It seems this week is going to be about the movies. We’ve just spotted this rather fascinating article by Steven Soderbergh discussing the importance of staging movies properly. To demonstrate he has re-cut the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark in black and white, and completely removed the original soundtrack. In its place is an ambient soundtrack that intentionally fails to fit what is on screen. It makes interesting viewing, but it also makes an important point; the wrong music makes things really quite weird. Watching the classic scene of Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones run from a careening rock ball with delicate piano accompaniment manages to retain some of the threat yet loses a great deal of the comedy and humour. It’s an altogether different experience, and a simple lesson in how the right music can make such a significant difference.
It’s well worth a watch; check it out here.