Space Age – music by Jay Chattaway

Space Age soundtrackJay Chattaway is probably known best at the present for his work on various Star Trek TV episodes since 1990, when he took over from the excellent Ron Jones; Jones’ music proved to be too good for the show he was scoring and he vanished from the show’s credits less than a year after his Best Of Both Worlds soundtrack raked in more orders than virtually any other soundtrack GNP Crescendo had released on CD. Chattaway replaced Jones and proceeded to appease the producers of Star Trek with a much more subtle and generic sound; indeed, most of Chattaway’s Trek music is interchangeable. While many of the same musical phrases crop up in this soundtrack assembled by Chattaway for PBS’ 1992 documentary miniseries Space Age, the arrangements are much more varied and the music rises above the domain of background noise. About time! It allows you to hear that Chattaway is actually a fairly decent 3 out of 4composer if he’s given room to do the job. The most un-Trekkish tracks on this collection are the best, including the wonderful “Amazon Highway”, “Luna” and “Dance Of The Blue Wonder”. Be warned, if you’ve only listened to Chattway’s orchestral meanderings on Star Trek, the instrumentation is almost completely electronic aside from some lovely French horn solos.

Order this CD

  1. Theme from Space Age (3:43)
  2. Mars (2:59)
  3. Dance of the Blue Wonder (3:42)
  4. Alchemy (3:39)
  5. The High Ground (2:34)
  6. Luna (5:14)
  7. Animations (3:13)
  8. The Mission (3:01)
  9. Innerspace (1:13)
  10. Freestar (4:17)
  11. Amazon Highway (4:17)
  12. A View From Earth (4:13)
  13. Radiation Alert (2:11)
  14. Earthrise (2:14)
  15. Robotics (2:24)
  16. The Red Planet (4:08)
  17. War Games (3:12)
  18. The Quest (6:14)

Released by: Narada Cinema
Release date: 1992
Total running time: 62:28