It was the 50’s and 60’s when we really saw a different side to movie music; the era of western films brought a whole new genre to the theatre. Films such as ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, 1967) made westerns so popular and although the process of making music was still similar with orchestral instruments and scoring, guitars and Spanish trumpets were a new addition in order to create those western sounds.
To magnify the battle scenes and the imagery within the movie the music was long and drawn out, the standoff scenes were so effective because of the broad, prolonged music typically used in westerns. It was also used to fill a lot of the empty space in scenes, you’ll notice when there is no dialogue (mostly when shooting deserts scenes or establishing shoots) the music will be placed to smooth over the silence.
Musicals were always around even after the early days of music in film it just hadn’t been as popular due to the rise of other genres. Throughout the 60’sNovember 24, 2018
Music within film is getting much more recognition compared to the earlier days, it was often over looked but with the introduction of musicals and film soundtrack awards we have started appreciating the art and impact of music within movies.
So how did it all start? How did music make its way into films and how have it changed?
Even during the silent era of film between the 1890’s and 1920’s there was still music, it wasn’t necessarily in the film itself (that couldn’t be done in the early days) but it was still very much a part of the movies. Pianists or full orchestras would perform live whilst the film played, either improvising scenes of performing classical pieces. This soon became a huge part of film viewings so it quickly became a new profession to create and perform music especially made for the movies.
Sound was finally introduced to film in 1927 with the first feature length film with synchronized dialogue and song sequences. Of course when music wNovember 22, 2018
The evolution of music is an interesting one; many things can affect the kind of music that is produced. Whether its cultural changes or political ones you can see how years of history has impacted music just by listening to the popular songs of the time. The interesting part is seeing how certain sounds and ideas have been carried through the years, even now we are constantly hearing sounds that are influenced by music we’ve heard in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
With each decade new influences meant that music has evolved and we are going to go through some of the most influential times in music and how we got to where we are today.
Let’s start with the 40’s/50’s. The 40’s saw a new development in music; rock and roll was an exciting change and with the likes of Elvis Presley consumers were enjoying this new sound. Prior to this music wasn’t very diverse, at least compared to the later years. Classical music was the primary genre, it wasn’t until the 40’s/50’s were musiOctober 29, 2018