Everything we watch has a background score: thematic music that is specifically written for a scene or a character or a mood. In this panel, we survey soundtracks from many popular shows to analyze and celebrate how music creates contrast, elevates emotions, and in some cases, drives the narrative.
Part 1 - Why music?
Part 2 - Creating Emotion via Tone and Contrast
Part 3 - World Building via Association and Motif
Part 4 - Diegetic Music
Part 5 - Synthesis
Sources, Inspiration, and Further Reading
See also: an earlier version of this panel from Youmacon 2018