View Full Version : Using music in silent films?


Semiazas
10-18-2010, 03:09 PM
I'm aware I have lots of threads asking about silent films going about now :cool:
Well, since this short I'm gonna be making will be silent, I'm wondering how much music should be used and where it should be used.

Alcove Audio
10-18-2010, 03:37 PM
First, there are two types of music - score and source music. Score is composed (or constructed) specifically for the film; source music is pre-recorded music used in the film. Music is used to enhance emotion, propel action and provide transition.

The obvious answer is "wherever it needs it". The slightly longer answer is the "traditional" silent film had wall-to-wall music. Only the most prestigious movie houses had sound effects people behind the screens, and even back then dead air was not tolerated.

Since you have the option of dozens, even hundreds, of audio tracks for Foley, sound FX and ambiences there is the possibility of having no music at all.

Semiazas
10-19-2010, 11:21 AM
It'll be score music that I'll be writing myself, I imagine I'll just use it where needed and where I feel like it should be :)

directorik
10-19-2010, 01:40 PM
I imagine I'll just use it where needed and where I feel like it should be :)
This is the single, finest post I have seen from you!

You are already sounding like a filmmaker.

Semiazas
10-19-2010, 02:16 PM
I'm flattered ^_^
Any particular reason why?
BTW, I'ma sig that ;)