Darling, They’re Playing Our Tune (DTPOT)

Music has a special ability to trigger memories. DTPOT was introduced more or less as a joke in music psychology, but is now a technical term. It is also an inexhaustible dramaturgical tool in film, opera, etc.

00:00 Intro
00:35 Play it, Sam
04:36 DTPOT
06:33 Behaviourism
10:39 The factor time
13:17 The enemy’s tune
14:54 The Pearl Fishers

Text fragments:

  • U. Eco, Casablanca, or, the Clichés Are Having a Ball. In S. Maasik and J. Solomon (eds). Signs of Life in the U.S.A.: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers. Bedford, 1994.
  • J.B. Davies. The Psychology of Music. Hutchinson, 1978.

Music and sound fragments:

  • Casablanca (film). Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart. Warner Brothers 1943
  • H. Hupfeld, As Time Goes By. Piano* (00:51)
  • S. Fain, You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me. Frank Sinatra. Songs for Swinging Lovers, Capitol 1956 (10:06)
  • G. Bizet, Les pêcheurs de perles, duet Au fond du temple saint. Jussi Björling, Robert Merrill. HMV 1954 (16:09)
  • G. Bizet, Les pêcheurs de perles, Ah! Adieu! Janine Micheau, Nicolai Gedda, Ernest Blanc, Théâtre National De L’Opéra-Comique, Pierre Dervaux. EMI 1961 (19:48)

*Piano: Lodewijk Muns