Sunday, February 05, 2006

Open the pod bay doors, Hal.

Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of those love-it-or-hate it movies, and the soundtrack is very much the same. Combining the simple, bouncy waltzes of Johann Strauss, the dramatic Wagneresque music of Richard Strauss- no relation to Johann- and the very difficult and avant-garde contemporary music of Gyorgy Litegi makes for an uneven, but enthralling, listen. Litegi's contribution "Adventures" is meterless, keyless, and involves harsh barks, pants, and laughs from the chorus and sparse, angry, commentary from the orchestra. It's unlike anything else out there, and needs to be heard. Litegi's other piece on the disc, "Atmospheres," is atonal droning that becomes more and more powerful until it reaches a severe climax. It had me rocking back and forth in my chair, holding my head from the sheer intensity of the piece. There's also an audio compilation on the disc: sort of a "best of Hal 9000."
(This is not a complete disc because I left out the pieces that were repeated on the CD.)


At February 22, 2013, Blogger Olivier Thavonekham Robidoux said...

This link is so broken, the website linked doesn't even exist anymore. But I don't blame the website, it's been 7 years since the post and music download blogs have lost their reputation.


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