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Recording and Producing Audio for Media by Stanley R. Alten

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Chapter 16. Music Underscoring

Music is elemental. Its sonic combinations are infinite, and its aesthetic values fulfill basic human needs. It is a tonal analogue to forms of human response, bearing “close logical similarity to conflict and resolution, speed, arrest, terrific excitement, calm, dreamy lapses.”[1] Therein lies its power in underscoring—adding background music that enhances the content of a scene by evoking a particular idea, emotion, point of view, or atmosphere.

Music is generally thought of as an art form that evokes emotion. That is true, of course. It provides affective information—information related to feeling and mood. But it also provides cognitive information—information related to mental processes of knowledge, reasoning, ...

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