firecat: red panda looking happy (Default)
[personal profile] firecat
What if people walked around in real life with their theme music playing, the way it works in TV, movies, and (especially) operas?

Date: 10 Feb 2019 01:38 pm (UTC)
sabotabby: (teacher lady)
From: [personal profile] sabotabby
That's why I wear headphones all the time. So that I can pretend that this is happening.

Actually, the other day I was teaching and I guess another teacher was showing a film, and there was this SWELLING EPIC MUSIC and I got confused, but the kids were hearing it to, and then I was like, "the thing I'm teaching you about actually isn't this DRAMATIC but let's just go with it."

Date: 10 Feb 2019 01:50 pm (UTC)
cjsmith: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cjsmith
Ooo, that would be nifty. If nothing else, the volume of everyone’s respective theme songs (and who gets theme songs at all) would be a huge indicator of who is important and who is just an extra.

Date: 11 Feb 2019 03:27 am (UTC)
cjsmith: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cjsmith
Just thinking that in movies most people don’t.

Date: 11 Feb 2019 12:25 pm (UTC)
cjsmith: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cjsmith
Agreed. I like the idea of many simultaneous movies all going on at once. The symphony might be a bit much to follow all at the same time of course! :)

Date: 11 Feb 2019 03:48 am (UTC)
ironed_orchid: watercolour and pen style sketch of a brown tabby cat curl up with her head looking up at the viewer and her front paw stretched out on the left (Default)
From: [personal profile] ironed_orchid
Maybe the volume is personal, like you here the one's that are important to the story you are in, and the people who are your extras are hearing something you can't?

Date: 11 Feb 2019 04:41 am (UTC)
cjsmith: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cjsmith
Oooo, I like that! Different movies are happening simultaneously everywhere.

Date: 11 Feb 2019 06:54 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hitchhiker
i always think about alexei panshin's line about how "each of us is his own hero, existing in a world of spear carriers"

Date: 11 Feb 2019 04:56 pm (UTC)
cjsmith: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cjsmith
Not familiar with that one. (I’m too short...)

Date: 11 Feb 2019 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hitchhiker
"A spear carrier is somebody who stands in the hall when Caesar passes, comes to attention and thumps his spear. A spear carrier is the anonymous character cut down by the hero as he advances to save the menaced heroine. A spear carrier is a character put in a story to be used like a piece of disposable tissue. In a story, spear carriers never suddenly assert themselves by throwing their spears aside and saying, “I resign. I don’t want to be used.“ They are there to be used, either for atmosphere or as minor obstacles in the path of the hero. The trouble is that each of us is his own hero, existing in a world of spear carriers. We take no joy in being used and discarded. I was finding then, that wet, chilly, unhappy night, that I took no joy in seeing other people used and discarded.”"

Date: 12 Feb 2019 01:35 pm (UTC)
cjsmith: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cjsmith
Wow, I think I respect whoever that is. That’s impressive.

Date: 10 Feb 2019 04:42 pm (UTC)
silveradept: A kodama with a trombone. The trombone is playing music, even though it is held in a rest position (Default)
From: [personal profile] silveradept
That entirely depends on whether I like my theme or not. And how loudly it interacts with other people's themes.

And now I wonder how dating works when you can both hear what it would be like if your themes merged.

Date: 11 Feb 2019 06:01 am (UTC)
silveradept: A kodama with a trombone. The trombone is playing music, even though it is held in a rest position (Default)
From: [personal profile] silveradept
That probably is taken as a sign of needing to listen more closely to everything and see if the theme is good or terrible.

Date: 10 Feb 2019 05:33 pm (UTC)
snippy: Lego me holding book (Default)
From: [personal profile] snippy
I would never leave the house. I wear noise-cancelling headphones as it is.

Date: 10 Feb 2019 08:38 pm (UTC)
ckd: small blue foam shark (Default)
From: [personal profile] ckd
Jody Lynn Nye wrote a story about Theme Music Man, whose power was to generate other peoples' theme music.

http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?72979

Date: 11 Feb 2019 03:27 am (UTC)
cjsmith: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cjsmith
Oooooo. Thank you for sharing that!

Date: 11 Feb 2019 03:45 am (UTC)
ironed_orchid: (guitar)
From: [personal profile] ironed_orchid
I pretty much have music in my head at all times, but no one else can hear, and it's about 50% earworms (which I guess could count as theme songs).

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