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Federation Starship – Pioneer Class – Schematics

This is the first starship I designed with complete schematics: The Pioneer Class. Meant to be an exploration cruiser in the time period between Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Motion Picture, you can see some of the similarities she shares with the refit Constitution Class. Overall, I was very pleased with the design, except for the warp nacelles, they need a little work.

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Status update…

No new art for the day, but we do have some ideas floatin around.

Made a decision though: I am going to start migrating the content from my other blog, The Jefferies Tube, to here so i can just manage the one.

So there’s quite a bit of Star Trek content that will be added over the next few weeks. Then I will be shutting The Jefferies Tube down. And just keep all posting in one place.

Stay Tuned…

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In defense of Power Anthems…pt deux…

Hans Zimmer may be credited with starting the trend, but Steve Jablonsky has mastered the craft.

His collected scores for the Transformers franchise include many of the coolest power anthems I have ever heard…

From those heroic Horns to the epic percussion, and then the driving rhythms of the strings…spectacular…

He created the perfect musical palette for these ridiculous stories about Giant f$%@ing robots blowing stuff up…

As each film grew in scale, so did the music…

The stories seem to make less and less sense, but then who goes to see a movie like this for the story…

I honestly like the music more than the films themselves…especially the TF: The Last Knight. The power in the final cues…especially “Did You Forget Who I am” and “Calling All Autobots” which take the Prime and Autobot themes to another level…

I am not sure how he can top those, or if he’ll even try. But I hope that he does…I look forward to his music as much as i do the music for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

And you know what…it’s ok to like both kinds of film music. And it’s ok if you don’t.

“Sameness is the mother of disgust, Variety the Cure…”

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In defense of Power Anthems…

Hello everyone, my name is Collin, and I am a fan of  Power Anthems…

“Do you mean power ballads?” you may ask. Nope. POWER ANTHEMS, a most maligned genre of motion picture music popularized by Hans Zimmer and his Media Ventures/Remote Control Productions alumni.

Power Anthems can be recognized by their masculine chord progressions, frequent ostinatos, noble horns and epic crescendos. Many criticize them for their often synthetic sound, lack of diversity in instrumentation and catering to a testosterone-fueled audience.

That last remark, to me, is kind of the point. Power Anthems are meant to be just that: POWERFUL, Masculine, Heroic, Epic!

Critics also consider this style of music juvenile, simplistic, even brainless. But I believe these criticisms come from those that expect every movie to be accompanied by a John Williams masterpiece, or a score akin to the late-great Jerry Goldsmith, or even the self-plagiarizing  James Horner. Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of theirs as well. And Alan Silvestri,  Danny Elfman,  Michael Kaman, Michael Giacchino, Andrew Lockington, David Arnold, Bear McCreary…

But some movies simply don’t require their kind of compositions…

To be continued…