Questions related to sound and music recorded for a motion picture or television show.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

21
votes
2answers
1k views

Why did Ennio Morricone write the soundtrack of “The Thing” (1982) instead of John Carpenter?

There is something I always found odd about the soundtrack of John Carpenter's 1982 version of "The Thing". It has a very atmospheric and fitting subtle synthesizer soundtrack, which is indeed very ...
15
votes
3answers
982 views

Why are most sounds dubbed in afterwards for movies, instead of being recorded live?

I've heard that sounds tend to be dubbed in afterwards, rather than being recorded live. Everything from walking to opening and shutting doors. What is the reason for doing this?
15
votes
1answer
468 views

Why is the Salieri-Mozart relationship projected falsely in the movie Amadeus?

Anselm H├╝ttenbrenner was a composer who studied with Salieri and it has been noted in Antonio Salieri and Viennese Opera and quoting him Of Mozart, he always spoke with the most extraordinary ...
13
votes
2answers
859 views

Why the discrepancy between the sound levels of dialogue and music in older movies?

I'm new to this community so I apologise if this type of question isn't permitted here. I've been watching a lot of older films lately (older, in this instance reads "circa 80's and 70's" and mainly ...
13
votes
1answer
342 views

Was Disney's The Black Hole the last film to feature an overture?

I have a soft spot for 1979's The Black Hole and, in particular, John Barry's beautiful score for it. It appears that this film, plus Star Trek: The Motion Picture (in the same year) were the last ...
12
votes
2answers
473 views

Does the movie featured in this Mike and the Mechanics music video exist?

In the 1980s Genesis spin off group "Mike and the Mechanics" released a song called, "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)." The video (a copy on youtube) is the subject of a question I've been trying ...
9
votes
1answer
2k views

Who wrote the School of Rock blackboard?

Can someone give more information about School of Rock blackboard? Who wrote it? Is there any information pertaining to this?
8
votes
2answers
405 views

What songs have been cut or not been used in “The Wall”?

Pink Floyd released the influential and psychic-analytical album "The Wall" in 1979. The album was then used as the soundtrack of a film with the same name "The Wall" in 1982. As the film has not the ...
8
votes
1answer
1k views

How was it possible to use the theme music of Mission Impossible in Ace Ventura Pet Detective?

I was watching Ace Ventura Pet Detective today and observed a very interesting thing. The soundtrack of Mission Impossible is used in a scene where Jim Carrey is seen entering the bathroom of Camp and ...
8
votes
1answer
1k views

Do Breaking Bad and Firefly have the same intro music?

I know that the intro for Breaking Bad only has a few notes in it but they are remarkably similar to those in "The Ballad of Serenity" from Firefly. If it is the case that they are connected, is there ...
7
votes
1answer
271 views

Unrelated Cast Songs for the Credits

At the end of "There's Something about Mary" (1998) the characters sing "Build me up, Buttercup" which seems to be fairly unrelated to the film and at the time unique. Was TSaM the first film to ...
7
votes
2answers
249 views

Why hasn't Scarlett Johansson performed either of her Oscar-nominated songs at the Oscars?

This might be too tangential for the Movies Stack Exchange, but I think it's an interesting question. Scarlett Johansson is a singer as well as an actress. She's made two albums and been nominated for ...
5
votes
2answers
286 views

What is the theme music of Breaking Bad?

Where does the theme of Breaking Bad (intros and sometimes during the episodes) come from? Is it a song or a short piece written specifically for this show? Also can it be found on any official CD ...
5
votes
1answer
144 views

Are these songs made for the movies or are they bought by the producers?

I have heard several songs by different artists or bands which are used in their albums as well as in the movies. So sometimes I don't understand whether these songs are made for the films or they are ...
5
votes
1answer
242 views

The Morning Report song in The Lion King

I was a child of Disney and we had a VHS copy of the Lion King. I watched it many many times but never saw a song called "The Morning Report" with Rowan Atkinson singing as Zazu but it appears on ...
5
votes
1answer
81 views

What are the rules regarding usage of non-featured songs in films?

In films like Step Up, Wikipedia shows some songs as featured songs and some songs as non-featured. Even only featured songs appear on their album. So what are those non-featured songs and what are ...
5
votes
1answer
107 views

The three note danger idiom

There is a three note idiom that has appeared in SEVERAL theatrical releases (comedies) recently that indicates danger. I do not know the notes, but it goes "dum dum DUM", and the viewer knows ...
5
votes
2answers
228 views

Is there any significance to the use of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”?

The classic song "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" is used heavily throughout Die Hard With a Vengeance. Why is it used so much? What connection does the song have with the film?
4
votes
2answers
190 views

What comes first, the music or the take?

Good music in a movie is not only good music but also music that is in sync with what happens on the screen. I can imagine it's not a trivial job to achieve this. So it made me wonder what generally ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

Why did the Gilligan's Island theme song change between seasons?

There was a variation of the Gilligan's Island theme song between seasons. In the first season, the theme song lists the castaways as {...} Gilligan, the Skipper too; the millionaire and his ...
4
votes
1answer
457 views

How is it decided which parts of a movie need background music?

I think the integration of music in a movie plays one of the key roles in producing a great movie. I have also seen some movies like the award-winning "A Separation" which did not have any background ...
4
votes
1answer
10k views

Did the soundtrack of Pitch Perfect cheat and use instruments?

Pitch perfect is a movie based on competitive acapella singing where the only sounds should come from the human voice. It is a great movie and a great soundtrack. But some critics (including Mark ...
4
votes
1answer
64 views

What role does the song “Hong Kong Garden” play in Marie Antoinette?

Sofia Coppola's film Marie Antoinette incorporates small anachronistic elements, chosen very deliberately to help a modern audience understand and identify with its teenage protagonist. This ...
3
votes
1answer
280 views

Why the episode Granite State has intro music at the end?

In the second last episode Granite State of Breaking Bad, something is very unusual, something which has happened for the first time in the Series. The intro music is played at the end of the ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

Is this the inspiration for the music used in Dredd?

In the Dredd film when they show the effects of the Slo-Mo drug. There is this dramatic sound track that represents the effects of the drug. I found a YouTube video of a very similar (if not the ...
3
votes
1answer
18k views

What's the last song that the Expendables team members sing?

Just back from seeing The Expendables 2 and was wondering what was the last song the Expendables team sing at the end?
3
votes
1answer
153 views

What song is being sung in the bar while George is praying?

When George Bailey first enters Martini's bar in It's a Wonderful Life and prays for help, there is a song being sung in the background that isn't in English (possibly Italian?) and while I can't ...
3
votes
2answers
291 views

How do you identify a song in a TV score?

Specifically I'm trying to track down the song playing at the end of Rescue Me, Season 4, Episode 6. A friend was asking me about this. Naturally I assumed with a few Google searches I'd be able to ...
3
votes
2answers
57 views

music used in The Social Network AND Moneyball

There is a song used in both movies, it occurs towards the beginning of each movie around the time that both parties make a "breakthrough". In Moneyball, the music plays when Jonah Hill's character ...
3
votes
1answer
113 views

Soundtrack idioms in movies

I use the term "Soundtrack idiom" to mean a very short musical phrase that immediately informs the viewer that the scene has shifted to a new location, and also suggests where the location is. A ...
2
votes
1answer
859 views

What is the song played by India throughout the movie?

The movie Stoker is full of symbolism (it at least feels that way). A few times we observe India playing a song on the piano, and in a pivotal scene she is joined by her Uncle Charlie. Because of the ...
2
votes
2answers
48 views

Theme from the short-lived series “Girls Club”

What was the theme song in David E. Kelley's short-lived TV series Girls Club? According to Wikipedia the opening theme is "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" by Laura Dawn", but ...
2
votes
1answer
79 views

Identify this movie about a deaf piano player

I remember watching this sometime back in the 80's. It is about a deaf piano player. I remember one scene where everyone has abandoned him except his female agent. She watches him play the piano ...
2
votes
1answer
133 views

What is the song in the hospital scene in The Godfather

In the first Godfather movie, when Michael Corleone goes to the hospital to check up on his father, he notices that all the guards are missing. There is a very very trippy song playing in the ...
2
votes
1answer
127 views

Zombieland - Estasi Dell Anima track

From the Zombieland score, there is a track "Estasi Dell Anima", from when Tallahassee locks himself in the booth at Pacific Playland to distract all the zombies. Does anyone know, is this piece ...
2
votes
1answer
118 views

What is the song that Lupin plays at the end?

What is the song Lupin plays at the end of Prisoner of Azkaban, when he's resigning, not the one with the boggart? I already know the boggart scene one, it is Hot Liquorice by Dick Walters, but I am ...
2
votes
1answer
94 views

Are there any movies which use both a remix and its original in their soundtrack?

I was thinking how neat it would be if a song was used early on in the movie, and a more intense electronic-style remix used later on, after the tension/action has escalated a fair bit. Are there any ...
2
votes
0answers
48 views

Name of soundtrack from New Girl s3e13?

In New Girl season 3 episode 13, Nick makes a surprise birthday video for Jess. I want to know which soundtrack is playing in the background of the video. Thanks in advance.
1
vote
2answers
780 views

What's that song at the end of Dexter S08E08?

Dexter comes home, hears the Make your own kind of music song, then sees the dead kid and dramatic melody starts playing. How is it called?
1
vote
1answer
39 views

What is the song being played in the suicide scene in Disconnect?

I'm not sure wether this question should be posted in the Movies & TV or in the Music site, but I don't know wether this song was composed for the film or not so I'll post it here: What is the ...
1
vote
1answer
32 views

Does the main title theme from JAG have a name?

I'm wondering that on the pilot soundtrack of JAG the main theme is segued into from "Engage and Destroy", but I don't think it's part of the same track. Does the title actually have a name, or just ...
1
vote
1answer
82 views

80's magic/evil/walkman movie

I watched a bit of a movie when I was a kid in the 80s and I couldn't see more about it. It's a doubt that has followed me for my whole life, so I'm asking you people for help. All I remember is that ...
1
vote
1answer
127 views

What is the name of the song that plays following “Sweetie, you and me are going to make the baby?”

In the film Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, there is a scene in which we see Stewie Griffin ruminate about where babies come from. In Stewie's imagination, a giant stork flies into a window and ...
1
vote
1answer
277 views

Is “The Merry-Go-Round of Life” from Howl's Moving Castle a song in the public domain? [closed]

Is "The Merry-Go-Round of Life" from Howl's Moving Castle a song in the public domain? In particular, was it written specifically for the movie, or was it a public-domain waltz that the producer ...
1
vote
0answers
13 views

Was Miss Gulch's 'theme' original?

In The Wizard of Oz, while Dorothy is still in Kansas before the tornado, the mean old lady Mrs. Gulch, from a couple farms over who rode the bicycle and kept threatening Toto had sort of a menacing ...
1
vote
0answers
66 views

What was the meaning of the country song in the episode “Aus der Tiefe der Zeit”?

The Dominik Graf directed Tatort episode "Aus der Tiefe der Zeit" repeatedly employs a certain country song as in-scene background music at various occasions. More or less anytime when some music ...
0
votes
1answer
56 views

The Reaping alternate soundtrack [closed]

I liked 'The Reaping' film, however the John Frizell soundtrack seemed a safe choice compared to the usually suspenseful work of Philip Glass which was rejected for some reason. Why was the original ...
0
votes
1answer
2k views

What's the song which plays at the end, just before the credits?

What's the song which plays at the end, just before the credits? I have searched for the OST. But couldn't find the song.
0
votes
1answer
129 views

Pieces of music playing when Eastwood attempts to kill the radio officer

In the classic Maclean flick, Where Eagles Dare, what are the pieces of music that the radio operator is listening to before/when Clint Eastwood tries to kill him with a knife? I've been informed that ...
0
votes
0answers
25 views

Closing credit music for the Polanski movie Venus in Fur

What is the classical music piece played in the closing credits for the Roman Polanski movie Venus in Fur?