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Old September 29 2012, 06:26 PM   #1
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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 ).
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.
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Old September 29 2012, 06:50 PM   #2
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Re: the use of music in scifi & fantasy

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.
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Old September 29 2012, 07:52 PM   #3
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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!

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Old September 29 2012, 08:32 PM   #4
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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!
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Old September 29 2012, 08:46 PM   #5
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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.
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Old September 29 2012, 08:57 PM   #6
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There was a episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, were all the dialog was substituted with song lyrics. Nice.

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Old September 29 2012, 09:13 PM   #7
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Re: the use of music in scifi & fantasy

Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog is a sort of sci-fi musical.
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Old September 29 2012, 09:25 PM   #8
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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.
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Old September 29 2012, 09:37 PM   #9
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Would Mothra count?
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Old September 29 2012, 09:41 PM   #10
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Temis the Vorta wrote: View Post
It didn't seem to be an integral part of the story at the time, but turns out it was foreshadowing!

More chemistry than NuSpock and Nuhura actually

And my contribution:

Back to the Future used "Johnny B. Goode" for it's Plot... TWICE!
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Old September 29 2012, 09:47 PM   #11
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Would Mothra count?
Good one!
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Old September 29 2012, 11:20 PM   #12
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Old September 30 2012, 12:14 AM   #13
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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.
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Old September 30 2012, 01:40 PM   #14
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Jimi_James wrote: View Post
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 right

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?

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

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?
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Old September 30 2012, 02:36 PM   #15
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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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