Is this as totally wrong as I think it is?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by pklima, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. pklima


    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    One of those "not sure where to stick this" threads.

    I somehow got dragged into playing a gig doing live music for a silent horror movie from 2005. The drummer's telling me I should play mostly drones and also do scary black metal vocals. But isn't doing any kind of vocals just totally missing the point of doing a silent movie? I mean, that seems as wrong as saying all the lines of dialogue, too.
  2. ChessTiger


    Oct 26, 2012
    Yep, that is why it is called a silent movie. The music is suppose to set the mood of the movie.
  3. Ajak


    Mar 31, 2012
    Bern, Switzerland
    Maybe he meant just growling "uuh" not words. Probably just pretty subtle just to create a little bit more atmosphere. Just a thought.
  4. pklima


    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Yeah, not words. But to me any human voice seems totally wrong, whether there are words involved or not.
  5. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    It's ART man!!! Unfortunately, I don't know from art..........
  6. In silent movies, the music is to set the atmosphere and heighten the mood at select spots. I'd say there's nothing wrong per se about using your voice, as long as it's done selectively and sparingly.

    Try watching some old silent films to get an idea of what you should do.
    Anything by Fritz Lang (e.g. Metropolis) or starring Lon Chaney (e.g. The Phantom of the Opera) would be good.
  7. PlungerModerno


    Apr 12, 2012
    Well the human voice is an instrument - well pretty close. Extremely flexible in some - and able to produce far more than words. Depending on the film you could go from merry whistling to death metal grunting, retching roaring and the like - to cover a wide variety of effects. I'd imagine there are more than a few ways to choreograph a scene with a mix of instrumental and vocal effects that would intrigue and immerse an audience. Oh and enjoy yourself immensely!

  8. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    In Black Metal, the vocals are about texture, not words. Perhaps that is what he was trying to get across. He wants that raspy texture. Same could be accomplished by cutting bass and mid and boosting treble on the rhythm guitar, a la NIN's remix of Symphony of Destruction ().
  9. pklima


    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Maybe a better question would be: will it offend some silent movie purists in the audience? I got no clue.