Hearing place: Film music, geography and ethnicity
Abstract:Music is an important device that filmmakers use to create a sense of place. Different countries have different music cultures and film soundtracks move swiftly to accommodate and incorporate an approximation of them. Specific instruments can be used to provide local colour, standard instruments can be used in imitation of them, specific tunes associated with specific places can be invoked or shadowed as the musicological fundamentals of specific national musics are harnessed to produce appropriate original music. Distinctive rhythms and dance forms can be incorporated, and either genuine musicians or recordings of musicians from a particular country or culture can be used to give an immediate sense of people and place.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of Stirling, Scotland.
Publication date: November 5, 2007
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