MUS110 – September 5, 2013
Minimalism – Repetition
Reservoir Dogs – Quentin Tarantino
Stuck in the Middle With You, 70’s bubble gum hit, used in Torture scene in which a cop had his ear cut off with a
Upbeat/happy, contrasts what’s happening in the scene
Visually, clip emphasized POV of the tortured, which song puts the viewer in the torturer’s head
The Natural – Dir. Barry Levinson, Comp. Randy Newman
Scene 1: Orchestral score played over scene of boy catching baseball in slow motion.
Scene 2: Shows boy as an adult, reminiscing on the past, with quiet, eerie, music in the background. Later
switches to a more, upbeat score.
Scene 3: Boy, as adult, carving a baseball bat, with upbeat, successful music in the background.
Music connects past to present
Themes: Bat, Childhood, Romance
Music outlines/parallels image
o Music reflected the emotion
Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883)
Coined the term, “Total Artwork,” wanting to incorporate all the elements of lighting, visuals, philosophy,
He achieved musical unity, connecting scenes using the same music, and created a flow. (One song,
happy to sad)