Ron Jones (composer)

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Ron Jones (born Kansas City, Kansas July 7, 1954) is an Emmy and Grammy nominated 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.

Star Trek: TNG[edit]

Jones provided critically acclaimed work for the first four seasons (1987-1991) of Star Trek: The Next Generation (Star Trek: TNG). 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]

Family Guy[edit]

Jones created original music throughout the first 13 seasons (1999-present) of Family Guy. Jones, with his various music and lyrics collaborators, has received four Emmy nominations for his work on the series: Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics in 2000 ("We Only Live to Kiss Your Ass" aka "This House is Freakin' Sweet", from "Peter, Peter, Caviar Eater") and 2011 ("Christmastime is Killing Us", from "Road to the North Pole"); Outstanding Music Composition for a Series in 2008 ("Lois Kills Stewie") and 2011 ("Road to the North Pole"). His collaborative work on the series also earned a Grammy nomination for 2012's Best Song Written for a Visual Media ("Christmastime is Killing Us").

For the two-part episodes "Stewie Kills Lois and Lois Kills Stewie", Jones paid homage to his own music from a popular Star Trek: TNG two-parter, "The Best of Both Worlds". Jones used parodies of two cues: the dramatic finale piece is reused at the end of "Stewie Kills Lois", while the piece used when Locutus of Borg first appears is reused when Lois reappears in "Lois Kills Stewie".[3] The parodied cues can be heard on Jones' website.[4]

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
  3. ^ Justin Boggan. "Star Trek: The Next Generation (The Ron Jones Project)". MainTitles film music community. Retrieved 2015-01-23. 
  4. ^ Ron Jones, Listen, Family Guy retrieved 2015-01-23

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