One of the pioneers of film sound design, Walter Murch’s work on Coppola’s classic film is considered to be integral to its success.
The plot revolves around a surveillance expert (Gene Hackman) who, using sophisticated microphones, may or may not have recorded two people discussing a murder plot.
What the score/soundtrack of ‘The Conversation’ achieves is a strengthening of the film’s narrative in that it plays with the intensely audio-driven world of Harry’s occupation, taking elements of his recordings, scrambling and re-imagining them.
What is particularly unique about ‘The Conversation’s score is the input of sound designer and film editor, Walter Murch, whom had previously worked with Coppola on ‘The Godfather’. For his innovative work on the film, Murch was nominated for an Oscar for “Best Sound” at the 1975 Academy Awards, “losing” to his work on ‘The Godfather: Part II’.
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