Wednesday, October 23, 2013

ABC Wednesday—O is for "orchestra"

Specifically, the New York Philharmonic, who
played the score of 2001: A Space Odyssey live as we
watched the film. (Who remembers "I'm sorry, Dave."?)
O could also be for . . .

standing Ovation—the audience
(including me) loved it!

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  1. Great choice for "O" and so much enjoyment! Kate, ABC team

  2. what fun! I think this experience would have found me on my feet as well.

  3. That must have been so thrilling to be a part of.

  4. I remember "I'm sorry, Dave". Also the singing of "Bicycle Built for Two"....

  5. Live music is GREAT!

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  6. I can imagine it must have been electric.

  7. Wow. Live. That would be something. I love “Also Sprach Zarathustra.” A German-language-class TA in uni said that the use of the piece was inspired by its use in Europe as the music that accompanied a certain outdoor Ferris wheel because the space station was set up vertically in the studio so as to give the illusion of the astronauts jogging around its perimeter oblivious to all but the artificial gravity of the space station’s rotation. So the set had a definite Ferris-wheel quality. And by association making the piece by Strauss fitting. I’m not sure if that is true, however.

    Because that first ever computer song was played for another class at college some time before the movie came out I did catch that bit about the regressing HAL singing Daisy Bell which made me smile with recognition and awareness of why exactly that particular song was used there. Siri’s ancient progenitor can be heard here.

    One quibble I have about the movie is the way they walk on the moon as though under Earth’s gravity. Wait, that isn’t “as though,” is it?

    Another is how Kubrick had the apes behave as if they were severely mentally-handicapped humans with barely a clue. That is pure, disgusting specism. No animals, no matter how less their brain capacity compared to homo not-at-all-sapiens, behave so stupidly. Except maybe possums (ha ha).


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