Science Fiction is an amazing, great art form in literature, art, film, games and music. Dazzling work spanning a century plus. Science fiction music is the young vibrant member of the family, just showing it’s full potential. There’s been an incredible evolution in science fiction music, and we’re going to take a look at some of the high points and personal favorites here.
And we take requests! Happy to play your favorites and reveal some of the secrets behind the magic of music. How it’s made and why it works so well.
Let’s begin at the beginning.
Music portraying strange and far away worlds has been around for centuries. We will always draw upon masters like Mozart, Saint-Saens, Mussorgsky, Holst, to help create these worlds.
Science fiction music’s own story starts with the earliest science fiction films, that in turn are based on the early, awesome writing of novelists Jules Verne and H.G.Wells. The first science fiction film is probably A Trip To The Moon made by cinema pioneer Georges Melies. You can learn more about him in the Oscar winning film Hugo, which I highly recommend.
In the pioneering days, music was played live during the screening of a film. For A Trip to The Moon, we know it was popular classical music. Something like this(the lunar scenes start around 4:00)
Lovely and effective, yet it would fit just as well in a fantasy drama. Fantasy and SciFi were treated the same.