It’s a testament to Stanley Kubrick’s landmark visuals in “2001: A Space Odyssey” that even when the film’s bombastic classical soundtrack is replaced by techno synths straight out of the 21st century, the footage still manages to create a sense of awe-inspiring wonder. Space films have been making a resounding comeback in the last year with blockbusters like “Gravity” and the recent release of Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar,” and video remix producer Eclectic Method has honored Kubrick’s original intergalactic masterpiece with a YouTube music video that layers a new sound on the director’s iconic images.
Method explains: “This mix contains almost every scientific prediction in the film mixed with the space age synth sounds that were just around the corner. The original had minimal dialogue, communicating through moving images. The monolith was built on a 1 : 4 : 9 ratio (the squares of the first three integers), the same ratio as a cinema screen on its side. When the humans/monkeys see the monolith it enlightens them, when the screen goes black, you, the viewer, are now looking at the monolith on it’s side enlightening you. Whether true or not, Kubrick hid many many objects with this ratio throughout the film. The whole film is built on an electro-version of the legendary ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’ by Richard Strauss.”
The remixed video proves to be just as hypnotic as the original film itself, albeit in a different way, and it cleverly weaves the film’s classical score and HAL’s menacing monotone into its techno-heavy setup.
Next up for “2001: A Space Odyssey” is a special screening event at the British Film Institute’s “Sci-Fi: Days of Fears and Wonder” this month.