Music Review: STAR TREK: MUSIC FROM THE VIDEO GAMES

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Over its many years of going boldly where no Franchise has gone before. Star Trek has crossed over into a great many forms of media. Sometimes with a great deal of success and other times as in the case of video games. A bit hit and miss.

However when it comes to the ‘Star Trek’ video games. The one thing that has always been a hit. At least when it comes to me. Is the music, which I often find myself humming along too while blasting Borg and Klingon’s and what have you.

So with that in mind it was with a little excitement and trepidation that I set about listening to ‘Star Trek: Music From The Video Games’ because I was worried that it would not stand up on its own without the adrenaline rush and sheer spectacle of the games. To an extent my concerns were valid.

Now don’t get me wrong. The music is damn fine music. In fact one of my favorite tracks on the CD is the main theme to Starfleet Academy by Ron Jones because simply put. It tries to be a little different to the main Star Trek themes in that it takes the good bits from the stuff that Dennis McCarthy did and adds something to it and then goes somewhere entirely different.

The fact is I’m very hard to please when it comes to Star Trek music because for most part I prefer to be watching an episode of Star Trek with the music accompanying the action. It can seem a bit dry listening to Star Trek music without the images and live action the music to Star Trek can seem a bit repetitive at times unless it is something really special like the music to ‘Star Trek: First Contact,’ which was lovingly composed by the late father son team of Jerry and Joel Goldsmith. That to me is my Audio Star Trek happy place in that its the soundtrack that I can revisit over and over again.

Unfortunately not very much in this selection really stands out to me or takes me to that happy place.

There are a few tacks such as the aforementioned Starfleet Academmy Main theme that I enjoy listening to as a stand alone. Another good track is the one for Star Trek: Borg by Dennis McCarthy and Kevin Kiner, and then you have the main theme to Bridge Commander, which is essentially Jerry Goldsmiths wonderful main theme from Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Listening to one track after the other in the order on this CD was a little tedious. Your best bet is to find the tracks you like and pick and go right to those.

I’d personally only recommend this selection to those that are hardcore Star Trek fans and fans of the video games, but would not recommend it to the more casual listeners like myself.

Star Trek: Music From The Video Games will be out throughout all good music and online retailers on July 17.

 

Written By: Ian Cullen

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Ian Cullen is the owner of scifipulse.net. A wannabe musician. Ian is a legend in his own mind and when not working on the website host the hugely successful SFP-NOW Podcast he can be found skulking around empty corridors. A longtime fan of genre television and movies Ian was also a producer on the Reality On Demand web-series and has even been published in the official Star Trek Magazine.

 

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