IntersceneDiegetic Persistent Musical Cut YKTTW Discussion

Persistent Musical Cut
A character is singing or playing music, which continues to be heard after a cut to a different scene
(permanent link) added: 2012-03-12 19:51:01 sponsor: Topazan (last reply: 2012-05-15 03:55:38)

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Do We Have This? Probably Needs a Better Name, is there a preexisting term?

Possible launch title: Interscene Diegetic

A technique used mainly in television and film. A character is shown singing a song for in-universe reasons. The camera then cuts to a different scene with different characters in a different place. However, the audience can still hear the first character's song.

Very similar to Diegetic Switch, minus the switch. In this trope, the music that's heard in the second scene is the same that is heard when the singer is on-screen.

Also related: Two Scenes, One Dialogue, Distant Duet, Suspiciously Apropos Music, Transition Track, Left the Background Music On.


  • In Muppet Treasure Island during the song 'Love Led Us Here' the camera cuts away from the two lovers to show the triumphant pirates basking in their new wealth. This pirate scene is silent, and only the song is heard when it's playing.
  • In the South Park episode 'Quintuplets 2000', Kenny sings a rendition of Con te partirņ in his room. His song can still be heard after the camera pans over to show a scene at Stan's house.
  • In the Community episode 'Environment Science', Abed starts one of these by singing 'Somewhere Out There' for a reason that Makes Sense In Context. The camera jumps between him and two other scenes, and in one of the other scenes, a band starts playing, resulting in an amazing Distant Duet that continues through all three scenes.
  • In the Stargate Atlantis episode 'Critical Mass' Teyla sings a song called "Beyond The Night" for a funeral. We hear the song while the rest of the base is frantically preparing to evacuate in anticipation of a Wraith attack.
  • In The Fifth Element, the Diva's aria is heard continuously over shots of her singing and of a fight scene happening elsewhere at the same time.
  • This usually happens in Dan BullĀ“s videogame raps. For example, at the beggining of his Mass Effect One and Two Epic Rap, thereĀ“s an image of Sheppard talking, and itĀ“s assumed that he is rapping. However, as we switch to the rest of the video, his raps are still heard.
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