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2001: A Space Odyssey Theme Song

2001: A Space Odyssey


2001: A Space Odyssey is a seminal work of science fiction cinema, created by Stanley Kubrick in conjunction with the famous author Arthur C Clarke (who also wrote the novel). Produced in conjunction with the novel in 1968, 2001 tells the story of Man’s dealings with the mysterious Monolith, from it’s influences on our ancestors at the Dawn of Man, to it’s secretive presence beneath the lunar crater Tycho and ultimately to it’s final resting place in orbit of Io. After the Tycho Monolith is excavated, it sends a powerful radio message out towards Jupiter. The spacecraft Discovery is sent to investigate, a mission that will take many years. The two awake members of the crew slowly begin to distrust their computer, HAL, who begins to sabotage the mission. When the astronauts discuss what to do about HAL, he decides to eliminate them. He is almost successful, but the sole survivor, Dave Bowman disconnects HAL and continues the mission alone. His terrifying encounter with the Monolith known as Big Brother sends him on am impossible journey.



About The 2001: A Space Odyssey Movie Theme Song

The film featured incredible realism in it’s special effects and designs, and most importantly for us, featured an incredible and memorable score. Even for those who have never seen the film, the pounding drums of Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra instantly bring to mind images of monoliths and apes clubbing each other with bones. But there is much more to the film’s music that just the opening. During the long, beautiful scenes of spacecraft in flight we are treated to Johann Strauss’ “The Blue Danube,” possibly the most famous waltz there is. Finally, when encountering the Monoliths, there is Gyorgy Ligeti’s Lux Aeterna, a hauntingly beautiful piece.

The music in 2001 was intended to be an integral part of the story from the very beginning, as Kubrick did not want to tell a traditional science fiction story. The success of this is clear, in scenes with no dialogue the music is much clearer, and at times it is more like watching a ballet than a film.

Artist/Group: Richard Strauss
Track: Also Sprach Zarathustra


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