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The original 1968 recording is short by CD standards — under 30 minutes — but the production is crisp and dynamic. Jerry Goldsmith employs an array of exotic percussion plus artfully arranged strings, brass, woodwinds and his trademark echo effects to create one of the most evocative science fiction soundtracks ever recorded. From the first eerie moments of the "Main Title" to the simian outcry of "No Escape," he sets us in a harsh, inhuman world. Too many science fiction film scores, with their use of sweeping symphony orchestras and soon-clichéd electronics, sound disappointingly earthbound. Goldsmith's music makes you believe you are on a truly alien planet — which makes the film's payoff even more effective. A template for what a science fiction score can be.


Born: 10 February 1929 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

For over four decades, Jerry Goldsmith ranked among the film and television industry's most highly-regarded and prolific composers; at the peak of his activity during the 1960s, he was estimated to have scored an average of about six films annually. Born in Los Angeles on February 10, 1929, Goldsmith studied music at the University of Southern California, and after accepting a job as an office clerk at CBS television later graduated to the network's music department in 1950. There he composed themes...
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