The Sound of Cinema: The Music that Made the Movies: Episode 3 – New Frontiers

The final episode in Neil Brand’s series exploring the history of film music

TV & Radio Information
BBC Four
Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 21:00

In the third and final episode of The Sound of Cinema: The Music That Made The Movies Neil Brand focusses on the impact of changing technology on the film soundtrack.

He begins by looking at the pioneering soundtracks of Wilcox’s Forbidden Planet (1956) and Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963), both films that blurred the lines between music and sound effects for the first time. Electronically-generated sounds were increasingly favoured by directors, often to evoke the expansive worlds in science fiction.

Kubrick’s music for A Clockwork Orange (1971) and Giorgio Moroder’s electronic soundtrack for Midnight Express (1978) are other case studies in the programme.

Brand meets Vangelis, whose music for Chariots of Fire (1981) and Blade Runner (1982) are definitive examples of the art, and Carter Burtwell, who has written much of the music for the Coen Brothers’ films. 

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