Once upon a time, I used a record player, vinyl records, 45 singles, and a cassette tape to make what we called back in the day a mix tape. But we don't make mix tapes anymore now, do we? We make playlists on iTunes. And if you own an iPod, an mp3 player or a smartphone, you don't even need to record them onto anything anymore. I do use my iPhone to play music, but whenever I'm driving around, I have to pop in a CD into my car player, whether it's store-bought or a playlist I burned. That's just how it's supposed to be!
I still make mix tapes now and then, or I guess I'd have to call them compilation CDs now. ("Mix tape" sounds so much sexier.) I decided that from time to time some of the comp CDs are what I want to talk about here in my blog. My first entry - which may come as no surprise to you - is all about Star Trek.
Ever since I went to that "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" Soundtrack Celebration a few weeks ago, I haven't been able to stop thinking about Star Trek. I've been reading old books I have and watching episodes again on DVD and Blu-ray. It just hit the nostalgia button in me and put me in a nice, warm, geeky place.
Before the event, I went through my Star Trek CD collection, music from the various TV series and films, and found a few comp CDs I'd made not that long ago. One that stood out was a CD filled with music from the original TV series. GNP Crescendo produced a lot of licensed Star Trek soundtracks during the 80's, featuring the underscores composed for Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation. I think I bought every single one they ever released at the time. The music from the original series was especially fun to listen to.
From the second season episode "Amok Time". Music by Gerald Fried.
From the first season episode "The Corbomite Maneuver". Music by Fred Steiner.
From the second season episode "The Trouble with Tribbles". Music by Jerry Fielding.
Well, since I was heading out to celebrate the music from the original crew's first motion picture voyage, I listened to that disc again, which I had titled Star Trek: Music from Classic Adventures. Since my friend was driving me there, I made him a copy as thanks for ride. And being the designer that I am, I made some pretty CD packaging for it too.
Weeks later, after the event and in that warm geeky place, I pulled out another compilation CD from my Star Trek shelf. I made this one after visiting Star Trek: The Tour during its Long Beach stop in 2008. Because The Tour was a retrospective of the many different shows and movies, this CD collected every opening theme or main title music used in every Star Trek incarnation up to that point, beginning with the Theme from Star Trek to the music used in Star Trek: Enterprise. I called it Star Trek: The Tour, to remind me of what inspired me to put it together. Turned out my original comp CD wasn't playing well anymore, so I burned a new disc - which was a convenient opportunity to now include pristine tracks from my new ST-TMP CDs that I picked up from the Celebration - and again created pretty packaging for it.
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A fan of Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Batman, comic books, Blu-rays, Disney, soundtracks, taking pictures, theatre and...Barry Manilow!