There have been a few K-dramas that combine script and music. by Netflix The sound of magic combines a thrilling childhood dream story with the whimsical aspect of music and real magic. The K-drama opens with a musical number. Its main actors like Ji Chang-wook, Choi Sung-eun, and Hwang In-yeop use their vocal abilities for their characters’ emotions. The sound of magic the director explains that music was a vital tool for K-drama.
Park Sung-il Was Responsible For Adding Musical Charm To “The Sound Of Magic”
The official soundtrack of The sound of magic includes all crucial K-drama musical moments. When Ri-eul convinces Ah-yi of a magical world, he sings the song “Merry-go-round”. It illuminates the abandoned amusement park with colors and brings it to life. Some of the characters’ hardest and most resonant moments were told through song.
Fans turned to Ri-eul singing “A Curse of Asphalt” to Il-deung to help him realize that the path he is on is not his own. There’s also the sweet scene where Il-deung and Ah-ri share headphones and are carried to a meadow. Actor Hwang made fans’ hearts swoon in “I Mean It.”
According to Soompi, Park Sung-il was the creative mind behind The sound of magic musical element. Having worked on dramas like Itaewon-class and others, Park explains, “We limited and minimized the speed numbers to the fantasy scenes and arranged ambient music for the emotional parts.”
Park has also worked with lyricists Seo Dong-sung, Lee Chi-hoon and Kim Eana. Hong Se-jeong is known for his work in the productions “Phantom” and “The Man Who Laughs”. He was in charge of the choreography for the K-drama and felt that the dances were another form of storyline for the actors.
‘The Sound of Magic’ director felt music was key to conveying characters’ emotions
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The original 2010 webtoon is black and white and, by default, has no musical elements. While the written and illustrated story evokes immense emotions, the K-drama needed it too. Director Kim Sung-yoon was reluctant to add music and choreography to The sound of magic. He explains, “There were a few times when I thought, ‘Will this work?’ However, the staff members putting ideas together and every moment I worked with the actors was like magic.
In a behind-the-scenes video with the director and cast, Kim explains, “We felt that by combining the magic with the music, the message we’re trying to convey would be more effectively delivered. We use music because it is the most effective tool to show the feelings of the characters and their fantasies.
The director explains that the team gave them an array of fantastic melodies to work with. Actor Choi was impressed with how the lyrics conveyed Ah-yi’s true self. “The lyricist gave me a deeper insight into Ah-yi’s emotions through the lyrics than I thought,” Choi said. The actor explained that she could relate to her character’s emotions, and it was a “lightbulb” moment.
Ji Chang-wook and Hwang In-yeop dazzled by their vocal abilities
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Along with impeccable on-screen acting, Ji has had a fulfilling career in musical theatre. He played in Jack the Ripper, Thrill Me, The Days, and more. The sound of magic was an opportunity to show off his impressive voice and help bring his webtoon character’s story to life. The actor admits that the mechanism between the scene and the shooting is different.
Ji explains that he didn’t necessarily use his theatrical experience in the press conference, “The tone of the music is much lighter, and the mechanism is really different from the theatrical performance. We had to rehearse with camera, light and other crews on location. He explains that there was pressure while singing but he came to enjoy it on set.
Fans were thrilled to hear Hwang’s voice and musical talent in The sound of magic. He became famous for his singing in true beauty and amazed fans in her new K-drama with “I Mean It.”
A fan on Twitter commented, “OMG I WAS WAITING TO HEAR HWANG IN-YEOP SING MORE SONGS AFTER ‘TRUE BEAUTY’, AND HE’S SINGING IN #TheSoundOfMagic!!!” Many fans felt that the K-drama did the webtoon justice for including a musical element that showed off its whimsical yet resonant nature.
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