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The Science of Sci-Fi Music

  • Andrew May
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Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Andrew May
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  3. Andrew May
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  4. Andrew May
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  5. Andrew May
    Pages 77-100
  6. Andrew May
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 151-153

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

science fiction music science of music algorithmic composition history of electronic music musical set theory avant-garde music in science fiction

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrew May
    • 1
  1. 1.CrewkerneUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-47833-9
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-47832-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-47833-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-1188
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-1196
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