Soundtracks are really important in a movie. It keeps the viewer
interested. It excites or makes the audience curious about what’s
going to happen. It can also tell what’s happening in the movie,
for example-if the movie’s background song has a consonant
music, that means that everything is peaceful and nothing bad is
happening. It can describe an emotion in the movie. You
sometimes recognize a movie by a song in the movie. For
example-Star Wars opening scene in which they have
written”Far Far Away”. Although this didn’t come in any part of
the movie, people still remember it, but mostly a soundtrack
creates an emotional response in the viewer.
There are many movies which have a very good soundtrack .The
soundtrack of the two movies I will be analyzing are from the
“Jaws” and “Harry Potter”. I chose Jaws because although it dint
have many instruments or anything similar used in it, but still, it
was so effective and popular that people still remember its
brilliant suspense building soundtrack although the movie was
made in 1975. I chose Harry potter “Prologue” because its
amazing how easily the composer used the musical instruments
to describe what type of movie it is(mystical).I also chose harry
potter and Jaws because it is made by John Williams, he is a one
of the best composer we have ever know. He made soundtrack
for star wars, Jaws, Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones which are
known to be some of the greatest movies.
Jaws has one of the most recognizable soundtrack of all time.
The 2 bass lines is so famous that it is a code for impending a
shark’s attack and people mostly use this soundtrack for shark
relating videos. Unlike Harry Potter, Jaws sound track’s
effectiveness lies in its simplicity. Its starts with the two bass
line, after some time it becomes more faster, urgent and louder
keeping the audience in tension. The tuba adds a creepy effect in
the scene. After, the orchestra joins in, but still, the bass line
dominates. At last when the shark has killed its prey, the
soundtrack ends with a sudden silence.
I was 5 years old when I first saw Jaws. That scene had scared
me so much that I even got a nightmare that a shark was going
to kill me which had the same scary soundtrack. The composer
had aimed for a suspense building scene in which the shark kills
a woman (Jaws 1). The soundtrack is very effective because
even a 5 year old could tell how the composer portrays the shark
as the villain and he could see the emotion in the scene which
made an emotional response on the veiwer. According to me.
Over all Jaws is a powerful but under estimated soundtrack
probably because of its simplicity and less usage of instruments,
made ingeniously from experimental eerie melodies. The small
parts such as the low two bass line at the start and the sudden
silence at the end make this soundtrack special.
The sound track(Prologue) used in Harry Potter is mostly used
in it's trailers and is considered as the main theme for all Harry
Potter movies because of its magical feeling. The soundtrack
builds up a feeling of magic, mystery, wonder and
admiration.The soundtrack has three different sounds in it. The
sound track starts with a low dynamic consonant and a high
pitch. After a while, a fast rhythm tone quickly enters which gets
louder quickly but the first tone still being played at the
background. Just after the first tone finishes, another higher
dynamic consonant low pitch tone joins, played at the
background. After a minute both the tones stop and the first
enters again, which gets accompanied by the second tone yet
again. After about twenty-seconds, the second tone stops and the
first tone enters and finishes the song. This is one reason why
the song gives a feeling of mystery and wonder because of the
soft and quiet start which turns in a quick loud crescendo and
then decreases after some time, rises again quickly, finishes
decreasingly and turns silent again.
This mystical soundtrack doesn’t portray any single character. It
tells you about everyone as people having supernatural powers .
It doesn't focus on any single person. The instruments used in
the soundtrack are piano, violin and a xylophone. The classical
music and old English theme makes me think of a place like a
castle like hog wards. Also because of the noise of the piano, it
seems it has been played in silent high place.
The music in both the movies are used brilliantly.Everything
fitted in perfectly in both the movies. Harry Potter’s sound track
was really effective in showing the setting but Jaws was not,
however you can tell that the place is an ocean but just listening
to the soundtrack doesn't help you in that. I personally
recommend you to listen to these soundtrack. No wonder John
Williams is know to be one of the greatest composer in the
world. Great work has been done by him.
Rowling, Joanne, Kathleen. Harry Potter and the philosophers'
stone.Universal Studios, 2000
Spielberg,Steven. Jaws. Zanuck/Brown Productions, 1975
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