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Questions tagged [music]

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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Was the Cantina music deliberately off-tune or just an artifact of cheap production?

I was discussing Star Wars: A New Hope with several of my musician friends and it seems they all agree that the Cantina music was a bit out of tune. I'm not a professional musician but I have a pretty ...
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Why do we hear Leia's Theme during Kenobi's death?

This was an interesting point brought up by a music professor; by the second third of Star Wars, John Williams has introduced and reinforced a number of musical themes: the "Force theme", Luke's theme,...
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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 the film was ...
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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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Did JRR Tolkien ever write any music for the many songs in The Lord of the Rings?

Due to the number of songs in The Lord of the Rings, I have recently been wondering if Tolkien had any musical training and if any "official" music was written (by him or anyone else on his behalf) to ...
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What is that high-pitched sound from all those 50s sci-fi B-movies?

It's an iconic sound but I have no idea what makes it and not much of an idea how to describe it. but I'll give it a try. It's an artificial, high-pitched whistling sort of sound. You normally hear it ...
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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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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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What does the song “Iron Man” have to do with the Marvel superhero?

No matter how many times I hear it, it seems confused. Was Black Sabbath singing about the Marvel comic book hero and got it wrong, or was the song based on some other Iron Man?
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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 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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When did William Shatner have a relationship with Joan Collins in the 1930's?

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 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 ...
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What is the first mention of Star Wars in a hit song?

Jaws was never my scene And I don't like Star Wars "Bicycle Race" (1978) by Queen In the 1978 song "Bicycle Race" by Queen, off their album Jazz, the films Star Wars and Jaws are mentioned. ...
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Where does this part from the Firefly theme come from?

Note: I'm not sure if it belongs on this site, but I'm not sure where else I should ask it. In the title/theme song of the sadly short-lived Firefly series, they say "Burn the land and boil the sea, ...
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Was there a saxophone in the orchestra at Yule Ball in Harry Potter?

I just rewatched the movie of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and I stumbled upon something strange. In the orchestra at the Yule Ball you can clearly see a saxophone being played at 1:19:08, but ...
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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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Have any of the Star Trek series themes ever appeared in-universe in an episode?

Each Star Trek show has its own theme music, played during the opening credits. Have any of these theme songs appeared in-universe, e.g. as music someone is listening to or as music a character is ...
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Why did they choose that theme song for Star Trek Enterprise?

In all the series of Star Trek, except Enterprise, the theme music has no words and seems to inspire the general Star Trek "march" of "boldly going where no one has gone before." Enterprise's theme is ...
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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 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 Sci-fi film scores and soundtracks have won an Oscar? [closed]

Are there any sci-fi films whose musical score or soundtrack went on to win an Academy Award for best musical score? The Fountain comes to mind as having been nominated for a Golden Globe.
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Is the comic book in the Take On Me music video real?

Take On Me may very well have the greatest music video of all time. This music video prominently features a comic book. Was this comic book a real, previously ...
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What is filk music?

I recently heard that there was a sci-fi related music form called "Filk." What is Filk? Where can I find out about it?
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Why did David Bowie's proposal for a musical version of Orwell's “1984” fall through?

In honor of the late, great David Bowie, who died on January 10, 2016 As many people are aware, David Bowie's album Diamond Dogs contains several references to George Orwell's classic dystopian ...
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Short story with pianist who has to sacrifice too-heavy piano

I'm looking a story I read as a teen back in the seventies, in an anthology no doubt. The plot point that sticks with me is this: a young pianist who is moving off-world has to sacrifice the piano, ...
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Who performed this Star Trek promotional song?

In the early 1990s, local television network affiliates across North America aired this promotional advertisement for The Next Generation, featuring a song sung to the tune of Billy Joel's "We Didn't ...
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Is there music in space?

By 'in space' I mean the interstellar civilization that Guardians of the Galaxy and its characters all exist in, and the worlds that they frequent, of which Earth appears separated from. In ...
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What kind of music do wizards/witches listen to?

So I was laying in bed, looking at my Gryffindor poster, and then I looked on the other side of the room to my Beatles poster and a question popped into my mind. Do wizards and witches listen to ...
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Why does the Star Trek theme appear in the Zelda Symphony?

In "Ballad of the Wind Fish - Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses" at 3:47 we randomly hear the main theme from Star Trek for just a short moment. Why? Why is there a Star Trek reference in the ...
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How did they determine the music for the songs sung in Peter Jackson's “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” film trilogies?

The novels The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien both contain a number of songs, mostly sung by Hobbits, with fully fleshed out lyrics. A few of these songs even made it into the ...
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What is the song during Neo's “Follow the White Rabbit” scene

What is the song that he turns off, the minute he see's "Wake Up Neo" on it. Where can I find it? I have the OST of the three movies, and fan made similar tastes. But I wan't to get my hands on as ...
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Which guitarists does Marty imitate?

"All right, guys, uh, listen. This is a blues riff in B, watch me for the changes, and try and keep up, okay?" When asked for "another one", "something that really ...
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Shown in elementary school; sci-fi mini-series with kids about a book or reading. Tonal notes involved

For years I've been trying to remember more about this little mini series thing they showed us in school. A class or two of us at a time would be herded into the library adn we'd all watch on a wheel-...
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In what order do the Awesome Mix Vol 1 songs appear in Guardians of the Galaxy?

The Guardians of the Galaxy movie features several songs from Star-Lord’s Awesome Mix Vol 1 mixtape, compiled for him by his mother. This mixtape (or near enough) is available as one of the official ...
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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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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 all ...
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Where is this missing part to the “Tron: Legacy” soundtrack?

I finally bought the Tron: Legacy original soundtrack. I have listened to the soundtrack a lot since then and realized something: Where is the part of the song from the scene above the Sea of ...
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What is Heterodyning?

Does Agatha Heterodyne whistle while she works? Here's one of the portrayals of Agatha heterodyning, from 6/6/07 (Volume 7): Very cool image, but I'm having trouble figuring out precisely what's ...
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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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In TOS, what's the origin and name of the clarinet comedy sound effect found in “A Private Little War” and other episodes

Title explains the question, but I was wondering about the origins and name of the 5-second sting used after humorous or whimsical occurrences in The Original Series. Found at 35:12 in the remastered ...
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Help identifying an obscure rendition of Tolkien's Namarie

I found a recording of Tolkien's elvish poem Namarie (aka Galadriel's Lament in Lórien) set to music that I really like, but I can't identify the original artist. It's not from the LotR films and I've ...
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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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What episodes do Chameleon Circuit reference in their first two albums?

Chameleon Circuit is a british band who sing songs about Doctor Who. I've recently bought their first two albums but I'm struggling to pull apart the lyrics and figure out which if any episodes and ...
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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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Was the opening of Rogue One designed to make you think this?

It was well publicised before release that Rogue One did not have the traditional Star Wars opening crawl (and by extension, the theme tune). When I saw it, the opening scene after the "galaxy far, ...
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Which Star Trek: TNG episodes are sampled in the song “Data & Picard” from artist Pogo?

The musician Pogo has a new song called "Data & Picard" (spotify link) on the album "Weightless". (spotify link) Pogo is famous for sampling elements of movies, tv, music to create his tracks. I ...
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What is short story of man stranded on planet with a musical alien

Man is stranded on planet and there is an alien that makes noises with its body he starts doing improv music with. Becomes a dream life of pleasant duo music. Rescuers come and kill the scary ...
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Was The Inner Light piece based on The Beatles?

In the beloved TNG episode The Inner Light Captain Picard plays a flute belonging to a long dead alien scientist Kamin... While minutes pass for the rest of the crew, Picard experiences 40 years ...
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Book about face on Mars

I might be confusing two books, but here goes. The book is about the infamous face on Mars. We find that it is a marker to something underground, but cannot open it as the ways/combination locks to ...