The survey results indicate that the majority of students in almost all of the
scenarios preferred the modern electronic soundtrack. Furthermore, in each case,
regardless of whether a majority was reached, the positive response to this music
outweighed the negative response. Focus group comments for the Caligari
screening, for example, noted that the DJ Spooky music was “more effective”
and allowed for a “better experience” for students.
In the initial demonstration using music by DJ Spooky to accompany Cabinet of
Dr. Caligari, 72.2 percent of students felt that the music enhanced their engage-
ment with the ﬁlm. Additionally, 19.4 percent found that the music detracted
from their viewing experience and 8.3 percent felt that it neither enhanced nor
detracted. Alternatively, these statistics point out that 80.5 percent of students
had no objections to the use of a modern score. In contrast, 47.8 percent of stu-
dents felt that a symphonic or string instrument score would have enhanced
their engagement, but only 9.
However, some focus group participants also found the use of electronic
music “distracting.” Several students who disliked the use of DJ Spooky’s music
accompanying Caligari noted being distracted by the modern drum loops and
electronic sounds, claiming that they didn’t “suit” the ﬁlm. Another student
anonymously described having seen the ﬁlm before, and feeling “far more
removed from the ﬁlm” because of the electronic music: “the experiment created
an unconscious focus on where the ﬁlm and the contemporary DJ track ‘synched’
The Last Bite Seren snagged her fishnet stocking on the buckles of her New Rock boots. She cursed under her breath as the fabric ripped, but where she was going no-one would notice one hole larger than the rest in her hosiery. She checked herself out in the mirror. She didn't look too bad at all. The eyeliner had gone on okay at the third attempt, more old school gothic than spooky kid. Her face was perfectly pale and her blood red lips were lined with black.
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