Trek Untold

Hosted ByMatt Kaplowitz

"Trek Untold" is the Star Trek podcast that goes beyond the stars! This show features guests including character actors, stunt performers, directors, writers, VFX artists, and the behind-the-scenes people who make the Star Trek universe boldly go where no sci-fi franchise has gone before.

Trek Untold-Episode 152: Making the Sounds of Star Trek with Alan Howarth

Making the Sounds of Star Trek with Alan Howarth

Alan Howarth calls himself a “sonic composer,” a cool but very accurate title for the contributions he's made to cinema. Howarth is responsible for the sound design for many of the visual effects and hardware heard in the Star Trek movies, as well as composing films across all of Hollywood. 

Alan takes us on his journey from rock and roller in high school into “The Weather Report” by the late 70s, and finally doing his first music composition for “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” as well as the drama behind getting the movie done in time for release. 

Howarth peels back the curtain to reveal the secrets behind the sounds for the warp engine of the Enterprise, using organic sounds to make technical sounds, the tools he implemented to create these unique effects, and the sound effect he is best known for that he refuses to use ever again! We also hear stories about the different Trek directors, including Leonard Nimoy and the bizarre demands of William Shatner and how involved they were in his process, the tragic story behind making the sound of the whales in Star Trek 4, the sound of V'ger in TMP, and for the first time, tales of Wesley H. Bateman and encounters with UFOs!

Plus, stories from his other films, like “The Hunt for Red October,” Steven Spielberg's cryptic demands for “Poltergeist,” “Robocop 2,” working with John Carpenter on films like “Escape from New York,” and the Halloween series, “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and more!

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