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message 1: by Trike (last edited Jan 02, 2017 05:13PM) (new)

Trike | 4391 comments There have been a lot of music-themed threads over the years but not a general one, so here's a place for SFF music.

Today I'm going to add a couple pieces from Player Piano who do arrangements that are fun, cool, and amazing, sometimes all three.

First is Princess Leia's Theme in honor of Carrie Fisher: https://youtu.be/aQIyDKM_heo

Then there is a general Star Wars medley. The production value on this blows me away. The themed pianos and costumes are amazing, as is the fact that they must have shot each segment a half-dozen times. Plus her musicality is incredible.

https://youtu.be/Yt20uO4cFYs


message 2: by Sanasai (new)

Sanasai | 70 comments The soundtrack from the game Stellaris is some awesome, instrumental, space-feeling music. Currently reading Seveneves with this for background mood.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V58UM...


message 3: by Tassie Dave, S&L Historian (new)

Tassie Dave | 2157 comments Mod
The best end of game credits music in Video Game history.

"Still Alive" - from Portal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6ljF...


Joe Informatico (joeinformatico) | 847 comments The soundtrack to Akira by the Geinoh Yamashirogumi collective is still one of the most original compositions for an SF feature I've ever heard:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqUtc...

I'm also going to start with three 70s songs, and maybe get to some newer stuff later on in the thread.

Blue Oyster Cult's "Veteran of the Psychic Wars" (co-written by Michael Moorcock):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGKNa...

Parliament's "Unfunky UFO": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtobY...

And in honour of David Bowie's passing a year ago, "Moonage Daydream":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFDj3...


message 5: by Sean (new)

Sean O'Hara (SeanOHara) | 2321 comments John Williams Is the Man -- it's like the best parts from a musical stage production of Star Wars.


message 6: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 5002 comments Mod
Tassie Dave wrote: "The best end of game credits music in Video Game history.

"Still Alive" - from Portal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6ljF..."


That was my ring tone for awhile. Love that song.


message 7: by Tassie Dave, S&L Historian (new)

Tassie Dave | 2157 comments Mod
Rob wrote: "Tassie Dave wrote: "The best end of game credits music in Video Game history.

"Still Alive" - from Portal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6ljF..."

That was my ring tone for awhile. Love that song."


I was going to use GLaDOS for my answering phone message.
Except my parents and family aren't geeky enough to get the joke :-)
Especially if I used one of her more snarky ones ;-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX3s9...


message 8: by Minsta (new)

Minsta | 52 comments Check out Taylor Davis' YouTube channel for 2 Undertale songs, the Attack on Titan theme, etc... and Malukah's channel for Skyrim


message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

Has anyone else seen the anime Gankutsuou? It's a sci-fi take on The Count of Monte Cristo.

I don't watch much anime overall but I loved it and part of the reason was the excellent match of the story and soundtrack. I found this song in particular to be really powerful, especially with the way it's used in the series.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVPmH...

The anime itself is good. The art style is fairly unique and maybe not to everyone's taste, but from a story perspective I enjoyed the different take on a familiar tale.

This is the rest of the soundtrack.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8ROC...


message 10: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 5002 comments Mod
My favorite anime music comes from Cowboy Bebop.

I could link a ton of stuff, it's all great IMHO, but here's the intro: https://youtu.be/Aw3fN3OPk3A


message 11: by Trike (new)

Trike | 4391 comments Rob wrote: "My favorite anime music comes from Cowboy Bebop.

I could link a ton of stuff, it's all great IMHO, but here's the intro: https://youtu.be/Aw3fN3OPk3A"


Have I ever shown off my geek shirts?




message 12: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 5002 comments Mod
Not that I recall, but that's a good Bebop shirt. Thinking about Bebop this morning had me put the first OST on as soon as I got to work.

Have I bragged about getting to see Yoko Kano perform Tank! and Real Folk Blues on a piano live a few years ago? Man that was awesome. I wish I could have seen the Seatbelts live at some point. I also wish I had been able to sneak a picture or two, but I didn't want to risk getting kicked out.


message 13: by terpkristin (new)

terpkristin | 3580 comments Rob wrote: "My favorite anime music comes from Cowboy Bebop.

I could link a ton of stuff, it's all great IMHO, but here's the intro: https://youtu.be/Aw3fN3OPk3A"


My friend uses Tank! for his ringtone.

I use the "Science is Fun" track from the Portal 2 soundtrack as my ringtone.

Last year I posted something on Facebook about a sci fi or fantasy book that was related to music, but I'll be darned if I can find what I posted. :\


message 15: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 5002 comments Mod
terpkristin wrote: "My friend uses Tank! for his ringtone"

Heh. So do I.


message 16: by Trike (new)

Trike | 4391 comments I use "It's the Phone" by the inestimable Cheryl Wheeler.

https://youtu.be/VIl9OFKxsMk

It's sci-fi from the POV of the old masters. :p


message 17: by Tassie Dave, S&L Historian (new)

Tassie Dave | 2157 comments Mod
Trike wrote: "I use "It's the Phone" by the inestimable Cheryl Wheeler.

https://youtu.be/VIl9OFKxsMk

It's sci-fi from the POV of the old masters. :p"


That seems to be region locked & not available here.

Is this live version the same?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRbXI...


message 18: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 5002 comments Mod
Yeah. It's the same.


message 19: by Jim (new)

Jim Saul (jjsaul) | 16 comments Singularity by The Lisps:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGDhr...

For a humorous show tunes take on the subject, "I am the very model of a singularitarian":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGDhr...

I never seem to run into anyone else who loved the 80's album "Planet P Project":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dmqX...

Space Lord by Monster Magnet:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dscfe...

My favorite 4AD post-punk band Shriekback has science fiction themes woven deeply throughout their work.


message 20: by Jim (new)

Jim Saul (jjsaul) | 16 comments Also, on the subject of sci fi ringtones, years ago I ripped a section of the fight theme from Amok Time and have been using it as my general ring tone ever since:

https://youtu.be/s0bClUp9I6w?t=25s


message 21: by Buzz (new)

Buzz Park (buzzpark) | 173 comments Tom mentioned on the Patreon email that there was an album of fan-made music for The Three-Body Problem. I couldn't find anything on Spotify or YouTube buy that artist, but I did find and unofficial soundtrack playlist on YouTube for the upcoming movie.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...


message 22: by Jim (last edited Jan 06, 2017 01:57PM) (new)

Jim Saul (jjsaul) | 16 comments Tassie Dave wrote: "Rob wrote: "Tassie Dave wrote: "The best end of game credits music in Video Game history.

It's such a fantastic song...

"Still Alive" - from Portal

Here's Jonathan Coulton in the studio with Sara Quin:

https://youtu.be/RSsstXfcRWw

And here's Felicia Day singing it with him at PAX... accompanied by the entire audience:

https://youtu.be/gAyqlX9toWk


message 23: by terpkristin (new)

terpkristin | 3580 comments I was at that concert at PAX. I love the nerd community.


message 24: by Sanasai (new)

Sanasai | 70 comments While Still Alive is undeniably awesome, gotta say I also love Dissolve. https://open.spotify.com/track/5D7YFH...
Reminds me of Blood Music every time.

I also have a fondness for TMBG's Nanobots! https://open.spotify.com/track/3jEiYw...


message 25: by Trike (new)

Trike | 4391 comments This song is geek-related, too. I don't want to give it away, but it's pure awesomesauce drizzled over mint chocky ice cream.

"Gonna Make You Happy" by Tripod

https://youtu.be/wSqFqhUzutg


message 26: by Jim (new)

Jim Saul (jjsaul) | 16 comments terpkristin wrote: "I was at that concert at PAX. I love the nerd community."

That's awesome. I get goosebumps just listening to the youtube - I can't imagine being in the middle of it.


message 27: by Tassie Dave, S&L Historian (new)

Tassie Dave | 2157 comments Mod
Trike wrote: "This song is geek-related, too. I don't want to give it away, but it's pure awesomesauce drizzled over mint chocky ice cream.

"Gonna Make You Happy" by Tripod

https://youtu.be/wSqFqhUzutg"


I love Tripod. They are regularly on Australian TV (Being Aussies ;-) )
They are as geeky as hell and funny.
I am bummed I have never seen them live.


message 28: by Joanna (new)

Joanna | 1175 comments Trike wrote: "There have been a lot of music-themed threads over the years but not a general one, so here's a place for SFF music.

Today I'm going to add a couple pieces from Player Piano who do arrangements th..."


I've never seen Akira but I really like their Akira video. But the Star Wars medley is probably their best in terms of production values.

I love the soundtrack to the videogame Bastion. https://www.supergiantgames.com/games...
The narrator is also great. I added a few of the songs to my regular unthemed playlist. My favorite is "Mancer's Dilemma" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HHqd...


message 29: by Joseph (new)

Joseph | 1783 comments There is no connection whatsoever between the book and the music, but I like to imagine these guys performing in Erin Morgenstern's Night Circus:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBU3w...


message 30: by Trike (new)

Trike | 4391 comments Joanna wrote: "I love the soundtrack to the videogame Bastion."

Bastion is awesome from top to bottom.


message 31: by Joanna (new)

Joanna | 1175 comments Trike wrote: "Joanna wrote: "I love the soundtrack to the videogame Bastion."

Bastion is awesome from top to bottom."


I had trouble playing it myself because my reaction time is not awesome, but my husband kindly played it only when I was present so I could watch. He likes Transistor better of the two, but I find Bastion's story easier to follow.


message 32: by AndrewP (last edited Jan 09, 2017 07:34AM) (new)

AndrewP (AndrewCa) | 2101 comments Joe Informatico wrote: "Blue Oyster Cult's "Veteran of the Psychic Wars" (co-written by Michael Moorcock):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGKNa...."


That song from BOC was actually a reference to "Standing on the Edge" by the British group Hawkwind with whom Moorcock worked on many occasions. Check out the album "The Chronicle of the Black Sword" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chr...

For me Hawkwind remain the ultimate Space Rock groups, first formed in 1969 they are one of the Mountain Grill crowd that spawned King Crimson among others.

Dutch symphonic band Epica did their version of the Star Wars Imperial March.
https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid...


message 33: by Trike (new)

Trike | 4391 comments AndrewP wrote: "Dutch symphonic band Epica did their version of the Star Wars Imperial March.
https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid... "


That reminds me...

For those who weren't around for the mind-blowing trippiness that was the 1970s (and early 80s), I present to you disco Star Wars. Yes, we actually danced to this at the clubs. Yes, it also vaguely sounds like The Love Boat theme song.

https://youtu.be/uJ3kV3Icm28


message 35: by Trike (last edited Jan 09, 2017 09:14AM) (new)

Trike | 4391 comments Sean wrote: "How about some Lovecraft inspired black metal ... sung by 16 year old Japanese girls."

Well that's disturbing. On a couple of levels.

My current favorite Japanese band is New Order, led by former MMA fighter Genki Sudo. He's making art by combining music, mime and dance in an amazing way.

Here's the English version of their most sci-fi song, "Machine Civilization": https://youtu.be/uVsjRlVAzSc (Although all their songs feel slightly futuristic.)

The video that initially hooked me with its brilliance some years ago, "Mind Shift": https://youtu.be/4ua64HbsBUo

Probably their biggest hit to date, "Have A Nice Day": https://youtu.be/_mkiGMtbrPM


message 36: by Trike (new)

Trike | 4391 comments My #MusicMonday post on Twitter for today had an obvious choice of artist: David Bowie. Today is January 9th; he was born on January 8th (1947) and died on January 10th (2016), plus he just released a posthumous EP on his birthday yesterday. But which one did I choose? Go to Twitter and see. :p

That got me thinking about Mike Oldfield's "Songs of Distant Earth" based on the Arthur C. Clarke novel of the same name. https://youtu.be/YQtIRr0_UYU?list=PLC... Oldfield is most famous for Tubular Bells, of course, and if you've never heard the entire album, give it a listen. https://youtu.be/BRQ-hK766tY (My friends and I were really into this in high school and we were all, "Man, this is ten years old already!" Heh.)

So I Googled "songs about science fiction" and landed on this io9 article:
http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-top-100-sc...

Turns out someone already compiled a playlist based on it.
https://youtu.be/gAjR4_CbPpQ?list=PL3...

There are hundreds of other songs they left out, of course, but it's a good starter list.

See also:

My Clone Sleeps Alone by Pat Benatar (which, like all good SF, was also commentary on the Reagan-era 80s): https://youtu.be/S1T5BxmUai4

Godzilla by Blue Oyster Cult: https://youtu.be/RTzb-sduiWc

Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley: https://youtu.be/DL1ZH0Ke92A


message 37: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 5002 comments Mod
Sean wrote: "How about some Lovecraft inspired black metal ... sung by 16 year old Japanese girls."

It's like Babymetal extreme?


message 38: by Sean (new)

Sean O'Hara (SeanOHara) | 2321 comments Rob wrote: "It's like Babymetal extreme?"

Pretty much They're both what's called "alternative idols" -- idol groups that try to be less poppy and more metal/punk/goth. Babymetal's the group that's received the most attention in the US, but Momoiro CloverZ and Brand New Idol Shit are bigger in Japan.

Necronomidol and Bellring Girls Heart are probably the most extreme ones at present.


message 39: by David (new)

David (dbigwood) | 360 comments From the early 1970s there is Bo Hansen's (I may have the spelling wrong) Lord of the Rings LP. I did pick up one used, because of the title, but was unimpressed with the music.

A lot of folkish musicians did Child Ballads and other fantasy songs. My favorite is Jack Orion by Pentangle. Donovan has also done fantasy songs.


message 40: by Michael (new)

Michael (cowardm) | 4 comments It appears we are missing Coheed and Cambria who wrote a multi-volume science fiction rock opera. It's a more melodic side of progressive rock with Geddy Lee (Rush) inspired vocals. This is the song that sells most folks (contains one F bomb, so I guess that makes it PG-13).


message 41: by John (Nevets) (new)

John (Nevets) Nevets (Nevets) | 912 comments While I'm sure I'd heard his music before, "Space Oddity" was my real introduction to David Bowie in my teens, and I still love that song, as well as many of his other works. I really enjoy great story telling in all forms, and when it can be done in music, it often works for me, no matter the flavor. I think that was part of what drew me to rap in the late 80's.

Another interesting one is My Chemical Romances concept album "Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys". I enjoyed the comic co written by Gerard Way as a sequel as well.


message 42: by KevBayer (new)

KevBayer (SporadicReviews) | 467 comments Queen's Flash Gordon soundtrack!

Or for another Queen tune: Machines (Back to Humans) is rather SF-esque.


message 43: by terpkristin (new)

terpkristin | 3580 comments If you like electric violin, you should check out Taylor Davis' YouTube page with a lot of her electric violin covers. She's done them for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, video games...

This one made the rounds last year sometime, and is how I got introduced to her, a Star Wars medley (which is fantastic):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzQah...


message 44: by John (Nevets) (new)

John (Nevets) Nevets (Nevets) | 912 comments Thanks for sharing Kristin that was great, and I hadn't seen it before.

I more or less accidentally saw Lindsey Stirling live a few years ago. Talk about a stage performance, WOW combining violin with dancing. And with a healthy bit of geekery in it too. I was very impressed (and also a bit behind the times since I guess she had been famous for a while at that point).


message 45: by Chris (new)

Chris Kiley (ckiley) Woo-hoo for sci-fi music! I am a singer-songwriter (and long time Sword & Laser listener) and I write what I call Sci-folk, which is essentially folk music influenced by the themes and stories of science fiction. My songs are influenced by The Expanse, Westwood, Star Wars, Doctor Who and more.

Here are some of my songs:
Chewbacca's Medal
www.soundcloud.com/chriskiley/chewbac...

I Remember You (influenced by Westworld)
Www.soundcloud.com/chriskiley/i-remem...

There Is No California Anymore (original story about a robot battle on the moon)
https://soundcloud.com/chriskiley/the...

Whiskey Ere Da Jar (parody of the traditional Irish song Whiskey in the Jar influenced by The Expanse)
https://soundcloud.com/themoldyfilter...

Remember the Canterbury (based on the Expanse)
https://soundcloud.com/themoldyfilter...

Hope that's not too many links. Love the show, thanks guys!


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