Lowering the Boom: Critical Studies in Film Sound

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Jay Beck, Tony Grajeda
University of Illinois Press, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 342 pages
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As the first collection of new work on sound and cinema in over a decade, Lowering the Boom addresses the expanding field of film sound theory and its significance in rethinking historical models of film analysis. The contributors consider the ways in which musical expression, scoring, voice-over narration, and ambient noise affect identity formation and subjectivity. Lowering the Boom also analyzes how shifting modulation of the spoken word in cinema results in variations in audience interpretation. Introducing new methods of thinking about the interaction of sound and music in films, this volume also details avant-garde film sound, which is characterized by a distinct break from the narratively based sound practices of mainstream cinema. This interdisciplinary, global approach to the theory and history of film sound opens the eyes and ears of film scholars, practitioners, and students to film's true audio-visual nature.

 

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Contents

Jay Beck and Tony Grajeda
4
Robert Bressons
23
The Proxemics of the Mediated Voice
36
The Interplay of Sound and Silence
51
Dolby Stereo Sound Design
68
Sonic Imagination or Film Sound as a Discursive Construct
87
Thoughts
123
Bu˝uels Land without Bread
141
Listening to Touch of Evil
201
The Postmodern Melodramas
218
Connie Stevens Silencio and Other
233
Dolby and the Unheard
251
Punk Rock Narrative Film and Postmodern
269
Critical Hearing and the Lessons of Abbas Kiarostamis
289
Works Cited
307
Contributors
327

Acoustic Reflections
152
Paul Sharitss Cinematics of Sound
171

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About the author (2008)

Jay Beck is an assistant professor of media and cinema studies in the College of Communication at DePaul University. Tony Grajeda is associate professor of cultural studies in the English Department at the University of Central Florida.

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