Soundtracks play a vital role in movies as it keeps the audience’s attention. Moreover, the music in a soundtrack creates emotional depth in the minds of the viewers and helps them to relate to the scene.
Sound design is the art of creating soundtracks based on the mood and genre of a movie. This aspect of sound has been in use since prehistoric times in plays and dances even before movies came into being.
In fact, the soundtrack is a very important part of a movie. Although people sometimes fail to recognize it, these sounds have a great influence on the success of every film. If you press the mute button and try to watch a movie, you’ll certainly understand this.
Here are some things that sound designers do to a movie watcher’s mind
Tells the viewer what’s coming next
Often, when you watch a horror film, you may notice a change in the pattern of the soundtrack just before something horrible is going to happen. This leaves you quaking in your boots even before the monster arrives. The sound design of the movie fills us with this kind of fear and suspense. Sometimes, sound designers add certain elements of sound like infrasounds throughout the score. Infrasounds are sounds below 20 Hz (frequency) and humans tend to associate it with danger.
Explains the mood of a scene
Moreover, a film’s sound design explains the mood of each scene. A film can have happy, sad, thrilling and scary scenes in it. The sound designer carefully narrates the impact of these emotions, using, music and other sound effects. In fact, sound effects help the viewers to stay with the story of the film.
The sound makes it real
The sound effects in a movie make us feel that it’s really happening. Even a tiny detail such as the sound of a water drop falling on a window pane can add to the overall experience of watching the movie. These sound effects even affect our subconscious minds. Perhaps, we may not notice it, but it adds on. A film’s sound design has a lot to do with its genre and the mood of its different scenes.
Acts as a trademark for that film
Above all, the overall sound design and pattern of a film sometimes turns out to be kind of like a trademark for that particular film. An example most of you can relate to is the main theme of the movie, Titanic (1997). Just hearing that music somewhere will immediately remind you of the film that you may have watched years ago. And, if this happens, it’s certainly a great achievement for the sound designers of the film.
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Source credits: Wikipedia, www.filmmediaarts.com, www.lightsfilmschool.com