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

There is something I have 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 ...
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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?
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Why the discrepancy between the sound levels of dialogue and music in older movies?

I've been watching a lot of older films lately (older, in this instance reads "circa 80's and 70's" and mainly in the Sci-Fi and action genres), and have been asking myself the same thing as I watch ...
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Why is the Salieri-Mozart relationship projected falsely in the movie Amadeus?

Anselm Hüttenbrenner 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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Did the actors sing for Pitch Perfect?

I was quite baffled after watching Pitch Perfect because the songs were really enticing. Moreover, I felt that the songs in the movie were much better than the original songs. Did the actors really ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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What is the term for that style device when a soundtrack turns out to be heard within the reality of the film?

I believe the initial scene of Eyes Wide Shut is an example for this. I am sure I've heard a fancy term for the use of a piece of soundtrack that turns out to be heard within the film itself. How is ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why is Walter White riding on “A Horse with No Name”?

At the beginning of the Breaking Bad episode "Caballo Sin Nombre" (S03E02) Walt drives his Aztek through the desert singing along to America's "A Horse with No Name" on the radio, before getting ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why didn't The Wellingtons record the revised Gilligan's Island theme song?

The original version of the Gilligan's Island theme song was recorded by The Wellingtons. According to "Here on Gilligan's Isle", the second (and third) season version of the song was performed by a ...
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What are the lyrics to the Game of Thrones theme?

In S04E10 of Game of Thrones as Arya is sailing to Bravos, the show's theme begins to play, only it is accompanied by a choir singing a song. This was quite unusual as we never heard that theme music ...
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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 ...
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What is the difference between a movie's soundtrack, and it's score?

Title says it. What is the difference between a movie's soundtrack, and its score?
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“Highlander” music used as New Line Cinema theme song

There's a beautiful violin theme in the movie Highlander, after Connor MacLeod has been driven out of his village and is now with his new wife. It's a 6-note riff that is played very high, then an ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Where is the music from the Interstellar trailer from?

The trailer for the new Christopher Nolan film "Interstellar" was just released. The music used is very familiar but I cannot pin down the source. It is present throughout the whole clip, but is most ...
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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?
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Why does the score not match the movie's atmosphere?

The main theme of the movie "The Third Man" sounds weird to me! The movie is dark and full of mystery, but the theme is something funny and happy! What's the reason behind this apparently intended ...
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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 ...
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Films released in additional version without the score?

I once saw a scene from Silence of the Lambs without the post-sound work. It was significantly less scary, hardly even creepy... This got me thinking: in rather emotional movies, the score adds a ...
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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 ...
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What do Hans and Anna mean when they Jinx each other in “Love Is an Open Door”?

I'm used to the word jinx referring to bringing bad luck on someone, which would be out of character for Hans and Anna to openly do to each other. So I'm guessing that jinx in this context is slang ...
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Usage of “The Sound Of Silence” in The Graduate?

In the movie The Graduate, the Simon & Garfunkel song "The Sound Of Silence" is used 4 or 5 times. There's even an instrumental version in one scene. I can't think of any other movie where one ...
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Does Jane Kaczmarek actually whistle in “Mrs. Tri-County”?

In the finale to season 6 of Malcolm in the Middle, Lois whistles impressively on stage. I can't seem to find a credit for who actually did the whistling: was it recorded (and from whom), or does the ...
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In the Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) Marlon Brando's character plays what piece on the piano?

In the 1996 film adaptation of the Island of Dr. Moreau, starring Val Kilmer and Marlon Brando. Brando's character, Dr. Moreau, plays a duet with one of his deformed creations. What is the piano piece ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What is the song that Lupin plays at the end? [closed]

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 ...
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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 ...
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How to describe the music that appears in the background of EVERY Egyptian related scene?

I was watching Sherman and Mr. Peabody, and in the Egyptian scene they started to play that prototypical Egyptian background music that sounds like a mixture of sitar and flute. It is very hard to ...
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What is the music at the end credits of Better Call Saul? [closed]

One of the features that made Breaking Bad such a great series was its clever use of music to enhance the tone and atmosphere of many scenes. Some of the soundtrack used existing music for great ...
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Variations of the same song

What is the name of the term used for when the soundtrack composer, creates a song and the other songs are variations of the same song. For example, in the movie Inception, The Last of the Mohicans, ...
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What is the song played in the radio station just before the semi-finals? [closed]

This song was a remix composed by Beca in the movie. What is the song played in the radio station just before the semi-finals?