The mu­sic of movies

Tweed Daily News - - LIFE -

SINCE the be­gin­ning of mo­tion pic­tures, mu­sic has played an es­sen­tial role in film-mak­ing and to­day the mu­sic of movies is still one of the most im­por­tant as­pects.

Movies use mu­sic to help tell the story, shape the char­ac­ters, sup­port feel­ings like sad­ness, joy, ten­sion, dan­ger, and give lo­ca­tions and time a spe­cific qual­ity.

Whether it is a drama, com­edy, hor­ror or ro­mance, mu­sic is used in var­i­ous ways in movies to com­ple­ment the dif­fer­ent scenes and serves as a pow­er­ful guide as to how the viewer should feel about what is happening on the screen.

A movie may be ac­com­pa­nied by an un­der­score, a pre-ex­ist­ing hit or a theme song writ­ten specif­i­cally for the film.

Com­posers and mu­si­cians play a vi­tal role in the film­mak­ing process, mak­ing mu­sic that high­lights the movie and makes a long last­ing con­nec­tion with the view­ers.

What’s in a song?

★ The un­der­score is the ma­jor­ity of the mu­sic used in the film. It’s the back­ground mu­sic used dur­ing scenes, un­der di­a­logue. Dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions of in­stru­ments, rang­ing from a full orches­tra, a small cham­ber group, a soloist, to rock bands, to jazz com­bos, world mu­sic in­flu­ences, vo­cal­ists, choirs and even elec­tronic, com­puter gen­er­ated mu­sic may be used.

★ Pre-ex­ist­ing hit songs are of­ten used be­cause the di­rec­tor feel they will set the per­fect mood for the dif­fer­ent shots. Care­fully se­lected, well known songs can grab the at­ten­tion of the viewer and gen­er­ate in­come through sound­track al­bums and sin­gles. Film pro­duc­ers must ob­tain per­mis­sion from the mu­sic pub­lisher to use the song in the movie.

★ Songs specif­i­cally writ­ten for a film of­ten in­cludes lines about the char­ac­ters or plot of the film or is writ­ten to con­vey a mes­sage dur­ing the film. Be­fore they start writ­ing, the com­poser is given a de­scrip­tion of the film as well as what the song will be about as well as where the song will be in the film.

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