Inside Music Curation | Soundtracks

Soundtracks and instrumental scores show the magic of music curation up close - by matching music to media, it makes up an important part of the emotional resonance of movies and more. We're diving into iconic soundtracks, musical movie moments and more!


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Inside Music Curation Episode 41 | Soundtracks 


At Feed Media Group, we are dedicated to helping businesses power music in apps. Today, we have our esteemed colleagues from the music curation team here to talk about all things related to music curation; from genres to use cases and music trends.

In this episode, we discussed Soundtracks.


00:00:00 - 00:20:00

In this section, the Feed Media Group team discusses soundtracks' role in enhancing the screen experience. They explore different types of soundtracks, such as those curated with specific artists or for musicals. The cultural context provided by soundtracks is also highlighted, as they can introduce younger generations to older music. The team members share personal experiences with soundtracks and how they influence their music discovery process. They also discuss the significance of period soundtracks that capture the essence of a specific time period. Overall, soundtracks are seen as a nostalgic and influential part of the music industry, evoking emotions and creating a lasting impact on audiences.

00:00:00 In this section, the team at Feed Media Group discusses the topic of soundtracks. They mention how soundtracks are like the original music curators, enhancing the screen experience with the music in movies and TV shows. They talk about the various types of soundtracks, from musicals to ones curated with specific artists. They also highlight the cultural context that soundtracks provide and how they can introduce younger generations to older music. The team members share their personal experiences with soundtracks and how they have influenced their music discovery process. They also mention the significance of period soundtracks that capture the essence of a specific time period. Overall, soundtracks are seen as a nostalgic and influential part of the music industry.

00:05:00 In this section, the speakers discuss the importance of soundtracks in movies and how they contribute to the overall experience. They mention examples like the use of Prince's song in Sing and the fitting music choices in Goodfellas. They also express their dislike for modern music being used in period pieces and highlight the importance of properly aligning the music with the scene. They touch on movies centered around dancing, like Footloose and Dirty Dancing, and how the soundtracks play a significant role in those films. Ultimately, they emphasize the power of soundtracks to evoke emotions and create a lasting impact on audiences.

00:10:00 In this section, the speakers discuss the impact of soundtracks on popular culture and the relationship between music and film. They mention the Garden State soundtrack as a significant moment for indie rock crossing into the mainstream. They also touch on the power of music in creating a specific atmosphere and enhancing scenes in movies. Additionally, they explore different approaches to film soundtracks, including drawing from popular music, making music popular through films, and commissioning original music from well-known artists. They conclude that having a good soundtrack can distinguish a true blockbuster movie and that even smaller films can benefit from carefully selected music.

00:15:00 In this section, the conversation revolves around the nostalgia and impact of soundtracks in movies and TV shows. The speakers discuss the timeless quality of certain soundtracks, such as those by Quincy Jones, Phil Collins, and Elton John. They also question whether recent soundtracks have had the same level of impact and popularity. The conversation expands to include the role of soundtracks in animated movies and the influence of streaming platforms on how content, including soundtracks, are consumed. Additionally, the speakers touch on the growing importance of TV shows as a source of music discovery. Overall, the section highlights the evolution and changing dynamics of music curation in the context of soundtracks.

00:20:00 In this section, the participants discuss the power of pairing visuals with music and how it affects the audience on an emotional level. They mention the goosebumps-inducing effect of watching music documentaries and how it creates a strong connection between the viewer and the artist's story. They also highlight the importance of music supervisors and their ability to cater to the visual and storytelling aspects of a show while also bringing their own personal style. They touch on the use of original soundtracks and covers in TV and film, and how they provide opportunities for songwriters to get their music out there. They give examples of successful pairings between music and visuals, such as the music in the TV show Nashville and the collaboration between Dolly Parton and Whitney Houston. Overall, the discussion highlights the significant role that music plays in enhancing the viewing experience and creating a deeper connection with the audience.

00:25:00 In this section, the participants discuss their favorite soundtracks. One participant mentions the soundtrack for the movie "Attack the Block" as well as "Beverly Hills Cop," while another mentions the movie "Now and Then" and the epic Hall and Oates scene in "500 Days of Summer." They also discuss the impact of Quentin Tarantino's soundtracks, particularly in movies like "Kill Bill," "Pulp Fiction," and "Reservoir Dogs." Eddie Vedder's acoustic soundtrack for "Into the Wild" is also mentioned. The conversation ends with a mention of other notable soundtracks like "Fight Club" and "The Exorcist" before wrapping up.

Thank you for joining us today, and we hope you enjoyed this journey through the world of Soundtracks. Stay tuned for more exciting discussions on music curation in future episodes.


About the live video series:

At Feed Media Group (FMG), our music curation team excels at handpicking music for businesses. While technology and analytics play a vital role in the curation process, it is the expertise, curiosity, and ability of our music curators to bring the world around us into focus that truly sets our music stations apart.

By staying attuned to pop culture trends and understanding the wider societal context of songs, we are able to craft exceptional music stations. It is this connection, context, and attention to detail that distinguishes our stations from those generated by even the most advanced algorithms used by major streaming platforms.

Come on a journey with us as we delve into the fascinating world of curating music for businesses and brands. We will explore everything from the practical applications to the user experience, taking a deep dive into genres, audience preferences, data analysis, and the latest trends.

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