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Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen by Michel Chion

By Michel Chion

In Audio-Vision, the French composer-filmmaker-critic Michel Chion provides a reassessment of the audiovisual media seeing that sound's progressive debut in 1927 and sheds gentle at the mutual affects 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 reminiscent of widescreen, multi-track sound, and Dolby stereo on audio-vision, affects of sound at the conception of area and time, and modern sorts of audio-vision embodied in track video clips, video artwork, 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 principally recognized for his paintings on </I>The Godfather, The Conversation, and Apocalypse Now<I>.

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So silence is never a neutral emptiness. It is the negative of sound we've heard beforehand or imagined; it is the product of a contrast. Another way to express silence, which might or might not be associated with the procedures I have just described, consists in subjecting the listener to . . noises. But I mean here the subtle kind of noises like the ticking of an alarm clock, naturally associated with calmness. These do not attract attention; they are not even audible unless other sounds (of traffic, conversation, the workplace) cease.

They can be more striking than synch points that actually do occur, because the audiospectator has been given them to fabricate mentally. The bestknown example is the suicide scene of a corrupt and compromised official in John Huston's The Asphalt Jungle. We see him lock himself into his office, open a drawer, take out the gun; then, we hear the gunshot only, because the visual editing transports us elsewhere. For reasons of taste? Not entirely . . Godard scatters the seeds of false synch points at the beginning of Hail Mary.

Second, I mean that each audio element enters into simultaneous vertical relationship with narrative elements contained in the image (characters, actions) and visual elements of texture and setting. These relationships are much more direct and salient than any relations the audio element could have with other sounds. It's like a recipe: even if you mix the audio ingredients separately before pouring them into the image, a chemical reaction will occur to separate out the sounds and make each react on its own with the field of vision.

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