The Effects of Music in Movies
People usually have a better experience from a film that has a good musical soundtrack, that sets the mood or the scenes in a movie, rather than a film that does not have a good musical soundtrack or any music at all. Music in movies build an emotion for the movie that would not have been felt if it did not have it. This feeling of emotion can be felt through all forms of movie genre's, from the epic music from The Lord of the Rings to the tense and scary music of the movie Alien.
Music is used in various ways in movies: as part of the story as in musicals, as background music within the story (for example, when a character turns on the radio), and as background music to which only the audience is privy. It is used in this way to complement cartoons, comedies, action-adventures, science-fiction, and drama.
Silent movies were never silent, music was a necessary mask and accompaniment to the enjoyment of the early films. The very first films ever made, had music that was played by live musicians as the film was being shown. The reason of this was mainly aesthetic, but also practical since early film projectors were rather noisy. Within a few years, an entire music industry was built around “silent movies”, where the contribution given by music itself was most definitely essential. Then, when “talking films” were introduced, the movie industry expected background music to confuse the audience who now was delivered a sound much more realistic and adherent to the content of films.For the sake of being as realistic as possible, filmmakers tried to remove all music, but ended up feeling that something was missing. Musical accompaniment in fact enhanced rather that detracted from the film viewing experience. Martin Williams writes that even today, "at the crudest level, one might say that the music is there simply to keep the audience from becoming distracted" (Williams, 1974).
The Golden Age of Hollywood coincided with the great...