MUSICOL 346 - History of Music
Winter 2022, Section 002 - Science Fiction Film Music
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Music History and Musicology (MUSICOL)
Department: Music School
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As a narrative genre, science fiction often encourages us to ponder the spiritual, moral, and social implications of scientific and technological innovations, both as they exist in the imagined worlds constructed within these narratives and in the actual world these narratives reflect and confront. In science fiction film and television, music and sound design plays a pivotal role in constructing and enhancing the fantastical settings in which these narratives play out, while offering us insights into character traits and emotions, and helping to weave together the disparate scenes and plot developments involved in telling a story that traverses space and time. In this course we explore the intersections between music and scientific fiction film and television from a variety of perspectives. We trace the historical evolution of the genre through the analysis of key contributions, from Forbidden Planet (1956) and Star Trek (1966–69), to Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009) and Interstellar (2015). We consider the aesthetic, technical, and creative choices made by influential creative figures, while contemplating the impact of technological innovations in sound and cinema. We also situate important instances of music in science fiction within the wider social, cultural, and political contexts in which it is created.

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Course content will include recorded lectures, synchronous sessions, film/reading materials, and online discussions.


MUSICOL 346 - History of Music
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002 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
003 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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