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1 The Use of Music as Emotion in Film w Cheryl Bates, D.M.A. w Lone Star College-Tomball, w Professor of Music w Music Program Director

2 The Use of Music as Emotion in Film w How music contributes to emotional effect w How general mood is supported by music w How music affects emotional experience

3 Music best enhances a film when it evokes and modulates a specific emotional response in the audience. - Roger Corman w 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.

4 Brief Historical Facts w Hearing is the sense that most deeply stirs our emotions. - Aristotle w Earliest known writing about emotional influences of film music by Hugo Munsterberg circa 1915. w 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.

5 Important Early Films w Le Voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon) 1902 w Entracte by Rene Clair with film score by Erik Satie 1924 w The Jazz Singer 1927

6 Eight Functions of Music in Film w Masks extraneous noises of projector and audience - original purpose w Provides continuity between shots in a film

7 Eight Functions of Music in Film w Directs attention to important features of the screen through structural or associationist congruence (realism).

8 Eight Functions of Music in Film w Induces mood and emotional response w http://www.youtube.com/watch?v= ldLPFF6tuVM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v= ldLPFF6tuVM w

9 Eight Functions of Music in Film w Communicates meaning and furthers the narrative w http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgCejsy S0t8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgCejsy S0t8 w

10 w Music becomes integrated with film. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v= -bzWSJG93P8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v= -bzWSJG93P8 Eight Functions of Music in Film

11 w Music can heighten the sense of reality in film and direct attention and concern.

12 Eight Functions of Music in Film w Music adds to the aesthetic effect of film.

13 Concepts of Music as Emotion in Film w Fast, loud music arouses while slow, soft music calms.

14 Concepts of Music as Emotion in Film w Music establishes expectations and implications of which some are realized and some are violated.

15 Concepts of Music as Emotion in Film w Music responds to changes in the action.

16 Music as Emotion in Film w Musical emotion can aid in delineation of visual meaning. w Music can control emotional response. w Emotional meaning of music can transfer to visuals. w Music aids sense of reality in the narrative. w Emotion of music can change as quickly as visuals.

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