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Unsettling Closing Music for News

Play it out like it is.
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There's a programme on Radio 4 called 'File On Four'. It normally reports on something considered problematic and doesn't wrap it up and make it seem all nice and sorted out at the end. However, the music which finishes it off has a nice resolvy feel to it and makes you think "oh, that's all right then". And it obviously isn't.

I'm sure this is true of news and current affairs programmes generally and it's really inappropriate. I'm okay with the big thumpy dramatic music at the beginning of such broadcasts because, well, lots of big thumpy dramatic things are about to be talked about. But on the whole the stuff they go on about isn't sorted by the end so the music at the end is a lie.

Hence there should be really uneasy, unsettling horror film style music which doesn't resolve at all but just cuts out suddenly at the end of news and current affairs broadcasts, because it would be more honest. It should creep the hell out of you, because that's what the news does.

Or maybe Yakety Sax.

nineteenthly, Nov 17 2018

Careful with that Axe, Eugene. https://www.youtube...watch?v=YtZqNAI4pBk
To be played over footage of Prime Minister's question-time, ideally. [zen_tom, Nov 22 2018]

Teruhisa Fukuda https://www.youtube...watch?v=lwACWZAvV2M
...and now, the government's Brexit economic forecast. Life is brief, and death, a merciful return to the void. [zen_tom, Nov 22 2018]

Blue in Green https://www.youtube...watch?v=PoPL7BExSQU
Latest footage of baying crowds at Donald Trump rally. [zen_tom, Nov 23 2018]

Approaching Menace https://www.youtube...watch?v=q1sVcutWn_I
Better known as the Mastermind opening music. [MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 23 2018]


       [+] and for added effect, once the music has cut out suddenly, there should be seven seconds of silence interrupted only by a randomly-chosen sound effect.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 17 2018

       Feeling bad is not an end in itself.   

       If you want people to do something about a horrible situation - a long shot, I know - then you want them to go away resolute, not just feeling horrible.   

       If you object to "resolved", you may be getting in the way of "resolute".   

       All we need, then, is greater semantic clarity in music, so that listeners know that the sense of resolution is meant to be optative, and attached to them, and not indicative, nor attached to the world. How hard could that be?
pertinax, Nov 18 2018

       Or just start the "shave and a hair-cut" knock, and drive everybody who doesn't watch the news on that channel nuts when their OCD audience responds with "two bits !".
FlyingToaster, Nov 18 2018

       Brilliant. I'd like to see it taken a step further and have the entire news broadcast be edited with quick cuts and cryptic, short descriptions of the events that were put together to look like a movie trailer.
doctorremulac3, Nov 18 2018

       [+] Some ethereal, spine shivering, biaural beat electronic music to stimulate subconscious connections. The news presenter could be hypnotoad.   

       Left field: I am wondering what happens to the subconscious when an open ended question is implanted under hypnosis ( even subtly).
wjt, Nov 18 2018

       [dr3], apropos your movie-trailer effect, I'm seeing footage of Theresa May dancing in Kenya, intercut with the slowly spreading smile of Nigel Farage. That should tick the "creepy" box.
pertinax, Nov 18 2018

       That's exactly along the lines of what I was thinking. All news today is completely biased, why not put some art into it? Anti Trump networks would show the fires in California with burned out homes, lists of the dead and a overlay of Trump laughing hysterically. The other side would show Clinton doing the same thing.   

       Tell me people wouldn't love this. I don't think there's any money in straight news anymore. It's about getting people excited, getting dopamine flowing, getting adrenalin up. Unbiased, accurate information? Psh.   

       Kinda want to put that as a new idea, with appropriate credit given to nineteenthly's inspiration.
doctorremulac3, Nov 18 2018

       Do it!
nineteenthly, Nov 18 2018

       Last night I listened to a fantastic radio show while driving. But the music was psychedelic and almost put me to sleep. So beware of what music you put on and at what hours. It could be dangerous.
pashute, Nov 19 2018

       [Ian], that clip reminds me of an image which has haunted me for most of my life, of the scene in the film version of 'Tommy' where his parents come out of the church, and I always imagine the speakers emitting discordant peals as a foreshadowing.
nineteenthly, Nov 19 2018

       Hire John Williams to write some Jaws-style "lurking menace" music. [+]
8th of 7, Nov 20 2018

       + yes, like the Twilight Zone musical scores!
xandram, Nov 20 2018

       For a good read try "Gun, With Occasional Music".   

       The news has eliminated speech and just plays the music, chosen to fit events.
normzone, Nov 23 2018

       "Alexa, mute TV sound"   


       "Alexa, play the fear music"   


8th of 7, Nov 23 2018

       You could always go for the Mastermind theme tune, which is aptly named "Approaching Menace".
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 23 2018


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