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
Jones provided critically acclaimed work for the first four seasons (1987-1991) of Star Trek: The Next Generation (Star Trek: TNG). The challenges involved with creating the music for this series was to not only continue the vision of Gene Roddenberry established in the original series, but also to make is more feature film like. Right from the start the stories, the characters took things in new and exciting directions, literally where none had gone before. Ron Jones read the scripts and looked at the work videos with a microscope trying to uncover the essence of the drama. Once that was gleaned and input from the producers was communicated he set to work to create a creative landscape of new sounds, orchestral and electronic colors, motifs and themes which would become the building blocks of each score. Most composers involved in scoring a TV series tend to create a "sound" and stick to that for most episodes. In contrast to hat Jones considered each episode of ST:TNG a new show. Just like the very talented writers of the shows each episode had it's own dramatic stories to tell, so why not make a score that supports that vision. Each episode Ron scored presented its own set of challenges and its own goals. That was the most gratifying part of working on this amazing series, to have to come up with music to help tell the story of Mankind bold exploration of space of of the human condition. The two part Best of Both Worlds episodes of ST:TNG was very much like scoring a feature film and Jones approached it very seriously. After all, they threat of a superior life force attacking Starlet and even Earth itself was as tension building as a TV show could get. In fact many TV critics wrote articles saying that the cliff hanger of Best Of Both Worlds was one of the biggest Cliffhanger ever in TV history.
After three seasons and starting the 4th the producers choose other composers to assume Ron's position scoring the series. No specific reasons where given other than they wanted a less dramatic approach to the score and less emphasis on melodic content. Jones always committees totally to a score and to creating vivid, emotional scores that directly underscore the drama, comedy or whatever is being presented. His scoring idols are Goldsmith, Herrmann and Williams. He is not a fan of the dumb-down of underscore to a sort of sonic tooth-paste considering it an insult to the intelligence and humanity of the audience. The music of Star Trek:TNG stands as some of the very best in TV history and an example of aiming at the best in what the medium can deliver. The scores continue to stand on their own and live on via the shows that air world-wide, the CD releases and live concert performances.
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". The parodied cues can be heard on Jones' website.
- DuckTales (1987–1988) Walt Disney Television Animation
- Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1991) Paramount Pictures
- Superman (1988) Ruby-Spears Productions
- Family Guy (1999–present) Fox Broadcasting Company
- The Fairly Odd Parents (theme song) (2001–present) Nickelodeon/Frederator Studios
- American Dad! (2005–2009, left to focus on Family Guy, replaced by Joel McNeely) Fox Broadcasting Company
- 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)
- Justin Boggan. "Star Trek: The Next Generation (The Ron Jones Project)". MainTitles film music community. Retrieved 2015-01-23.
- Ron Jones, Listen, Family Guy retrieved 2015-01-23
- Ron Jones Productions
- Ron Jones at the Internet Movie Database
- Ron Jones interview
- Ron Jones interview about FAMILY GUY