Sunday, February 13, 2011

James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream

The 'Wilhelm Scream' is a Hollywood sound effect, often used when someone is stabbed, shot, falls from a great height, or anything traumatic/tragic of that nature. It's become a Hollywood inside joke, referencing the scene when a character named Wilhelm (from the 1953 western film The Charge at Feather River) painfully cries out after he's shot by an arrow.

James Blake's song/video does not in fact contain the Wilhelm Scream, yet seems to perfectly capture it by winding it down in slow-motion, revealing that tragic pain frame-by-frame, beat-by-beat. The disoriented, hazy, all-encompassing sense of loss -- anyone who's ever had their own Wilhelm Scream can relate.

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