Set course for the Alpha Quadrant!
It has been 25 years since Star Trek Voyager first aired in 1995, so to pay tribute to Jerry Goldsmith’s marvellous title theme, I have attempted to create my own version/arrangement, trying to keep the main melody mostly in tact and using the chordal structure that underlies the theme. I have expanded the style to incorporate the orchestral elements, while infusing some electronica to give the piece some futuristic rhythmic pulse. Drums were added to give a more epic, spacey feel.
I wanted to avoid listening to the original title theme as much as possible, so as to avoid making just a copy, so you will notice, for instance, no adherence to tempo, key or even melodic accuracy as well as structure. I have ventured to create something that is in keeping with my style, but still harkens to Jerry Goldsmith’s melodic and harmonic brilliance.
My version is in D Major, with a tempo of 100 bpm. In the “verse” section, I have emulated the rising bass line drom D to G Major just as in the original and the “middle eight” section uses the same G Major, Eb Major, C Major, A Major chord pattern that gives us that wonderfully tense build up that leads to the reprise. It was always my intention to start small and end up big (which only makes it more difficult for me to mix and master).I retained the trumpet motif at the very end, as a sign off that is undoubtedly Voyager!
I have used around 45 tracks, with libraries from 8Dio (brass, strings, Rhythmic Aura2), Spitfire’s BBCSO (glock/celeste/stacc violins), Ethera Gold (vocals, pads), various Native Instruments libraries (piano, bass, percussion, drums). The guitar sound was from a free Dronar cinematic library. I also used a pad from an old DUNE vst.
I hope you feel some nostalgia from listening to my version and feel free to comment. As I mentioned, my dull ears find it extremely hard to master effectively, but as an amateur, I try not to tie myself in knots too much and just try to post something that shows that I managed to finish!