Type of Submission

Podium Presentation

Keywords

Movies, movie music, soundtrack music, movie soundtracks

Abstract

Music in movies has a significant impact on the viewer’s perception of what is happening by providing musical cues about characters, moods, and plot foreshadowing. Movies today are a major source of American entertainment. The purpose of this paper is to attempt to show that music in movies has a large impact on the audience watching movies. And is therefore used as a device to guide emotions and foreshadow plots. The paper will attempt to prove this by answering the following questions. One; in what way is music used in movies to provide plot cues and foreshadowing? Two; how does music in movies provide musical cues about characters and their intentions? And finally, what typical musical devices, (intervals, instruments, musical progression, and chords) are used to signal different movie moods and events? By answering these questions this paper will endeavor to show that music is not only an expected part of the part of the cinematic experience but that it has become something that is integral to watching movies. Various research articles as well as audio examples were studied and analyzed to provide the basis for the statistics and examples involved in this paper.

Campus Venue

Stevens Student Center, Room 245

Location

Cedarville, OH

Start Date

4-12-2017 3:00 PM

End Date

4-12-2017 3:30 PM

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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Apr 12th, 3:00 PM Apr 12th, 3:30 PM

Cue the Music: Music in Movies

Cedarville, OH

Music in movies has a significant impact on the viewer’s perception of what is happening by providing musical cues about characters, moods, and plot foreshadowing. Movies today are a major source of American entertainment. The purpose of this paper is to attempt to show that music in movies has a large impact on the audience watching movies. And is therefore used as a device to guide emotions and foreshadow plots. The paper will attempt to prove this by answering the following questions. One; in what way is music used in movies to provide plot cues and foreshadowing? Two; how does music in movies provide musical cues about characters and their intentions? And finally, what typical musical devices, (intervals, instruments, musical progression, and chords) are used to signal different movie moods and events? By answering these questions this paper will endeavor to show that music is not only an expected part of the part of the cinematic experience but that it has become something that is integral to watching movies. Various research articles as well as audio examples were studied and analyzed to provide the basis for the statistics and examples involved in this paper.

 

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