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Speaking of Canada, let's not forget Saga. Of the first four albums to reflect the earliest songs of the band's "Chapters" SF concept, the 2nd and 3rd sport great Tony Roberts paintings.. And then a couple decades later, the second album to resume the "Chapters," which was House Of Cards.
 
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Thanks, all, I'm learning much I didn't know about both sci fi works AND prog bands/music!! 

This is a great story about the Barrons, who composed the amazing electronic music used in the sci-fi classic movie "Forbidden Planet"!  Please play the little video links at the left, as they showcase how the music was used to enhance the sci-fi visuals!  The music of the Krell!  

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Between The Buried And Me The Parallax: Hypersleep DialoguesBetween The Buried And Me Parallax II: Future Sequence.
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Was Julian's Treatment mentioned yet? Smile
 
 
 

 
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ZERO HOUR--TBE TOWERS OF THE AVARICE


great sci fi album. A man battles greed in a dystopian society. Complete with fantastic futuristic lyrics and themes.
Excellent album. ;)
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Zero Hour sounds great, love the cover art too.  Will definitely check it out, thanks for the heads up!
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Ethos’s first album “Ethos (Ardour)” explored SF concepts, albeit rather cheesily. They seemed to make a point of shifting toward more down-to-earth subject matter on their second album “Open Up”, such as attacks on the music business.

Barclay James Harvest delved into SF themes with After the Day and Nova Lepidoptera (which was openly labeled as science fiction!)

Let’s not forget ’39 by Queen, notable not only for its being atypical in style for the band, but for the long-term space-travel storyline.

Curved Air’s Moonshine, from “Airborne.”

Pallas and Earth & Fire, among others, did concept albums about Atlantis.

The Enid’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes” had an Apocalyptic theme.

Flash’s “Out of Our Hands” was mostly taken up with the Catalina suite, which involved an interstellar messenger dispatched to Earth.

Nektar’s “Remember the Future” had a SF storyline that combined elements of both Jesus Christ Superstar and Tommy (at least IMO).

I’m surprised no one mentioned Gong and their Radio Gnome Invisible trilogy, with its hippy-trippy interplanetary storyline.

Happy the Man’s repertoire was mostly instrumental, but the titular character of The Falcon (fr. “Better Late…”) was a space explorer with a warning for mankind.

Hudson-Ford: I Don’t Understand, Revelations, Silent Star, Did Worlds Collide, Mechanics.

Jon & Vangelis: Mayflower, which compares the original sailing vessel to a future interstellar vessel bringing people to a new world.

McDonald & Giles’ Birdman, with its straightforward story of a man who builds himself a set of artificial wings.

National Health’s Tenemos Roads was loosely inspired by “The Worm Ouroboros” by Eric Rucker Eddison.

Rick Wakeman’s “No Earthly Connection” had SF themes, again rather cheesily. And let’s not forget “Journey to the Centre of the Earth,” based on Jules Verne’s novel.

Holy crap, this turned out to be a long list.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76LQalK0yRY   This album by Cynthesis is part of a trilogy of sci fi-esque albums.  Amazing stuff.
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Originally posted by verslibre verslibre wrote:

The music is more on the funky avant-garde jazz side of things, but I think this qualifies. Love the film.
 
Yeah that's a great movie.  I was checking through the thread.  Here's one a lot of people aren't familiar with that is really really good -
Jack Lancaster | Marscape
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jacklancaster2

This one by the Samuel Jackson Five is really good, too -


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Originally posted by Slartibartfast Slartibartfast wrote:

Yeah that's a great movie.  I was checking through the thread.  Here's one a lot of people aren't familiar with that is really really good -
Jack Lancaster | Marscape
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jacklancaster2

This one by the Samuel Jackson Five is really good, too -


 
LOL! The Samuel Jackson Five? I love their name!
 
Holy cow! How could I forget this:
 
 
 
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Originally posted by AreYouHuman AreYouHuman wrote:



Flash’s “Out of Our Hands” was mostly taken up with the Catalina suite, which involved an interstellar messenger dispatched to Earth.

Holy crap, this turned out to be a long list.

Holy Crap, I can't believe I missed that one!!  Ray Bennett will kill me!  Thanks, you mentioned some real mainstays!  

Do instrumental electronic bands such as Tangerine Dream or Popul Vuh rise to the level of sci-fi influenced prog?  

TD albums, especially "Phaedra" always sent me to another plane!  I'm not sure what their influences were, but I'm guessing there was some sci-fi in the mix.


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Absolutely, if I may say. You can also add LOGOS and HYPERBOREA to that list of sci-fi greatness. :) Tangerine Dream are thee best electronic prog band, I can think of, who can create those long incredible dreamy soundscapes that capture the fantasty and imagination in anyone who listens to them with purpose.

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Originally posted by AreYouHuman AreYouHuman wrote:

Ethos’s first album “Ethos (Ardour)” explored SF concepts, albeit rather cheesily. They seemed to make a point of shifting toward more down-to-earth subject matter on their second album “Open Up”, such as attacks on the music business.

Barclay James Harvest delved into SF themes with After the Day and Nova Lepidoptera (which was openly labeled as science fiction!)

Let’s not forget ’39 by Queen, notable not only for its being atypical in style for the band, but for the long-term space-travel storyline.

Curved Air’s Moonshine, from “Airborne.”

Pallas and Earth & Fire, among others, did concept albums about Atlantis.

The Enid’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes” had an Apocalyptic theme.

Flash’s “Out of Our Hands” was mostly taken up with the Catalina suite, which involved an interstellar messenger dispatched to Earth.

Nektar’s “Remember the Future” had a SF storyline that combined elements of both Jesus Christ Superstar and Tommy (at least IMO).

I’m surprised no one mentioned Gong and their Radio Gnome Invisible trilogy, with its hippy-trippy interplanetary storyline.

Happy the Man’s repertoire was mostly instrumental, but the titular character of The Falcon (fr. “Better Late…”) was a space explorer with a warning for mankind.

Hudson-Ford: I Don’t Understand, Revelations, Silent Star, Did Worlds Collide, Mechanics.

Jon & Vangelis: Mayflower, which compares the original sailing vessel to a future interstellar vessel bringing people to a new world.

McDonald & Giles’ Birdman, with its straightforward story of a man who builds himself a set of artificial wings.

National Health’s Tenemos Roads was loosely inspired by “The Worm Ouroboros” by Eric Rucker Eddison.

Rick Wakeman’s “No Earthly Connection” had SF themes, again rather cheesily. And let’s not forget “Journey to the Centre of the Earth,” based on Jules Verne’s novel.

Holy crap, this turned out to be a long list.

Yep, I was going to mention the Gong trilogy.
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(^ cstack 3 & progbethyname) Quite agreed. Lyrics aren't necessary to create atmosphere and imagery. The first half of Klaus Schulze's "Timewind," Bayreuth Return, conjures images of sailing across an endless grey icescape. The perfect soundtrack for the Michael Moorcock novel "The Ice Schooner" if it ever made it to the silver screen.

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Originally posted by cstack3 cstack3 wrote:

Do instrumental electronic bands such as Tangerine Dream or Popul Vuh rise to the level of sci-fi influenced prog?  
TD albums, especially "Phaedra" always sent me to another plane!  I'm not sure what their influences were, but I'm guessing there was some sci-fi in the mix.
 
Most definitely! Can't believe I forgot 'em. One of their most overtly "sci fi" albums is Exit, with titles like "Pilots of Purple Twilight," "Network 23" and the masterpiece "Remote Viewing."
 
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Another one: Le Orme's Felona e Sorona, the 2 contrasting planets keeping the universe in balance.

Edited by Gerinski - May 31 2013 at 01:00
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There is also "bad prog featuring sci fi" like Yes' "Arriving UFO!"  Not my favorite Yes song anyway.  

Any other bad prog/sci fi examples?  Songs that really over-reach the sci fi element?  
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Oldfield - songs of distant earth
Intergalactic Touring Band - same
Dave greenslade - pentateuch of cosmogony
Schultze - Dune
David Bedford - Rigel 9
Deep Fix - new world's Fair
Solaris - martian chronicles
Lancaster/Lumley - marscape
Wakeman (also Ant Phillips) - 1984
FM-surveillance
First mysterious Appearance
Absolute Elsewhere
Teru's Symphonia - do androids dream of sleep?
Ars Nova -
Moody Blues- to our children's childrens children
Glasshammer - Prelandra
Moraz - i
 
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Robert Schroeder- galaxie cygnus
Baffo Banfi - galaxie my dear
Dave Greenslade - from the discworld
Magala Vallis - book of dreams
Ralph Lundsten & Andromeda All-stars - discophrenia, alpha ralpha boulevard, universe
Universe - same
 
 
Didn't  Par Lindh do "Time Machine"????
 
 
 
And of course James Last's wick version of "Silver Machine"!   (look it up on you tube,Jimmeh)
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Maxwell von Braund - monster planet
Fumio Miyash*ta - journey to space
Wakeman,Peek & Wayne - beyond the planets
Peter Bachausen - planet show
Code 3 - planet of man
Planetarium - infinity (or is it other way round?)
Ways - planetes
Egill Fylling - bound for space
Nautilus - space storm
Lee Merry Weather - space invaders
fermata - white planet
Eccentric Orbit - attack of martians
Khan -space shanty
Zodiac - music of spheres
Tritonium - between universes
Simon house - spiral galaxy
Laurent Vanay - Galaxies (absolute killer lp!)
Pond - planetenwind
Velvet universe-voyager
Dyzan (& Tim Blake) - time machine
Starglow energy - time machine, gate to Celadon
Hansson & Karlsson - man at the moon
moongarden - gate to...
Wavemaker- where are we,captain?
Uwe Schniering- cleared universe
Cosmic Hoffmann- beyond the galaxie
Celluloid - mercury
pigfarm on the moon - orbital
Earcandy - space is just a place
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