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Film Music / Study 7
Is it more effective to use cliches that will elicit specific emotional responses from the listener or to use authentic music?
How much should the film's time and place influence the score? Take a film such as Spartacus. Is it more important to have music sound ancient or to utilize nearly accurate Roman music?
Does precisely researched music performed on authentic instruments add as much to a score as the prevalent but incorrect perception of the music?
This question can be easily tested by showing one group of subjects a scene from a movie set in a foreign place accompanied by authentic music.
A second group should be shown the scene with music that moviegoers perceive to be ethnically accurate. Which music is more effective in setting the scene and eliciting emotion?