MUSICOL 346 - History of Music
Section: 002 Science Fiction Film Music
Term: WN 2019
Subject: Music History and Musicology (MUSICOL)
Department: Music School
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Advisory Prerequisites:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Music shapes and reflects how we understand ourselves, both individually and as a society. The concerts we attend, the tracks that fill our playlists, the music we hear as we watch movies—we respond to all of these, using them to understand and place ourselves within the social and cultural narratives that surround us. Music in science fiction media is especially potent in this regard, as science fiction soundtracks help to build fantastical worlds that reflect and challenge our own, worlds that question our long-held beliefs, help us look at society from different perspectives, and encourage us to dream. From Forbidden Planet (1956) and Star Trek (1966–69), to Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009) and Ex Machina (2015), music in science fiction has challenged audiences to consider carefully the stories that play out on their screens. This course offers an introduction to music and sound design in science fiction film and television. In doing so, it encourages comprehension of music for the screen, as well as an understanding of the history of science fiction film and television. We will consider the impact of new sound technology and non-traditional orchestration, as well as sound effects as an integral and foregrounded component of sound design. The films and shows we watch will be placed in their social and political contexts, and we will further consider the aesthetic and technological trajectory of the genre.

MUSICOL 346 - History of Music
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (LEC)
TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
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