Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Background music and more: Examining the non-diegetic score, part of Introduction to Music in Film and Video.
- We talked about the power of music in film…with regard to many different musical strategies.…Now in this movie and in the next one,…we're gonna break down different types of music cues…that can exist in film and talk about how each functions.…Here, we'll delve into non-diegetic music…and in the next movie, we'll discuss diegetic music.…Now simply put, non-diegetic music is music…that does not emerge from within the world of a film.…That is, the characters can't hear it.…Instead, it's there for the benefit of the audience…to emotionally shape the film.…
This is what we traditionally think of…in terms of most types of film score.…Now, the score is made up of various orchestral,…instrumental, or choral pieces called cues.…And cues are specifically timed to begin and end…at certain points within the film, right down to the frame.…There are several types of non-diegetic music cues…that we can talk about.…First, there's the type that you probably think of first…when you think of film score.…That's background score, also known as…
- Understanding the impact of music on tone, emotion, subtext, rhythm, style, and theme
- Setting the music plan
- Working with preexisting music: public domain, Creative Commons, and production library music
- Working with a composer