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2001: a Space Ody (soundtrack) – “2001: a Space Odyssey” – [Rhino Records]

2001: A space Odyssey, Directed by Stanley Kubrick

The soundtrack from a classic science fiction movie, released by MGM
in 1968, which is now part of the American psyche.
The story was originally written by Arthur C. Clarke.

The album consists of the music used in the movie, in scene-order on
tracks 1 through 9. “Thus Spake Zarathustra” has become the audio
symbol of “2001: A space Odyssey”, much as the sound of
helicopter blades, became the symbol of the Vietnam war in the movie
“Apocolypse Now”.

“Also Sprach Zarathustra” was composed by Richard Strauss in 1896, as a
musical representation of Nietzsche’s “Superman” who would transcend
human limitations. This musical piece includes in its composition a
‘World riddle Theme’ consisting of a particular sequence of
musical notes in the melody.

Most notable for play on KFJC is track #7, “Jupiter and Beyond” (15:13)
consisting of three parts:

a) “Requiem for Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Two Mixed Choirs & Orchestra”
b) “Atmospheres”
c) “Adventures”

The album also includes four supplemental tracks, the most notable being a
collage of dialog with, and about HAL, the 9000-series computer aboard
the Discovery 1 craft headed on a half-billion mile journey to the planet
Jupiter. “HAL9000″ is an interview with HAL, interspersed with dialog
between the crew and its computer which occur in several memorable
scenes in the movie.

The album also includes a 23-page booklet documenting the movie and
its production.

Two historical ICONS are presented in this movie, “The Bell System”
which was a national monopoly in the United States at that time, and also the international airline “Pan Am”

The shuttlecraft depicted in the movie is branded with the famous ‘Pan Am’
logo of Pan American Airways, which was founded in 1927 as the only
American airline company providing intercontinental air travel from the
United States to other countries.

Pan Am was barred from domestic flights within the Untied States, however
other airlines were permitted to compete with Pan Am internationally in 1978.
Pan Am declared bankruptcy in 1991, and its assets were purchased
by Delta Airlines.

Marlena Poliatevska

  • Reviewed by Marlena Poliatevska on March 23, 2009 at 2:42 pm
  • Filed as CD,Soundtrack
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  • Beequeen – “Music For The Head Ballet” – [Isomorphic Records]

    Genre: New Age
    Album Title: “Music for the Head Ballet”
    Freek Kinkelaar, Netherlands

    Track #1: “Days that never were” (21:43)
    Drone electronics with what sounds like a
    call/response of two tones sent / two tones
    in response. dreamy/spacey/meditative.

    (starts to fade out at -2 min)

    Track #2: “These Foolish Things” (20:20)
    continuation of track #1, lower vol level, call/response
    replaced with multi-tonal drone that starts to build at -14:50
    with the addition of electronic fluttery beats.
    volume starts to fade out at -3:30 min

    Track #3: “White feathers on a dish, used to erect
    the pyramids” (10:33)
    (Low playback volume on entire track — be sure to pot
    this one up!!)

    same multi-tonal drone as track #2

    Marlena Poliatevska

  • Reviewed by Marlena Poliatevska on March 23, 2009 at 2:30 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • [Collection] “From the Earth to the Spheres” (Genre: Alternative)

    Split CD Album title: “From the Earth to the Spheres”

    Artist #1: Christian Marclay & Okkyung Lee
    Genre: Alternative
    titled: “Rubbings” (20:36):
    Turntable riffs accompanied with jittery violin & cello scritches with occasional chords.
    “plucky/farty” pieces; fast-paced electronic chirp riffs, with piano and voicing.
    (imagine spastic termites in an eating frenzy)

    Artist #2: My Cat is an Alien
    Genre: Alternative
    Titled: “Beyond the limits of the stars/Beyond the limits of the grooves” (19:53):
    Plucked string instrument like samisen or violin with only one string. melodic, slow, dreamy. At 5min, added electronic sounds, moving up and down in pitch, with additional strings, bells, boops & drones.

    At 2/3′s of the track, a building complexity of electro-mechanical collage with concert piece in the far background as if a fading shortwave radio broadcast, morphing into a sort of drone piece with a two-tone whistle sound.

    Bonus track by “My cat is an alien”
    Genre: Alternative
    (untitled) “lockgroove” (36:06)
    (a continuation of track #2)

  • Reviewed by Marlena Poliatevska on February 3, 2009 at 4:51 pm
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  • [Beequeen] – “Music for the head ballet” (Genre: New Age)

    Artist: Beequeen
    Genre: New Age
    Album Title: “Music for the Head Ballet” by freek kinkelaar, Netherlands

    Track #1: “Days that never were” (21:43):
    Drone electronics with what sounds like a call/response of two tones sent / two tones
    in response. dreamy/spacey/meditative.

    Track #2: “These Foolish Things” (20:20):

    A continuation of track #1, lower vol level, call/response replaced with multi-tonal drone that starts to build with the addition of electronic fluttery beats.

    Track #3: “White feathers on a dish, used to erect the pyramids” (10:33):

  • Reviewed by Marlena Poliatevska on February 3, 2009 at 4:41 pm
  • Filed as A Library
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