Movies and soundtracks are a match made in heaven. They go together like peanut butter and chocolate.
The Power of Movie Soundtracks
All apologies to anyone with a peanut allergy. Great films make us feel something. And nothing pushes my buttons like great music. Movie soundtracks can make or break a film. Music can instantly make us feel happy, sad, or scared. It’s like a super power. I mean, what else can do that?
A New Kind of Language
Songs define a moment in time. I mean, isn’t in amazing how they evoke instant nostalgia? It’s almost like music has become a new kind of language. And movies use this new language to their advantage. For example, filmmakers like Hayao Miyazaki use movie soundtracks to take us on a journey to a distant land. He can communicate thoughts and ideas to his audience without saying a word.
The Origin of the Soundtrack
Movie soundtracks were first commercialized and packaged by Disney. They sold the score to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves on 78 rpm discs. Today, films constantly use hit songs. Sometimes, artists even debut a song as part of the film.
The Synergy of Music and Movies
Footloose, the classic Pop song by Kenny Loggins, was an early example of studios using movie soundtracks and music videos together to promote a film. The music video and the film were almost identical, they fit perfectly together. Later, the studio used the film to build greater awareness of the song. The song and the movie worked hand in hand. Black Panther is a more modern example of this phenomenon. Movie soundtracks are a cornerstone of pop culture.