#1
Heya all,
Does anyone know why when songs are used in movies, they're usually in a higher key? Google didnt come up with anything helpful
And Bing is the ****TEST search engine ever. But that's another topic... :-)
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#2
They are?

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#3
No idea. What examples have you got for us?
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#4
Why did you use google then told us to use Bing?
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#5
Well I just watched transformers again, and the LP song at the end is

But ive noticed it over the years and havent really thought anything of it til now
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#6
Quote by henza_x
Well I just watched transformers again, and the LP song at the end is

But ive noticed it over the years and havent really thought anything of it til now

Maybe it was just for that specific occurance, the original key didn't hit the spot... it might happen then and again but I seriously doubt it's like that for most movies.
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Bing's the poor response to google by microsoft, but that's off topic

Another one is the Journey Song, Seperate Ways, used in Yes man (movie with Jim Carrey) is transposed higher in the movie too

Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody in Wayne's World , same thing, and foxy lady,

It's at a higher pitch in the film than recorded

Does no one notice this?!? Have you ever tried to play along with songs in movies?
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Last edited by henza_x at Oct 11, 2009,
#10
metallica played all of s&m in Eb tuning because it sounded better with the orchestra.

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#11
Quote by henza_x
Does no one notice this?!? Have you ever tried to play along with songs in movies?

No I usually just watch the movie
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#12
This may have some truth to it, I can give you one example....

I was noodling around on the guitar a while back watching The Longest Yard. When AC/DC's Thunderstruck came on, I think during the game at the end, I started jamming along, only to notice it was actually half a step up.
And no, my guitar wasn't de-tuned, it was on my guitar with a Floyd Rose which is always in standard.
#13
They're not always in a higher key, they just build up drama which makes them sound higher. When actually, they are generally quite low.
#14
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They're not always in a higher key, they just build up drama which makes them sound higher. When actually, they are generally quite low.



Can you go and listen to one of the examples I've put down before saying something like that
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#15
it happens in T.V. shows as well
i'm sure when "Don't Stop Believing" is used in Scrubs that its half a step higher than the studio version
#16
Forest Gump's use of Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac is ANOTHER example,

SO i guess no one knows (cares)
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#17
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No I usually just watch the movie

Yeah i can't see why you would want to play along.
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Yeah I've noticed it too, it happens in a lot of movies. The American Pie series has it quite a bit. Maybe to make it somewhat more appealing to the ear?
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#20
I think it might have a lot to do with how long the song lasts. Just say, whoever puts the song in the movie wants the song to fit the length of a certain scene, but the song is too long. Answer: speed up the song so it fits into the scene.

Higher tempo = higher pitch.

I noticed this on the radio once. I think they do it so they can fit more ads in between songs

I also noticed once when I was listening to music one step higher, it felt like listening to the song for the first time again