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2001: A Space Odyssey has haunted pop culture with anxiety about rogue AIs for half a century

elgarak1

It is not clear if Kubrick ever intended a composed score. It appears much more likely that he wanted to go with other music (as released), and was pressured to hire a composer by producers. From what I've read, Alex North's treatment by Kubrick was very distant and unusual compared to normal film projects.

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