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HURT LOCKER Slow tempo Usually 3/4 or 4/4 Rhythmic ostinatos, repetition, arpeggiation to add rhythm to a chord The “sneaking around” suspense music uses melodies that are fragmented. The slow drama music used longer, more legato lines Melodies built from the harmonies Music is mostly tonal: minor keys but also some slight dissonance by use of chromatic ‘excursions’ in the melody and harmonies that use one or 2 dissonant pitches Harmonies often use closed voicings and are in low registers The more “sneaking around” suspense music made use of more dissonance and clusters The “sneaking around” music had a slow tempo but was rhythmically active Use of trills, tremolo and other techniques to suspend a note Strings and brass are common Modulation a minor 2nd lower Tertiary progressions = chord progressions that move in major and minor thirds Elements of suspense are often used in Horror scenes, which we’ll look at next week. Cue Notes: Approx 10sec later than que sheet. 1M1 Low register Drone/rumble with rhythmic wobble Use of dissonant upper register swells in a harsh/ffensive tone Brass, synthesised sounds Percussion rhythm mimics heartbeat Bass drum Moderate intensity on climax. Climax is when characters start speaking. This is almost like a pass the batton effect in terms of audio. Volume crescendo is swiftly decayed. Volume swell swiftly (not immediately) dissipates Pitch climbing respective to volume Bass drum heartbeat pattern remains longer than everything else There is the inclusion of middle eastern microtonal singing during the silence. And upper register dissonant synthesised sounds. This lack of music is skillfully effective as a contrast to the music. The effect of this draws the audience into the drama 1M3 Soft dynamic swells 5:50 has crescendo dissonant higher register swells to create suspense
Retreats back to silence 1M4 Slow dynamic crescendo within higher register. Dissonant interval + harsh tone Climax occurs whilst the explosives are being placed on the bomb This creates suspense and mystery with respect to the detonation of the bomb 1M5 Dissonant upper register swells Screechy sound with the use of panning Introduction of digital kick drum percussion Sounds resemble a bomb exploding Ostinato pattern Creates intensity Swells climax at the bomb explosion Rapid dynamic swell right before bomb exlosion 1M6 During the slow motion there appears to be a combination of extreme low register rumble to mimic bomb and a synthesised wind sound The use of silence is paramount to the slow motion suspence,with the help of the higher register synth.

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