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5 Important Functions Music Achieves in Film

The online market for music rights has never been bigger, and one important reason for this is film. Music adds life to film in a number of ways. Here are just a few of the functions that music can achieve in film.

1. Influence audience’s experience. The way that audiences experience film has a lot to do with the music that is going on in the background–whether they notice it or not. The effect that music has on a scene can be as subtle or as dramatic as the moment calls for–and expert filmmakers know how to choose the perfect song in order to create the atmosphere they are shooting for.

2. Portray character emotion. Music can also do a lot to reveal the inner workings of character’s minds. A shot of a person with a blank face coupled with sad music might reflect that person’s depression, for example, whereas that same shot coupled with playful music may simply imply that that character is daydreaming.

3. Create fascinating contradictions. Music can even be used in ways that contradict the action on-screen–and, when done correctly, the effect of this can be surreal, hilarious, terrifying, or just downright captivating.

4. Establish place, time, and culture. The music that accompanies film can say a lot about context in which the action is occurring. A bagpipe, for example, is a great way to say (very efficiently) that your characters are in Scotland–and a Bach piece could really drive home the effect of an 18th century period piece. An

5. Connect scenes. Music does a lot to help scenes transition smoothly–and it can also help the mood and the atmosphere change more naturally as well.

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