“2001: A Space Odyssey” Score

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“2001: A Space Odyssey” Scores

Alex North’s 2001: The Legendary Original Score

Basic info
Genre: Classical, Soundtrack
Label: Varèse Sarabande
Release: 1993
Producer: Jerry Goldsmith
Run-time: 35 minutes 24 seconds

Introduction

Alex North composed the score for “2001: A Space Odyssey.” However, it wasn’t used in the final movie.

The film director, Stanley Kubrick commissioned Alex North, who also wrote scores for his previous movies “Spartacus” (1960) and “Dr. Strangelove” (1964).

However, Kubrick decided to use classical music. Alex North found it out at the premiere screening.

The composer Jerry Goldsmith produced and conducted the original score, and the National Philharmonic Orchestra performed for the recording.

It was finally released from Varèse Sarabande Records in 1993.

It was found later that “Main Theme” was not for “2001: A Space Odyssey,” but for the documentary “Africa.”

Track list

“Main Title”
“The Foraging”
“Eat Meat and the Kill”
“The Bluff”
“Night Terrors”
“The Dawn of Man”
“Space Station Docking”
“Trip to the Moon”
“Moon Rocket Bus”
“Space Talk”
“Interior Orion”
“Main Theme”

Music for 2001: A Space Odyssey – The Original Score by Alex North

Basic info
Genre: Classical, Soundtrack
Label: Intrada Records
Release: 2007
Producer: Nick Redman
Run-time: 38 minutes 54 seconds

Introduction

The original recording of 1968 was released by Intrada Records in 2007 after the family of Alex North and related entities agreed.

It also indicated exactly which parts of the movie, each composition would have been used for.

Track list

“The Foraging”
“The Bluff”
“Night Terrors”
“Bones”
“Eat Meat and Kill”
“Space Station Docking”
“Space Talk”
“Trip to Moon”
“Moon Rocket Bus”
“The Foraging” (alternate version) (aka The Dawn of Man)

Bonus tracks
“Eat Meat and Kill” (take 7 – wild)
“Space Station” (take 4 – partial)
“Docking” (take 2)

Mixed opinions

Opinions are mixed, and some people say Alex North’s original score would have improved the movie. Some say it wouldn’t have made big differences. It was a new approach by Stanley Kubrick to use classical music for movies, which impressed many audiences.

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