Do you dislike all electronic music for silents?

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Re: Do you dislike all electronic music for silents?

Unread post by Donald Binks » Sun Feb 15, 2015 6:38 pm

Even in recent times, otherwise highly competent accompanists sometimes just can't resist things like playing "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer" when a gypsy camp is bringing in a deer to roast, or "There'll be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight"
Likewise "It Had to be You" has been heard played during a lovers' tryst and "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" when a voluptuous maiden is in a bathing scene... the temptations can't be resisted it appears.
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Re: Do you dislike all electronic music for silents?

Unread post by Rodney » Mon Feb 16, 2015 9:42 pm

Yes, and I've heard "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" when Christine wakes up in the Phantom's underground boudoir. It was common to do this back in the day, though, so you can't exactly call it an a-historical practice. Nowadays they'd be using "Roar" and "Who Let the Dogs Out."

But these stories do remind us that it's not whether you use theater organ, piano, small ensemble, a full orchestra, or electronic instruments to that determines a good score; but the taste and talent of the people operating those instruments.
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Re: Do you dislike all electronic music for silents?

Unread post by Donald Binks » Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:54 pm

You know what you've done here, don't you? Yes, given me the idea to create a thread in the "Silents" section - The Most Inappropriate tunes to use as accompaniments! :D Thanks gentlemen! Could be fun.
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