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Playing With: Serendipitous Symphony
Basic Trope: Background noises by chance form into a music piece.
  • Straight: Alice is alone thinking, when a dripping faucet, a chirping cricket, and The Thing That Goes Doink randomly perform a simple tune.
  • Exaggerated: All background noises in the movie are actually part of a single continuous music piece.
  • Downplayed: ???
  • Justified: The house belongs to the genius musician and mechanic Bob, who made all mundane things in it play music.
  • Inverted: An orchestra imitates random background noises.
  • Subverted: It seems like the inanimate objects start performing music, but when Alice goes to look, everything falls either silent or out of rhythm.
  • Double Subverted: ...but then Alice stays still again and the music returns!
  • Parodied: The music-hater Charlie buys Bob's house, only to discover that all things there conspire against him. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice is alone and in contemplative mood, when some inanimate objects around the house start playing a tune. She goes to look but everything falls silent again. She freezes and the tune slowly comes back. It turns out, the house belongs to Bob, who made all things in it play music on their own. By hiding speakers across the house. Which are currently offline. Also, it turns out ALL background noises in the scene are part of a bigger music piece.
  • Averted: Background noises stay just background noises.
  • Enforced: A famous song was licensed for the movie as a gimmick and the executives gratuitously stick it everywhere, even making a Serendipitous Symphony out of it.
  • Lampshaded: "I thought coincidences like that only happen in the Nike ads."
  • Invoked: Alice forms a religious sect who achieve enlightenment by patiently waiting and listening for the music in the most mundane of circumstances.
  • Exploited: Bob gets the background music for his new album by leaving tape recorders in strategic locations all over his house and yard,
  • Defied: Just as the Serendipitous Symphony begins, Charlie throws a stone at the cricket, shuts the faucet tight, and breaks the doink thing.
  • Discussed: "Is it just me or do you hear that, too?"
  • Conversed: "Ah, here comes the innocuous background tune."
  • Deconstructed: Bob grows tired of fruitless attempts to make his house play something new and just mixes new tune on his PC and lets it play through speakers hidden around the house.
  • Reconstructed: But then, just as he finishes the installation, the computer's burr starts providing the prefect baseline for his house to start playing a brand new Serendipitous Symphony on its own.

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