Film, a Sound Art

Film, a Sound Art

by Michel Chion, Claudia Gorbman, C. Jon Delogu
     
 

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French critic and composer Michel Chion argues that watching movies is more than just a visual exercise—it enacts a process of audio-viewing. The audiovisual makes use of a wealth of tropes, devices, techniques, and effects that convert multiple sensations into image and sound, therefore rendering, instead of reproducing, the world through cinema.

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French critic and composer Michel Chion argues that watching movies is more than just a visual exercise—it enacts a process of audio-viewing. The audiovisual makes use of a wealth of tropes, devices, techniques, and effects that convert multiple sensations into image and sound, therefore rendering, instead of reproducing, the world through cinema.

The first half of Film, a Sound Art considers developments in technology, aesthetic trends, and individual artistic style that recast the history of film as the evolution of a truly audiovisual language. The second half explores the intersection of auditory and visual realms. With restless inventiveness, Chion develops a rhetoric that describes the effects of audio-visual combinations, forcing us to rethink sound film. He claims, for example, that the silent era (which he terms "deaf cinema") did not end with the advent of sound technology but continues to function underneath and within later films. Expanding our appreciation of cinematic experiences ranging from Dolby multitrack in action films and the eerie tricycle of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining to the way actors from different nations use their voices and words, Film, a Sound Art showcases the vast knowledge and innovative thinking of a major theorist.

Editorial Reviews

Film Comment
Michael Chion's books on film sound... have been revelotory syntheses of an expansive knowledge in elegant, accessible prose.

— Dell Tamblyn

Film Criticism
Exceedingly teachable and surely welcomed by instructors.... Film, a Sound Art is indubitably an asset to the study of cinema.

— Kyle Stevens

Film Comment - Dell Tamblyn
Michael Chion's books on film sound... have been revelotory syntheses of an expansive knowledge in elegant, accessible prose.

Film Criticism - Kyle Stevens
Exceedingly teachable and surely welcomed by instructors.... Film, a Sound Art is indubitably an asset to the study of cinema.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231137775
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
07/16/2009
Series:
Film and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
457,459
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Michel Chion is a composer of musique concrète, a filmmaker, an associate professor at the Université de Paris, and a prolific writer on film, sound, and music. His books with Columbia University Press are The Voice in Cinema and Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen.

Claudia Gorbman is a film studies professor at the University of Washington, Tacoma. She is the author of Unheard Melodies: Narrative Film Music, the editor of several books, and the author of many articles on film sound and film music. She is also the translator of Michel Chion's The Voice in Cinema, Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen, and 2001: Kubrick's Cinema Odyssey.

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