Dune, also known as the Dune Chronicles, is an American science fiction media franchise introduced with the 1965 novel Dune by Frank Herbert. Since then, Dune has made millions of fans, frequently described as the best selling science fiction novel.
Set thousands of years in the future, the saga chronicles a civilization that has banned all “thinking machines”, including computers, robots and artificial intelligence. In their place, civilization has developed advanced mental and physical disciplines as well as advanced technologies that adhere to the ban on computers. Vital to this empire is the harsh desert planet Arrakis, the only known source of the spice melange, the most valuable substance in the universe.
In December 1974, a French consortium led by Jean-Paul Gibon purchased the film rights to Frank Herbert’s epic 1965 science fiction novel Dune and asked Alexander Jodorowsky to direct a film version. Jodorowsky’s Dune is considered by many the most ambitious film in the history of cinema and the greatest movie never made. Great artists, like H.R. Giger and Moebius, who would later play a major role and shape the aesthetics of the sci-fi genre, were involved in the preproduction of the film. Names such as Mick Jagger, Salvador Dali, Orson Welles, Alain Delon and Amanda Lear were in the intended cast list of the film. Jodorowski claims that this movie would radically change people’s way of thinking forever.
A less extravagant version of the film was finally directed by David Lynch in 1984. A mini-series was produced in 2000 for television, while several video games have been released from 1992 to the present day. “Jodorowsky’s Dune”, an American-French documentary film, directed by Frank Pavich in 2013, brings to light the story of a movie that could have become the anthem of visual storytelling. Denis Villeneuve’s version of Dune was released in 2021, moving the franchise into a new era, setting the tone for a forthcoming blockbuster trilogy, or more.
In this special episode of its Audiogram radio show, TILT! takes us on a journey through the several soundtracks of the Dune movies, tv-series and video games, but also music works that were inspired by the Dune story.
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1979 – Zed (Bernard Szanjer) – Visions Of Dune
1979 – Klaus Schulze – Dune
1984 – Toto – Dune OST
2001 – Emperor: Battle for Dune [Video Game soundtrack]
2001 – Dune, Frank Herbert’s Original Soundtrack [TV mini series]
2015 – Kurt Stenzel – Jodorowsky’s Dune Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
2021 – Hans Zimmer – Dune OST
2021 – Hans Zimmer – Dune Sketchbooks