Week 4

We learnt about linear and non linear sounds. Linear is sounds in the setting of film which is connected to the timeline of the events, so the sounds occur at the same time. It is used in films while screen is occuring. It allows interaction between the audience and the scene, it is to strengthen the story visually and emotionally. For example, background sounds in a trailer. The other one is non-linear sounds which are much more open. The sounds can be contrasted when you need to hear them. For example, the cheering cows, wind blowing by microphones – which is usually associated with the movements of the sounds, to be in-sync.

Next, we watch and analyse the sound concept of Wagner. His Flying Dutchman Overture is an idea like telling the story, it is dramatic, it tells about the environment. Wagner expresses more abstract in sound – the appreciation of music. It is a form and emotive content that suggests a sentience and focus to make it seemed alive. It is adhering to a strong sense of form or internal logic that both confers confidence and sentience. The genre is presented and defined through the abstract music. It delivers a sense of emotional and expressive agendas. So, the more confident the abstract sound is, the more people are accepting.

Afterwards, we learnt about Leitmotif, which is a musical theme that recess in the course of a work to evoke a particular character or situation. This is done through proximity and association that one can anchor motifs to character and characteristics. It generates theme that is suitable, the binding is effected through early proximity or placement of sound to image. For example, a haunted and creepy song is played during the devil scene in Insidious – this relates to empathetic sound which matches the mood of the scene – empathetic sound helps to enhance what kind of music theme that evokes a particular situation. For example, a dramatic slow sound to match the slow scene. How does this communicate with us? This can be done through the loud musical instruments like a bass drum when theres a dramatic scene. This can appear contextual and associated to materialisation.

We are reminded about the roles of score which is to cliffy and expresses an idea. It is to describe and generate emotion. It is to articulate structure. It is to accelerate or decelerate peace.. It is to delineate tone and project a tone. it saves time by folding the delivery of information more economically. It is to confer confidence. It is simple and engages and motivates the audience.

We talked about local and global considerations. Local explains what a scene needs and needs to do. While Global explains how does the scene fit with the overall structure of the work.

We also talked about the history of the 19th century western romantic classical model in film. The instrumentation is old school It has moved from pure music to being something old. The use of emotions of actions are portrayed or orchestrated score makes it more timeless and meaningful. It makes it more narrative. The use of classical creates a musical language making it seemed more emotional.

Then we learnt the idea of anchorage which means that it wards off the terror, it changes the perception of the image due to music. With suture, it what makes one scene to another scene make it a flow. It involves music warding off the potential recognition of the technological basic of articulation. It attempts to anaesthetise the audience into compliant subjects.

David Sonnenschein stated that “Theatrical Speech where characters in the scene are generating the voices, serving to inform and affect one another on dramatic and psychological levels”.

The sound of music is an excellent example of using score as their musical dialogues. They singing in their dialogues makes the scenes more exciting and entertaining. For example, this scene where two couples singing “sixteen going on seventeen” where it demonstrates their teenage love with each other. The way they talk is based on their singing, creating it more emotions from these two people. I believe the tone of the singing from the characters makes it more emotional. Here, the score is the diegetic sound through the conversations of both people.

Another example is Simpsons, Treehouse of Terror where it showcases various clips. They uses a score as a background music where parts of the songs have upbeat and can be slow at times. This matches the tone of the scene. For example, there is a part where Lisa plays a trumpet during a haunted mood where there are vampires, it matches the mood of the scene.