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Ivan Peychev

7L co-founder


The purpose of music in films is very broad. Music composer Robin Hoffman says that music can serve several purposes that are either important on the emotional side of the movie or help/enhance the storytelling. Robin came up with a list of 17 possible functions of film music in movies. Below are the top 3 most important functions of cinematic music that I have selected.
1. Create atmosphere

This is one of the strongest function of music in the movies. It can set the tone of the movie. Just by the way the score comes in for the first time in the movie makes it possible to know the genre and the "level of drama" of the movie. Of course exactly this really strong function can be used to create plot twists.

Dramatic Emotional Excitement is a perfect example. The mixture of orchestral sound with electronic music creates a unique and exciting atmosphere. Powerful and dramatic, yet, emotional, sentiment and deep sound leads a listener to a either a state of deep memories or to the world of cinematography and mysterious adventures.

Mystery Cinematic Adventure - dark, epic, adventurous and dramatic mood, the mix of a powerful hard bass and modern orchestra helps to plunge the audience into the right and unique atmosphere.
2. Connect scenes/montages

Music helps very well to glue scenes together. Rather harsh scene changes can be softened by adding music over the scene change. One of the extremes of these forms are montages which work beautiful with music. Even though we might have a lot of jumps in time/places or even periods, when the montage is covered under one score cue it will at the same time be glued together and understood as a whole.

An "Epic battle" is written in heroic mood, the strings and female vocals make this track perfect for gluing scenes of battle preparations and battles.

"Medieval Ethnic Fantasy" is written in epic mood, the mix of medieval instruments and modern orchestra make this track perfect for gluing pre-battle or after battle scenes, fantasy world overviews and so on.

3.Psychologically uniting the audience

One of the most obvious case of such a function of music are national anthems whose function of course also is, to unite the "nation". The same works in the music.

Especially euphoric, heroic emotions can be used very effectively to get this collective emotion. Often, well known songs/music pieces can be used for that as they are easier accessible than music that the audience hears for the first time. However, even a very heroic score cue on top of a scene where the heroes of the movie walk through a crowd applauding a cheering at them after they fought the last big battle and won can create exactly this collective feeling of having been part of all that also with the audience.

Epic Hero is written in heroic mood. The mixture of hurdy-gurdy, ethnic strings and modern native orchestra created a unique atmosphere that effectively evokes a collective emotion. An Epic Hero is mixture of adventure, war and heroic motivational sound transiting into calm and sensitive, inspiring love story ending. The audience simply transits between heroic and sentimental feelings.
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