We need to talk about tension: how does music create tension in cinema?

jones, Max (2015) We need to talk about tension: how does music create tension in cinema? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This study considers the role of music in film, how it is used to evoke emotion within it’s audience and how these techniques are manipulated to create a sense of tension. The study examines compositional techniques that are considered synonymous with tense cinema, and psychological theories are explored in an attempt to explain why these hold such an affect over the audience. A short public survey was undertaken to examine audience awareness in the narrative function of music in film; with the results showing that the majority of participants did consider it an important aspect of building tension in cinema. This study confirmed the importance of three key aspects in the creation of tense film music; A strong audio-visual relationship, an understanding of the conventions of film music, and an original approach.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Creative Technologies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2015 09:15
    Last Modified: 02 Jul 2015 09:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/17589

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