51 Shades of Geek

213: Wars Without Williams

Rogue One premieres next month, ushering in a new era of Star Wars movies chronicling “side stories” that don’t necessarily centrally involve members of the Skywalker Family…and movies that aren’t scored by the legendary John Williams. But many Star Wars adventures have already featured music by other composers, to wit:

The Force calls to you. Unfortunately, it’s calling collect. (1:20:30)

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BONUS DOWNLOAD: This is an almost-finished article by Earl Green and frequent collaborator Rob Heyman, from an unpublished, never-completed late 2015 issue of theLogBook.com ‘Zine. Bear inmind that this was written in late 2015, prior to the premiere of The Force Awakens, prior to Williams announcement that he would stay on for Episode VIII, and prior to Alexandre Desplat giving up the Rogue One scoring assignment. (Note also that Rob called Desplat’s replacement from a year away!)

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212: Slimed!

Need to get in the mood for Halloween…and the all-MST3K-movie-music podcast didn’t do it for you? Fear not – and by all means, don’t be afraid of no ghosts. Which is a double negative, so I guess, technically…be afraid of ghosts. But don’t be afraid of their music:

Where does this podcast go? It goes up. (59:43)

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Here’s the original Marc Nobleman interview with Mick Smiley, and a more recent one I hadn’t seen before recording the episode. They’re magic.

Now available in print and for Kindle: WARP!1, the latest book from your podcast host, Earl Green, covering classic Star Trek on TV, in movies, as animation, and other Gene Roddenberry projects from the ’60s and ’70s.

211: Radio Free MST3K

Need to get in the mood for Halloween? Need something truly terrifying? The Satellite of Love is known for its non-stop matinee of terrifyingly bad movies…and in honor of Joel, Mike and the ‘bots, here are musical highlights from some of those movies:

Now get back into that theater! Push the button, Frank. (53:12)

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Feel free to support In The Grand Theme Of Things and theLogBook.com’s other myriad podcast and book releases via our Patreon.

Now available in print and for Kindle: WARP!1, the latest book from your podcast host, Earl Green, covering classic Star Trek on TV, in movies, as animation, and other Gene Roddenberry projects from the ’60s and ’70s.

210: DIIIIIIIIIIVE!

Jump. Do it. Check the seal on your pressure suit gloves. Open the airlock. Step out on the ledge. Jump. JUMP. Also, jump into music about jumping from the edge of space.

Don’t worry, the planet will break your fall. (57:14)

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209: Trek@50 – The Fan Films

Red alert! Star Trek is coming back. Star Trek was never gone. The studio hasn’t been making Star Trek. The fans have been making their own Star Trek. These are the voyages, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, we listen to the music from those voyages…and discuss why not so many of these projects have original music these days:

  • Star Trek: New Voyages: World Enough And Time (Alan Derian)
  • Star Trek: Renegades (Justin R. Durban / Dennis McCarthy)
  • Starship Exeter: The Tressaurian Intersection (Hetoreyn / Stephen Cadena)
  • Starship Farragut: The Price Of Anything (Hetoreyn)
  • Starship Intrepid: Heavy Lies The Crown (Dylan Feeney / David Beukes)

Live long and/or prosper. (1:26:27)

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206: Tales Of The Blaster Beam IV

BWONNNNNNNGGGG! The Blaster Beam is back in another selection of soundtracks and snippets stretching from 1978 through 2016 (!). Catch up with that most Lovecraftian of instruments’ exploits, old and new, in a brand new mix that you will enjoy:

Have we heard the last of the Beam? And has the Beam heard the last of us? (1:04:56)

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208: Stranger Things Have, In Fact, Happened

Bonus episode! Everyone has gone nuts over Netflix’s new retro-styled series Stranger Things, and its decidedly retro soundtrack. But while we eagerly await an official soundtrack from the show, here’s a reminder that it’s not the only retro game in town. Here are some others you will enjoy:

I pity the fool who doesn’t stop playing E.T. on his Atari long enough to listen to this! (1:06:39)

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207: Songs of Muad’dib: Tunes from Dune

Frank Herbert’s dense science fiction opus has inspired a wide, wild, weird variety of musical interpretations through the years. We sift through the shifting sands of Arrakis to hear:

  • Jodorowsky’s Dune (Kurt Stenzel)
  • Dune (David Matthews – UPDATE: I discovered after recording that this album is, in fact, getting a CD release in September 2016!)
  • Dune 2000 (Frank Klepacki)
  • Dune (Toto / Brian Eno)

Long live the fighters and the songs they sing. (1:20:59)

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205: Hey Jupiter

Bonus episode! To celebrate the imminent arrival of NASA’s Juno space probe at Jupiter, here’s a selection of Jovian-themed soundtracks:

By Jove, Juno’s almost to Jupiter…and we’ve got some theme music ready. (1:03:56)

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204: Don’t Panic: The Worlds of Douglas Adams

You sass that hoopy frood Ford Prefect? So does this month’s installment, a musical tribute to adaptations of the works of the late, great Douglas Adams, including:

Life. Don’t talk to me about life. Let’s talk about music instead. (1:06:45)

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