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No.Artistic direction? Well, think about it, Star Trek was never about realism.

How boring would it be to your ears, to see flashy imagery during a fight, but hear nothing?No, we can "pretend" we're hearing it through sensors and auditory cues created by the computer or through the hull. Read the novelization of (sacrilege!)Star wars. Lets be realistic, it was disorienting for the viewer, but view the reimagined Galactica and the scenes with the Kelvin in Star Trek for very well done scenes that omit noise

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The producers knew how boring it was after Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, which featured scientifically-accurate silent exterior scenes of the Discovery. They must have thought it made things too boring ProfessorTrek 04:04, August 16, 2011 (UTC)

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Be clear on this, BSG has sound in space, it just muffles it a bit, but there is definitely sound in the 0G sections.

For sounds heard inside the ship, you're hearing the revirbitations and whatnot when weapons fire, engines engage, shields are hit, etc... In space... creative license, nothing more.

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It is possible. Space is not a pure vacuum. I wonder, though, what the speed of sound would be propagating through a medium that has only a few atoms and molecules per cubic meter ProfessorTrek 05:13, August 16, 2011 (UTC)

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There is no background music in space, but I can't imagine a movie without it.

When Ben Burtt (the sound designer for Star Wars) wanted to create a sound effect that started with a few seconds of absolute silence, he encountered heavy resistance from TPTB. I don't think an audience would accept space battles without the great sound effects. Admiral William Thomas Riker 22:52, August 16, 2011 (UTC)

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