Sunday, August 24, 2008

Why did HAL sing Daisy at the end of 2001?

Do weird questions like that bug you? Yeah me to. I am constantly wondering why certain songs, or landmarks or lighting is done one way and not another. The funny thing is I never quite made the connection to why H.A.L. sang Daisy at the end of 2001 while he was being shut down block by block. It was far more poignant than in 2010 when he asked "will I dream?" At the time I read the book, I don't think I was aware of it, but later I had heard that the very first song that a computer ever sang was Daisy Daisy, but for some reason I never saw the homage Kubrick was paying to those early computer pioneers. Here is the 2001 and the original.

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