Thursday, 12 June 2014

Track Choice and Analysis

The track we chose to use for our music video "Panic Station" by Muse. The genre is Pop/Rock therefore we needed to make sure the video was fast paced. We began thinking about the idea of our music video, we felt that because of the fast paced beats a zombie apocalypse would be appropriate for the music. The song starts of slow, so we thought it would be best to begin with a normal day, and as the music began to increase in speed we decided to reveal that the zombie apocalypse had begun.

The name of the song reflects our idea, the word "Panic" is an expected feeling when there is a zombie apocalypse so we thought that would fit well with the theme. Lyrically, the song is perfect for a zombie theme, "Ooh, 1, 2, 3, 4 fire's in eyes, and this chaos, it defies imagination, Ooh, 5, 6, 7, minus 9 lives, You've arrived at panic station" The words "fire's", "chaos" both reflect anarchy and devastation. Also, the counting to the number 9 adds a countdown, as if there is not much time left. The fact that it says "9 lives" contrasts the fact that in real life we only have 1, which makes a single life in such a situation seem precious. All of which link with the theme of a Zombie Apocalypse and our music video idea, therefore it is a suitable choice of music for us.

The song is written and performed by Muse, who are a well known band that both write and perform their songs. They also do lots of film soundtracks, so naturally they write songs that work really well with a story line. For example, their latest soundtrack being for the Blockbuster film World War Z. They made two songs for the film, one being Isolated System, and the other being Follow Me. Both of these are from the same album as Panic Station, so they are relatively similar in terms of music type and genre. And they both worked very well in a zombie orientated movie. From this we thought that the best choice of music for our idea was Panic Station, because of a mix of lyrics that worked, the gradual increase in pace and the overall genre of the music.

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