Music In The 1930's

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Films can be seen as a creative expression of art in its own unique way and a major entertainment form. Films combine visuals, sound, movement and music all at the same time which enables it to communicate effectively and create an impact which cannot be created by any other form of media. Music in itself plays a very significant part in films as it has the potential to evoke various emotions throughout the film. Before the 1930’s, music or any form of sound was not included in films and was known as the ‘silent era’ between 1894 and 1929. The decade of 1930’s involved many significant films such as King Kong, Gone with the Wind, City Lights etc. Majority of the music during that period was written, arranged and orchestrated in order for the orchestra to be able to perform it and record the music for the film. Although real…show more content…
The use of synthesizers contributed hugely towards the way that film music was created from then onwards since they no longer required a full orchestra/ensemble to record the music as it can be created using a single instrument such as a synthesizer. There are seven principles of film music such as Invisibility, Continuity etc. Film music also has two types of sounds known as Diegetic and Non-diegetic sounds. During the 1930’s, scoring film soundtracks became more prominent after the silent era. The use of music or sound in films were used in order to create a desired effect and to give the audience a sense of direction in terms of the film. Max Steiner was an Austrian born composer of music for theatre and films and is often considered as the Father of Film Music. His most distinguished works for

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