Science Fiction Soundscapes

Thursday 7th July, 2011, 7 – 8pm (BST) on Resonance 104.4FM (, repeated on Tuesday 12th July, 1pm, with podcasts to follow.
Tonight we explore the wonderful and bizarre sonic landscapes of science fiction soundtracks. Starting with the first truly ‘modernist’ pioneers, like Bernard Herrmann, and his theramin-based scores for classic films like The Day the Earth Stood Still (1952), through to the funky 60’s music of films like Barbarella (1968) and Ennio Morricone’s Diabolik (1968), to the more obscure and avant-garde soundtracks of Eduard Artemyev’s Solaris (1972) and Gil Melle’s The Andromeda Strain (1971). We will then bring the discussion up to date with more recent soundtracks by the likes of Daft Punk for Tron Legacy and Hanz Zimmer for Inception (both 2010), whilst analysing the wider social and cultural context of all of these iconic soundtracks.

Hosted by James DC, with sound artist Martin A Smith and music supervisor Julian Simon

Clip : The Andromeda Strain (Robert Wise, 1971, music by Gil Melle)


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