CHARLIE BRIGDEN IS A WRITER AND JOURNALIST BASED IN SOUTH WALES WHO SPECIALISES IN FILM AND FILM MUSIC WRITING. HE HAS A REPUTATION FOR AN INCISIVELY ANALYTIC AND ENTERTAINING STYLE AND CAN BE FOUND AT SUCH PLACES AS THE QUIETUS AND ROGER EBERT AS WELL AS WORKING FOR CLIENTS LIKE MONDO AND INDICATOR.

Beyond The Infinite: The Music of '2001: A Space Odyssey'

Beyond The Infinite: The Music of '2001: A Space Odyssey'

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“I thought this is the end. I’ve had it.” — Alex North

Imagine you are a film composer and you’ve just finished your biggest assignment yet, a score to a film which will surely enter the pantheon of all-time greats. The vibe from the director is a bit strange, especially after he said he didn’t need any more music for the rest of the film, but you nevertheless pat yourself on the back for a job well done and look forward to seeing the film. Later, you sit at a screening at the studio and are transfixed in horror as the opening titles emerge onto the screen, accompanied by someone else’s music.

The film was 2001: A Space Odyssey, the director was Stanley Kubrick, and the composer was the highly regarded Alex North, who saw his work thrown out by Kubrick in favor of classical needle-drops. Now, more than 50 years after its 1968 release, it seems impossible to imagine those images without that music. And with North certainly not the first to have a score go unused, the question of how his material matches up to Kubrick’s film is a fascinating one. But does it work? Could you imagine Bogart and Bergman’s final…

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The Musical History Behind The James Bond Gun Barrel Sequences

The Musical History Behind The James Bond Gun Barrel Sequences

Revisiting the Eagle Starships of 'Space: 1999'