Telling Stories with Soundtracks: An Empirical Analysis of Music in Film

Jon Gillick, David Bamman


Abstract
Soundtracks play an important role in carrying the story of a film. In this work, we collect a corpus of movies and television shows matched with subtitles and soundtracks and analyze the relationship between story, song, and audience reception. We look at the content of a film through the lens of its latent topics and at the content of a song through descriptors of its musical attributes. In two experiments, we find first that individual topics are strongly associated with musical attributes, and second, that musical attributes of soundtracks are predictive of film ratings, even after controlling for topic and genre.
Anthology ID:
W18-1504
Volume:
Proceedings of the First Workshop on Storytelling
Month:
June
Year:
2018
Address:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Venues:
NAACL | Story-NLP | WS
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Publisher:
Association for Computational Linguistics
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Pages:
33–42
URL:
https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W18-1504
DOI:
10.18653/v1/W18-1504
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