Music in Media

Music in Media / For Some Cable Television Comedies, Bizarre Is Better

By Andrew Thomas


I’d like to take a moment to discuss an area of composed music that is frequently overlooked: comedy.  Consistent with the attitude of the rest of the industry, comedic music is seen as the cheap, uninteresting little brother of the bold, exciting dramatic score. Want proof? In the 12 years since the Academy stopped giving Oscars for both comedic and dramatic scores and consolidated them both into one category, only one comedic score has actually won (Michael Giacchino’s, for Up.) And only 7 of the 60 nominees in that span were comedies, and 5 of those were animated. 

But I don’t even want to discuss music in comedic features. I’d like to draw your attention to a few programs that are doing interesting things with music on the small screen. Comedies on cable are employing music in ways that network comedies and studio features wouldn’t even consider, using it not just to create mood and reveal emotion, but also to set up expectations and then defy them, or even comment on the on-screen action.

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Music in Media / Great Songs Written for Children’s Movies

By Amanda DK

Photo Credit: Dreamworks

It’s been said, but I’ll say it again: the hardest songs to place in a film are for the main titles and end titles.  Respectively they need to set up and sum up the film, but in a way that isn’t too “on the nose.”  The end title song especially is where artists and writers are often brought in to create something original; it’s usually the only time viewers will get to hear a song in it’s entirety. While an excellent opportunity for exposure, writing an original piece specifically for a project can’t be an easy task – especially for a movie geared to kids.
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Put That In Your Pensieve…5 Thoughts on the Music in the Harry Potter Films

By Amanda DK
Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Considering that my religious views on Facebook are “Harry Potter and Power Yoga,” I’m downright embarrassed that I waited until the Tuesday after it premiered to see The Deathly Hallows Part 2.  Overall I left the theatre happy, with an uncontrollable urge to attack someone with a wand and a desire to re-read the seventh book for the third time.

Forgive me for stating the obvious here, but bringing the Potter Universe to life could not have been an easy task.  I think I speak for many, if not all, fans of the books when I say that the world that J.K. Rowling creates is almost more precious to us than the characters themselves.  It is a character.  Every element demonstrates such attention to detail, from the personalities of the paintings at Hogwarts, to the departments in the Ministry of Magic, committing them all to the screen must have been daunting to every single member of the production team.  But what about the music?  What does this fantastical world sound like?  What sort of genres or artists would be surrounding the characters; what would they listen to?
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