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Identify how composers create tension and drama for film music and how the music reflects what is happening on screen.

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Where the music reflects directly with the movements on screen.

Diegetic Music

Music or sound that is part of the scene so the characters would be able to hear it, as well as the audience e.g. something playing on a TV they are watching in the film.

Non-Diegetic Music

Music or sound that is not heard by the characters on screen and is for the purpose of the audience only e.g. background music to help create a certain mood.


Music that represents a specific character, place or situation e.g. Darth Vader. The music often returns multiple times throughout the film.


A repeating pattern.


Harmony (chords) that deliberately clash, often used to create tension.

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