Trek Untold-Episode 103: Nami Melumad
Making Music with Nami Melumad, “Strange New Worlds” and “Prodigy” Composer
Nami Melumad is the composer for the wonderful scores on “Star Trek: Prodigy” and “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” as well as the Short Trek episode “Q & A.” Her knowledge and passion for music are matched by her enthusiasm and affection for this franchise.
Nami told us about growing up in Israel and explained how her service in the IDF helped her when she arrived in Hollywood, the methods Nami uses to compose her masterpieces, scoring HBO Max's “American Pickle” with Michael Giacchino, which is sadly off the streaming service now (at least for the time being), Disney's “Far From The Tree,” and some of her other work.
From there, we jump into Star Trek as Nami tells us what she learned from fellow Trek composers Michael Giacchino and Jeff Russo, an in-depth explanation for the themes of some of the crew from Prodigy, merging history and modernity for the sounds of SNW, the language of music with “Children of the Comet” and playing with Gerald Fried's Vulcan melody in “Spock Amok,” how the musicians recorded their music during the Pandemic, and much more.
NOTE: We recorded this during SNW season 1, so we were forced to be a bit vague while discussing things on that show – just to play it safe!
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