Saturday, 30 April 2011

Movie and TV Music Clichés

Camera pans over cluttered attic as tinkly music is played by an overturned music box: was it the ghost that done it? Or are we about to find a secret door/dead body/photo with the face scratched out?

Child or young girl sings nursery rhyme in breathy voice: she is a ghost! Also beware the unseen children laughing.

Pianist starts playing recognisable sentimental tune on honky tonk piano, electronic swirls introduced underneath, swirls crescendo, piano becomes increasingly discordant: generalised menace.

Dies Irae on lower woodwinds or brass: someone’s for it.

Upward appoggiatura on bamboo flute, long-held overblown note: we are in the Amazonian rainforest.

Three random Swanee whistle notes, in descending series: we are in the Amazonian rainforest – 400,000 million years ago.

harp: water weeds wave

High, folky flute: mass release of coral eggs.

Whenever someone looks out of a cabin door at night, a distant dog barks.

When a single woman returns to her country cottage at night, a distant fox barks.

Generic melancholy oriental music: we are in a nearly empty Chinese or Indian restaurant which is either a front for a spy/crime organization or a meeting place for John Le Carré anti-heroes.

Allegri’s Miserere from the 17th century (chopped up, played out of sequence and with bits repeated): we are in a religious or maybe just old building dating from any time between 800 and 1900.

Satie’s Gymnopédies: will do for practically anything.

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