By Patient 39, Feb 19 2014 11:33AM
The soundscape in PATIENT 39, designed by Film Editor Richard Wilkinson and Sound Mixer John Rogerson, helps to convey the evolution of Dr Moran’s character through the film.
When we meet Dr Moran his cold, clinical outlook on life is reflected in quieter, more muted sound. However, as the film progresses, and Dr Moran begins to change, this sound world begins to open and feel more generous. In keeping with this, Composer Andy Hopkins moved away from a traditional film score to create a score with a modernist feel – one that lends an internal, psychological quality to the film, reflecting its themes.
In making the film, we realised that the ‘Music Perception Test’ was a key moment; that where Moran sees the piece of music as no more than the means to a scientific experiment, the patient is moved deeply by it. He can barely understand his reaction and can only connect to his underlying sense of beauty, something almost beyond words.
“The writing of the music perception test' rendered most of the thematic material for the rest of the film; it's slow flowering from an insistent, mathematical motif into a romantic melody and progression became the backbone of the musical elements in parallel with the sonic progression created by moving from synths/samples to acoustic instruments,” explained Andy. “As the detached Moran becomes more attuned to his own emotional experience, acoustic instruments replace the samples making the themes more personal, more human,” he said.