The importance of sound in film.
If anything, the resurgence of silent film into mainstream awareness via the award-winning The Artist has proven that sound is not completely necessary when telling a visual story. But the films that do use sound - and I hate to burst the bubble of those looking forward to acting without speaking, as almost all films always will - need to take its use very seriously.
Being in charge of how a film sounds is a high-pressure job. To write a score for a fantasy epic, or to balance dialogue levels in a documentary about Party Poker, is not something to be taken lightly. It requires finesse, an ear for what is appropriate, and the ability to fine-tune your audio work so that the sound supports the visual, but never drowns it out.
The use of strings can conjure tears, and the use of high-tempo drum beats can have the audience on edge and excited. Some directors may cry "blasphemy" but often, visual isn't enough if you're trying to evoke emotion. Film allows you to soundtrack events, to augment their ability to affect those who are viewing your work.
But for those who are just starting out, finding great audio can be really difficult, or considerably more expensive than your initial estimates. So what can you do? Well, that's why we built this site - we want to offer you great sound, great music, for your film, at a great cost. The best part is it's 100% royalty free - there's not going to be any moment of worry or panic when you think about music copyright the day your film releases.
We want to see more films with incredible audio on all accounts - soundtracks, sound effects and ambient sound - and a good soundtrack is a great place to start.