No, this post is not about the volume of good noise coming from your iPod straight into your cochlear bones but the strong tendency of posing-as-documentary film producers to abuse music to add weight to their claims. Have you noticed how the base melody of the song « Brazil » follows Mike Moore every time he enters a government office ? And would « Loose Change » had this much impact without the four piano notes that follow the speaker’s voice ? Now that documentary editing uses the full palette of digital compositing, the soundtrack has to evolve acordingly. And that’s where the problem is : strong emotional-rendering parts are not so numerous. So, when a producer needs to achieve a top impact message delivery, his crewmembers pick into the same good stock that everybody uses. The « genre » is so self-referning that all documentaires nom look and sound like the worst propaganda. Take a look at this one and tell me if you actually believe in the good intentions of the producers.
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