The Sound of Music

Music plays a big part in my life. Even when I’m watching tv or a movie, I like to pay attention to the background music to see how much it actually effects me emotionally in addition to what I’m seeing on the screen. Does the music help illicit a stronger emotional response? How would the scene play out if there were no music at all?

One of the best composers (in my opinion) in film and/or television is Michael Giacchino. His music can be heard in popular tv shows such as Alias and LOST and he is also responsible for scoring feature films – most notably Up – for which he won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition. That one montage at the beginning was an emotional roller coaster in and of itself – and Michael was able to craft a perfect compliment to the visual that didn’t hinder it or distract from it.

One last example of the emotional pull that Michael’s music has is in the song “Looking Glass Half Full” from the 3rd season of LOST. This particular piece accompanies a scene where one of the main characters dies. And even without the visual aid or preconceived knowledge of the main storyline, you can feel the sorrow and the pain as well as the joy this one character felt throughout his life.

Best part starts around the 2:45 mark:

Music that moves us, I think, also helps us to experience life to a greater extent. I will always love the sound of a well played grand piano, and I don’t think I’ll ever tire of blasting Yo-Yo Ma’s prelude from Bach´s Cello Suite No. 1 in my living room. =)

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