2001: A Space Odyssey – The Soundtrack, The Unused Score and… As Read By Arthur C. Clarke

2001: A Space Odyssey (The Soundtrack – 1968/1996)
Alex North’s 2001 (The Unused Score by Alex North – 1993)

The music and the movie were both groundbreaking. Many remember the film’s original soundtrack as a fluid fusion of the past and the future, spearheaded by the seemingly inspired use of classical pieces from Johann and Richard Strauss (“The Blue Danube” & “Also Sprach Zarathustra”). But, the really amazing stuff was the contemporary, avant garde works by Gyorgy Ligeti. The 15 minute “Jupiter And Beyond” (heard as Dave hurtles into the monolith) is a psychedelic, orchestral mind-bender. Equally bizarre, his “Requiem For Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Two Mixed Choirs & Orchestra” is a mesh of mesmerizing wordless vocals that accompany the discovery of the monolith on the Moon. This 1996 reissue even includes a 10 minute montage of dialog featuring the movie’s real star, the Hal 9000 computer. It would take another 25 years, however, before the original score for 2001, as penned by Alex North, would see the light of day. The film’s famously fastidious director, Stanley Kubrick, commissioned North’s score, then abandoned it in favor of the classical works he eventually used for the official 1968 soundtrack. The great Jerry Goldsmith conducts (check out his Twilight Zone stuff in the archives). The original 2001 & Alex North’s scores are both at Amazon.

2001: A Space Odyssey (The Soundtrack – 1968/1996)
GYORGY LIGETI Overture (Atmospheres) (2:50)
RICHARD STRAUSS – Also Sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zarathustra) (1:40)
GYORGY LIGETIRequiem For Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Two Mixed Choirs & Orchestra (6:33)
JOHANN STRAUSS – The Blue Danube (Excerpt) (5:42)
GYORGY LIGETILux Aeterna (2:53)
ADAM KHACHATURIAN – Gayane Ballet Suite (Adagio) (5:15)
GYORGY LIGETIJupiter And Beyond (15:13)
RICHARD STRAUSS – Also Sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zarathustra) (1:41)
JOHANN STRAUSS – The Blue Danube (Reprise) (8:17)
RICHARD STRAUSS – Also Sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zarathustra) (1:39)
GYORGY LIGETILux Aeterna (5:59)
GYORGY LIGETIAdventures (10:50)
Hal 9000 (Dialogue Montage) (9:41)

Alex North’s 2001 (1993)
Main Title (1:39)
The Foraging (3:46)
Eat Meat And The Kill (3:29)
The Bluff (3:03)
Night Terrors (2:05)
The Dawn Of Man (3:17)
2002 (Space Station Docking) (2:23)
Trip To The Moon (3:22)
Moon Rocket Bus (5:03)
Space Talk (3:33)
Interior Orion (1:26)
Main Theme (2:33)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1976)
As Read By Arthur C. Clarke

For you hard-core types out there, here is the 1976 spoken word LP of Arthur C. Clarke’s story, as read by AC himself. I can’t remember where I first scored this long-lost oddity, but thanks to the original uploader.

The Moons Of Saturn (14:17)
– Experiment
– The Sentinel
– Into The Eye
– Exit

Through The Star Gate (12:17)
– Grand Central
– The Alien Sky (Beginning)
Through The Star Gate (28:54)
– The Alien Sky (Conclusion)
– Inferno
– Reception
– Recapitulation
– Transformation
– Star Child



  • Willard
    May 26, 2011 - 11:58 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Ian of Cornwall
    December 19, 2011 - 10:49 | Permalink

    Whenever you post something I’m not interested in [not that often] I always check the archives for something I may have missed. Today I’m gonna try the 2001 OST original score. Ta. Have a beautiful Xmas, dude. CHEERS!!! Peace.

    • Willard
      December 19, 2011 - 11:17 | Permalink

      Save the Arthur C. Clark reading for Christmas eve, with marshmallows and hot cocoa. Oh… and a killer computer. Cheers, Ian.

  • March 27, 2012 - 08:50 | Permalink

    What a pleasant surprise!

    I read the book (and a couple of Arthur C. Clarke’s follow-ups) more than 20 years ago. After all this time, details are sketchy at best.

    Therefore, I go into this LP having no idea what I may expect to hear nor how the novel ends respective to the film.

    The biggest plum is getting a copy of this gem. Honestly, I never knew Clarke made an LP, (and years before Books on Tape was cool)!

    Thank you, Willard, for keeping this LP alive. Listening to this is going to be a real treat!

    Cheers to you and yours in 2012!

    • Willard
      March 27, 2012 - 09:12 | Permalink

      Many thanks for the comment.

  • David
    April 19, 2012 - 14:32 | Permalink

    Just found your brilliant site and thanks for sharing. David from UK.

    • Willard
      April 19, 2012 - 16:46 | Permalink

      Cool, thanks for commenting.

  • Kwai Chang
    June 28, 2012 - 20:35 | Permalink

    I think the monolith is the same size as the screen(aspect ratio)
    …and HAL got the best lines…

  • mikew
    June 29, 2012 - 00:34 | Permalink

    I look forward to hearing Alex North’s 2001. Thanks for posting.

  • Anonymous
    June 29, 2012 - 22:43 | Permalink

    An extremely cool post. Thanks as always.

  • David,UK
    June 30, 2012 - 02:09 | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing!

  • escomambo
    March 4, 2013 - 16:24 | Permalink

    Moochas grasseeus for this…

    Got any more rare, hard to come by Alex North OSTs perchance…?

    • Willard
      March 4, 2013 - 19:38 | Permalink

      Sorry… more of a Kubrick than North fan. Cheers.

  • Anonymous
    January 25, 2014 - 13:16 | Permalink

    many tanx! for 2001. Just found this post and I want to offer HAL a belated birthday wish. Can’t remember where I found the following text.

    In Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 movie of Arthur C. Clarke’s “2001 A Space Odyssey”, the on-board computer said “I am a HAL-9000 computer, Production Number Three. I became operational at the H.A.L. Plant in Urbana, Illinois, on January 12, 1992.”.

    HAL’s name is derived from Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer, although many speculate that it is a one letter off reference to IBM. He served on the spaceship Discovery during mankind’s first manned mission to Jupiter. He is responsible for the death of crewman Frank Poole and others. HAL was eventually decommissioned by crewman David Bowman.

  • ralph kramden
    January 22, 2015 - 12:49 | Permalink

    Not to run off on a tangent but recently lost ALL contents of my ext. 3TB drive – which WAS the sole backup (dropped to the floor w/irreparable platter damage), the music folder alone comprising nearly 1TB, with this title buried in there. Thank god for your awesome website. Another tangent: whatever happened to the floated-around possibility for limited re-release in THEATERS of this masterpiece? First I heard was the 35th anniversary in 2003 but that never transpired. Lifelong wish to see this on the Big Screen. Thanks again. Phenomenal site with very interesting selections.

    • Willard
      January 22, 2015 - 13:48 | Permalink

      Don’t know about the theater re-release, but just last week I watched director Steven Soderbergh’s radical recut of 2001, which he’s posted online for free viewing. It’s an interesting take, which purists are sure to hate. But, since it’s hard to recommend 2001 to newbies (weaned on short-attention span movies of the 80s/90s and 00s), it’s interesting to view 2001 another way… lean, mean and to the point. Watch Soderbergh’s re-cut at http://extension765.com/sdr/23-the-return-of-w-de-rijk.


      Maybe it will pop up elsewhere. Sorry.

  • the saucer people
    May 16, 2015 - 15:57 | Permalink

    Wow! I’m a big fan of sci-fi related music but I must admit, I had no idea that Arthur C. Clarke released an album in 1976 of him reading extracts from his book! It’s absolutely brilliant – what a gem to discover and many thanks for keeping it from disappearing down the memory hole.

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