Music With Rhythm Makes Your Brain Think Your Body is Moving | Summary and Q&A

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November 18, 2014
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Music With Rhythm Makes Your Brain Think Your Body is Moving

TL;DR

This video explores how the use of music in the films True Grit (1969) and True Grit (2010) influences the viewer's experience.

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Key Insights

  • 🎼 Western films have a musical tradition that includes timpani, brass, and strings.
  • 🫵 The choice of music in a Western film significantly impacts the viewer's experience.
  • 💯 Carter Burwell deliberately avoided watching the 1969 version's score to ensure originality.
  • 😒 The use of hymns in the 2010 film created a different atmosphere, emphasizing reflection and spirituality.
  • 💓 Music with rhythm and beat influences our brain's motor planning regions, evoking a sense of movement and urgency.
  • 💓 The absence of rhythm and beat in music can create a floating and introspective feeling.
  • 🫵 Different musical choices can alter the viewer's perception and emotional connection to a scene.

Transcript

we're gonna take a look at the film True Grit both the 1969 version and the Coen Brothers 2010 film westerns are very particular genre we're going to show the 1969 clip first and for Carter what type of music do we expect here in traditional westerns the Western is a genre and there has been a musical tradition as grown up Reynold is interestingly ... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: What type of music is typically associated with Western films?

Traditional Western films often feature music with timpani, brass, and string instruments, creating a distinct Western atmosphere.

Q: Did the composer of the 1969 True Grit film, Elmer Bernstein, adhere to the established Western musical tradition?

Yes, Elmer Bernstein followed the musical tradition by incorporating timpani, brass, and strings, as exemplified in his work on The Magnificent Seven.

Q: Why did the composer of the 2010 True Grit film, Carter Burwell, choose not to watch the 1969 version's score?

Burwell did not want to inadvertently copy or be influenced by the 1969 version's score, as it could hinder his creative process.

Q: How did the composers of the 2010 film decide on the music to use?

The composers decided to use hymns, primarily one they were familiar with from another movie called Night of the Hunter. They explored various hymns that had the right sound and orchestration potential.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The traditional Western genre is accompanied by specific musical elements, such as timpani, brass, and strings.

  • The 1969 True Grit film follows the established Western musical tradition, with composer Elmer Bernstein incorporating these elements.

  • The 2010 True Grit film takes a different approach, avoiding Western music and using hymns instead.

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