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Unformatted text preview: TAXI DRIVER (1976) • What are the identifying traits of Herrmann’s score?-no memorable tunes, uses unusual instruments, unusual combination of instruments, music used to establish atmosphere, usually doesn’t have a distinctive music (except for this movie where there were some jazz tunes)- mainly nondiegetic music • Close analysis of non-diegetic music-music at opening credits: two chords; one gets louder leading into the other with snare drums, second falls away, leads into jazz tune (focuses on Travis’ eyes)-non-diegetic music turns into diegetic music (at the scene with Iris and Travis slow dancing) • Opening sets up a tension/conflict between two types of music (Theme 1 and Theme 2): what might they mean? How do they function in the film? what is their musical relationship? How does each theme evolve over the course of the film (esp. Theme 1)?- Theme 1 : Paired Chords- more atmospheric, got more deranged sounding, unstable, unfocused, blurry. Represents instability of Travis’ mind? Dobler effect? (car zooming by) Harp/Dissonant chords = Travis shooting = indicates Psychopathic music- Theme 2 : Jazz tune- romantic… wants to fall in love, represents an ideal world?, leitmotif of travis’ loneliness/ of New York City?, establish genre-creates suspense: how travis sees the world-musical relationship between themes: the high note in the 1 st theme is the first two notes in the jazz tune, seems very different but has something in common-The jazz tune represented the fantasy world that Travis was in (love with Betsy/Dream-like world/Ideal over Iris not being a prostitute) • What are we hearing during the bloodbath scene? -the music builds up throughout the movie, comes together in last scene which shows the people killed by Travis. We are hearing the jazz tune, distorted; the harp/drum sounds go into the tune of the jazz tune… - The jazz tune represented the fantasy world that Travis was in; it was broken/distorted at the end of the bloodbath scene. Distinguishes the fantasy world/reality of what he just did. Scenes/Clips watched in class: 1) Fizzing drink scene (amplified sound of alka seltzer fizzing in drink) Travis is "bubbling over" with violet thoughts 2) Slow-dancing with Iris with record player Jazz tune goes from nondiegetic to diegetic 3) Travis watching tv = music doesn't seem to fit what's on the tv screen he's watching.. Could be diegetic or nondiegetic “BORROWED” SCORES • Define: music that existed before the film that is used in the film • Q: Why use a borrowed score? (many possible reasons)-cheaper, pre-existing associations, was used in the temporary track, more artistic and asthetic temp track = use pre-existing music with similar synch points while editing before real music is composed or added in; eventually is thrown out so composer can make up music similar to temp track or temp track becomes the real score like in 2001 Original score process: film is shot, then editing, then music is added (secondary music)...
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- Fall '11
- Music, Film score, Soundtrack, Musical film