Monday, March 23, 2009

on soundtracks

I often think about how much more I would appreciate certain events in my day-to-day life if they were soundtracked. How satisfying would it be if for every time I walked to my car in a contemplative mood or walked to the Lodge on 30 RR on a gloriously sunny day I could have the appropriate music playing on enormous, invisible loud speakers?

My film professor often refers to movies as creating meaning through the "sound-image."As part of the image, music (or sound to be more general) contributes meaning that cannot be appreciated through observation of the formal properties alone and should be considered an inseparable component of the shot...I re-watched There Will Be Blood recently and had forgotten how significant the music is in coming to an understanding of the film on a gut level...should probably distinguish between film scores and soundtracks, but you get the idea.

That said, check out the opening sequence of Dirty Harry and pay particular attention to Lalo Schifrin's soundtrack. What is he telling us with that cool fusion jazz? That Clint Eastwood is a bad ass?

And how about in this one from A Clockwork Orange? Are we in a freakishly distorted future-world? Who is this man?

Tarantino does interesting stuff with music...particularly pop music.


homer119 said...

May I suggest reading up on your Schobert? More specifically 'Art and the Cinema'.

For some film is clearly not film, if only for the reason that these movies were not “born of the possibilities and demands of its material” (6, Shobert).

Or even Leger in "Painting and Cinema" a quick must read.

True lovers of cinema know that “subject, literature, and sentimentality are all negative qualities…which bring [cinema] into competition with the theater” (372, Leger).

homer119 said...

Also, nice clip on Clockwork, got to love that reverse dolly. I hope Alex doesn't get the shining.

Anonymous said...

impressive quoting action up there

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