Also Sprach Zarathustra: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

In honor of Richard Strauss‘ 150th birthday, we compiled a selection of tributes to one of his most famous works: Also Sprach Zarathustra! We know Also Sprach Zarathustra best from the opening sequence in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, but did you know that Strauss’ music was originally intended to serve solely… Continue reading Also Sprach Zarathustra: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Classical Music & Cinema: The “2001” Music

Imagine for a moment you’re Alex North. It’s summer 1968 and you’re an acclaimed composer for the movies. You’ve scored great films like A Streetcar Named Desire, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Dr. Strangelove. Your collaborator and friend Stanley Kubrick asked you a few years ago to create a score for his new film 2001:… Continue reading Classical Music & Cinema: The “2001” Music

Music to Read By: A Playlist to Accompany Mary Roach’s PACKING FOR MARS

The article below was originally published as a Salon97 guest post for BookRiot.The fabulous folks at BookRiot run a wonderful website that brings out the “cool” in all things books and reading. Check them out! And now for the playlist… Occasionally I come across a book that simply begs to be enjoyed along with a… Continue reading Music to Read By: A Playlist to Accompany Mary Roach’s PACKING FOR MARS