Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen by Michel Chion

By Michel Chion

In Audio-Vision, the French composer-filmmaker-critic Michel Chion offers a reassessment of the audiovisual media because sound's innovative debut in 1927 and sheds gentle at the mutual impacts of sound and photo in audiovisual notion.
Chion expands at the arguments from his influential trilogy on sound in cinema--Las Voix au cinema, Le Son au cinema, and --while supplying an summary of the features and aesthetics of sound in movie and tv. He considers the consequences of evolving audiovisual applied sciences equivalent to widescreen, multi-track sound, and Dolby stereo on audio-vision, impacts of sound at the notion of house and time, and modern different types of audio-vision embodied in tune video clips, video paintings, and advertisement tv. His ultimate bankruptcy provides a version for audiovisual research of film.

Walter Murch, who contributes the foreward, has been commemorated by way of either the British and American movie Academies for his sound layout and imagine modifying. His is mainly recognized for his paintings on </I>The Godfather, The Conversation, and Apocalypse Now<I>.

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A film dialogue can be crawling with inaudible splices, impossible for the listener to detect. While, as we know, it is very difficult to invisibly join two shots filmed at different times—the cut jumps to our eyes. ) Also, of course, auditory cuts can be quite distinctly heard. So both audible and inaudible editing are possible with sound. In current practice the mixing of soundtracks consists essentially in the art of smoothing rough edges by degrees of intensity. This fact in itself already makes it impossible to adopt any unit of sound editing as a unit of perception or as a unit of film language.

However, reduced listening has the enormous advantage of opening up our ears and sharpening our power of listening. Film and video makers, scholars, and technicians can get to know their medium better as a result of this experience and gain mastery over it. The emotional, physical, and aesthetic value of a sound is linked not only to the causal explanation we attribute to it but also to its own qualities of timbre and texture, to its own personal vibration. So just as directors and cinematographers—even those who will never make abstract films—have everything to gain by refining their knowledge of visual materials and textures, we can similarly benefit from disciplined attention to the inherent qualities of sounds.

Accented Synch Points and Temporal Elasticity This structure is already present in much nonanimation cinema, notably in all martial arts and fight films.

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