This article contains narrative spoilers. From its very earliest occurrences, electronic instrumentation and music has been used in cinema to signpost various aspects of mental health problems and issues within diegetic characters. Alongside its uses in creating alien worlds, electronic instrumentation seems to, at least in the eyes of the films' creators, have an ability … Continue reading Electronic Music And Mental Illness In Cinema.
Few directors have had their relationship with music analysed as much as Alfred Hitchcock. His natural ability to select the right composer to almost brand his films aurally has often meant that the musical scores have become synonymous with his filmmaking style even though they have been created by several different composers over the years. … Continue reading Sounds of The Birds (1963) – Alfred Hitchcock.
Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Combining the Readings: Similarities, Contradictions and Cross-Over. "It's as if the film were pinpointing the very essence of the unfilmable: the entwined couple, monstrous, the two-backed beast of the primal scene, the impossible couple of body and voice." - Michel Chion (1999, p.149). While Murphy and Fenimore examine and … Continue reading Analysis of Sound and Music in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) – Part 4 (Conclusions)
Part 1. Part 2. Emphasis on Acousmatic Concepts in Ross J. Fenimore's "Voices that Lie Within". "Psycho almost didn't happen. This is a unique case of music literally saving a film." - Sullivan (2006, p.246). Like much literature around Psycho, Fenimore's "Voices That Lie Within" begins its argument with setting the scene. "Psycho begins with … Continue reading Analysis of Sound and Music in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) – Part 3 (Acousmatic Concepts)
Part 1. Emphasis on Visual Cues in Scott Murphy's "An Audiovisual Foreshadowing in Psycho". "We can grasp in effect something which, already in nature, appropriates the gaze to the function to which it may be put in the symbolic relation in man." - Jacques Lacan (1977, p.105). Scott Murphy's "An Audiovisual Foreshadowing in Psycho" is … Continue reading Analysis of Sound and Music in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) – Part 2 (An Audiovisual Foreshadowing)
Sound and Music in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and its Different Readings. Introduction. "If Psycho had been intended as a serious picture, it would have been shown as a clinical case with no mystery or suspense. The material would have been used as the documentation of the case history. We've already mentioned that total plausibility and … Continue reading Analysis of Sound and Music in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) – Part 1
Here's a video interview with two giants of Hollywood music; Richard Kaufman and Patrick Russ. Richard was the musical director of MGM for over twenty years and is now one of the most prolific conductors in Hollywood. He's worked closely with John Williams as well many of the giants of Hollywood film music. Patrick is … Continue reading Video Interview With Richard Kaufman And Patrick Russ.
New York is a living beast. Though a sense of cleanliness prevails over many of the affluent inner city districts these days, in the 1970′s it seems a pulsing, writhing mass of people and dirt. Woody Allen’s Manhattan (1979) seems contrary to this yet the films that revel in this filthy concoction of crime and murder are some … Continue reading Taxi Driver – Martin Scorsese (1976)
Reviewing a film that almost solely relies on its twists and turns can be a tricky task. In the case of most Alfred Hitchcock films, the enjoyment comes from the suspense and the relief that flows over the viewer when the narrative twists and the shocks have been revealed. Hitchcock’s magnum opus, Vertigo is one … Continue reading Vertigo – Alfred Hitchcock (1958)