Space Music: Tool meets '2001: A Space Odyssey'


Right in Two. Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images

The "Dawn of Man" segment in Stanley Kubrick's 1968 classic "2001: A Space Odyssey" is simply spellbinding, as is that portion of Arthur C. Clarke's novel. It's a legendary sequence, forever linked with Richard Strauss' "Also sprach Zarathustra."

But what if we were to view the sequence with another piece of music?

Now, as you probably know, I'm something of a Tool fan. They're one of the few bands from my youth that still resonate with me. When I listen to the epic track "Right in Two" off the 2006 album "10,000 Days," I often think 2001's monolith-and-monkeys sequence. Same subject matter and all. I wondered the other day if anyone had thought to create a YouTube video combining the two.

Naturally, as this is the Internet, someone had. Let's watch:

Update 02/03/16: This is a new video, different from the one originally used in this post. It's a superior cut, even if the quality is a bit fuzzy.

Now let's view the climax with the original music in all its glory:


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.