MUSIC 325 A Su 20: Music In Cinema
MUSIC 325 A Su 20: Music In Cinema
Professor: Huck Hodge, DMA • Office: 325 Music
This course will survey of some of the most representative films and film scores of the last 100 years while laying the groundwork for students to acquire the skills necessary to critically engage with film as a multi-media experience. Special attention will be paid to aesthetic questions arising from the fusion of sound and image as well as the psychological, political and philosophical resonances that result from this union.
Students will gain exposure to the techniques used in many artistic media that touch on the boundaries of the musicology of film (opera, theater, television, video games, etc.). In addition, they will acquire an understanding of the nature of film music‘s cultural importance, and the degree to which it can shape our emotional, philosophical and political response to cinema. This will enable students to enjoy film-going with a more thoughtful and critical eye and ear than before.
Course grades will comprise the following components:
- Discussion / Participation / Q&A [5%] We cover a lot of material in this class and you will participate in discussions frequently. To this end you must complete the reading in a timely manner. Each student should prepare at least 3 questions about the readings, films, and online lectures to start things off. To keep things fair, we will use a random number generator to determine which students will be called on to respond with/to questions/prompts in class.
- Assignment [10%] Masking / Commutation Test
- Quizzes [15%] There will be 3 online quizzes given throughout the quarter. These will cover material from the lectures, readings and films.
- Midterm Project [30%] Using only sound effects create a 2 / 3-minute Musique Concréte composition / story.
- Final Project [40%] The final will involve scoring of a brief scene from a short silent film. You must use original or pre-existing (compilation) music AND sound design. You must pay close attention to the interaction of sound and image. You will also write a 3-page (750-word) statement describing how the techniques and ideas presented in class influence your piece.
6/22: Introduction: syllabus, goals, requirements | The beginnings of cinematic sound, the legacy of the 19th century, close listening. Diegetic/non-diegetic music, empathetic/anempathetic music.
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
pay particular attention to the sound / music at these points:
1:45 - 2:00, 2:30-2:40
Force Theme - Star Wars Original Trilogy - Leitmotiv through the Saga
Original Imperial March Star Wars Episode V Empire Strikes Back
Imperial March - Star Wars VI Return of the Jedi - Darth Vader's Death
Video Lecture: (AN)EMPATHETIC / (NON)DIEGETIC / ON- or OFFSCREEN?
Pippin's Song Edge of Night (LOTR)
6/24: Montage, Mise-en-scène, a crash course in aesthetics, the political psychology of mechanized art.
Video Lecture: A Crash Course in Ethics and Aesthetics
Video Lecture: The Political Psychology of Mechanized Art
October (1928) — The Machine Gun
6/26: Alexander Nevsky, A crash course in film theory
Video Lecture: A Crash Course in Film Theory
Discussions on Film/Reading | Formalism and Realism | Masking Exercise
Terminology: Camera Obscura
Notes: Film Theory
Video Lecture: Things you need to know about harmony
BLERG!: at 6:32 I meant to say FUNDAMENTAL frequency
6/29: Film and desire, psychoanalytic perspectives, the Tristan chord
7/1: Video Lectures: Freud
Watch: Vertigo (MPAA rating: PG)
Also: see 1:53:40-50 (Judy as Madeleine) 1:58:55 (The necklace: "There, I'm ready") 1:59:25-35 (Drive to the tower)
Vertigo Shot (Zoom-In/Track-Back)
Video Lecture: Vertigo
7/3: Independence Day Observed
7/6: Masking / Commutation Test
Masking Exercise #1
(sound + video)
Masking Exercise #2
(video + sound)
Requiem for a Dream (commutated)
Requiem for a Dream (original sound)
The Shining (original sound)
Watch: 2001: a Space Odyssey (MPAA rating: G)
7/8: Discussion: 2001: a Space Odyssey
Video Lecture: Nietzsche - The Birth of Tragedy from the Spirit of Music
Video Lecture: 2001: A Nietzschean Odyssey
7/10: Masking / Commutation Test Assignment DUE
Once Upon a Time in The West (1968) | opening sequence (audio only)
Once Upon a Time in The West (1968) | opening sequence
7/13: Continue Discussion of Musique Concrète
Bazin and the Phenomenology of Film
(MPAA rating: R for disturbing violent content, language, brief sexuality and drug use - all involving teens)
Video Lecture: On the intensity of experience — Cage, Schaeffer, Bazin, Van Sant
7/17: Midterm Projects DUE || Midterm Party!
7/20: Classical aesthetics
Video Lecture: Classical aesthetics — what is really real?
7/22: Mulholland Drive
Mulholland Drive / Club Silencio Scene
7/29: Final Projects Due by 5:00 pm
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