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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Gerald Fried (b. 1928) - Star Trek: Amok Time

Gerald Fried (b. 1928)

Star Trek (1967)

Amok Time

Gerald Fried (b. February 13, 1928) is an American musician, well known for his compositions in film and television.

Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, NY, Fried attended Juilliard School of Music. After moving to Los Angeles he began composing and arranging music for shows such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E., working with Robert Drasnin, and also Star Trek, where he composed the famous musical underscore (now known as "Star Trek fight music") for the episode Amok Time.


In a two-hour online interview, Gerald Fried talked about his early work as the composer of Stanley Kubrick’s first films, including his pulsating score for The Killing. Fried then discussed his work as a composer for television that began at Revue Studios. He described his continued composing for television in the 1960's, highlighted by such series as Gilligan’s Island (including one episode where he had musicians blow into bottles to simulate sea shell instruments) and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (including an episode entirely done with kazoos). He spoke in great detail about his work on the classic science fiction series Star Trek, for which he was one of the most significant contributors. He discussed his scores for such classic episodes as “Shore Leave”and “Amok Time.” Additionally, he spoke about his later work for television movies and miniseries (including Roots). B-roll (end of Part 4) consisted of Fried performing three pieces on the oboe from his Star Trek compositions as well as several still photos from recording sessions. The interview was conducted by Karen Herman on June 26, 2003.

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