Friday, December 6, 2013

Musical Minimalism

Alan Zilberman looks at how movie music has moved away from the big blaring scores of the 80s and 90s and towards more subtle, moody compositions, such as the one heard in the trailer for director Bryan Singer’s 2014 release X-Men: Days of Future Past:

“The string instruments hit familiantes before an extreme close-up of an eye ball, and the trailer already feels significant. The music is the reason why: simple and elegant, it lingers on the notes and builds momentum through a haunting, repetitive piano melody. This music was not made for the trailer; in fact, the piece is from another movie entirely.”

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