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Why do they usually change the pitch of a song in a movie?

Asked by klaas4 (2181points) July 30th, 2008

They usually up or lower it by 1/2 a tone. Why? Copyright-issues?

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loser's avatar

I hadn’t noticed this. Do you have perfect pitch?

klaas4's avatar

Well I have the Blues Brothers movie and the original soundtrack, and the music in the movie is higher pitched than then soundtrack. It has occurred to me in more movies too.

richardhenry's avatar

They don’t always do this, it’s very rare.

Oh, and you still need a license to use a song, no matter what the pitch.

marinelife's avatar

probably to set a mood or fit in with the rest of the soundtrack. Where’s SndfrQ when we need him?

iJimmy's avatar

Top 40 radio stations will sometimes raise the pitch of songs to make the station seem to be more upbeat and move faster. I assume it is done on movies for much the same reason… to fit better with the scene.

megalongcat's avatar

It might not necessarily be the pitch. I know from experience that sound designers have to compress music in various ways to get it to sync up correctly with the rest of the movie. It could easily arise out of something like that.

hearkat's avatar

Do you mean when the sing changes key? Like Barry Manilow tunes? I think it’s to build a sense of a dramatic surge (for lack of better words).

El_Cadejo's avatar

Im going to have to go with what marina said. I always figured it was so it fit the “feel” of the movie better.

shadling21's avatar

If there is dialogue overtop of the music, they may change the pitch to prevent the two different sound tracks from confusing the viewer. Usually, they can speed up or slow down a song without altering the pitch. In older movies, maybe this wasn’t possible, though…

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