Throughout human existence, music has played a central role in cultures and rituals across the world. Beginning with basic instruments and utilising the sounds of nature and the human voice, we have not lost the great feelings associated with music, despite it changing so much. In 2013 the BBC reported that music has been proven to be associated with reward, with the participants being shown new music according to their taste. The gratification of reward is one of the many emotions that music can bring about in a person, and in the modern world we are lucky enough to have a vast array of music all around us. As the world gets smaller, the music world is expanding – bands are touring all of the continents and their fame is endless. With the expansion of the internet and portable technology, people are able to listen to urban hip hop in the Australian outback and to K-Pop in Brazil.
There’s a real industry for music outside of the album releasing business, in the form of incorporating it into other media; like films and video games. NME have released a list of the top 61 movie soundtracks, and there are some fantastic entries. Number 51 features Slumdog Millionaire and mentions MIA’s fantastic musical contribution. MIA’s international influence and presence allows her culturally rich and mixed music to appeal to listeners all over the world and to fit into all different kinds of cultures. The film and her music complement each other exceedingly well. 8 Mile, starring Eminem, was released in 2002 as a semi-biographical rap film. It is a film with music at is heart and a soundtrack featuring songs from the lead actor. Not only does it show how music can have a positive effect on someone’s life, it shows how Eminem’s songs can be applied to the everyday life of working class Americans.
Video games have featured music since the 1980’s, beginning as voiceless electronic sounds that have become iconic. When someone hears the Super Mario Bros original music, it has the ability to make them nostalgic and remember the great times they had playing the game, as a child. In the later Grand Theft Auto games, the music is added for pure enjoyment, and the player is able to choose from a range of radio stations to suit their musical preference. The ability to choose the genre opens the game up to a wider audience and increases overall game satisfaction. More recently, online betting companies have incorporated music into their games, such as Coral’s top slots. This gives the player a fuller experience while playing online.
These days, people’s lives have soundtracks, whether they are listening to music on film or headphones on their way to work – music is such an integral part of life now. Luckily entertainment companies have recognised that and are able to bring us films with fantastic soundtracks and even better albums all of the time.