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    The Importance of Soundtrack in Films

    A movie is incomplete without a good soundtrack. With that said, some soundtracks surpass the original film and often are considered as being so significant in their presentation, they are considered on their own independent of the movie. This has been the case with Conan the Barbarian (1982) when the score by the late Basil Poedouris can best be considered standalone.

    Which is where the questions for this topic come in:

    1) In which films have soundtracks been underrated due to the movie itself not standing out or being underrated?
    2) Can renditions be counted as a part of a soundtrack of films? This question is made relevant when one considers some movies which have different presentations and interpretations of originals, such as the Laura Del Ray version of "Once Upon a Dream", or "Singing in the Rain" as used by Malcolm McDowell in "A Clockwork Orange".

    Guidelines are open for this topic.

    • Along the lines of the example of Kubrick's use of 'Singin' in the Rain' in Clockwork Orange), I have always been interested in how a film's tone can drastically change by soundtrack genre. I recall a short film I once saw that explained this by showing a video of a crocodile walking toward a camera. In one version, an ominous soundtrack was used, causing the sight to be intimidating; in the next, a comical soundtrack was used, and the alligator's short-legged gait became awkward, silly and bumbling. I'd like to see someone write about this, using two different types of music for film clips and see how it changes the tone. – Katheryn 12 months ago
    • The recent Mad Max movie had an awesome soundtrack.Soundtracks that introduce a character always add to the movie. For example, Darth Vader's music has become synonymous with sinister characters.Relating to the idea of becoming synonymous, one of my friends from England once asked me why every rom-com has the song "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"? Some soundtracks are overused. – Munjeera 12 months ago
    • Another example which can be quoted as being a soundtrack which is famous, but is almost always associated with a single film/film franchise (alongside Star Wars and Star Trek and Indiana Jones), is the opening song in Kill Bill Vol. 1. of "Bang Bang!" by Sonny Bono. Although there are various versions (Frank Sinatra), this one is iconic of Kill Bill Vol 1. – shehrozeameen 12 months ago
    • It might be interesting to explore Melodrama as a form and how the addition of music to subtend emotion is a relatively new phenomenon in storytelling (though one that's obviously become the norm). – Tiffany 12 months ago
    • One aspect of looking at movie soundtracks might be to see how film reviews or categorization such as nominations changes our perception of the film soundtrack. Quiet often films that are nominated for Oscars, Golden Globe, BAFTA or so on have great soundtracks, or is it that the idea that they are nominated changes our perception of the music to see them as "great"? – Arazoo Ferozan 12 months ago
    • The idea of analysing how a good/bad soundtrack makes or breaks a film with in-depth look at particular examples, this would be interesting. In terms of melodrama, I did this article which already kind of covers it. – Francesca Turauskis 12 months ago
    • This topic is really interesting to me! it reminds me of when I made the connection in one of my favourite films "Angela's Ashes". The main theme contains only 3 basic chords and they are used to symbolize the father, son and holy ghost. This furthers the connection to the Catholicism in the film and really hit home for me. I do think that music is really important when it comes to films and the emotions they invoke in us as an audience. I believe what makes a good soundtrack/score is the time and place it is used in the film and how the actual notes relate back. – Shannon 9 months ago
    • You use the term 'Importance' in the title which often suggests something is either worth paying attention to or it is not. Perhaps the term 'significance'? It is more suggestive of possible levels of relevance.Also if you are interested in music or sound significance R. Murray Schafer wrote a book titled 'The New Soundscape' and it discusses the significance/relevance of sounds within society today. He also talks about defining music in the contemporary world and compares the rural soundscape with the urban. If you are not familiar with the artist/musician John Cage, please check him out! It would be so worth your time. I hope this helps :) – melpetrinack 9 months ago
    • I think it would be really helpful to this topic to analyze the absence of soundtrack in film. Specifically, I'm thinking of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" and Fritz Lang's "M," but I know that there are others. These are movies that really tonally benefit from having no non-diegetic sound in terms of creating mood. Similarly, the Dogme '95 famously demanded that no director was allowed to use diegetic music in their films to make their films more 'realistic.' I often wonder how effective this is. – DerekHorneland 8 months ago

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    Thanks for the comment.

    Filming techniques are independent of which genre you pick. In essence, some filming techniques can only be admired and observed due to cross-genre influences. That is why I used a genre-related and chronological means of writing this article.

    Filming Techniques: The Evolution of Good Movies

    Ben Hur? Hmm, that is a fair point. Even though there have been significant and copious amounts of reviews and scholarly articles on its importance, in the context of this article, your point is valid because a little more explanation would have been beneficial.

    The same goes for other movies like, for instance, Goodfellas, and even Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia and even Star Wars.

    Thanks for pointing that out 🙂

    Filming Techniques: The Evolution of Good Movies

    I’ll be honest – I find what you’ve said hard to believe.

    Its fascinating to say the least, but still hard to believe.

    Filming Techniques: The Evolution of Good Movies

    In the case of this article, there are four movies which are completely independent of Hollywood: Metropolis, In the Mood for Love, Siddhartha, and If…

    All four are important because they have their own independent approaches to storytelling, all have their own well thought out and identifiable filming techniques, and all of them have a significance unique for their genres.

    And on that note, Metropolis has been significantly justified. Heck, there’s a link to the movie which can be seen on its own.

    So far as If… is concerned, that movie is like a template for Malcolm McDowell’s more controversial yet equally important role as the antihero in A Clockwork Orange. Even in Caligula, some of the aspects from this movie are influential and have a role to play there as well.

    Nevertheless, there are portions which are dedicated to non-Hollywood related work.

    Filming Techniques: The Evolution of Good Movies

    Good to know 🙂

    Filming Techniques: The Evolution of Good Movies

    Agreed. Pacing is one of the most significant factors in these movies – or good movies, for that matter. Well pointed.

    Filming Techniques: The Evolution of Good Movies

    I think that the inclusion of the backstory of Halo in the latest Halo series is needed. I as a Halo fan, have been following the numerous plotpoints and iconic characters and aspects of the series from the novels through to the (in my opinion, exceptionally well maintained) Halo wikia. While I understand and can partially agree to the perspective that having backstory may deter fans – new and old – I think that by acknowledging their presence and by including backstories, they are making it official for the fans themselves and for letting them imagine further what needs to be known and what can be considered as cannon and non-canon.

    It isn’t just Halo in fact which has been reinventing itself. The Mortal Kombat series has also reworked its back story and its overall presentation to suit the needs of new and old fans. Again, in my opinion, it can be seen as an ongoing process in which the franchise is rewarding its fans but having a double edged sword to deal with – too many perspectives which were better off left to the fans to acknowledge and connect themselves, or simply providing all the plot points the fans need to know so that they can then expand in a much more imaginative and dynamic way (given the constraints).

    Halo's Mystery Is Quickly Becoming An Endangered Species

    I was actually playing some of the games you mentioned on this article, and personally I loved “9:05”, and “Moquette” as well as “The Writer Will Do Something”. With “Aisle” I found your analysis was spot on and helped explain the perspective quite well regarding how open ended and yet chronological the story tends to be in that text game.

    The same could be said of “Coming Out Simulator 2014”, which had a uniqueness for its humor, blunt approach and open ended gameplay, alongside the ending itself.

    With that said, I do wonder if there has been any research done on the topic of text games versus visually presented games. Maybe someone should write an article about how the two may have occurred side by side and that somehow visually presented games can have as much of an impact as text games. It certainly seemed to be the casewith “The Writer Will Do Something” where the game revolved around such games and how the team tries to work together to make their product successful.

    Its a thought really. With that said, a good article. It induced me to play text games once again. 🙂

    The Text Adventure: Relic of Gaming History, or Timeless Medium?