Audio-vision: Sound on Screen
Columbia University Press, 1994 - Performing Arts - 239 pages
In Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen, French critic and composer Michel Chion reassesses audiovisual media since the revolutionary 1927 debut of recorded sound in cinema, shedding crucial light on the mutual relationship between sound and image in audiovisual perception.
Chion argues that sound film qualitatively produces a new form of perception: we don't see images and hear sounds as separate channels, we audio-view a trans-sensory whole. Expanding on arguments made in his influential books The Voice in Cinema and Sound in Cinema, Chion provides lapidary insight into the functions and aesthetics of sound in film and television. He considers the effects of such evolving technologies as widescreen, multitrack, and Dolby; the influences of sound on the perception of space and time; and the impact of such contemporary forms of audio-vision as music videos, video art, and commercial television. Chion concludes with an original and useful model for the audiovisual analysis of film.
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PROJECTIONS OF SOUND ON IMAGE
THE THREE LISTENING MODES
LINES AND POINTS HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL PERSPECTIVES ON AUDIOVISUAL RELATIONS
THE AUDIOVISUAL SCENE
THE REAL AND THE RENDERED
BEYOND SOUNDS AND IMAGES
SOUND FILM WORTHY OF THE NAME