What should the future sound like? In this course, we examine a spectrum of iconic science fiction movies and track the development of “synths” (both synthesizers and sound synthesis) through innovative film scores. Our focus will include entries by notable director/composer collaborations Stanley Kubrick/Wendy Carlos, John Carpenter, Ridley Scott/Vangelis, James Cameron/Brad Fiedel, Christopher Nolan/Hans Zimmer, as well as several others spanning from the 1950s to present day. The layout of the schedule will be part viewing sessions, where we watch these selections either as excerpts or in their entirety; and part discussion, presentation, and performance in response to particular scenes and themes. As a nod to pianist and educator Ran Blake's Film Noir series, students will have the opportunity to compose or improvise their own re-imaginings of particular sonic landscapes in science fiction.
A background in music (performance and/or composition) is helpful. However, no specific experience is required. As such, students of various disciplines are welcome and should contact the instructor with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Trace Reddell, The Sound of Things to Come - An Audible History of the Science Fiction Film University of Minnesota Press