Kubrick commissioned a score for 2001 from Alex North (a very fine film composer) but did not use North's score (subsequently recorded and released on CD). What did Alex North have to say about his work on 2001?

I was living in the Chelsea Hotel in New York (where Arthur Clarke was 
living) and got a phone call from Kubrick from London asking me of my 
availability to come over and do a score for 2001. He told me that I 
was the film composer he most respected, and he looked forward to 
working together. I was ecstatic at the idea of working with Kubrick 
again (SPARTACUS was an extremely exciting experience for me), as I 
regard Kubrick as the most gifted of the younger-generation directors, 
and that goes for the older as well. And to do a film score where there 
were about twenty-five minutes of dialogue and no sound effects! What a 
dreamy assignment, after WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, loaded with 
dialogue.

I flew over to London for two days in early December to discuss music 
with Kubrick. He was direct and honest with me concerning his desire to 
retain some of the "temporary" music tracks which he had been using for 
the past years. I realized that he liked these tracks, but I couldn't 
accept the idea of composing part of the score interpolated with other 
composers. I felt I could compose music that had the ingredients and 
essence of what Kubrick wanted and give it a consistency and 
homogeneity and contemporary feel. In any case, I returned to London 
December 24th [1967] to start work for recording on January 1, after 
having seen and discussed the first hour of film for scoring. Kubrick 
arranged a magnificent apartment for me on the Chelsea Embankment, and 
furnished me with all the things to make me happy: record player, tape 
machine, good records, etc. I worked day and night to meet the first 
recording date, but with the stress and strain, I came down with muscle 
spasms and back trouble. I had to go to the recording in an ambulance, 
and the man who helped me with the orchestration, Henry Brant, 
conducted while I was in the control room. Kubrick was present, in and 
out; he was pressured for time as well. He made very good suggestions, 
musically. I had written two sequences for the opening, and he was 
definitely favorable to one, which was my favorite as well. So I 
assumed all was going well, what with his participation and interest in 
the recording. But somehow I had the hunch that whatever I wrote to 
supplant Strauss' ZARATHUSTRA would not satisfy Kubrick, even though I 
used the same structure but brought it up to date in idiom and dramatic 
punch. Also, how could I compete with Mendelssohn's Scherzo from 
MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM? Well, I thought I did pretty damned well in 
that respect.

In any case, after having composed and recorded over forty minutes of 
music in those two weeks, I waited around for the opportunity to look 
at the balance of the film, spot the music, etc. During that period I 
was rewriting some of the stuff that I was not completely satisfied 
with, and Kubrick even suggested over the phone certain changes that I 
could make in the subsequent recording. After eleven tense days of 
waiting to see more film in order to record in early February, I 
received word from Kubrick that no more score was necessary, that he 
was going to use breathing effects for the remainder of the film. It 
was all very strange, and I thought perhaps I would still be called 
upon to compose more music; I even suggested to Kubrick that I could do 
whatever necessary back in L.A. at the M-G-M studios. Nothing happened. 
I went to a screening in New York, and there were most of the 
"temporary" tracks.

Well, what can I say? It was a great, frustrating experience, and 
despite the mixed reaction to the music, I think the Victorian approach 
with mid-European overtones was just not in keeping with the brilliant 
concept of Clarke and Kubrick.

                                                      (J.A., pp. 198-9)

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