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Harmonic Analysis of The Shawshank Redemption

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Rick Beato analyzes the opening sequence of The Shawshank Redemption, music  by Thomas Newman. Rick is one of the best youtube sources for learning music theory.

 

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Oh My God! Thomas Newman is brilliant. I have always wanted to hear someone talk about Thomas Newman's harmonic language. It is such a unique sound and feeling. I could never pinpoint exactly what was being done to make that atmosphere. I had never heard of this guy before this video either. Thank you for posting this.

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He seems to use alot of minor / major juxtapositions

 

Also layering in very subtle synths in the background is part of it

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