there’s something special and tactile experiencing a well executed club scene as it appears in film. the way the sound mix has been tailored to carve out a space for the track to sit in, usually drenched in reverb and throbbing against an onset of strobing visuals. obviously it doesn’t compare to actually being out and having your ears destroyed :p, live sound is always exciting but this can capture the feeling. as i’ve attended a film festival the last few years and seen quite a few films, a lot of them being art-house and/or experimental works that toy with their medium; i’ve been naturally curious and drawn to how electronic music can be used as a tool in the director’s favour. an early example would be Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting:
try to see through the shit upload quality if you can. this iconic scene comes later after the devastating moment where Spud finds his mate’s baby has died. the Underworld Dark Train kick starts thumping in the background feeding the feeling or urgency, anxiety and the need for a sustained high. it’s also playful and dare i say adds a sense of fun. i find it to be a great example of how a dance track can lift a scene, it’s a character in itself.
to add some more examples from some more contemporary of-the moment films i’ll add this opening scene from Victoria 2015 – i was sitting with my mate ready for this film and then my favourite DJ Koze track starts echoing throughout the theatre rumbling my seat as the opening credits crawl. let me tell you i was grinning ear to ear, my mate none the wiser. the track plays for a hefty length too which not only gave a sense of settling into the films rhythm but also a sense of the director in no rush to tell his story – the entire film is in one take. i highly recommend it, here’s the scene in which the film finds its protagonist in the club:
another great example of electronic music used in film is last year’s Climax by Gaspar Noé. unfortunately i can’t find my favourite scene on youtube so this one will have to do:
it just hit bluray so check it out.
i’ll post more examples and type more soon, need2 sleep