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Vitaphone Prelude

Richard Barrios

in A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195377347
eISBN:
9780199864577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular

A brief overview of the prehistory of sound film, from Thomas Edison through the work of Lee DeForest, noting that most of these early films were marked by musical performance. The origins of the ... More


The Sound Barrier

Richard Barrios

in A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195377347
eISBN:
9780199864577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

1928 was the year when sound film was genuinely established. As the early part-talking films were produced, the studios scramble to mount the sound-film bandwagon while audiences were compelled to ... More


“You Were Meant for Me”

Richard Barrios

in A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195377347
eISBN:
9780199864577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular

The Broadway Melody, produced by MGM, is the first true musical film. Unlike other films preceding (and following it), it was constructed with meticulous care directed toward both ... More


Early Theories of the Sound Film

James Buhler

in Theories of the Soundtrack

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780199371075
eISBN:
9780199371105
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199371075.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

Chapter 2 examines several major theories that emerged during the transition to sound film, when even the definition of the sound film was contested. The theories of sound film that arose during the ... More


Synchronization: McGurk and Beyond

K. J. Donnelly

in Occult Aesthetics: Synchronization in Sound Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199773497
eISBN:
9780199358816
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773497.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, Western

Sound and image are perceived as an utter unity, disavowing the effect’s basis in artifice. This situation has dissuaded much in the way of serious questioning of film as more than simply a visual ... More


Sound Montage

K. J. Donnelly

in Occult Aesthetics: Synchronization in Sound Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199773497
eISBN:
9780199358816
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773497.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, Western

Montage theory remains at the heart of filmmaking and film studies, although many of its original concerns and insights have perhaps receded from view. Sound montage, theorized with the arrival of ... More


Echo and Hum: Death’s Acoustic Spacein the Early Sound Film

C. Scott Combs

in Deathwatch: American Film, Technology, and the End of Life

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231163477
eISBN:
9780231538039
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231163477.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the nondiegetic soundtrack as registrant in the early sound film. In theory, the sound camera can capture the last audible breath or spoken utterance, and it can produce the ... More


Split Screen: Sound/Music in The Stranger/Criss Cross

Robert Miklitsch

in Film Noir

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780748691074
eISBN:
9781474406420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748691074.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Robert Siodmak and Orson Welles are both central figures in the history of sound film. Siodmak and Welles are also central to the history of film noir. Although Welles’ contribution as a director ... More


Occult Aesthetics: Synchronization in Sound Film

K.J. Donnelly

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199773497
eISBN:
9780199358816
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773497.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, Western

Occult Aesthetics: Synchronization in Sound Film focuses on an often overlooked aspect of audiovisual culture that is crucial to the medium’s powerful illusions. This book examines the ... More


Theories of the Classical Sound Film: Grammars and Typologies

James Buhler

in Theories of the Soundtrack

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780199371075
eISBN:
9780199371105
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199371075.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

Chapter 3 examines theories after the sound film had been codified. The characteristic forms of theory became the grammar and typology: the goal was to map the potential formal relations between ... More


Golden Mountains (1931) and the New Soviet Sound Film

Joan Titus

in The Early Film Music of Dmitry Shostakovich

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199315147
eISBN:
9780190456832
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199315147.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Similar to the politics and aesthetics of Alone, Golden Mountains (1931) was immersed in the debate over the ideal Soviet sound film. Caught between the aesthetics of silent and sound film, and the ... More


Filmic Voices

Helen Macallan and Andrew Plain

in VOICE: Vocal Aesthetics in Digital Arts and Media

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013901
eISBN:
9780262289696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013901.003.0013
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter explores the use of new voice technologies in film sound design and shows how the affordances of three-dimensional sound are fully used in computer animation, allowing voices to travel ... More


Hymns for the Fallen: Combat Movie Music and Sound after Vietnam

Todd Decker

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520282322
eISBN:
9780520966543
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520282322.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Hymns for the Fallen listens closely to forty years of Hollywood combat films produced after Vietnam. Ever a noisy genre, post-Vietnam war films have deployed music and sound to place the audience in ... More


The Feeding Machine and Feeding the Machine: Silence, Sound and the Technologies of Cinema

Ryan Bishop

in Comedy and Cultural Critique in American Film

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780748643073
eISBN:
9780748689071
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748643073.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines cinema’s engagement with ubran-based industrialization, linking its audience and their modes of mechanized production to those that made cinema possible and does so by using ... More


Overture

Julie Brown and Annette Davison

in The Sounds of the Silents in Britain

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199797615
eISBN:
9780199979738
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797615.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, Western

The Introduction outlines the rationale for the book: the relative dearth of studies of the sonic environment of British cinemas in the period before the development of synchronized sound. It ... More


Introduction

James Buhler

in Theories of the Soundtrack

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780199371075
eISBN:
9780199371105
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199371075.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

From its beginnings in the later nineteenth century, film—“moving pictures”—posed problems for critics, philosophers, and others concerned with the nature of art. At one level it was an abstract ... More


Close to the edge: peripheral Britain

Paul Newland

in British films of the 1970s

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780719082252
eISBN:
9781781705049
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719082252.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores the ways in which one particular film, The Shout, employs Dolby sound technology in order to evoke the boundaries of sanity and the edges of everyday, rational experience. The ... More


Creating the Sonically Rational: Modern Interventions in Everyday Aurality

James G. Mansell

in The Age of Noise in Britain: Hearing Modernity

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040672
eISBN:
9780252099113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040672.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter examines rationalizing attempts to intervene in the everyday sounds of early twentieth-century Britain, focussing on two spatial case studies – the industrial workplace and the home – ... More


Composing for the Red Screen: Prokofiev and Soviet Film

Kevin Bartig

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199967599
eISBN:
9780199333240
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199967599.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Popular

Sound film captivated Sergey Prokofiev during the final two decades of his life: he considered composing for nearly two dozen pictures, eventually undertaking eight of them, all Soviet productions. ... More


Talking Back: Voice in Screwball Comedy

Heidi Wilkins

in Talkies, Road Movies and Chick Flicks: Gender, Genre and Film Sound in American Cinema

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474406895
eISBN:
9781474418492
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474406895.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Film had always been accompanied by sound in one form or another, but the ‘talkies’ introduced the prospect of a wider variety of film genres within mainstream narrative cinema that had not been ... More


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