Star Trek, or Star Wars?

THURSDAY, March 26, 2020

Everyone steals from everyone else, and I’m not accusing the person who wrote this Star Trek Theme of doing anything illegal or unethical by ripping of John Williams, because John Williams ripped off someone else. The secret, though, it doing it in a sneaky enough way so that the only person who knows where you lifted and idea from is you!

Listen to this new theme carefully. I set the time so that it is obvious. Listen to the chord structure.

Now, listen to this.

The first time I heard the new Star Trek Explorer theme, I immediately said: “That’s not even a subtle rip-off!”

If I were a film composer, or a TV composer, I’d never write something so close to an iconic John Williams theme and try to pass it off as original.

Jeff Russo should have disguised his source better. Any experience musician is going to instantly recognize this connect. It figuratively socked me right in the face!


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