The Major Tritone Progression in Recent Hollywood Science Fiction Films

@article{Murphy2006TheMT,
  title={The Major Tritone Progression in Recent Hollywood Science Fiction Films},
  author={Scott Murphy},
  journal={Music Theory Online},
  year={2006},
  volume={12}
}
In the 2002 film Treasure Planet, composer James Newton Howard accompanies the primary shot of the titular orb with an undulation between two major triads a tritone apart. I offer three approaches to understanding the appropriateness of this image/music pairing. First, I present several scenes from recent Hollywood films that conspicuously combine this triadic progression with settings of, or objects from, outer space. Second, I relay ways in which the intrinsic harmonic and voice-leading… 

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