The most common reaction I get when I mention SF Music to people is, "Oh, yeah. Uh huh. That weird stuff." Instinctively, I know they are thinking of something synthesized, and, you should pardon the pun, alien sounding. And my most common reaction is, "No, that's not it."
Describing themselves as "edu-core," the band performs nothing but two-minute thrash tributes to science fiction writers. Between songs, the band pelts the audience with paperback books, quizzes them on book titles, and demands that the audience show their library cards. Their motto: "The Faster You Go Deaf, the More Time You Have to Read."
Heather Alexander is well known in many circles as an accomplished musician. Not just a vocalist and instrumentalist, Heather also composes and arranges. One of her most recent projects is a collaboration with Steven Barnes, inspired by his novel Lion's Blood.
The latter half of the twentieth century was a time of deep experimentation in sound production, whether breaking down western musical traditions; pulling inspiration from popular, eastern or ethnic music; or incorporating the latest technologies. Many composers found science fiction a natural theme when they wanted to use these new elements in their music.
From the ancient times of Stonehenge, to images of Spaceman visitors we hear musical explorations of our human soul. The final track, "The Lost Cycle," tells a moving Science Fiction story against a musical background of compelling composition and inspired performances.
"Composing is my choice of expression. [M]usic is my means of communicating; it's my means of relating to people. I can run my life with it. I can use it to fuel everything that I do. And that's how I define myself as a composer."
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