Soundtrack Research

Soundtracks in films are one of the most important components as music has a big influence on our feelings. Some soundtracks also make films famous because of the music e.g. Jaws. By researching soundtracks used in thrillers, this will help us decide what music will be good for out thriller opening.

Most thriller music sound tracks use either pianos or violins as a main instrument while having other sounds layered to cause the viewer to feel suspense and tension. The use of dynamics is extremely important as silence can be as (or more) important than the music. This is because it gives the audience suspense and can give meaning or emphasis to particular sections of the scene. The tempo also plays an important role, if it is fast throughout it may suggest action with a chase or fast pace story, whereas, if the tempo is slow it may suggest more mystery and suspense. One particular soundtrack we looked at was the scream soundtrack below.

We particularly liked this music and the layers within it. The track had a range of dynamics and effects, some of the effects I noticed were the choir, a train track type noise, drums and piano along with the overall tune. These each put together cause different effects and the dramatic change from heavy drums and bangs to a piano playing alone seemed to stand out. This helped us decide on how to end our opening sequence, with a single tune ending the piece into silence.

Jaws – Soundtrack (John Williams)

The jaws soundtrack, or theme tune, is extremely well-known. This soundtrack is important in the film as it plays at certain times where nothing is going to happen, but it still makes the audience tense and frightened as there could potentially be a shark attack. Jaws is a good soundtrack, but for out thriller opening it’s too dramatic.

The Dark Knight – Why so serious? (Hans Zimmer)

This sound track starts quietly and slowly works up causing tension and building suspense, this gives a dramatic affect to the scene. Once the music has built up it is quite fast and suggests movement and action, this is perfect for the Dark knight as it is an action packed film.

Inception – Time (Hans Zimmer)

This soundtrack is slow and has a sad undertone to it. Unlike the two above it does not seem to give a tense mood, but it transforms throughout hitting a powerful mood in the middle as its tempo increases and then back to the slow and sad tone. This may suggest that they have to go through pain to accomplish their goal, which could link in well with our thriller.

The Sixth Sence (James Newton Howard)

This soundtrack starts with a light tone that sets an inquisitive mood but it suddenly turns sinister after about a minute. This changes the whole mood of the scene and would cause the audience to feel suspense and tension. This would work well with our theme in our thriller.

Digetic and Non-Digetic Sounds:

We don’t need many non digetic sounds as some of them will already be in the footage which we can use. We will use some non-digetic sounds to add a dramatic effect to our Thriller clip.

We will be having a voice over of Josephine’s mum reading out her suicide letter.

We might use some thriller music throughout the clip to create and atmosphere, but we are still unsure about this because we will defiantly be having a voice over so it might clash with the music.

We will possibly use the sounds like opening doors, walking down the stairs and the knife stabbing the chopping board to make a more dramatic effect as  the voice over might drown some of the sound out so we want it to be a bit more louder.


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