The sets were fantastic. I went there and I read the script and I thought it would be fabulous. I played some of my concert music, and Dick said, "That's exactly the kind of music that I want." That's why I wrote this very wild kind of music and orchestrated everything myself. A lot of people in Hollywood were very jealous, they couldn't understand what I had done because they had no tradition in that.
...Originally, the producer asked for a jazz score; he wanted it to be the first 'hip' science-fiction film. That may have been good for an advertising slogan, but it wouldn't have fit the film. It would have dated the picture, and I told them I wouldn't do it.
He also discusses his work on Beneath the Planet of the Apes, the Native American drama A Man Called Horse, his view of TV, and the loss of his wife to a stroke and the work he did to deal with her death.