Michael Giacchino

Star Trek [Music From the Motion Picture]

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As J.J. Abrams' 2009 film Star Trek is no mere reboot of Gene Roddenberry's late-'60s television series, so Michael Giacchino's score for the film is no rehash of Alexander Courage's score for the series. Instead, Giacchino, like Abrams, has grafted contemporary sounds and effects onto the original. Thus, instead of Courage's Janácek-like brass, Steiner-like strings, and Herrmann-like percussion, Giacchino uses Ligeti-like waves of sound, Penderecki-like sheets of sound, and Goldsmith-like extravagant percussion. From the clangorous excitement of Nailin' the Kelvin through the explosive climaxes of Nero Fiddles, Narada Burns, Giacchino turns in a score that supports Abrams' film and its mission to resuscitate the Star Trek franchise. Whether or not Abrams and Giacchino succeed is up to the viewer/listener; but for many old-timers, the high point of both the movie and the music will be the moment at the very end when the Enterprise majestically turns toward deep space and Courage's original corny yet grandiose theme blares out for the first time. Brilliantly recorded by Robert Townsend and ably conducted by Tim Simonec, this soundtrack is a more than adequate aural souvenir.

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