2001: A Space Odyssey

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2001: A Space Odyssey has to be one of the greatest science fiction movies ever made. You would also think that its score would be out of the question because of Also Sprach Zarathustra or the Blue Danube. Well, those two pieces are certainly out of the question, but as for the rest . . .

When I first listened to the CD, I could hardly recognise the music. Admittedly it has been a long time since I have seen the movie, but even so I think that most people wouldn't recognise the bulk of the music either. So what is the music like? Most of it is quite bizarre. I would call it minimalist but I am no music expert. A lot of the music is carried by weird, echoing voices. Not useful for a majority of adventures, but would be good for alien environments. I would suggest using the tracks as background music for alien worlds or cities. Which leads me to my next point. Two of the tracks are quite long and should only be used as background music, there is no way you are going to be able to fit a description to either of them.

On a side note, Stanley Kubrick originally hired Alex North to write the score to 2001 but used classical music to temp track some of the earlier takes so he could get a feel for the movie. He liked the classical music so much, he sacked North and used it in the entire movie.

Well suited for science fiction campaigns.

Track Listing and Notes

    The Music As It Appears In The Film

  1. Overture: Atmospheres (2:51) - mystery
  2. Main Title: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spake Zarathustra) (1:43)
  3. Requiem For Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Two Mixed Choirs & Orchestra (6:33) - strange mutterings
  4. The Blue Danube (Excerpt) (5:43)
  5. Lux Aeterna (2:56) - holy, similar to three
  6. Gayane Ballet Suite (Adagio) (5:17) - sad
  7. Jupiter And Beyond (15:15) - more strange mutterings
  8. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spake Zarathustra) (1:43)
  9. The Blue Danube (Reprise) (8:20)
  10. Supplemental Material

  11. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spake Zarathustra) (1:43)
  12. Lux Aeterna (6:02) - see five
  13. Adventures (10:57) - see seven
  14. HAL 9000 (9:41)

Total Running Time: 78:49

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2001: A Space Odyssey © 1968 Turner Entertainment Co.