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MadaBidyoni September 29 2012 06:26 PM

the use of music in scifi & fantasy
 
Hi!
i'm looking for ways they use music in scifi & fantasy as part of the story...
example for that could be an episode of "Sanctuary"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU2aARlMTYI
(i don't know if its a good example, but its an example :lol:).
something happned to her & you need to sing if you want her to understand...
so - things like that, but not just singing... music etc as a tool for the storyline.

Jimi_James September 29 2012 06:50 PM

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BSG used the song All Along the Watchtower as an integral part of the story, to signal a sort of switching on of several key characters in their realization that they were Cylons. Later on Starbuck used music, a simple piano melody, in a sort of trippy head case realization of where Earth was.
I'm not sure if that's what you're looking for exactly, but it was the most obvious case that jumped out at me as a case of music being used beyond mere background music.

Temis the Vorta September 29 2012 07:52 PM

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It didn't seem to be an integral part of the story at the time, but turns out it was foreshadowing! :D


Greg Cox September 29 2012 08:32 PM

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Buffy's musical episode: "Once More with Feeling." Ditto for Xena: "The Bitter Suite."

Plus, there's a great bit in Tim Powers' novel, The Anubis Gates, where a stranded time-traveler realizes he's not alone when he hear somebody else humming Paul McCartney's "Yesterday"--in 18th Century London!

Mr. Adventure September 29 2012 08:46 PM

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If you extend this to anime you might want to check:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macross
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Heaven

A couple of examples where music is part of the series rather than just a specific episode.

T'Girl September 29 2012 08:57 PM

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There was a episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, were all the dialog was substituted with song lyrics. Nice.

:)

Jimi_James September 29 2012 09:13 PM

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Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog is a sort of sci-fi musical.

Greg Cox September 29 2012 09:25 PM

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And, of course, there's always The Rocky Horror Picture Show.


I don't know if you're interested in books as well as movies and TV, but there are plenty of fantasy novels in which music has magical properties. Like The Armageddon Rag by George R. R. Martin or The Black Opera by Mary Gentle.

Mr. Adventure September 29 2012 09:37 PM

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Would Mothra count?

Timelord Victorious September 29 2012 09:41 PM

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Quote:

Temis the Vorta wrote: (Post 7031728)
It didn't seem to be an integral part of the story at the time, but turns out it was foreshadowing! :D


More chemistry than NuSpock and Nuhura actually :D

And my contribution:

Back to the Future used "Johnny B. Goode" for it's Plot... TWICE!

Greg Cox September 29 2012 09:47 PM

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Mr. Adventure wrote: (Post 7032208)
Would Mothra count?

Good one!

Kirkman1987 September 29 2012 11:20 PM

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Locutus of Bored September 30 2012 12:14 AM

Re: the use of music in scifi & fantasy
 
The opera performance of Plavalaguna in The Fifth Element was set up so that Corbin could make contact and retrieve the stones from her.

Riva's chorus in TNG - Loud as a Whisper helped him to communicate with others.

I suspect the use of music at the end of the most recent episode of Fringe was meant to trigger a specific memory hidden in Walter's mind.

MadaBidyoni September 30 2012 01:40 PM

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Quote:

Jimi_James wrote: (Post 7031458)
BSG used the song All Along the Watchtower as an integral part of the story, to signal a sort of switching on of several key characters in their realization that they were Cylons. Later on Starbuck used music, a simple piano melody, in a sort of trippy head case realization of where Earth was.
I'm not sure if that's what you're looking for exactly, but it was the most obvious case that jumped out at me as a case of music being used beyond mere background music.

i remember it now :techman: right :)

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I don't know if you're interested in books as well as movies and TV, but there are plenty of fantasy novels in which music has magical properties. Like The Armageddon Rag by George R. R. Martin or The Black Opera by Mary Gentle.
its ok too
how they used music there?:)

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Would Mothra count?
again - how they used music there? :biggrin:

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I suspect the use of music at the end of the most recent episode of Fringe was meant to trigger a specific memory hidden in Walter's mind.
right :)
they also used music notes / vibrations or something like that in early episodes too no?

stj September 30 2012 02:36 PM

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Surprising that no one's mentioned Phantom of the Opera.
Especially the non-talking version with Lon Chaney.;)

Also, going from the sublime to the not-so sublime, Masters of the Universe.


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