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 Posted:   Nov 22, 2013 - 7:10 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

My brother put this question to me tonight, as he's teaching an art class for youngsters, if I have any film music in my collection that evokes specific colors, which kind of threw me for a loop. Can anyone list any film scores or specific cues that evoke colors (like purple, red, blue, ect.)?

 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2013 - 7:37 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

Into The Hole from John Barry's The Black Hole always brings the color red to my mind because Maximillian (the robot) is seen as the Overseer of Hell in the film's climax.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2013 - 8:56 PM   
 By:   captain_avis   (Member)

Well most of Steve Jablonsky's work makes me see red. Does that count?

In all seriousness, this is a tricky question. My answer would be to equate colour with a certain mood and to find film music fitting that mood.

Going strictly on colour alone, off the top of my head, the only thing that's really coming to mind is the Sun's Anvil sequence from Lawrence of Arabia where Jarre brutally conveys the intense light of the sun pounding down on Lawrence and Gazim.

Chris

 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2013 - 12:58 AM   
 By:   Recordman   (Member)

Some doubt that Sinatra actually conducted the music on this 1956 album, but the music of the film score composers featured fits somewhat in this thread. "Frank Sinatra Conducts Tone Poems of Color" (Capitol Records)



Tracks:
1. "White" (Victor Young) – 4:14
2. "Green" (Gordon Jenkins) – 4:05
3. "Purple" (Billy May) – 4:21
4. "Yellow" (Jeff Alexander) – 2:38
5. "Gray" (Alec Wilder) – 4:29
6. "Gold" (Nelson Riddle) – 3:36
7. "Orange" (Nelson Riddle) – 4:57
8. "Black" (Victor Young) – 3:58
9. "Silver" (Elmer Bernstein) – 4:38
10. "Blue" (Alec Wilder) – 4:38
11. "Brown" (Jeff Alexander) – 4:01
12. "Red" (André Previn) – 3:57

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2013 - 1:36 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2013 - 2:47 AM   
 By:   OnlyGoodMusic   (Member)

I can't think of any film score tracks that actually EVOKE colors. You might be better off with concert works that specifically do so, like Arthur Bliss's A Colour Symphony or the various pieces of "color music" by American composer Michael Torke.

 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2013 - 2:50 AM   
 By:   danbeck   (Member)

Psycho evokes the black & white from that film.

 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2013 - 3:18 AM   
 By:   OnlyGoodMusic   (Member)

Black and white aren't colors. wink

 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2013 - 3:35 AM   
 By:   danbeck   (Member)

Black and white aren't colors. wink

I agree on black, but white is a combination of the seven rainbow colors! wink

 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2013 - 7:03 AM   
 By:   OnlyGoodMusic   (Member)

Some doubt that Sinatra actually conducted the music on this 1956 album, but the music of the film score composers featured fits somewhat in this thread. "Frank Sinatra Conducts Tone Poems of Color" (Capitol Records)

Is there any backstory to this truly unique album? WHY would Sinatra have been interested in getting a conductor's credit in the first place. How did this colorful selection of composers come about?

 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2013 - 7:22 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

MARNIE evokes the color Red for me..

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2013 - 7:44 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Does the OP mean scores/cues that deliberately attempt to evoke colors, or subjective responses from listeners?

 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2013 - 8:20 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Does the OP mean scores/cues that deliberately attempt to evoke colors, or subjective responses from listeners?

I'm not exactly sure what my brother meant. I'll probably not be able to help him on this. In the past, he's made specific request for genre music, like Spaghetti Western and Spy Music, that I've been able to help him with.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2013 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Does the OP mean scores/cues that deliberately attempt to evoke colors, or subjective responses from listeners?

I'm not exactly sure what my brother meant. I'll probably not be able to help him on this. In the past, he's made specific request for genre music, like Spaghetti Western and Spy Music, that I've been able to help him with.


I would think he'd mean the former because you'll get all kinds of wacky responses otherwise.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2013 - 8:32 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Some doubt that Sinatra actually conducted the music on this 1956 album, but the music of the film score composers featured fits somewhat in this thread. "Frank Sinatra Conducts Tone Poems of Color" (Capitol Records)



Isn't it established that Sinatra conducted the Columbia Alec Wilder album from the late 1940s?

Also, it's too bad that the CD of "Tone Poems" sounds like it's being smothered.

 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2013 - 8:46 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Really have a hard time wrapping my brain around such a concept. One is visual the other audio. I can only think in the abstract like the Toccata and Fugue segment of Fantasia.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2013 - 9:10 AM   
 By:   films1   (Member)

Im from the UK and we say COLOURS ;-)


Im struggling with this one ... i can say some scores will create mood but colours ... PSYCHO could be described as Black and white music I guess ...

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2013 - 9:39 AM   
 By:   Rexor   (Member)

In all seriousness, this is a tricky question. My answer would be to equate colour with a certain mood and to find film music fitting that mood.


Yeah, I can't recall associating any piece of music with a particular color. However, certain colors have become associated with different things , concepts, and objects. Maybe one can then tie that to a certain musical mood...


Royal Purple = Majestic Music

Blue = Sad music (?)

Burning Red = Fahrenheit 451

White Snow = Blizzard, Battle on the Ice, etc


-Rex

 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2013 - 10:05 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

In all seriousness, this is a tricky question. My answer would be to equate colour with a certain mood and to find film music fitting that mood.


Yeah, I can't recall associating any piece of music with a particular color. However, certain colors have become associated with different things , concepts, and objects. Maybe one can then tie that to a certain musical mood...


Royal Purple = Majestic Music

Blue = Sad music (?)

Burning Red = Fahrenheit 451

White Snow = Blizzard, Battle on the Ice, etc


-Rex


Red = Alarming
Greys= depressing and sadness
Sky Blue= Happiness
Greens= Eeriness

But all those are feelings associated with colors not sounds associate with color.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2013 - 10:11 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Rozsa wrote a sequence in his score for LYDIA, wherein a blind musician evokes various colors as he plays piano, as well as how he imagines the stars at night. Called "Bubbling Stars," the cue has been recorded on various Rozsa compilations.

 
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