e293. Soundtracks, Scores & Race in the Superhero Film (Remastered)

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You always know it’s a great episode when the conversation develops organically and goes down interesting and complex paths that teach multiple different things. In this episode of VoxPopcast, Mav and Monica engage in a profound discussion about the role of music in character development, particularly in the superhero genre, with their guests, film composer Trinity Velez-Justo and cartoonist Marcel Walker. Exploring the complexities of culturally influenced music in films, Trinity shares her understanding of sonic assimilation, the use of leitmotifs, and the influence of cultural identity and representation on music. Focusing on movies like Black Panther and Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, we examine how music can be used to convey a character’s journey, especially in relation to their cultural roots and racial identities. Trinity’s research into sonic representation of marginalized groups in media music sheds light on how elements like hip hop and Western scores can be applied to various facets of pop culture, including even seemingly unrelated subjects like grammar. Listen and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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