Even in the most conventional popcorn flick, music often becomes the experimental element, because it’s sound that works in real life, too, as something that veers from and changes conventional storylines. Sound reorders our days, or at least our moods. It wafts out from storefronts, enticing us in; it pushes through the neighbor’s wall, driving us batty. The wrong song on the radio can ruin sex; the right one can inspire a declaration of love. The best composers and song-selecting music supervisors highlight music’s function as part of the autonomic system of daily life, influencing what happens and how we feel about it, even when we don’t even (seem to) hear it.
— Ann Powers on how music works in movies, Petra Haden and Superman
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