the use of music in scifi & fantasy

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by MadaBidyoni, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. MadaBidyoni

    MadaBidyoni Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2012
    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.
     
  2. Jimi_James

    Jimi_James Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2007
    Location:
    Gettin' Lucky in Kentucky
    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.
     
  3. Temis the Vorta

    Temis the Vorta Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 1999
    Location:
    Tatoinne
    It didn't seem to be an integral part of the story at the time, but turns out it was foreshadowing! :D

    [yt]http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3B4lsvrzfZI[/yt]
     
  4. Greg Cox

    Greg Cox Admiral Premium Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2004
    Location:
    Oxford, PA
    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!
     
  5. Mr. Adventure

    Mr. Adventure Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2001
    Location:
    Mr. Adventure
  6. T'Girl

    T'Girl Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2009
    Location:
    T'Girl
    There was a episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, were all the dialog was substituted with song lyrics. Nice.

    :)
     
  7. Jimi_James

    Jimi_James Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2007
    Location:
    Gettin' Lucky in Kentucky
    Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog is a sort of sci-fi musical.
     
  8. Greg Cox

    Greg Cox Admiral Premium Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2004
    Location:
    Oxford, PA
    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.
     
  9. Mr. Adventure

    Mr. Adventure Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2001
    Location:
    Mr. Adventure
    Would Mothra count?
     
  10. Timelord Victorious

    Timelord Victorious Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2006
    Location:
    Germany, Earth, the Solar System
    More chemistry than NuSpock and Nuhura actually :D

    And my contribution:

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

    Greg Cox Admiral Premium Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2004
    Location:
    Oxford, PA
    Good one!
     
  12. Kirkman1987

    Kirkman1987 Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2008
    Location:
    Missouri
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind
     
  13. Locutus of Bored

    Locutus of Bored The Norf Remembers Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2004
    Location:
    Huntington Beach, California
    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.
     
  14. MadaBidyoni

    MadaBidyoni Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2012
    i remember it now :techman: right :)

    its ok too
    how they used music there?:)

    again - how they used music there? :biggrin:

    right :)
    they also used music notes / vibrations or something like that in early episodes too no?
     
  15. stj

    stj Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2006
    Location:
    the real world
    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.
     
  16. EnsignRicky

    EnsignRicky Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2008
    Location:
    Pre-Apocalyptic Earth
    And let's not forget Lapti Nek.

    Oh wait, that one went the way of the singing Ewoks

    Okay then, let's not forget Jedi Rocks.

    Hmm.. I think I'll just go with singing Ewoks.
     
  17. Stevil2001

    Stevil2001 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2001
    Location:
    2010
    Also in Buffy, the song the First uses to program Spike in Season 7.
     
  18. JoeZhang

    JoeZhang Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2008
    In the Trek novels, whenever the crew come across a musical species it is always the most amazing thing they have ever heard - anyone know if they have every encountered an alien race who's singing sounds like someone who has their gonads trapped in a vice?
     
  19. Mr. Adventure

    Mr. Adventure Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2001
    Location:
    Mr. Adventure
    Mothra's song is sung by the fairies to call to Mothra.
     
  20. Greg Cox

    Greg Cox Admiral Premium Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2004
    Location:
    Oxford, PA
    And the tiny singing fairies are kidnapped by an evil show-biz type who forces them to perform at his night club in Tokyo, which is what triggers Mothra's attack on the city.

    And more: music is occasionally used to calm the Monster in the old Universal FRANKENSTEIN movie, a schtick that was perpetuated in Mel Brook's YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.

    And didn't MIGHTY JOE YOUNG respond to "Beautiful Dreamer"?