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A Theory of Film Music

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Published on Sep 15, 2016

This video essay is a response to the Every Frame A Painting video, 'The Marvel Symphonic Universe': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vfqk...

Should film music be original? That's a question that goes right back to the earliest of film sound. But with new technology came changes - and just maybe, the answer to why all Marvel films seem to have forgettable music.

This video was made by Dan Golding: http://www.twitter.com/dangolding

For educational purposes only.

All credit to Tony Zhou for his incredible channel, and for finally getting me motivated enough to make a video essay.

Archival and interview footage:

John Williams conducts The Empire Strikes Back: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hu7_d...
Hans Zimmer talks The Dark Knight Rises: http://soundworkscollection.com/video...
Hans Zimmer: the making of Interstellar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_8t2...
Man Of Steel Soundtrack - Percussion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTOMI...
The Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8r-t...
Academy Awards 1936: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VJU6...
Pierre Boulez conducts The Rite of Spring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn_PG...
S. Rachmaninov. Symphony 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ey-E...
Adorno about Popular Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xd7Fh...
John Williams conducts The Force Awakens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjNfO...
Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmWdU...
The Searchers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30N-w...

Music Cues and film score excerpts:

John Williams - Let There Be Light (Close Encounters of the Third Kind)
Hans Zimmer - Message From Home (Interstellar)
King's Row - Erich Wolfgang Korngold
How The West Was Won - Alfred Newman
Star Wars - John Williams
2001: A Space Odyssey - Strauss: Also Spruck Zarathustra
Troy - James Horner
Enemy At The Gates - James Horner
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan - James Horner
Avatar - James Horner
Inception - Hans Zimmer
Driving Miss Daisy - Hans Zimmer
Chinatown - Jerry Goldsmith
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - Hans Zimmer
The Dark Knight - Hans Zimmer
Man of Steel - Hans Zimmer

All films and music owned by their respective rights holders.

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