“SE7EN” A MUSICAL & PSYCHOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF HOWARD SHORE’S ORIGINAL SCORE
In the soundtrack for the motion picture “Se7en,” Howard Shore uses simplicity to his advantage, implementing the number seven as a quantitative value into his compositions while still delivering an incredibly powerful and unique score. Whether it be the note length, phrase length, or other serializable musical values, Shore draws upon these aspects throughout the entirety of the film - following the build of intensity with orchestral and electronic elements. All of this aids in creating a thread of continuity that manages to pair the music with the story in a seamless way. To outline some of Shore’s writing and the psychological aspects I will demonstrate his motivic approach with the final product being analyses of sections as they each pertain either to characters or to the seven deadly sins.
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Eddins, Peter W. ““SE7EN” A MUSICAL & PSYCHOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF HOWARD SHORE’S ORIGINAL SCORE.” Master's thesis, Berklee College of Music, 2015. https://remix.berklee.edu/graduate-studies-scoring/27.