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27th Mar '16 11:03:24 AM Morgenthaler
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Future-themed movies (especially those made in the 50s) will often feature lots of creepy {{theremin}} music, à la BernardHerrmann's score from ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951''. The soundtrack may also feature lots of weird alien-y or spaceship-y noises, which are hard to describe accurately, but if you pop in a DVD of ''ForbiddenPlanet'' you'll hear them going off in the background all the time.

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Future-themed movies (especially those made in the 50s) will often feature lots of creepy {{theremin}} music, à la BernardHerrmann's score from ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951''. The soundtrack may also feature lots of weird alien-y or spaceship-y noises, which are hard to describe accurately, but if you pop in a DVD of ''ForbiddenPlanet'' ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' you'll hear them going off in the background all the time.
25th Feb '16 9:59:27 AM Lirodon
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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The End of Time", Britney Spears' "Toxic" is described as being "a traditional earth ballad".

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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The End of Time", Britney Spears' the World", Music/BritneySpears' "Toxic" is described as being "a traditional earth Earth ballad".
25th Feb '16 9:57:58 AM Lirodon
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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The End of Time", Britney Spears' "Toxic" is described as being "a traditional earth ballad".
7th Jan '16 6:18:17 PM nombretomado
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* The mall and shop musics in ''SpaceQuest IV'' sound like contemporary elevator/lobby muzak, and the Rocket Bar uses 60's rock-n-roll. In the remake of ''SpaceQuest I'', though, the bar music sounds more like 80's dance pop.

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* The mall and shop musics in ''SpaceQuest IV'' ''VideoGame/SpaceQuestIVRogerWilcoAndTheTimeRippers'' sound like contemporary elevator/lobby muzak, and the Rocket Bar uses 60's rock-n-roll. In the remake of ''SpaceQuest I'', ''VideoGame/{{Space Quest I|The Sarien Encounter}}'', though, the bar music sounds more like 80's dance pop.
7th Jan '16 4:57:12 PM nombretomado
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If a futuristic movie is made in the '70s or '80s, you can expect at least one scene to take place in a "futuristic disco" which features lots of heavily synthesized music and people in neon costumes writhing around. (The ''Buck Rogers'' TV series featured a lot of scenes like these, as did the movie ''Logan's Run'' and the ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' episode ''SpaceMutiny.'') It helps that a fair amount of the actual synthesized pop music from those decades (Kraftwerk, etc.) still sounds stereotypically futuristic to modern ears. And CyberPunkIsTechno, naturally.

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If a futuristic movie is made in the '70s or '80s, you can expect at least one scene to take place in a "futuristic disco" which features lots of heavily synthesized music and people in neon costumes writhing around. (The ''Buck Rogers'' TV series featured a lot of scenes like these, as did the movie ''Logan's Run'' and the ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' episode ''SpaceMutiny.''Film/SpaceMutiny.'') It helps that a fair amount of the actual synthesized pop music from those decades (Kraftwerk, etc.) still sounds stereotypically futuristic to modern ears. And CyberPunkIsTechno, naturally.



* Similar to the above example, the [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] fodder ''SpaceMutiny'' contains a random rave scene that is ''painfully'' [[TheEighties '80s]] (in a setting that is supposed to be ''much'' closer to ''Franchise/StarTrek''), for no other purpose than to [[MaleGaze focus on the posteriors]] of women in hi-cut leotards hula-hooping to generic synths.

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* Similar to the above example, the [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] fodder ''SpaceMutiny'' ''Film/SpaceMutiny'' contains a random rave scene that is ''painfully'' [[TheEighties '80s]] (in a setting that is supposed to be ''much'' closer to ''Franchise/StarTrek''), for no other purpose than to [[MaleGaze focus on the posteriors]] of women in hi-cut leotards hula-hooping to generic synths.
26th Nov '15 1:34:23 PM Morgenthaler
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* The popular Moon music in ''TheAdventuresOfPlutoNash'' seems to be either really jerky or techno/pop mixed with autotuning. The dancing is also very jerky. Everyone moves for a second then freezes for half-a-second, etc.

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* The popular Moon music in ''TheAdventuresOfPlutoNash'' ''Film/TheAdventuresOfPlutoNash'' seems to be either really jerky or techno/pop mixed with autotuning. The dancing is also very jerky. Everyone moves for a second then freezes for half-a-second, etc.



* In AnneMcCaffrey's ''Literature/TheShipWho Sang'', BobDylan is a popular classical musician of the future. Singing in his style is banned on some planets, because it's too persuasive.
* In DavidWeber's ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novels, the heroine spends time on the planet Grayson, whose "classical" music evolved from [[CountryMusic country and western]]. The end product is supposed to be fairly distinct though.
* ''{{Remnants}}''. The terror-filled series K A Applegate wrote after Animorphs started off on a light note... with Opera being the new "pop" music.

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* In AnneMcCaffrey's Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Literature/TheShipWho Sang'', BobDylan is a popular classical musician of the future. Singing in his style is banned on some planets, because it's too persuasive.
* In DavidWeber's Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novels, the heroine spends time on the planet Grayson, whose "classical" music evolved from [[CountryMusic country and western]]. The end product is supposed to be fairly distinct though.
* ''{{Remnants}}''.''Literature/{{Remnants}}''. The terror-filled series K A Applegate wrote after Animorphs started off on a light note... with Opera being the new "pop" music.



* The 1970s series ''{{UFO}}'' incorrectly predicts that racism will have died out by 1980, cars will drive on the right hand side of the road in the UK, supersonic transport and Moon bases will be routine, and military pilots can wear a [[SpaceClothes blue catsuit and white vinyl boots]] without being laughed at. However it is correct in assuming that the Beatles song "Get Back" will still be popular.

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* The 1970s series ''{{UFO}}'' ''Series/{{UFO}}'' incorrectly predicts that racism will have died out by 1980, cars will drive on the right hand side of the road in the UK, supersonic transport and Moon bases will be routine, and military pilots can wear a [[SpaceClothes blue catsuit and white vinyl boots]] without being laughed at. However it is correct in assuming that the Beatles song "Get Back" will still be popular.



* On ''NightGallery'', a character who's wandered into the future encounters some teenagers listening to music, which sounds like a random, tuneless assortment of notes being banged out on a synthesizer. Presumably the show's budget didn't cover a theremin for that one...

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* On ''NightGallery'', ''Series/NightGallery'', a character who's wandered into the future encounters some teenagers listening to music, which sounds like a random, tuneless assortment of notes being banged out on a synthesizer. Presumably the show's budget didn't cover a theremin for that one...
6th Sep '15 11:44:57 AM nombretomado
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** The second game also featured "Callista", which was originally made for ''NeedforSpeed: High Stakes'' in 1999.

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** The second game also featured "Callista", which was originally made for ''NeedforSpeed: ''VideoGame/NeedforSpeed: High Stakes'' in 1999.
29th Aug '15 8:14:43 PM nombretomado
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If a futuristic movie is made in the '70s or '80s, you can expect at least one scene to take place in a "futuristic disco" which features lots of heavily synthesized music and people in neon costumes writhing around. (The ''Buck Rogers'' TV series featured a lot of scenes like these, as did the movie ''Logan's Run'' and the ''MST3K'' episode ''SpaceMutiny.'') It helps that a fair amount of the actual synthesized pop music from those decades (Kraftwerk, etc.) still sounds stereotypically futuristic to modern ears. And CyberPunkIsTechno, naturally.

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If a futuristic movie is made in the '70s or '80s, you can expect at least one scene to take place in a "futuristic disco" which features lots of heavily synthesized music and people in neon costumes writhing around. (The ''Buck Rogers'' TV series featured a lot of scenes like these, as did the movie ''Logan's Run'' and the ''MST3K'' ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' episode ''SpaceMutiny.'') It helps that a fair amount of the actual synthesized pop music from those decades (Kraftwerk, etc.) still sounds stereotypically futuristic to modern ears. And CyberPunkIsTechno, naturally.



* Similar to the above example, the MST3K fodder ''SpaceMutiny'' contains a random rave scene that is ''painfully'' [[TheEighties '80s]] (in a setting that is supposed to be ''much'' closer to ''Franchise/StarTrek''), for no other purpose than to [[MaleGaze focus on the posteriors]] of women in hi-cut leotards hula-hooping to generic synths.

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* Similar to the above example, the MST3K [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] fodder ''SpaceMutiny'' contains a random rave scene that is ''painfully'' [[TheEighties '80s]] (in a setting that is supposed to be ''much'' closer to ''Franchise/StarTrek''), for no other purpose than to [[MaleGaze focus on the posteriors]] of women in hi-cut leotards hula-hooping to generic synths.
20th Jul '15 7:27:01 AM Darth_Biomech
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** Concidering that cyberpunk usually heavily relies on 80s or early 90s state of technology, fashion, culture, and overall aesthetic, even if made after that period, this is actually somewhat justified.
6th Jul '15 5:30:33 PM nombretomado
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* Series 2 of the science {{Mockumentary}} ''LookAroundYou'' (set in 1980, sort-of) included a spoof competition to find the best futuristic song. Basically, there were three songs. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRMFQxd7ye8 One]] "predicted" the sexiness and electro-ness of later pop music (that fits this trope to a T), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR8qtxts1jY another]] was a really poor song which "predicted" rap, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMik9jlZDaY the third]] was just someone playing a guitar and singing gobbledygook lyrics, which "predicted" early Nineties rock.

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* Series 2 of the science {{Mockumentary}} ''LookAroundYou'' ''Series/LookAroundYou'' (set in 1980, sort-of) included a spoof competition to find the best futuristic song. Basically, there were three songs. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRMFQxd7ye8 One]] "predicted" the sexiness and electro-ness of later pop music (that fits this trope to a T), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR8qtxts1jY another]] was a really poor song which "predicted" rap, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMik9jlZDaY the third]] was just someone playing a guitar and singing gobbledygook lyrics, which "predicted" early Nineties rock.
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