A collection of sounds to supplement reading of The Sound of Things to Come.
These mixes are presented as an educational reference and supplement to The Sound of Things to Come: An Audible History of the Science Fiction Film.
Sonic Psytech Workshop Mix
This mix draws extensively from content discussed in my book, "The Sound of Things to Come: An Audible History of the Science Fiction Film" (U of Minnesota Press, 2018). Featuring a dense weaving of almost 40 tracks, the 45 min. mix ranges across a timeline from 1950-1989 in order to present three tonal centers for psychotechnological attunement: a) the ambient glide (0:00-10:00); b) the shimmering fringe (10:00-30:00); c) the sonic xenomorph (30:00-43:00). It concludes with a brief coda from Sun Ra’s 1974 film, Space Is the Place.
Chapter 1: The Origins of Sonic Science fiction (1924-1950)
This first mix features early film scores, soundtracks, and compositions that influenced the development of sound in the science fiction film, including: early modern explorations of noise and electronic timbre; new futurist instrumentation; early science fiction cinema, particularly Gottfried Huppertz's original score to "Metropolis" (1927) and Arthur Bliss's score to the first science fiction film with sound, "Things to Come" (1936); and the theremin's various appearances in electronic classical music, early film and radio, and pop music.