The Latest Star Trek Soundtrack Is Quite Possibly One Of The Best

It’s taken more than a year since the series launched but Chris Westlake’s soundtrack for Star Trek: Lower Decks is finally available. And while the powers that be at Paramount decided to make everyone wait, at least they fit music from both of the current seasons into a single album.

The album went straight to the #1 spot for soundtracks on iTunes on release so that says a little something about just how good this music is. The combo of Westlake and show creator Mike McMahan (of Rick and Morty and Solar Opposites fame) is exactly what the Trek universe needed.

You can stream the album at all the usual suspects: iTunes, YouTbue Music, Spotify, etc.

Some fascinating facts about the soundtrack is all the Season 1 music was recorded during the pandemic which means each of the 56 orchestra musicians had to record their part remotely from their home. Season 2 managed to get everyone back in the studio, but I dare you to tell which is which in a blind listening test. It just goes to show how much credit studio musicians and audio engineers deserve.

Some of my fav tracks (so far) include:

03. Leg Day
08. Mistress Of The Winter Constellation
25. Red Alarm
27. What Are Your Orders, Captain?
38. Ransom vs. Vindor – a must-hear track for TOS fans
45. The Cerritos – so much amazing Horner inspired ShostaProkofiManinoff goodness
49. Pakled Attack

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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