volume 4

Finally, GNP Crescendo has released the long awaited fourth volume of music from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Why not release a second volume of music from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine or Star Trek: Voyager? Simply because Star Trek: The Next Generation has a much richer source of music to draw from (opinion, not fact). This CD contains music written by Jay Chattaway, and is (in my opinion) the best composer of the series. They have chosen an excellent suite of music, though I would have enjoyed it more had they added the music from the episode "Masks". I find Chattaway's music to be much more interesting that Dennis McCarthy or Ron Jones (though Jones' score for "The Best of Both Worlds" is still my favourite and is far superior that Chattaway's score for "Descent"). There is quite a mix in this bad, and with the pipe/ethnic slant, much to recommend. This release is better than "Encounter at Farpoint" by far, and only a little off "The Best of Both Worlds".

  1. Star Trek: The Next Generation - Main Title (1:49)
    Suite from Tin Man
  2. Not Nice/Right/Scared (4:44) - life ~ hunt ~ danger
  3. Closing/Tin Man Contact/Romulans (2:55) - chase ~ fight
  4. Meet (3:23) - tension ~ eerie ~ danger ~ eerie
  5. No Choice/Tam (3:57) - eerie ~ danger ~ life ~ fight ~ decision

  6. The Inner Light
  7. Theme from The Inner Light (2:50) - bitter sweet
    Sub Rosa
  8. Hooked on Ronin (3:59) - brewing
    A Fistful of Datas
  9. A Fistful of Datas (4:53) - western ~ danger

  10. Dark Page
  11. Painful Revelation (5:27) - meetings
    Suite from Descent - Parts 1 & 2
  12. They're Back! (2:53) - fight
  13. Hook, Line & Sinker (3:20) - tension
  14. Crusher To The Rescue (1:57) - fight

  15. Birthright - Part I
  16. Data in Dreamland (5:22) - revelation
  17. Star Trek: The Next Generation - End Title (0:46)

Total Running Time: 48:21


Star Trek: Generations

  • Original Score Composed by: Dennis McCarthy
  • Label: GNP Crescendo

Why on earth they got Dennis McCarthy to score this one is beyond me. I would have picked Ron Jones, but then again I'm not in charge of the franchise. This is definitely one for the fans only. Some nice pieces (the overture is really nice), but overall it is fairly bland. The special sound effects at the end eat up time, and should only be used in Star Trek adventures.

  1. Star Trek Generations Overture (4:14)
  2. Main Title (2:53) - discovery
  3. The Enterprise B/Kirk Saves The Day (3:13)
  4. Deck 15 (1:41) - hope
  5. Time Is Running Out (1:12) - sad
  6. Prisoner Exchange (2:57) - danger
  7. Outgunned (3:21) - fight
  8. Out Of Control/The Crash (2:07) - fight
  9. Coming To Rest (0:57) - quiet
  10. The Nexus/A Christmas Hug (7:07) - magic
  11. Jumping The Ravine (1:37)
  12. Two Captains (1:32)
  13. The Final Flight (6:15) - fight
  14. Kirk's Death (2:45)
  15. To Live Forever (2:42)
  16. Enterprise B Bride (3:15)
  17. Enterprise B Doors Open (0:16)
  18. Distress Call Alert (0:10)
  19. Enterprise B Helm Controls (0:18)
  20. Nexus Energy Ribbon (1:40)
  21. Enterprise B Deflector Beam (0:11)
  22. Enterprise B Warp Pass-By (0:18)
  23. Enterprise D Transporter (0:16)
  24. Tricorder (0:33)
  25. Hypo Injector (0:06)
  26. Communication Chirp (0:09)
  27. Door Chime (0:10)
  28. Enterprise D Warp Out #1 (0:25)
  29. Bird Of Prey Bridge/Explosion (2:55)
  30. Klingon Sensor Alert (0:11)
  31. Bird Of Prey Cloaks (0:07)
  32. Bird Of Prey De-Cloaks (0:14)
  33. Klingon Transporter (0:15)
  34. Soran's Gun (0:14)
  35. Soran's Rocket De-Cloaks (0:08)
  36. Shuttlecraft Pass- By (0:25)
  37. Enterprise D/Crash Sequence (3:25)
  38. Enterprise D Warp Out #2 (0:12)

Total Running Time: 60:45


Star Trek: First Contact

  • Original Score Composed by: Jerry Goldsmith
  • Label: GNP Crescendo

Excellent movie, and an excellent soundtrack by veteran Jerry Goldsmith. The music is dark and scary, well suited to the subject matter and could easily be used in a science fiction campaign. Please do skip the silly tracks at the end which were used, I assume, to bump the CD up to 45 minutes (though I would have rather have had them dropped).

  1. Main Title/Locutus (4:21)
  2. Red Alert (2:17)
  3. Temporal Wake (2:11) - hunt ~ confrontation ~ something in the air
  4. Welcome Aboard (2:44) - beauty ~ death
  5. Fully Functional (3:22) - fight ~ danger
  6. Retreat (4:01) - danger ~ fight
  7. Evacuate (2:24) - fight
  8. 39.1 Degrees Celsius (4:48) - tension
  9. The Dish (7:09) - danger ~ fight
  10. First Contact (5:56) - hopefulness
  11. End Credits (5:27)
  12. Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf (4:26)
  13. Ooby Doby - Roy Orbison (2:24)

Total Running Time: 51:35


Star Trek: Insurrection

  • Original Score Composed by: Jerry Goldsmith
  • Label: GNP Crescendo

The saddest part of this score is the fact that the best track -- Ba'Ku Village -- has the "new" Star Trek theme attached to the beginning. On the whole Goldsmith has produced a worthy successor to his First Contact score. This score is a little lighter -- and not quite so inventive because Goldsmith is extending his score more than revolutionising it as he did with the previous score -- but no less useful. Well recommended for just about any science fiction campaign.

  1. Ba'Ku Village * (6:57)
  2. In Custody (1:08) - danger
  3. Childrens' Story (1:51) - quiet
  4. Not Functioning (1:52) - fight
  5. New Sight (5:47) - joy ~ sad
  6. The Drones Attack (4:13)
  7. The Riker Maneuver (3:13) - fight
  8. The Same Race (2:53) - danger ~ tension
  9. No Threat (4:14) - tension ~ happy
  10. The Healing Process (7:15) - fight ~ sad
  11. End Credits * (5:23)

* Contains "Theme from Star Trek - The TV Series" and "Theme from Star Trek: The Motion Picture"

Total Running Time: 44:50


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Emissary

  • Original Score Composed by: Dennis McCarthy
  • Label: GNP Crescendo

One of the more suitable soundtracks than a lot of the Star Trek: The Next Generation soundtracks, the music is slightly more brooding. The soundtrack is suitable for science fiction or fantasy campaigns (except for a few tracks) but more suited to those grander, operatic adventures.

  1. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title (1:55)
  2. Wolf 359 (4:51) - danger ~ escape
  3. The Enterprise Departs/A New Home (1:10) - home
  4. Trashed and Thrashed (1:59) - arrival ~ danger
  5. Bajor/Jake/Saying Goodbye (1:44) - hint of danger ~ safety
  6. Cucumbers In Space (1:44) - bar music
  7. New Personality (2:17) - sadness
  8. Into the Wormhole (3:41) - journey ~ danger
  9. Time Stood Still (4:13) - unknown ~ danger
  10. Searching for Relatives (1:13) - strange
  11. Painful Memories (4:21) - unsurmountable ~ painful ~ danger
  12. Passage Terminated (3:44) - love theme
  13. Back to the Saratoga/What Shields? (2:00) - battle
  14. Reconciliation (3:18) - danger
  15. The Sisko Kid (4:40) - final battle ~ happy
  16. A New Beginning (1:47) - happy end
  17. Theme from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine [Single Version] (4:16)
  18. Passage Terminated [Single Version] (3:32) - love theme

Total Running Time: 52:32


Star Trek: Voyager

Caretaker

  • Original Score Composed by: Jerry Goldsmith and Jay Chattaway
  • Label: GNP Crescendo

Though more grand and operatic than the other Star Trek soundtracks it still suffers from having that Star Trek feel about it. Well suited to science fiction campaigns which don't rely on gritty realism.

  1. Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title (1:47)
  2. Prologue (3:12) - danger
  3. 70 Thousand Light Years from Home (3:23) - realisation
  4. Beamed to the Farm (4:19) - danger
  5. Lifesigns in the Barn (6:05)
  6. Paris Takes the Helm (2:38) - confrontation
  7. Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title: Short (0:19)
  8. Escape from the Ocampa Underground (8:06) - fight/flight
  9. Not Enough Time (2:03) - scary
  10. Battle for the Array (6:55) - fight ~ sad
  11. Set Course for Home (3:32) - sad
  12. Star Trek: Voyager - End Credits (1:20)
  13. The Caretaker's Hoedown (2:36)

Total Running Time: 46:20

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