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 such as 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 the present day. The layout of the schedule will be a mix of 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).
Reddell, Trace, The Sound of Things to Come: An Audible History of the Science Fiction Film University of Minnesota Press