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The Science of Sci-Fi Music

Author: Andrew May

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The 20th century saw radical changes in the way serious music is composed and produced, including the advent of electronic instruments and novel compositional methods such as serialism and stochastic music. Unlike previous artistic revolutions, this one took its cues from the world of science. Creating electronic sounds, in the early days, required a well-equipped laboratory and an understanding of acoustic theory. Composition became increasingly “algorithmic”, with many composers embracing the mathematics of set theory. The result was some of the most intellectually challenging music ever written – yet also some of the best known, thanks to its rapid assimilation into sci-fi movies and TV shows, from the electronic scores of Forbidden Planet and Dr Who to the other-worldly sounds of 2001: A Space Odyssey. This book takes a close look at the science behind “science fiction” music, as well as exploring the way sci-fi imagery found its way into the work of musicians like Sun Ra and David Bowie, and how music influenced the science fiction writings of Philip K. Dick and others. show more

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Weight 258 g
Author

Andrew May

Publisher

Springer Nature Switzerland AG

Binding

Paperback / softback

ISBN-10

3030478327

Dimensions

154 x 233 x 13

Language

English

Country of Pub

Switzerland

Book Condition

New

Notes

20 Tables, color; 29 Illustrations, color; 11 Illustrations, black and white; V, 153 p. 40 illus., 29 illus. in color.

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