Inspired by Sci-Fi


There’s music inspired by Sci-Fi books & film for this New Sounds program.  Listen to the internet opera and sonic book by Mendi & Keith Obadike, “The Sour Thunder,” which consists of two simultaneous stories; Mendi traveling with a friend to study Afro-Dominican culture and tracing the slave trade through the Dominican Repulic, and that of a state called Solaika Dast, where scent is the method of communication. There’s also recent music by Londoner Pete M. Wyer, his “Planet 49,” a response to the Danny Boyle film, “Sunshine” about a mission in 2057 to set off a nuclear bomb to reignite our dying sun. 

Then, listen to an alternate score for the classic 1972 Andrei Tarkovsky sci-fi film, “Solaris” by  Australian-born Ben Frost & Icelandic conductor/arranger/composer Daníel Bjarnason.  Plus, music from MIT-based composer Tod Machover, who wrote an opera inspired by the novel “Valis” by  Philip K. Dick.  And more.

PROGRAM #3503 – Inspired by Sci-Fi (First aired on 8/27/2013)             





Pete M. Wyer

Planet 49

You Can't Talk To Her When She's Like This [8:06]

Ben Frost / Daníel Bjarnason


Saccades [6:01]

Bedroom Community HVALUR 012


Mendi + Keith Obadike

The Sour Thunder

Even the Magnolia/The Scent of Sugar Cane [6:08]

Bridge Records 9158
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Tangerine Dream


Mysterious Semblance At The Strand of Nightmares [10:45]

Virgin - #TAND 5
Reissued in 1995 from the 1974 album.
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Tod Machover


Overture &
Finale [6:38]

Bridge Records 9007 OR


Le Voyage Dans La Lune

Moon Fever [3:34]


Pete M. Wyer

Planet 49

Flying Or Falling, excerpt [7:28]