Analysis On ' Blood Ritual '

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Modulations
The score, however, does not just contain catchy bass lines and majestic melodies, but is also full of modulations. Klaus Badelt has set the standard for such modulations like the extract shown below from “Blood Ritual”. “Blood Ritual” contains a very slow and solemn introduction as it depicts the pirates trying to regain their real identity. This modulation is based upon the tonic intervals of D minor, which then descends to A minor. Since it is slow-paced, it allows for the listener to hear the clear change of key signature, fulfilling the purpose of a true modulation. By establishing this transformation, Badelt creates interest, and also shows that there is an oscillation of moods within the pirates.
Hans Zimmer has defined the term “modulation” in a different manner and by adding a multiple variations in the extract below. Zimmer’s quick permutation adjoins two different themes related to Jack within the piece that was dedicated to him, entitled “Jack Sparrow”. In this case, it acts a bridge between these two themes, maintaining a high level of suspense. In this extract, each chord is a modulation of the previous one. But however, it is noted that before and after the extract both are in the key of D minor. Contrary hand motion with irregular chromatic intervals, as shown above, helps to maintain suspense as it acts as a breath-holder, so that the audience neither blinks nor breathes in order to follow the action. This corresponds exactly to the movies, as…

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