Every movie comes with its own original soundtrack (OST) but often goes unnoticed by viewers unless it’s a musical. However, the scores in film and television shows leave a bigger impact on the audience than the public expected.
Composer Kurt Farquhar strongly believes that music in movies is everything. The Chicago native mentions that most great films are accompanied by a great score. “It’s such a big deal” Farquhar admits.
OST’s are usually so unique that hearing one of the songs will make people think about the movie it’s associated with. “People leave films humming melodies and with the sound of the film being deeply ingrained in their soul” Farquhar comments. “That’s what helps keep that film with them.”
Joanne Higginbottom who has composed for major films such as: Deadpool 2, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Purge also thinks that music means everything. The impact that scores bring can enhance a scene or influence viewer’s feelings.
Higginbottom uses horror movies as an example on music’s importance to the watching experience. When the film becomes too scary, most people will mute the audio. “Suddenly you can watch it and it’s not scary anymore” the composer explains. “As soon as you put that music back on and you know we’re building up the tension and we’ve got this big stinger and things like that. It’s terrifying.”
Just like how soundtracks are unique to their motion picture counterpart, Farquhar encourages the next generation of composers to be different. “Be yourself” Farquhar advises. “Try to see how you do these same things of telling people what to feel in your own way.”
Higginbottom also agrees with being different. She admits that all composers have a style and sound that separates themselves from everyone else. “It’s all about trying to be different and unique and sound like you.”
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