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Star Trek LOWER DECKS by Chris Westlake   Tuesday, October 19, 2021 (10:27 a.m.) 

Anyone else get to hear 'Star Trek LOWER DECKS' by Chris Westlake yet?

I haven't seen the (animated) show, but as for the score, it is likely the best Star Trek music I've heard in years, really very well done, with nice retro-orchestrations, some Horner-isms and nods to other Trek moments evoking a homely feeling of film music nostalgia.

Never heard of Chris Westlake before. Is he related to Nigel Westlake by any chance?
In any case, he did an amazing job re-creating the classic Star Trek score feeling from the 80s/90s, I'm surprised at my own enthusiasm for the Lower Decks music.
If you get the chance, check it out, I can highly recommend it.


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Re: Star Trek LOWER DECKS by Chris Westlake   Tuesday, October 19, 2021 (10:40 a.m.) 

> Anyone else get to hear 'Star Trek LOWER DECKS' by Chris Westlake yet?

> I haven't seen the (animated) show, but as for the score, it is likely the
> best Star Trek music I've heard in years, really very well done, with nice
> retro-orchestrations, some Horner-isms and nods to other Trek moments
> evoking a homely feeling of film music nostalgia.

> Never heard of Chris Westlake before. Is he related to Nigel Westlake by
> any chance?
> In any case, he did an amazing job re-creating the classic Star Trek score
> feeling from the 80s/90s, I'm surprised at my own enthusiasm for the Lower
> Decks music.
> If you get the chance, check it out, I can highly recommend it.

For that matter, how are the modern Trek scores in general? Namely, Picard and Discovery?



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Re: Star Trek LOWER DECKS by Chris Westlake   Tuesday, October 19, 2021 (1:10 p.m.) 

> For that matter, how are the modern Trek scores in general? Namely, Picard
> and Discovery?

I love what Russo has done with Discovery and Picard, there are lovely themes in both, but Lowe Decks is the closest to that classic Trek movie sound with some great themes.


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Re: Star Trek LOWER DECKS by Chris Westlake   Tuesday, October 19, 2021 (2:00 p.m.) 

> For that matter, how are the modern Trek scores in general? Namely, Picard
> and Discovery?

Without having seen either show as of yet, I found Russo's efforts to be fairly decent, nice music in itself, if somewhat bland and underwhelming at times. Definitely strays from the established ST sound, which I am generally okay with, but still left mostly unimpressed with the final results. I'm sure the music will be fully functional in context, but isn't anything I'd get overly excited about.

Lower Decks in contrast had me jolt wide awake into a flashback of watching Trek movies as a kid in several tracks. Either Westlake is a fan of the franchise or did some effective research. The music actually sparks my curiosity to watch the show.


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Re: Star Trek LOWER DECKS by Chris Westlake   Tuesday, October 19, 2021 (10:49 a.m.) 

> Anyone else get to hear 'Star Trek LOWER DECKS' by Chris Westlake yet?

> I haven't seen the (animated) show, but as for the score, it is likely the
> best Star Trek music I've heard in years, really very well done, with nice
> retro-orchestrations, some Horner-isms and nods to other Trek moments
> evoking a homely feeling of film music nostalgia.

> Never heard of Chris Westlake before. Is he related to Nigel Westlake by
> any chance?
> In any case, he did an amazing job re-creating the classic Star Trek score
> feeling from the 80s/90s, I'm surprised at my own enthusiasm for the Lower
> Decks music.
> If you get the chance, check it out, I can highly recommend it.

I am not familiar with his work on this show but I am familiar with his score for Justin Roiland's Solar Opposites. For a show about aliens pretending to be a family the score is way better than it has any right to be.


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Re: Star Trek LOWER DECKS by Chris Westlake   Tuesday, October 19, 2021 (1:20 p.m.) 

> Anyone else get to hear 'Star Trek LOWER DECKS' by Chris Westlake yet?

> I haven't seen the (animated) show, but as for the score, it is likely the
> best Star Trek music I've heard in years, really very well done, with nice
> retro-orchestrations, some Horner-isms and nods to other Trek moments
> evoking a homely feeling of film music nostalgia.

> Never heard of Chris Westlake before. Is he related to Nigel Westlake by
> any chance?
> In any case, he did an amazing job re-creating the classic Star Trek score
> feeling from the 80s/90s, I'm surprised at my own enthusiasm for the Lower
> Decks music.
> If you get the chance, check it out, I can highly recommend it.

...wow, really? That's excellent news, I'm gonna go giver a go now! To be honest, the drab druggery of the other Russo TV Trek's made me not even think this would be worth it. Very interested now.


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Re: Star Trek LOWER DECKS by Chris Westlake   Tuesday, October 19, 2021 (4:02 p.m.) 

> Anyone else get to hear 'Star Trek LOWER DECKS' by Chris Westlake yet?

> I haven't seen the (animated) show, but as for the score, it is likely the
> best Star Trek music I've heard in years, really very well done, with nice
> retro-orchestrations, some Horner-isms and nods to other Trek moments
> evoking a homely feeling of film music nostalgia.

> Never heard of Chris Westlake before. Is he related to Nigel Westlake by
> any chance?
> In any case, he did an amazing job re-creating the classic Star Trek score
> feeling from the 80s/90s, I'm surprised at my own enthusiasm for the Lower
> Decks music.
> If you get the chance, check it out, I can highly recommend it.

I've loved the music in the context of the show. I was unaware that there was an official score release!


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Re: Star Trek LOWER DECKS by Chris Westlake   Wednesday, October 20, 2021 (12:26 a.m.) 

> Never heard of Chris Westlake before. Is he related to Nigel Westlake by any chance?

No. Nigel Westlake was born in Australia. I believe Chris spent his life in the United States, and I don't see any relation between the two.


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