Is the Greatest Showman still great when the soundtrack is reversed?


Hope you’re having a moderately adequate day, if not better?

This blog post will consist of the Audio Assignment called “Reverse It“. This involved taking the soundtrack from a musical and simply reversing it. The idea was, would the musical still make sense if it was all backwards?


I chose to reverse the soundtrack of ‘The Greatest Showman‘. It was released in UK cinemas on 26th December 2017, the story was inspired by P.T Barnum who founded the first circus which became a worldwide sensation! The film became extremely popular and some of the songs even made it into the chart.

I went to watch it the cinema very soon after it came out and I absolutely fell in love with it! It’s such a feel good, inspiring and mesmerising musical. After I watched it I practically had the soundtrack on repeat and still do! I chose to do this musical as every single song is amazing.

I adore musicals, I’ve performed in them since I was 8. I could’ve picked a classic, which I did consider! I thought of reversing ‘Les Miserables‘, ‘The Phantom of the Opera‘, ‘Sweeney Todd‘ or ‘Rent‘, all amazing musicals which are definitely in my top favourite musicals! They all have amazing soundtracks and stories, however I wanted to work with something fresh and new.

Below is my ‘REVERSE IT’ Audio!

I made this in ‘Adobe Audition’ which is a software I am very familiar with. I made it in a multi-track slightly layering the songs. I added faders so the songs switched gradually into each other. I then exported the audio in ‘WAV’ format and uploaded the track to Soundcloud.

In terms of the soundtrack still making sense backwards, the musical itself starts and end with the same song so I thought it would work rather well which it did. The development of the story is of course different as it is backwards, but it didn’t sound completely topsy turvy!

I hope you enjoyed my reversed Soundtrack and if you haven’t seen the film, I highly recommend that you do!!

Until next time!!

Tasha xx


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