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The Sound of Sci-fi
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The Sound of Sci-Fi

Filmic 2018

Season

Please note: this season finished in April 2018

Cinema often exists to project our dreams, and Science Fiction cinema exists to project our most creative ones. Time travel, alternate worlds, expanded consciousness - the possibilities are endless.

Sound is often said to be half the picture - since the 1950s the film's score has rivalled the innovative imagery of contemporary Sci Fi cinema - and in some ways has surpassed it in status because of the emergence of sophisticated sound design. What would our favourite Sci Fi films be without the amazingly intricate and innovative soundscapes that accompany them?

As part of Filmic – our annual look at the creative connections across film and music – throughout April we’ll be immersing ourselves in some of Sci Fi's most iconic soundscapes, and in a one-off special event on Sun 15 April we welcome Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury to give an insight into their collaboration on the increasingly influential Ex Machina.

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Previously in this season

Arrival

 Classified 12A  The Sound of Sci-Fi
Arrival
Please note: This was screened in April 2018
Film
Best known for blending the electronic with the classical, the recent tragic death of Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has robbed us of one of the world's most talented contemporary exponents of the film score. His otherworldly score to Denis Villeneuve's richly textured sci-fi drama Arrival is just one of many iconic scores he composed that he will rightly be revered and remembered for.

The Terminator

 Classified 15  The Sound of Sci-Fi
The Terminator
Please note: This was screened in April 2018
Film
Composer Brad Fiedel’s metallic, percussive score functions as a robotic heartbeat throughout James Cameron’s original hi-tech nightmare about a violent cyborg who is time-warped from the future to alter the course of history.

Scoring Ex Machina

 Classified 15  The Sound of Sci-Fi
Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury Present Ex-Machina
Please note: This was screened in April 2018
Film
Musicians Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury will share their experience of developing the score for Alex Garland’s visually stunning sci-fi masterpiece followed by a screening of the film.

Alien

 Classified 15  The Sound of Sci-Fi
Alien
Please note: This was screened in April 2018
Film
The iconic, dissonant soundscape to Ridley Scott’s landmark sci-fi horror is considered one of the best and most visceral of the many iconic scores by composer Jerry Goldsmith despite it suffering from a controversial post-production fallout between the pair.

Planet of the Apes

 Classified PG  The Sound of Sci-Fi
Planet of the Apes
Please note: This was screened in April 2018
Film
Composer Jerry Goldsmith’s seminal score for this sci-fi classic, about three astronauts marooned on a futuristic planet where apes rule and humans are slaves, has quite rightly passed into legend and set a standard for sci-fi film scores that has rarely been bettered.

The Day the Earth Stood Still

 Classified  The Sound of Sci-Fi
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Please note: This was screened in April 2018
Film
The quintessential alien visitation tale of its era, Robert Wise’s Sci-Fi classic has had an incalculable influence on big-screen science-fiction with its state of the art effects and its otherworldly and indispensable, theremin-laced score by composer Bernard Herrmann.