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The art of Randy Thom

 Sound designer (FW35)

The passion for symmetry in Psycho

Gustavo Costantini dissects the shower scene in Psycho and reveals its startling musical and cinematographic symmetry

Twenty years ago, the great Bernard Herrman died. Co-inciding with the special editions of Psycho on DVD, we want to pay tribute to one of the most perfect collaborations between a director and a film music composer.

Black and White Music?

Despite the millions of interpretations and studies of Hitchcock’s Psycho, many aspects of the Music and Sound in the film are still not considered. Or at least they are not connected with the whole meaning of the film. Many books reproduce what Hitchcock has said about Bernard Herrmann’s music, or there are plenty of reaffirmations that the shower scene was originally conceived to be shown without musical accompaniment. But there are few attempts to understand the singularity of the score, and in many cases there is no relevance to the film’s aesthetics as a whole.