Friday, February 27, 2009

The Power of Music

I realized recently that listening to music on audio only conveys part of the emotion. It was sort of apparent in the background all the time, but it became crystal clear when I was watching "Naan Kadavul". When the Sanskrit chants play in the background in the "Om Shivoham" song, Bala decided to use that piece to show Arya standing in "Shirasasan". As the camera slowly circled to his face, it literally freaked me out. Yes, I knew the song was powerful, but *this* powerful? It always had it, but it came out in context and was amazing!

Another example is the now classic "Barbarian Horde" from Gladiator. This track, even on audio would set the adrenaline rushing. Rahman recently mentioned he was a fan of Ridley. As fate would have it, he might be working with him now. Who knows :). Anyway, this background was set for a bloody (and a little gory) battle. As fierce as the battle was, the fierceness of the music matches the context frame for frame. As the violins hit the crescendo, it was used for depicting the intruders entering the battle field. The music got so associated that I watched this one battle so many times despite the bloodiness of it. Moth to flame!

Note: That Mr. YSR decided to use that (read: copy-paste) for depicting Vijaykanth walking is another matter. May be he felt that captains gait was the equivalent of a gladiator battle!

4 comments:

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Alvy said...

True. It depends on how well the Director, lyricist and rest of the team uses the music. With few AR compositions, I used to really " feel" the song when I hear it before watching the movie only to get disappointed when I " see" it later in the movie. Ex..New york Nagaram.Delhi6 is another. On the other hand, Manirathnams direction or lyrics from Viramuthu really add to the feel.. ex kannathil muthamittal.. Movies definitely are about team work

Deepak said...

Oh yes, how a song is screwed up with picturization is a separate topic :)

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