While it still remains unconfirmed that the composition is indeed the introduction music, or that it will be used for Star Trek Discovery at all, we do know that the music is being produced for CBS and is directly related to Star Trek in some form. What form that is remains to be seen. Since it’s unlikely that CBS has any other Star Trek productions in the works, there’s a good chance this is the shows theme.
Update (Jan 7 2017): We have the full musical composition now.
Star Trek Music Always Represents Themes
One of the things that every Star Trek fan looks forward to in a new Trek series is the introduction music to the show. Each series has its own unique feel and so do their musical scores, with significant thought being put into what that music should convey. The upbeat and optimistic sounds of TNG – the USS Enterprise out on an adventure, making discoveries. The somber sounds of DS9, a station on the galactic outskirts, far from home. The journeying sounds of Voyager – a starship lost on the other side of the galaxy with a mission to get home. The more mainstream rock sounds of Enterprise – a series set in a more familiar not-too-distant-future.
Twitter user @CharlesHenriAvelange posted a 35 second musical composition clip that is believed to be in contention for Star Trek Discovery‘s them song.
Here’s the Star Trek Discovery Music
The musical theme has uplifting tones, not all unlike those found in other Star Trek musical themes. It also sounds strikingly aligned with the theme from the movie Galaxy Quest, which poked fun at the original Star Trek series and fandom culture. Wonder, excitement and discovery are found in these notes, so we definitely believe it’s a possible contender for the new series.
Return to Star Trek’s Musical Roots
If official, it’s nice to see Star Trek‘s return to orchestral music in contrast to the last series, Star Trek Enterprise, whose music was almost universally disliked by fans.
Here’s the original tweet.