In the previous installment of Mining for Goldsmith I took a look at film composer Jerry Goldsmith’s work on films about conspiracy and espionage. It was a fruitful genre for him all the way up to the 1990s. But this time I wanted to look at a genre that Goldsmith is very famous for: science fiction. The man provided scores to some real classics like Planet of the Apes and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. But he also provided scores for science fiction films that are less well known and some are quite frankly not that good. But Goldsmith always went that extra step and provided a solid (and sometimes a stellar) score for these.
Here a few of my favorites from this forgotten set of films:
Damnation Alley (1977)