Journal: Response to Chapter 1 and 2 #1 In the first chapter Kalinak aims at explaining the roles played by music in the film. Hence it can be argued that Kalinak’s central point in the first chapter is to illustrate the contributions of music in a film. As a result the author notes that music in the film is crucial in the establishment of setting. It is also vital in creating a particular atmosphere in cinema. Music primary role in formulating conflict with the audience. However Kalinak’s piece of work left me with various questions; does the use of music in films directly relate with the audiences’ facial expressions and could certain music diverse the audience’s attention of watching a movie? This is because music engages the audience by undercutting certain emotions that would be conventional. The feelings assist in disconnecting the audience with the mistreated people and enhance emotional connection based on psychopath. [...]
1. What is Kalinak's main point in the first chapter, and how does she use the Reservoir Dogs example to illustrate her main point? 2. In Chapter 2 ("How Film Music Works") Kalinak introduces terms relating to the technical aspects of music, and then relates some of those terms to the concept of "musical conventions." Which of the technical terms do you find easiest to understand and why? What does Kalinak mean by "musical conventions" and why are they useful. 3. After reading both of these chapters, thinking about your own experience of watching movies / experiencing soundtracks, what questions do you have? What aspects of film music, as presented by Kalinak interest you most and why?