Synchronizing sound of music for animation

As sound makes the visible difference, we remember the days of silent movies like the belonging to Charlie Chaplin era. Now we have movies that were called “walkie-talkie”. Designing of music for animation would involve creation of sound that matches the visual affect. A cartoon film without sound or a feature film without sound will be a boring experience. Hence, the sound design is an important part of the film-making project. However, the bond between sound and animation is a very special one as the motion elements and the audio track have to match and share a very intimate bond like relationship, that may not be necessarily required in case of a motion picture.

Still from Casiotone for the Painfully Alone by juliapott


Here is a brief description of the requirements to create music for animation.

  • Synchronization

While the animator has total control on both the visual and sound effects, the coordination between the two is required to be of the highest degree, wherein the image and the sound shall be placed with accuracy. This has to be coordinated to milliseconds, where there will be no virtual difference apparently visible. Doing so creates a mental fusion between sound and visual elements. The forging of the two elements in such manner is called “ Synchresis” which is the amalgamation of  synthesis and synchronization. The examples of such synthesis can be the sound of ping-pong balls etc. that may provide human footstep noises.

  • Music and animation relationship

As music for animation should match with the theme of the presentation, the coordination, between the two, is achieved by certain basic mathematical calculations, so that both move forward at a predetermined speed. Here, the rhythms of musical composition are measured and fitted into bar units of certain time lengths coordinating with the visual elements. Therefore, the visual elements and sound compositions become common pillars of a structure having excellent patterns. As a gifted animator, the film producer or director needs to be more talented and creative to give the audience more than expected new pattern of themes and rhythms, accompanied by individual notes and instruments. Such a person understands the underlying psychology of a musical composition and then he consciously manipulates the visual patterns, movements etc. to give a wonderful story. The visual medium should flow the pattern of music and the flow of both these elements should appear to be in the same direction, while giving a mixture of delightful output. The music has to mirror the creation of animation patterns, so that both look two sides of a coin.

HombreHoja02 by Alberto+Cerriteño


Every step of either the visual or the musical element has to compliment each other in perfect harmony. Therefore, a strong bond of relationship between the two is the basic requirement for any animation film to remain successful in the current competitive environment.

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