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 as placeholder sound until the film score was completed? Alex North, the successful Hollywood composer who was hired to write

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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: A Space Odyssey. He’s emphasized that 2001 will be a film with limited dialogue, to be experienced through the senses

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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 playlist. I have a field day with such projects. In actuality, I generate a lot of playlists—at least one per

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