Ron Jones (composer)

Summary

Ronald Jones (born July 7, 1954) is an American composer who has written music for television shows, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, DuckTales, American Dad!, and Family Guy. He has also composed the theme song for Nickelodeon's The Fairly OddParents with series creator, Butch Hartman, and also the music for the show's pilots. He lives in Stanwood, Washington, where he opened SkyMuse studios, a recording facility designed for post-production and music recording.

Early life and CareerEdit

Jones was born in Kansas City, Kansas. After receiving a degree in music composition and music theory, he moved to Los Angeles, California, to enroll in the Dick Grove School of Music.[1] He studied under Academy Award- and Emmy Award-nominated composer Lalo Schifrin after Schifrin asked Jones to copy a concerto for guitar and orchestra.[2]

While attending Dick Grove, Jones composed an NBC Movie of the Week and began composing for television series produced by Hanna-Barbera. In addition to writing the music for many such cartoons cartoons, Jones also arranged and composed the theme songs to shows as Smurfs and The Snorks. After five years at Hanna-Barbera, Jones left to work with the composing team of Mike Post and Pete Carpenter. While scoring for Post and Carpenter, Jones worked on popular television series as The A-Team, Magnum, P.I., and Hardcastle and McCormack simultaneously. The latter series also starred two future Star Trek alumni in the title roles—Brian Keith as Judge Milton C. Hardcastle, and Daniel Hugh Kelly as Mark "Skid" McCormack.

In 1987, Jones was recruited by Chris Montan, the head of Disney Music, to compose music for Disney's first syndicated cartoon series, DuckTales. Montan was impressed with Jones' work during a Hanna-Barbera cartoon session and admired the composer's philosophy to respect the intelligence of the audience rather than creating a "patronizing" score that looks down on their understanding. Jones accepted Montan's request to score DuckTales, which quickly became one of the most successful animated programs of all time. Jones worked on DuckTales through 1988, during which he composed, conducted, arranged, and orchestrated various memorable cues and themes which were reused throughout the show's two-season run.

Star Trek: The Next GenerationEdit

Jones also composed critically acclaimed work for a total of forty-two episodes in the first four seasons (1987–1991) of Star Trek: The Next Generation (Star Trek: TNG). During the beginning of the fourth season, the producers chose other composers to assume Jones' position. No specific reasons were provided. Jones has since then been a major critic of Berman-era Trek [3] and has cited the music of the subsequent Trek spin-offs as "less melodic and more pad-like."[4] Furthermore, he thought that the theme for Enterprise would have been better used for the opening ceremonies of the WNBA.[5]

Family GuyEdit

Jones has also created music throughout the first 12 seasons (1999–2014) of Family Guy.[6][7]

Jones, with various other music and lyric collaborators, has received four Emmy nominations for his work on this series; namely, 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 him a Grammy nomination for 2012's Best Song Written for a Visual Media ("Christmastime is Killing Us").[8]

For the two-part episodes of "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".[9] and used parodies of two cues. The dramatic finale piece is reused at the end of "Stewie Kills Lois" while the piece which appeared when Locutus of Borg first appears is reused when Lois reappears in "Lois Kills Stewie".[10] These parodied cues are available on Jones' website.[11]

AwardsEdit

  • 2003 BMI Film and TV Awards: Main Title Theme
  • 2002 BMI Film and TV Awards: Main Title Theme
  • 1991 NAIRD Award: Best Soundtrack Album of the Year
  • 1988 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series (contributions)

Television scoresEdit

Selected DiscographyEdit

  • 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)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ron Jones; Internet Movie Database, [1]; Accessed: 11 October 2009
  2. ^ "Ron Jones Interview;" Reel Cool, [2]; Published: 7 August 2008; Accessed: 11 November 2015
  3. ^ Cinefantastique magazine, Oct. 1993
  4. ^ Interview: Ron Jones, Question 12; Star Trek Soundtracks, [3] Archived January 31, 2013, at the Wayback Machine; Published: December 2002; Accessed: 11 October 2009
  5. ^ Interview: Ron Jones, Question 13; Star Trek Soundtracks, [4] Archived January 31, 2013, at the Wayback Machine; Published: December 2002; Accessed: 11 October 2009
  6. ^ "RON JONES AND SETH MACFARLANE JAZZ IT UP [5]; Published: 1 September 2009; Accessed: 11 November 2015
  7. ^ BMI Composer Just a ‘Family Guy’ [6]; Published: 9 October 2008; Accessed: 11 November 2015
  8. ^ "Ron Jones | Artist | Grammy.com". Grammy.com. January 28, 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ Seth MacFarlane (October 21, 2008). Family Guy Volume 6 DVD commentary for the episode "Stewie Kills Lois" (DVD). 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. {{cite AV media}}: |access-date= requires |url= (help); |format= requires |url= (help)
  10. ^ Justin Boggan. "Star Trek: The Next Generation (The Ron Jones Project)". MainTitles film music community. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
  11. ^ Ron Jones, Listen, Family Guy retrieved 2015-01-23

External linksEdit

  • Ron Jones Productions
  • Ron Jones at IMDb
  • Ron Jones interview
  • Ron Jones interview about FAMILY GUY
  • The Influence Jazz Orchestra