Self Experimentation

April 13, 2010 at 5:37 pm (Uncategorized)

In order to investigate firsthand just how important music is in conveying emotion in film, I decided to experiment with scoring for a scene myself. However, to keep the scene ‘impartial’ so that it was just the effectiveness of music I looked into, I attempted to score two entirely different moods onto the same assemblage of footage. I also stuck to using simple instrumentation for the two pieces, with a lone piano in each, so that any variances are purely in the musical content.

In the first of the two pieces, I attempted to set a sad tone. Using a slow progression on the piano, I tried to convey a heavyhearted tone, suggesting loss. At one point a happier chord appears briefly, before descending back to the slow stumbling progression. Combined with the footage, this scene now seems to suggest a great sadness of the lone figure travelling alongside the canal, as if they are seeing it for the first time without the one they have lost.

In the second piece, I kept the piano more up-tempo and powering forth in a major key. It suggests an image of the industrial revolution, and perhaps the lone figure is instead this time remembering the great history associated with the canals, triumphantly enjoying the scenery.

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