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Sound of Cinema: The Music that Made the Movies - New Frontiers

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    Three programmes in which composer Neil Brand celebrates the art of cinema music, Neil explores how changing technology has taken soundtracks in bold new directions and even altered our very idea of how a film should sound.

    Neil tells the story of how the 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet ended up with a groundbreaking electronic score that blurred the line between music and sound effects, and explains why Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds has one of the most effective soundtracks of any of his films - despite having no music. He shows how electronic music crossed over from pop into cinema with Midnight Express and Chariots of Fire, while films like Apocalypse Now pioneered the concept of sound design - that sound effects could be used for storytelling and emotional impact.

    Neil tracks down some of the key composers behind these innovations to talk about their work, such as Vangelis (Chariots of Fire, Blade Runner), Carter Burwell (Twilight, No Country for Old Men) and Clint Mansell (Requiem for a Dream, Moon).
    Type: Documentary
    Year: 2013
    Total Time: 60:00
    Styles: Classical, Electroacoustic, Industrial, Soundtrack, Symphonic
    Formats: Television
    Liscense: Copyright
    Cast:
    Bebe And Louis Barron
    Carter Burwell
    Clint Mansell
    David Shire
    Giorgio Moroder
    Miklos Rozsa
    Neil Brand
    Randy Tom
    Vangelis
    Walter Carlos
    Director: John Das
    Producer: John Das, Michael Poole
    Studio: BBC Four
    Distributor: BBC
    Synthesizers
    System 55 (1964)
    Theremin (1920)
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