Ligeti’s Atmosphères as a Musical Foreshadowing of Kubrick’s 2001- Part 1 (Introduction)

This film introduced me to Ligeti. Forever grateful.

Celluloid Wicker Man

Ligeti’s Atmosphères as a Musical Foreshadowing of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Introduction.

“First in Cologne in 1957 and later during my long stay in Vienna in the ’60s, I gradually evolved a musical style in which I abandoned structures conceived in terms of bars, melodies, lines and conventional forms.  In this respect my first two orchestral works, Apparitions and Atmosphères, are the most radical.  Atmosphères is just floating, fluctuating sound, although it is polyphonic.” Ligeti – (1983, p.14).

Stanley Kubrick was a director who was very specific in his use of composed and sourced music in his films.  His relationship with sound and music is one of the most analysed in audio-visual academia and his musical choices have lead to an endless stream of readings within his work.  Towards the middle of his career, he began to experiment with classical music of the 20th century rather than…

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