Ron Jones (composer)

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Ron Jones (born Kansas City, Kansas July 7, 1954) is an American composer who has written music for TV shows, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, Duck Tales, American Dad!, and Family Guy. He composed the theme for Nickelodeon's The Fairly OddParents with series creator Butch Hartman, and the music for the show's pilots.

Despite critically acclaimed work for Star Trek: The Next Generation, Jones was fired during the show's fourth season by producers Rick Berman and Peter Lauritson after repeated disagreements over how to approach dramatic scoring on the show. Following that, Jones criticized the kind of music used under Berman's stewardship of the franchise, which he felt was "less melodic" and "more pad-like."[1] Berman, on the other hand, has said that "the music is there to enhance the scene that is going. The scene is not there to enhance the music. And Ron’s stuff was getting big and somewhat flamboyant. It was a decision that Peter and I made that was just a simple moving on to other composers." [2]

For the 100th episode of Family Guy, "Stewie Kills Lois", Jones paid homage to his own music from the popular Next Generation two-parter "The Best of Both Worlds", doing parodies of two cues; one the Locutus of Borg piece when Riker and crew see Picard as a Borg at the end of the first part; and the second the finale piece from the first part that leads up to a dramatic build when Riker says "Mr. Worf, Fire" and the words "To Be Continued..." are on screen. The parodied cue in question can be heard in its entirety on Jones' website.

He recently received an Emmy nomination for Best Original Song, "This House is Freakin' Sweet" from Family Guy, and Outstanding Music Composition for a Series for the Family Guy episode, "Lois Kills Stewie", which follows "Stewie Kills Lois".

Television scores[edit]

Selected discography[edit]

  • Star Trek - The Next Generation: Music from the Original Television Soundtrack, Volume Two (The Best of Both Worlds) (GNP Crescendo)
  • "Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Ron Jones Project (1987-1999)" released by Film Score Monthly.
  • "Superman" (1988 Ruby-Spears animated series), disc 7 of Superman: The Music (1978-1988), released by Film Score Monthly.
  • The Best of Star Trek: 30th Anniversary Special (tracks 6 & 7: Suite from "Heart of Glory") (GNP Crescendo)
  • Scooby-Doo's Snack Tracks: The Ultimate Collection (two tracks)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Star Trek Soundtracks (2002). "Interview Ron Jones". 
  2. ^ Startrek.com, March 2011 Interview

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