You know it well. Mia Wallace OD’s. Vincent Vega freaks out. Lance brings out the adrenaline shot and Vincent plunges the needle in her heart. But that’s not the needle we’re talking about.
The ‘needle drop’ is a term used in movies when popular music is laid on a scene in place of traditional score. Nobody knows this better than Quentin Tarantino. In an interview with Arts District, Tarantino explains his attention to detail when it comes to music in film.
“To me, my soundtracks work as two different things. They work as a little shadow version of the movie itself. If you like the movie and you want to carry it around with you and not have to watch the story all the time but still get the feel and sense of it, they allow you to do that.”
“There was a time—back before there was video, DVD and all of that stuff—when the soundtrack was how you remembered a movie.”
Tarantino talked to The Guardian about how he starts the process of choosing the right music for each film.
“More or less the way my method works is you have got to find the opening credit sequence first. That starts it off from me. I find the personality of the piece through the music that is going to be in it… Once I know I want to do something, then it is a simple matter of me diving into my record collection and finding the songs that give me the rhythm of my movie. I find the personality of the piece through the music that is going to be in it.”
Listen to Tarantino’s soundtracks on iTunes and let us know which is your favorite in the comments below.
Reservoir Dogs (Original Soundtrack)
Pulp Fiction (Original Soundtrack)
Jackie Brown (Original Soundtrack)
Kill Bill, Vol. 1 (Original Soundtrack)
Kill Bill, Vol. 2 (Original Soundtrack)
Death Proof (Original Soundtrack)
Inglourious Basterds (Original Soundtrack)
Django Unchained (Original Soundtrack)
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