We caught up with Acid King frontman Lori Josephs just ahead of their first new record in eight years, and first on Blues Funeral, Beyond Vision due out March 24. Given the sci-fi nature of the record, we thought it only fitting to ask Josephs about her favorite sci-fi soundtracks from over the years! Here's what she came up with:
2001: A Space Odyssey
"Also Sprach Zarathustra" is a classic! You cannot hear this without thinking of this movie! A requiem for Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, two mixed choirs and an orchestra – as Dave passes through time and space into eternity!!!
Doctor Who (1963) & Doctor Who (1980-1985)
This was created before modern keyboards were even around! Composed by Ron Grainer and an electronic arrangement by Delia Derbyshire, a pioneer of electronic music especially for women back then.
I first heard the '80s version of Dr. Who composed by Peter Howell when I watched the show. A friend's mom even knitted me a Dr. Who scarf! I didn't even realize there was an original until much later.
I saw this movie at special screening at the theater and Ben Burt (the person that invented the Light Saber sound), among many more, was there giving a talk about the soundtrack and SFX. Bebe Barron and Louis Barron were American pioneers of electronic music. They are credited with writing the first electronic music for magnetic tape composed in the U.S, and the first entirely electronic film score for this film! They created the "spaceship landing" sounds!
Wendy Carlos – one of the original trailblazers in the synth world!