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2001: A Space Odyssey - 12/7/2018

This evening Sarah and I attended a very special presentation of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey at the Athena Cinema in uptown Athens.  The film was shown with all of the dialog and sounds effects, but no musical soundtrack.  Instead the music was provided live by Duo Unprepared.  The duo was comprised of Roger Braun, percussion and Andre Gribou, pianos.  The live score was not intended to be a recreation of the original, but rather a re-imagined score.

The film was presented in its full theatrical release complete with overture and intermission.  I was very impressed with the live music.  It complimented the drama perfectly by following the highs and low of the story precisely.  The new music seemed to move the flow of the film along at a better pace.  I found the choice of Space Oddity to be an exceptional decision.  And the musical cues matched the scene edits perfectly.  I can’t say enough good things about this presentation.  I dare to say that this has been a more enjoyable soundtrack then the original.

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