Title: Auxiliary functions of the music in Radio París, IV
Duration: 4 min., 38 seg.
Sound collection: Radio Paris. Ramírez/del Campo
Summaries: Incluye varias piezas musicales interpretadas al piano
Along with the spoken word, music is one of the main elements of all that characterizes the radio language. A complex element, which provides a great psychological burden to the message being transmitted. However, its functions are multiple, and often complementary. In essence, the music on the radio is often used in two ways: either as a principal element, as the basic content of a program or part of a section, or as an auxiliary element, integrated in the message of the radio as part of language. In this case, it is necessary to focus on the features and functions "auxiliary" of music, at least in its most general terms.
In this respect we should say that the auxiliary functions of music in their names vary according to the authors, although there is often overlap in terms of defining their common characteristics. Different functions can be highlighted: first, music can be used as a factor in setting a time or a specific location, and therefore, also be used as a characterization of characters and sequences, especially as a factor of atmosphere and drama of biographies and historical events. Used in these cases, as well as padding between pauses in speech, as well as background music, it accompanies and enhances the words.
It is also used as the definer psychological certain sequences of a program to establish the different changes of pace required at all times, and setting their own internal rhythm besides the radio story. This allows, for example, generate tension, or emphasize the humorous, romantic, or whatever type of radio message.
Another function is to serve as prologue and/or resolution of situations. Where appropriate, the music offers a certain period of time the listener to reflect on what you heard, or preparing for what is going to listen.
Finally, and related to much of the above, the music is often used as a binding, chaining, and transition. For example, is used to divide the different blocks of the same program, and at the same time, to identify which program is and what is the station that emits and diffuses.
As can be seen, these different functions, but complementary. And of course, "Radio París" did not mean any exception in the use thereof. This can be seen not only in different radio spots collected on the tapes, as is evident, but also by the existence of these recordings, for the assembly and dissemination of these same programs. Which in turn allows an approximation of how a radio station's analog period, where everything is made of an almost handmade, without computers and digital devices that exist today and that both simplify such work.
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