2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
“My God…it’s full of stars!”
CW: Death, drugs, aliens, isolation.
Space has never felt so epic, so real, and so vast as in Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey. The sheer scope and magnitude of the movie makes it one of film’s finest achievements, but does it hold up as a good science fiction movie? This week, we discuss the powder-colored spaceships of the future, Stanley Kubrick’s merits as a screenwriter, and just what happens when your very trippy finale happens to coincide with the emergence of LSD as the nation’s drug of choice. Take a ride beyond the moons of Jupiter and into a new evolution this week with Macintosh & Maud Haven’t Seen What?!
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Clip from “Thus Spake Zarathustra” composed by Richard Strauss and performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Herbert von Karajan. ℗ 1996 Turner Entertainment Co. under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Clip from “The Blue Danube” composed by Johann Strauss and performed by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Herbert von Karajan. ℗ 1996 Turner Entertainment Co. under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Sound effect taken from “Numbers station Malfunction - Dual Receivers - JO32KF-KO89XC websdr_recording_start_2017-06-26T21_16_58Z_4810.0kHz USB CW.wav” created by user kb7clx at Freesound.org. Sound is licensed under a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0)
Public Domain Dedication license.
Clip from “Echoes” written and performed by Pink Floyd from their 1971 album Meddle. ℗ 2016 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Pink Floyd Music Ltd., marketed and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment.
Clip from “Requiem for Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Two Mixed Chiors and Orchestra” composed by György Ligeti and performed by the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, conducted by Francis Travis. ℗ 1996 Turner Entertainment Co. under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Clip from “Space Station Docking” composed by Alex North taken from recordings of North’s original score for the film. ℗ 2012 Dylanna Music.
All clips from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey © 1968 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Clip from “Title Music for A Clockwork Orange” composed and performed by Wendy Carlos, based on Henry Purcell’s “Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary.” © 1972 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Intro music taken from the Second Movement of Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Hong Kong (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK) license. To hear the full performance or get more information, visit the song page at the Internet Archive.