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Refers to musical themes, cues, or scores present in works of science fiction. Usually used in relation to film or tv series.

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What existing songs, if any, was the soundtrack of "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt" based on?

The soundtrack to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt featured songs composed by Mikolai Stroinski, Marcin Przybyłowicz, Piotr Musiał, and the band Percival Schuttenbach (which takes its name from the character ...
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How did "Weird Al" Yankovic predict "The Phantom Menace"?

In the "Weird Al" Yankovic song The Saga Begins, he makes a bunch of predictions about Episode One that all seem to be valid, and unless I'm mistaken wrote the majority of the song before ...
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Is the Deep Purple song "The Mule" inspired by the character of the same name in Asimov's Foundation series?

On the album Fireball by Deep Purple, there's a song called "The Mule", which opens with the following lines: No one sees the things you do Because I stand in front of you But you drive me ...
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80s novel, a time traveler rescues a dying classical composer and brings him to future to start composing on modern instruments

I am trying to recall the title of a novel. It is probably from the 80s (maybe as early as 70s,) in English, USA paperback. I am pretty sure the cover had a piano keyboard wrapped around a person so ...
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Can Thrawn derive tactical information from a species' music?

Thrawn has the amazing ability to study a species' art (sculptures and paintings) and somehow figure out the intrinsic way the species waged war in conjunction with how they create. I’m not asking how ...
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Short story involving music composer and a musician playing the history of music

Narrator is a music composer. He’s describing the experience of his friend, a musician, after some transformative (lightning strike?) event. Subsequently the musician plays a history of music and this ...
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What do the lyrics of "2Wicky" by Hooverphonic refer to?

The lyrics to the song "2Wicky" by the band Hooverphonic seems to contain a couple of scifi references. Prophet-60091 This is the flight number of our galactic sun Prophet-60091 Before we ...
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Name of school play from the 1980s about "Zartians"

In the 1980s at school in UK, we performed a children's musical play that featured traveling to a planet 'zars', full of robot creatures, and my vague memory is of the following song lyrics: ... ...
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Short story: in the future, only machines make music, but a man inside a computer plays the music at a concert

I am looking for the name of a short story and its author where, in the future, only machines make music but a man inside a computer plays the music at a concert. When the crowd finds out that it wasn'...
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Is "Miss Clarke and the Computer" (1973) the first published song written from an intelligent machine's point of view?

I just listened again to Roy Wood's 1973 album (recorded 1969-71) Boulders which at the time reached critical acclaim for among other things its creativity, uniqueness and that: A reviewer for Stereo ...
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What is the name for this piece of music from the original Star Trek?

There is a particular piece of music from Star Trek that I'd like to be able to identify by name. The one example I could find quickly is from The Mark Of Gideon. It's when Kirk and Odona are on the ...
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What are the corresponding easter eggs for John Williams' 52 Oscar Nominations?

Not only does legendary composer John Williams have a cameo in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but director J.J. Abrams states that every single item in that scene has been very purposefully chosen ...
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The Orville - You'll Never Walk Alone identification

In Season 3, Episode 5 of The Orville the closing scene shows and an orchestral version of "You'll Never Walk Alone" plays. What is the performing group and/or album this is from, if it ...
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What is the translation of the lyrics in Moana's "We Know the Way"?

I was a bit disappointed to find out that the subtitles for the Moana Blu-ray did not include the original or translated lyrics for "We Know the Way". Here's the song in full, and the beginning of ...
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What is the reason John Williams did not compose more for the Harry Potter Movies?

I understand that he had four major projects come out in 2005 - all of which got nominated for major awards, so I understand why he did not do Goblet of Fire. However, was there any particular reason ...
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What other MCU films have ended with existing pop songs over the credits?

Iron Man ended with the Black Sabbath song of the same name, and now Captain Marvel ended with "Celebrity Skin" over the credits. I can't recall off-hand if any other of the films have used already-...
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Similarities between TOS "The Apple" and "Who Mourns for Adonais" phaser sequences

Something I didn't pick up on when watching the original airings, but noticed while watching re-runs a very long time ago: At the climax of "Who Mourns for Adonais", Kirk orders the ship to ...
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Why don't any characters sing in the 2nd and 3rd Hobbit films?

Tolkien's books have a lot of songs in them, which sometimes become actual songs sung by the characters in the films. The films seems to favor having the characters sing on screen more and more, as ...
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A short story where popularising math leads to people doing math like "muzak"

The story starts with two math people in an elevator, complaining about the "Muzak" that's piped in and inescapable. They complain about how trite and shallow it is, nothing like "real ...
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Why was "Caribbean Blue" by Enya edited out of the Netflix release of Deadpool 2?

The theatrical version of Deadpool 2 featured "Caribbean Blue", while Wade murdered people in a bath house. In the Netflix version, this is edited to be shorter, and "9 to 5" by ...
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What does the line "Take me where I cannot stand" mean?

From Firefly's theme song: Take my love, take my land Take me where I cannot stand I don't care, I'm still free You can't take the sky from me. Everything's meaning seems pretty obvious, ...
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What is the instrument used to play Ahsoka's theme when she leaves the Jedi Temple?

During the emotional moment when Ahsoka Tano leaves the Jedi order at the end of season 5 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, a variety of musical themes play, one of which is her theme, and it plays on an ...
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Which Star Wars locations does the song "In the Empire" portray?

The song "In the Empire" from Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars shows several locations that stormtroopers can visit by serving the Empire. Some, like Coruscant and Burbank are obvious. Are the ...
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Story where music is played non-stop [duplicate]

I've been trying for a long time to remember the author and title of a short story I read many years ago about a society where there's non-stop music played everywhere - much like nowadays. The main ...
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Sci-fi short story about a machine composing music

I am looking for the name of a short story I read years ago. I thought it was written by Philip K. Dick, but now I'm not so sure. The story is about a music teacher who teaches students how to use a ...
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How was the band America chosen to provide the music for The Last Unicorn?

Most of the songs (all those not sung by specific characters) for the 1982 Rankin/Bass cartoon of The Last Unicorn were performed by the band America. America had been quite popular in the early and ...
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Why do Star Trek Vulcans have art and music?

Vulcans adhere to foundations of logic. Music and art seem like emotionally driven creations.
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Are There Musical Jedi?

Are there any Jedi who are musicians in the Star Wars universe? Is playing an instrument considered acceptable within the Jedi order/lifestyle? Canon or Legends acceptable.
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What is the name of the track that plays before the Geth Armature fight on Therum?

The other night my friend was having me listen to samples from the Mass Effect soundtrack(s) (she said there was more then 1 for the first game) that she was going to get me, making sure that I ...
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What's this song in Highlander, season 6, episode 9?

In the Highlander episode titled 'Deadly Exposure' there's a song that plays in the background during the outdoor photo shoot. In the below link it plays from around 6:55 to around 7:50. Can anybody ...
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How much Star Wars music exists in-universe?

In Solo, there is a moment when Han sees an imperial recruiting station, where the imperial march is played on speakers outside the station. While a fun Easter egg out-of-universe, the presence of ...
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What are the lyrics and translation for the Nazgûl theme music?

In the Lord of the Rings trilogy we often hear the Nazgûl theme music: What are the lyrics and translation for the words the choir sings repeatedly throughout the ...
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Why did Silent Running have songs written for it?

I watched the sci-fi film Silent Running recently and noticed that the film had many songs written specifically for the movie. Was there a specific reason as to why this is so? Was it common amongst ...
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In-universe, is there an Imperial marching theme?

In-universe, during the time of Palpatine's reign over the Empire, was there a preferred musical theme designed to accompany Imperial troop displays and marches?
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Is Soma by The Strokes referencing "Brave New World"?

Is the song Soma, by The Strokes, referencing Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley? I am of the opinion that it is, but I am not 100 percent sure. Any info on this would be appreciated.
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What is the title of music played when Hermione's crying?

This is the part of Half-Blood Prince. Hermione cried after seeing Ron and Lavender kissing together in a celebration. Hermione then casted the spell oppugno which if I'm not mistaken, it made the ...
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All possible music has been composed [closed]

Old story about what happens when all possible combinations of musical notes have been used and there are no more songs to compose.
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What are the lyrics to The Children from Game of Thrones S04E10?

At the end of episode 10 of series 4, a beautiful choral version of the Game of Thrones theme plays. It's called "The Children" by Ramin Djawadi. I can't find the lyrics for this song anywhere though. ...
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What is the name of the piano piece Seven of Nine plays?

What is the name of the piano piece that Seven of Nine plays for the holographic Commander Chakotay in Season 7, Episode 18 (Human Error) of Star Trek: Voyager? She plays it for him in a scene where ...
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What was the first sci-fi themed hit song?

Over the years, there have been many sci-fi themed hit songs, such as Mr. Roboto and The Final Countdown. Which was the first? I would define "hit" as appearing on the Billboard Hot 100, or other ...
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Was "Fukai Mori" only used in the Inuyasha soundtrack?

I know this song, and I remember it being part of the Naruto OST. But when I search about "Fukai Mori" in YouTube, it shows that it was part of the OST for the Inuyasha anime. Am I ...
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Need help identifying a piece of music during Severus's memories

There is a certain piece of music that is being played during Severus's memories in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. It's when Severus is talking to Dumbledore in his study and he casts ...
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Is Captain Jack’s theme music ever used in Doctor Who?

So I was wondering if the theme commonly associated with Captain Jack in Torchwood is ever used in Doctor Who. I am wondering as it is part of quiz, and I didn’t want to include knowledge from ...
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What is the One Ring's theme?

In the Hobbit and LOTR trilogy we hear this haunting piece (especially at 0:45) each time the One Ring is about to make its presence felt. It's a powerful audio cue to the viewer, and is sometimes ...
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Why were the lyrics of "Let It Go" different in the "Frozen" movie compared to the Demi Lovato single?

The lyrics of the "Let It Go" song differ quite a bit between the movie and the single: Movie (Idina Menzel) : https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/idinamenzel/letitgo.html Single (Demi Lovato): https://...
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In which episode of Star Trek did Kirk read the Constitution?

As a Rude Boy in high school, my favorite Ska band was The Scofflaws. One of the most popular songs of their live sets was William Shatner, during which the band and the audience would run back and ...
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What is the name of the song that plays during the attack on the Jedi Temple?

I've been looking everywhere for the name of the song that plays during the march on the Jedi temple in Revenge of the Sith: I can't find it on the official ...
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Which songs on the Star Wars soundtracks have vocals?

I was watching an episode of The Simpsons in which Bart and Skinner battle to the tune of Obi-Wan and Anakin's fight on Mustafar from Revenge of the Sith. It reminded ...
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Did anyone else hear Franz Liszt's Transcendental Etude no 12 (Chasse-Neige) in Frozen II?

I was watching Frozen II at the cinemas today, and I was listening to some of the background music, and I'm pretty sure that I heard Franz Liszt's 12th Transcendental Etude in some of it. It was ...
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What does "Ramble on" by Led Zeppelin have to do with LOTR?

What does the Led Zeppelin song Ramble on have to do with the LOTR? Here is the section of the lyric that references Gollum and Mordor: Mine's a tale that can't be told, my freedom I hold dear ...