posted on Jun, 19 2019 @ 10:31 PM
Incidental music is expected in movies and other productions, it's a cultural thing now. It isn't so big on low budget productions, or independent
films though. For an example . . .
I'm a western movie and TV show fan. I've noticed the changes from the 1950s through to the present, and background music is one aspect that changed
about every decade.
The classic 1950s and early 60s cowboy movies and TV shows had some pretty crappy music that changed in the 70s with the spaghetti western movies.
Then for the next couple of decades the incidental music became a nod to the earlier classic westerns as better versions or was just general stock
music used in action films.
More recent westerns, esp. independent movies, have very little background music that is tied to the old classic forms for the most part. If they do
produce a formula style western based on the classics, ie more exaggerated action and some kind of classic plot, the classic style music tends to help
the exaggerations. In more realistic productions, the music, no matter how good, tends to distract from realism by forcing a western flavor or other
mood when the scene doesn't need it. Some independent productions use very little incidental music to give it a more realistic and gritty feel.
Personally I like the mood created by the music in some of the more popular spaghetti westerns vs the older classics. For me it created an interesting
surreal atmosphere for an otherwise crappy production. So, if used effectively, incidental music adds a lot and if improperly used it can wreck an
otherwise good production. Little or no music at all is to far from the expectations of the audience and will kill a good production and destroy a
Then there are movies like "Oh Brother Where art thou?" where the music was a major feature that created a mood, but wasn't incidental. Let's not even
talk about musicals.
edit on 19-6-2019 by MichiganSwampBuck because: Added extra comments