Episode 21: Experiments in Space

August 1st, 2021 by Robert Horton

Movies about space travel and faraway planets have given soundtrack composers license to experiment in ways that earthbound films rarely do. In this episode, we listen to the Space Age sounds of the cinema’s first all-electronic score (Forbidden Planet), Jerry Goldsmith’s avant-garde music for Planet of the Apes, and mind-bending earscapes from2001: A Space Odyssey and Solaris, with some wacky side trips thrown in. There’s a lot of theremin in this one, too.