Monday, September 10, 2012

A Musical Soundtrack for Donna Tartt

Instead of listening to our usual tunes while designing our typographical layouts, Selby asked us to create a five song playlist that described our paragraph via audio. Once again, my famous paragraph is from Donna Tartt's, The Secret History. Published September 1992, it's about a group of 6 classics students at a small elite Vermont college. The plot thickens when a student in the group (Bunny) is murdered. Throughout the story, Tartt explores the circumstances and lasting effects of Bunny's death on the group.

"The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation. He'd been dead for ten days before they found him, you know. It was one of the biggest manhunts in Vermont history - state troopers, the FBI, even an army helicopter; the college closed, the dye factory in Hampden shut down, people coming from New Hampshire, upstate New York, as far away as Boston."

After researching Donna Tartt, the time period, and the book, I went to youtube to discover some tunes that accurately articulated this paragraph. I looked a lot at music scores of scary movies from the 90's. Silence of the Lambs, The Exorcist, The Candyman, all had pretty good theme songs that I thought sounded like the suspense and horror of Donna Tartt's novel.

The Secret History Playlist:

1. The Exorcist Music

2. Psycho Music

3. Wizard of Oz Music

4. Silence of the Lambs Music

5. The Candyman Music

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