Everyone pretty much agrees that music can be extremely potent. I’ve been moved to tears on multiple occasions (and not even because of hormones, haha). People have playlists for working out, playlists for yoga, playlists for a bad mood, a good mood, cleaning, and anything else you could probably think of. Music can move us.
Film can also move us. I’ve been long interested in film scoring. An exceptional score can elevate a movie from good to epic (I’m thinking the Empire Strikes Back). It can transport us to the world of the film, evoke an emotional response long after the charm of the movie has faded (now I’m thinking My Heart Will Go On).
A lousy score can ruin a viewing experience, dragging the movie down into the abyss of mediocrity. I can’t even think of any examples; they’re that forgettable.
This idea came to me just the other day: What if I took the same repeated video footage, but placed a drastically different soundtrack behind each repetition? It sounded like a really fun project, so I compiled some video clips of my erev Shabbos kitchen activity, wrote some music with my Finale program, and with my old-school low-tech Windows Movie Maker program, I created three different “feels” for the same mundane film.
Here it is:
How do the different soundtracks affect your perception of the film? What feelings do they conjure? Also, what’s your favorite score of all time? Or favorite song?