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Noise That Is Drowning Out The Melody: GUEST POST

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Music is an integral part of cinema. Right from the days of silent films, when a live orchestra had to play at the theatres till the cinemas today, a film without a background score is pictures without meaning. Not only does music add to the effect of dialogue and action but also creates an ambience for the viewers. Music helps the viewers to get involved in the film and view it not only as a spectator but as a part of the film.

Till the advent of talkies, in the late 1920s, when synchronized sound had not been in use, a live orchestra used to sit in the orchestra pit of a theatre and the show would start once the music conductor had taken his place. At that point of time, music was essential since the actors would mostly do a pantomime because of the lack of synchronized sound. Their actions used to be accentuated through music.

Even after the talkies were introduced, a background score was every director’s need. A film seemed like a picture without colour. A background score is important to create a sense of drama, mystery, suspense, fun, melancholy and wrath. Background music coupled with action makes dialogues sound effective. Just like the right kind of lighting is essential for a scene to be perfected, in the same way the music has to be exactly suited to bring out the right emotion in the scene. Background music for film has evolved over the years. The live orchestra was replaced by recorded sound which was then replaced by digital sounds and music.

However, over the years, the music quality has deteriorated and background music is slowly becoming ineffective. Digital sound fails to achieve what a live orchestra could achieve. Background music of the films of the yesteryears added to the film a different charm, a magnetic charm that music makers these days somehow fail to achieve.

First of all, the musician composing the background theme should have a good understanding of cinema only to understand what kind of music will suit a particular sort of mood. A background score should accentuate the performance of the actors and make a scene more powerful. These days all a background score does is creates noise in inappropriate portions of the film. The quality of the background score has not become bad but has definitely become poorer than before.

Instruments that were used to create good and effective music are hardly in use these days. The digitalization of music has created absurd sounds that are loud and gaudy. In a film, only few parts need to be highlighted through music. Background music also acts as a leitmotif in films. It does not have to continuously play in the background but only when it is required. The quality of a background score has most definitely dropped as the years have progressed.

Background music for film is important as it creates the right kind of atmosphere for a shot. These days the background music is hardly given importance as the directors focus more on what is more commercially viable for the film.

Author's Bio : Dianna Smith, a passionate movies and music lover, loves to write content about background music for film and to know more about this ,he recommends to visit

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