Music has always been one of the most popular ways of entertainment for the people. Even though, through the history of humans, music sometimes was and is claimed to be a privilege of the rich, the public always found a way to make it part of their daily lives, either by playing instruments, singing, or streaming (nowadays).
Music is used almost everywhere. Almost every store we enter has some kind of radio station playing in the background, making the shopping less monotonous for the consumer.
Art is not an exception. Music can make arts a lot more pleasing, people who create videos, plays and movies always choose songs and instrumentals that match the vibe of their work.
This article is about the importance of music in movies.
Why do most directors think it’s essential? Why can’t we imagine a movie without music (unless you’re a film enthusiast and are able to name a few)?
Theme Song, the first song we listen
And probably the one that remains in mind after the movie. After watching a lot of interviews of many famous directors about their most well – known movies, they expressed their insisting in getting the best soundtrack for the movie. Rich directors hire famous musicians to compose for them, while others give a generous part of their budget for the movie.
Many movies became well – known because of their soundtrack. Remember times when you mentioned something about a movie with your friends and, sooner or later, you all were singing the theme song. I could name quite a few.
This shows that music is an important part of the movie. It captivates the audience’s attention, it is crucial to a movie’s success. The Star Wars Theme Song by John Williams and The Pirates of The Caribbean by Hans Zimmer and Klaus Badelt.
Instrumentals / Songs in the movie
It is undeniable that the instrumental that is used in a certain scene determines the emotion of the audience. Of course, the actors, the background and many other factors are extremely important, but the music touches the soul in a way, none of these factors can.
The instrumentals or songs in between the movie scenes can make people remember every detail in the movie, and that is understandable. Experts have said that music affects the brain like no other art and memory.
An orchestra can make a simple scene look scary and a song can make a moment in the movie unforgettable or bring tears in the eyes of the audience. Some examples are My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion for the movie Titanic and Married Life by Michael Giacchino for the movie Up!
The song that accompanies the closing credits
Most people might say that we barely listen to this song since a part of the audience is leaving the theater and another one is discussing loudly the movie with each other. But I strongly believe that the ending song is really important. Why?
The people leave the theater having mixed feelings. Some are happy that there was the ending they desired, some are sad because their favorite character died (I know the pain, trust me!), some are still processing what happened and others are silent, thinking.
The final song determines the final emotion, the way people will talk to others about the film. And, of course, a good ending song can be a way to express gratitude to the staff and crew members, that’s the best gift for all their hard work.
The artists behind the songs
It is a great experience for artists to become engaged in a movie. Of course, some soundtracks already exists before the movie is created (like the soundtrack of Mamma Mia), but most of them are created along with the movie.
In some famous movies, like James Bond, the anticipation for the soundtrack is becoming an event itself by the fans. The artists are chosen carefully and the songs are sometimes linked together, when a sequel is released (like the James Bond movie again). Some soundtracks are used again and again (for example in all the Harry Potter movies, which are 8).
An inclusion of an artist in a movie can uplift the fame of the artist or the movie. It is a good way for these two arts (music and film) to cooperate in harmony.
Is music absolutely necessary though?
As I mentioned above, a movie doesn’t need to have music to be great, if you are a fan of cinema you will be able to name some great movies which don’t have a soundtrack, or don’t have music at all. Music and movies are two different arts and they can be independent when needed or desired.
We all remember our favorite soundtracks and they can be fun to listen to. What if these soundtracks didn’t exist? Would we still love and appreciate the movies we love now? Would they still deeply affect us?
Personally, I am a huge fan of music and I found a lot of soundtracks stuck in my head for a long time. I fell in love with certain movies only because I listened to the soundtrack once or twice. In some cases, I only listen to the soundtrack by itself and I have no idea about the movie. Does that happen to you too?
For me, a movie’s quality is strongly determined by the plot. If a plot captures the audience’s attention, they will be able to attend it till the end, and afterwards, they will talk to their friends about it. But the music can also contribute greatly to the quality. What do you think?
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