*raises hand* Hi there i’m Emma, i’m a self confessed soundtrack fanatic & addict.
I have a bizarre skill. Is it a skill? Is it a passion? Maybe a hobby? Did I miss a career boat?
I hadn’t actually had any intention of writing anything about this particular part of myself however, I figured since I have just started inputting into the blogosphere, why not? Isn’t the point of blogging to express the weird and wonderful…
From an extremely young age i’ve had a pretty good ear for hearing the power behind the music selected for film, be it old films, young films, animations, kids films, advertisements… the list goes on. For me, this has always been a little bit of a cherished gift, a little something that I love about myself. I tackled dyslexia and growing up was (as for so many others) a real struggle in the classroom. Help was required to help me write… in the right direction, from the correct side of the page and with the text book facing upwards not upside down. In addition to this, I was a lefty so you can only imagine the monstrosity of my school work at this point. An element of my particular dyslexia is that I have a form of short term memory loss and it’s exceptionally bad when it comes to absorbing pure auditory information. So the phrase ‘in one ear out the other’ has my name written all over it. Remind you of anyone?
This certainly explains why I was utterly diabolical at languages at school, borderline embarrassing… for my poor teachers, just ask my school friends. Over time I grasped that I was a visual learner and visual stimuli was essential in order to help information actually enter the brain, take a seat and stick around. So visuals alongside intense repetition was the way for me to learn.
There’s a little background and I suppose you’re wondering how this ties in? Well, over time I began falling in love with film scores and I found myself remembering music from exact scenes, with exact actors and sometimes the day, year and scenario I first ever heard it. As my interest began to grow, I found myself being able to hear what composer had written the score without actually knowing who it is. I can hear a style and relate it back to other films they’ve worked on.
When I hear a soundtrack, regardless of whether or not I have watched the film yet, I see. As you can imagine, this skill would have been exceptionally useful at school especially for my GCSE French Listening exam (that did not go well). When it came to revising for my A-Levels, I drew diagrams and listened to different soundtracks for different modules of each subject. It helped me to retain the information and kept me happy whilst doing it. Peculiar huh?!
Over the years i’ve heard many remarks about my taste in music and not all polite i’ll tell you now. In fact there have been many housemates, friends and family that have thrown me the ‘what the f**k!’ face when i’ve had my iPod blaring and a slightly odd piece presents itself through the speakers sandwiched in between the normality of Taylor Swift and Foo Fighters …
I’ll tell you what spurred on this blog post. I watched the trailer and heard a couple of excerpts from a shiny new film that was released in December, Quentin Tarantino’s, The Hateful Eight. Unfortunately, it did not make it to cinema over here in Jersey so i’m yet to even see it. However, I remember turning to my fiancèe and informing him after viewing the trailer “the soundtrack is incredible, I can tell, you just wait it’s going to be exceptional”. So now it’s safe to say I have thoroughly exhausted the soundtrack (by Ennio Morricone) prior to even viewing the film itself. Next thing I know…. The Hateful Eight has won an award at the 2016 Oscars for it’s sensational soundtrack, much to the delight of the phenomenal Italian composer Ennio Morricone, the 84 year old maestro, master and creator.
Now that i’ve introduced this theme, i’ll be posting more about music in the movie world. Honestly though, just wondering…have I missed something here? Do careers even exist in such a space as this?