Electronic Music Experimentation In The Films Of Alfred Hitchcock #MusicMonday


The history of criticism on Alfred Hitchcock has a had a strange path. First, American critics thought he was a schlocky suspense maestro. Then the French critics thought he was a secret avant-garde genius. Then some American filmmakers looked at the French criticism on Hitchcock, took it literally, and incorporated Hitchcock’s pop-art toolkit into their own avant-garde movie experiments. Those experiments created the second wave of American blockbusters, which the critics reviled as schlocky action movies that flew in the face of great classical directors like Alfred Hitchcock.

One thing that was never in dispute is Hitchcock’s technical innovation. Everyone knows about the dolly zoom and the montage — but what’s not as well know are Hithcock’s experiments with electronic music. Here’s more from Reverb:

From the start, Alfred Hitchcock took a keen interest in the music in his films—and, indeed, musical motifs featured in the plotlines of some of his biggest ’30s successes (Read more on Reverb : https://bit.ly/3cBEHli). Watch along as Joe discusses the music in his films and how electronic experimentation was explored to be the sound of some iconic characters and bizarre situations.

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