Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Movie Scenes, Songs and Quotes. part II

A soundtrack can be recorded music accompanying and synchronized to the images of a motion picture, book, television program or video game; a commercially released soundtrack album of music as featured in the soundtrack of a film or TV show; or the physical area of a film that contains the synchronized recorded sound.

Origin of the term
In movie industry terminology usage, a sound track is an audio recording created or used in film production or post-production. Initially the dialogue, sound effects, and music in a film each has its own separate track (dialogue track, sound effects track, and music track), and these are mixed together to make what is called the composite track, which is heard in the film. A dubbing track is often later created when films are dubbed into another language. This is also known as a M & E track (music and effects) containing all sound elements minus dialogue which is then supplied by the foreign distributor in the native language of its territory.

The contraction soundtrack came into public consciousness with the advent of so-called "soundtrack albums" in the late 1940s. First conceived by movie companies as a promotional gimmick for new films, these commercially available recordings were labeled and advertised as "music from the original motion picture soundtrack." This phrase was soon shortened to just "original motion picture soundtrack." More accurately, such recordings are made from a film's music track, because they usually consist of the isolated music from a film, not the composite (sound) track with dialogue and sound effects.

There are five types of soundtrack recordings:
1.     Musical film soundtracks which concentrate primarily on the songs
              (Examples: Grease, Singin' in the Rain)
2.     Film scores which showcase the background music from non-musicals
              (Examples: Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings)
3.     Albums of pop songs heard in whole or part in the background of non-musicals
              (Examples: Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally...)
4.     Video game soundtracks are often released after a game's release, usually consisting of the background music from the game's levels, menus, title screens, promo material  (such as entire songs that only segments of which were used in the game), cut-screens and occasionally sound-effects used in the game
              (Examples: Sonic Heroes, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)
5.     Albums which contain both music and dialogue from the film, such as the 1968 Romeo and Juliet, or the first authentic soundtrack album of The Wizard of Oz.

Famous music and song.
I could make a long list of famous tracks from soundtracks.  I give you two.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (soundtrack)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released in 1966 alongside the Western film, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, directed by Sergio Leone. The score is composed by frequent Leone collaborator Ennio Morricone, whose distinctive original compositions, containing gunfire, whistling, and yodeling permeate the film. The main theme, resembling the howling of a coyote, is a two-note melody that is a frequent motif, and is used for the three main characters, with a different instrument used for each one: flute for Blondie (Man With No Name), arghilofono for Angel Eyes and human voices for Tuco.
It is widely considered as one of the greatest and most original film scores in history.

Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture

Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture is the soundtrack to the film of the same name composed, orchestrated and conducted by James Horner. The soundtrack was released by Sony Classical on November 18, 1997. Riding the wave of the film's immense success, the soundtrack shot to the top of the charts in nearly two-dozen territories, selling over 30 million copies, becoming one of the best-selling albums of all time, and the highest-selling primarily orchestral soundtrack ever.
"My Heart Will Go On" is the main theme song to the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic. With music by James Horner, lyrics by Will Jennings, and production by Simon Franglen, James Horner and Walter Afanasieff,
it was recorded by CĂ©line Dion. Originally released in 1997 on the Titanic soundtrack album and Dion's album Let's Talk About Love, the song went to number 1 all over the world, including the United States, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom and Australia. "My Heart Will Go On" was released in Australia and Germany on December 8, 1997, and in the rest of the world in January and February 1998. It became Dion's biggest hit, and one of the best-selling singles of all time, and was the world's best-selling single of 1998

Cinema's over-used songs
There are quite literally millions of songs available on this planet called Earth, catering to all ages and tastes. But there seems to be a small percentage that crop up time and time again in films, depriving other songs of much deserved royalties. One is:

Over The Rainbow – Judy Garland
The Judy Garland version of Over The Rainbow is tremendous, and became the song that she was most recognised for, which is impressive considering the volume of her output. The AFI deemed it to be the finest movie song of all time in their AFI 100 years, 100 songs list.

In recent years, however, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole’s ukulele cover, which features elements of What a Wonderful World, has been the go-to version of the song ever since it featured in Meet Joe Black in 1998, clocking up 16 credits for TV and film over the years.

Pop Music and Movies
Ever since Dennis Hopper decided to use pop songs instead of a soundtrack in his film Easy Rider in 1969, pop music and movies have had a long-standing relationship and the most effective use of music in many films has been that of pre-existing pop songs which somehow express the scene better than any normal film score could most likely do. In this week’s top ten we will celebrate this marriage of pop music and cinematic imagery and bring you a list of ten great scenes in which the pop song bring them to a new level.

Song about movies
Symphonies (song)
"Symphonies" is a song by British wonky pop musician Dan Black, released as the first single from his 2009 debut album UN.

Evolving from his previous single "HYPNTZ", the track was written, composed, and produced by Black himself. It is an alternative dance track that features prominent use of sampling from other artists such as the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Rihanna.Music video
The song's music video features many fictional movie trailers, with each movie's title being the line of the song that is said while the trailer is shown.
The video was nominated for Best Special Effects in a Video and Breakthrough Video at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, but lost in both categories.

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