A Theory of Film Music

This video essay is a response to the Every Frame A Painting video, ‘The Marvel Symphonic Universe’:

Should film music be original? That’s a question that goes right back to the earliest of film sound. But with new technology came changes – and just maybe, the answer to why all Marvel films seem to have forgettable music.

This video was made by Dan Golding:

For educational purposes only.

All credit to Tony Zhou for his incredible channel, and for finally getting me motivated enough to make a video essay.

Archival and interview footage:

John Williams conducts The Empire Strikes Back:
Hans Zimmer talks The Dark Knight Rises:
Hans Zimmer: the making of Interstellar:
Man Of Steel Soundtrack – Percussion:
The Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star:
Academy Awards 1936:
Pierre Boulez conducts The Rite of Spring:
S. Rachmaninov. Symphony 1:
Adorno about Popular Music:
John Williams conducts The Force Awakens:
Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe:
The Searchers:

Music Cues and film score excerpts:

John Williams – Let There Be Light (Close Encounters of the Third Kind)
Hans Zimmer – Message From Home (Interstellar)
King’s Row – Erich Wolfgang Korngold
How The West Was Won – Alfred Newman
Star Wars – John Williams
2001: A Space Odyssey – Strauss: Also Spruck Zarathustra
Troy – James Horner
Enemy At The Gates – James Horner
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan – James Horner
Avatar – James Horner
Inception – Hans Zimmer
Driving Miss Daisy – Hans Zimmer
Chinatown – Jerry Goldsmith
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest – Hans Zimmer
The Dark Knight – Hans Zimmer
Man of Steel – Hans Zimmer

All films and music owned by their respective rights holders.