The Use of Music as Emotion in Film

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The Use of Music as Emotion in Film. Cheryl Bates, D.M.A. Lone Star College-Tomball, Professor of Music Music Program Director. The Use of Music as Emotion in Film. How music contributes to emotional effect How general mood is supported by music How music affects emotional experience.
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The Use of Music as Emotion in Film
  • Cheryl Bates, D.M.A.
  • Lone Star College-Tomball,
  • Professor of Music
  • Music Program Director
  • The Use of Music as Emotion in Film
  • How music contributes to emotional effect
  • How general mood is supported by music
  • How music affects emotional experience
  • “Music best enhances a film when it evokes and modulates a specific emotional response in the audience.” - Roger Corman
  • “When Your Ear Sets the Stage: Musical Context Effects in Film Perception” by Oliver Vitouch in Psychology of Music, vol. 29, no. 1, 2001 pg. 71-81.
  • Brief Historical Facts specific emotional response in the audience.” - Roger Corman
  • “Hearing is the sense that most deeply stirs our emotions.” - Aristotle
  • Earliest known writing about emotional influences of film music by Hugo Munsterberg circa 1915.
  • Original use of music in film was to mask sound of the projector and keep the audience from talking but also found purpose in illustration of action.
  • Important Early Films specific emotional response in the audience.” - Roger Corman
  • “Le Voyage dans la Lune” (A Trip to the Moon) 1902
  • “Entr’acte” by Rene Clair with film score by Erik Satie 1924
  • “The Jazz Singer” 1927
  • Eight Functions of Music in Film specific emotional response in the audience.” - Roger Corman
  • Masks extraneous noises of projector and audience - original purpose
  • Provides continuity between shots in a film
  • Eight Functions of Music in Film specific emotional response in the audience.” - Roger Corman
  • Directs attention to important features of the screen through structural or associationist congruence (realism).
  • Eight Functions of Music in Film specific emotional response in the audience.” - Roger Corman
  • Induces mood and emotional response
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldLPFF6tuVM
  • Eight Functions of Music in Film specific emotional response in the audience.” - Roger Corman
  • Communicates meaning and furthers the narrative
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgCejsyS0t8
  • Eight Functions of Music in Film specific emotional response in the audience.” - Roger Corman
  • Music becomes integrated with film. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bzWSJG93P8
  • Eight Functions of Music in Film specific emotional response in the audience.” - Roger Corman
  • Music can heighten the sense of reality in film and direct attention and concern.
  • Eight Functions of Music in Film specific emotional response in the audience.” - Roger Corman
  • Music adds to the aesthetic effect of film.
  • Concepts of Music as Emotion in Film specific emotional response in the audience.” - Roger Corman
  • Fast, loud music arouses while slow, soft music calms.
  • Concepts of Music as Emotion in Film specific emotional response in the audience.” - Roger Corman
  • Music establishes expectations and implications of which some are realized and some are violated.
  • Concepts of Music as Emotion in Film specific emotional response in the audience.” - Roger Corman
  • Music responds to changes in the action.
  • Music as Emotion in Film specific emotional response in the audience.” - Roger Corman
  • Musical emotion can aid in delineation of visual meaning.
  • Music can control emotional response.
  • Emotional meaning of music can transfer to visuals.
  • Music aids sense of reality in the narrative.
  • Emotion of music can change as quickly as visuals.
  • fin specific emotional response in the audience.” - Roger Corman
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