BOOK: Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice, and Sound Effects in Cinema

David Sonnenschein offers a comprehensive, step-by-step guide, workflow and approach on the narrative use of a soundtrack (developing SD from the start) considering: acoustics (measurable properties of sound), perception (how the ear and brain interpret sound), music (sounds with 'musical' features), phonetics (human speech and meaning), audio-vision (film/sound theory), emotions (affect of sound), and descriptions … Continue reading BOOK: Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice, and Sound Effects in Cinema

ARTICLE – Auditory Scene Analysis (ASA)

Albert S. Bergman explores ASA, the process by which we are able to take a real-world sonic situations to determine the perceived pitch, timbre, loudness, and spatial position of separate, individual sounds. In typical listening situations, different acoustic sources arrive to the listener as a sum of a complex set of sounds (sum of their … Continue reading ARTICLE – Auditory Scene Analysis (ASA)

ARTICLE – What’s in a name? Nomenclature and the case of Borge’s “Emma Zunz”

Linda S. Maier introduces the article referencing Borges' statement that Emma Zunz belongs to the genre of realism. However many critics point out 'opposition' between truth, reality, fact, substance; and ambiguity, appearance, fantasy, absence. The article looks at names and nomenclature of both currents (postmodernism, hyperrealism, etc) and an analysis of the significance of the … Continue reading ARTICLE – What’s in a name? Nomenclature and the case of Borge’s “Emma Zunz”

ARTICLE – True Lies: Metaphysical games in Borges’ “Emma Zunz”

Rebecca Porinsky's analysis of Emma Zunz.  "It is the story of a young woman avenging the wrongs done to her father which may have led to his suicide. In “Emma Zunz” Borges toys with the ideas of justice and revenge, and of right and wrong." "In the story, Borges plays with the ideas of justice … Continue reading ARTICLE – True Lies: Metaphysical games in Borges’ “Emma Zunz”

BOOK – The Soundscape: the Tuning of the World

R. Murray Schafer on early soundscapes of nature, organics, rural life, city life, industrial revolution, electric revolution, music... historic and current journey of acoustic ecology Features of the Soundscape (p. 9): Keynote: sound created by geography & climate. Water, wind, forest, plains, birds, insects and animals. Signals: foreground sounds, listened to consciously. Often warning devices: … Continue reading BOOK – The Soundscape: the Tuning of the World

BOOK – The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories

Book by Christopher Booker - all plots in fiction boil down to 7 basic plots and revolve around the Hero/Heroine Meta-Plot: Anticipation Stage: hero is called to adventure to come Dream Stage: adventure begins, some success, illusion of invincibility Frustration Stage: confrontation with enemy, confidence is lost Nightmare Stage: climax where hope is apparently lost … Continue reading BOOK – The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories

ARTICLE – Stepping Outside for a moment: narrative space in two works for sound alone

Katharine Norman argues that a new kind of literature is required for sound art by interpreting to pieces: Things She Carried by Paul Lansky Draws on ideas of Baudrillard of tromp l'oeil painting. We respond as if we are looking a the object depicted, and not the depiction. Extends this idea to sound "Is there a comparable … Continue reading ARTICLE – Stepping Outside for a moment: narrative space in two works for sound alone