Saturday, August 29, 2009

Science Fiction Music

Some people when they start thinking of science fiction music will think perhaps of Styx (Mr. Roboto) or U2, Blue Oyster Cult, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Prince (due to his Batman CD), or some other mainstream singer or band. To me, none of those fit the bill for being considered for science fiction music. Not by a long shot.

Nor would I focus my attention on the soundtracks of the various sci-fi movies, TV shows, or even books. Or even space-sounding instrumentals and sound effects. Sound tracks, especially from something like Star Trek, tend to be more orchestral pieces and typically meaningless unless they are heard along with the particular episode that they accompany. They might produce a foreshadowing effect, or designate some action that takes place for the episode or movie, but otherwise are not all that interesting.

So what would should be considered sci-fi music? What about something like S.P.O.C.K., a synth rock band from Sweden.

S.P.O.C.K. has been one of my personal favorites for many years, enjoyable for their sci-fi themed lyrics and fun sound. And it’s not just one song in that style, but rather that is their style.

Another band that caught my interest lately has been Warp 11, a Star Trek-themed band.

Or you can always find something new and different at Sci-Fi Songs.

And then there is filk music (definition here). Or more information about filking. While there is no readily agreed upon answer as to what filk is--and "to filk" can even be used as a verb, once you read those two pages, you will be more knowlegeably confused about it than ever before.

And although I would not classify Jonathon Coulton as a sci-fi musician or as singing filk music, I do have to admit I love his re: Your Brains song.