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6.

Dynamic range
 crescendo--quiet to loud
 diminuendo (decrescendo)--loud to soft
 Interpretive tool
build or release tension

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Dynamics--Mahler: long decrescendo

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7. Phrasing
 Interpretation
 shaping of the musical line
 done with
rhythm
accent
tone

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Black Swan Sound
From the Black Swan
 Darren Aronovsky (director)
 Nina (Natalie Portman) loses control of her life as
she embraces the role of the “Black Swan”
 music by Tchaikovsky

 Craig Henighan (sound designer, editor, re-


recording mixer)
 courtesy Scott Tousley (243 Sp ’11)
 http://vimeo.com/17717688

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Black Swan Sound

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Black Swan Sound
 Psychological thriller
 Quest for perfection-Nina “Double”
 Hallucinatory--what’s real/not real
 Director said “be bold”
 Use sound to push the story forward
 both subconsciously and overt
 be “big” then pull it back

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Black Swan Sound

 film starts “normal” moves into other


world
 Nina sees her double
 breaths/giggles at beginning--a device
 foley
bird wings flapping, flesh sounds (tree bark,
dirt and rocks)

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Black Swan Sound
 Recorded
NYC crowds, ballet studio sounds
insect sounds

 Kissing Scene
throbbing music, breathing/giggle sound
 Camera follows closely in dance scenes
(panning)/ sound pans similarly
use of surround technology for story

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Black Swan Sound
 Club Scene
Chemical Brothers (music has Swan Lake in it)
hallucinatory montage visually
nina, nina, nina
mommy mommy

stutter edits

 Sound ideas, aesthetics, most important

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Functions of music in
1. establish locale
region or country

storytelling

from “Brick lane”


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Functions of music in
storytelling
2. symbolic (Jennifer Van Sijll, Cinematic Storytelling)
Shawshank Redemption
M o z a r t : T h e M a r r i a g e o f
F i g a r o / " D u e t t i n o -
S u l l ' A r i a " *
 Andy befriends Red
 Will Red follow Andy away from institutionalization to hope
 Red s doubtful Andy can stay the course
 Mid point of the film

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Symbolic use of Music
Shawshank Redemption

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Symbolic use of Music
Shawshank Redemption
 rebellion

 strength

 beauty in midst of ugliness


 the grand gesture
 the impossible
 redemption

 hope

 change

 not this particular piece, but music itself

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Functions of music in
Storytelling
3. depict identity or personality
 --suggest gentle or violent person, or evil

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Functions of music in
storytelling

 4. Lyrics as Narrator (Jennifer Van Sijll, Cinematic Storytelling)


voice of a character

reveal thoughts

voice of narrator

thematic information

presented poetically

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Lyrics as Narrator
Apocalypse Now

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this is The End by the Doors
• This is the end, beautiful friend
• This is the end, my only friend, the end
• Of our elaborate plans, the end
• Of everything that stands, the end
• No safety or surprise, the end
• I’ll never look into your eyes..........again
• Can you picture what will be
• So limitless and free
• Desperately in need....of some......stranger’s hand
• In a desperate land
• Lost in a romance, wilderness of pain
• And all the children are insane
• All the children are insane
• Waiting for the summer rain, yeah

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this is The End by the Doors
 60’s band, Vietnam Era
historical anchor
nihilistic lyrics
critical view of the war--the underbelly
inverted sense of right and wrong
this is the End---at the beginning
we see Martin Sheen upside down
Not “literally” about the war
cost prohibitive.........................

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